DLC is seeking qualified candidates for the following positions:


Development Director – Job Announcement (March 2019)


The Dutchess Land Conservancy (DLC), Dutchess County, New York, is seeking a full time Development Director, to be based in its Millbrook, NY office. The Development Director, is responsible for leading the DLC’s non-profit fundraising program. Candidates should have a Bachelor’s Degree and a minimum of three to five years direct fundraising experience at a leadership level with a proven ability to design, develop, oversee and lead all aspects of an organization’s fundraising activities. Experience with non- profit organizations or land trusts is beneficial. A key requirement is ensuring a good fit with the DLC’s collaborative working environment and culture.

Skills and Experience Preferred:

  • A genuine interest and enthusiasm for land conservation.
  • Demonstrated experience heading up an organizational development program including: annual giving programs, major gifts, special events, grants, corporate support, capital campaigns, planned giving, and special fundraising campaigns, as well as marketing, public relations, communications, and outreach. Direct experience in each of the above is important.
  • Ability to work closely with a President, Board of Directors, Development Committee and staff members to develop and implement fundraising programs.
  • Annual fund drive experience including putting together a strategic fundraising plan and successfully implementing it.
  • Expertise in developing, maintaining and cultivating major donor support including annual and capital campaigns and planned giving programs.
  • Experience designing, managing, organizing and overseeing special events including large scale fundraisers, silent auctions, large-donor appreciation events, and friend-raisers.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to write compelling grants and other development related materials.
  • Proven ability to work with key personnel and/or trustees of corporate giving programs, community businesses, and Foundations, including proven success in the acquisition of grant
    funding and corporate/business sponsorships.
  • Ability to enlist and work with volunteers in many capacities.
  • Demonstrated understanding of marketing programs, public relations strategies, overall communications techniques and approaches, and outreach methods and programs.
  • Strong interpersonal and social skills including a pleasant and outgoing personality, diplomacy and the ability to listen, as well as strong moral values including integrity, honesty and respect.
  • Ability to multi-task efficiently and effectively and work with a broad range of people.
  • Proven understanding of ethical and legal issues related to fundraising.
  • Well organized and detail oriented.
  • Excellent management and follow up skills.
  • Willingness to work evenings and weekends as appropriate to the job responsibilities.
  • Willingness to represent DLC at appropriate functions and events.
  • Demonstrated ability to work as a team player with other staff members in a small office environment.
  • Proven ability to direct and manage a workload with multiple, often competing priorities.
  • Ability to develop and work within budgets and deadlines.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, data base management (e.g.: Raiser’s Edge, E-Tapestry), Excel, PowerPoint, and Publisher (Indesign a plus).

By April 5, 2019 – Qualified individuals should send a cover letter and resume to Office Manager, Dutchess Land Conservancy, P.O. Box 138, Millbrook, NY 12545 or sandyt@dutchessland.org. Salary commensurate with experience. Full job description available on request.