Center for Biological Diversity
  • 16-Jun-2017 to 15-Aug-2017 (MST)
  • Tucson, AZ, USA
  • Salary
  • Full Time

At the Center for Biological Diversity, we believe that the welfare of human beings is deeply linked to nature and to the existence in our world of a vast diversity of wild animals and plants. Because diversity has intrinsic value, and because its loss impoverishes society, we work to secure a future for all species, great and small, hovering on the brink of extinction. We do so through science, law and creative media, with a focus on protecting the lands, waters and climate that species need to survive.


We want those who come after us to inherit a world where the wild is still alive.


The Center is currently seeking an experienced, high-energy Donor Relations Director to be based in Tucson, Arizona.

General position overview:

The Donor Relations Director will oversee the stewardship, engagement and growth of the Center's Leadership Circle (donors who annually contribute at least $1,000, up to seven-figure gifts) by getting to know our members and ensuring their needs are met; supervising and providing leadership to the Donor Relations team (currently three); cultivating a portfolio of major-donor prospects; running seasonal major-donor online and mailed campaigns; ensuring excellent stewardship of current Leadership Circle donors; identifying leads and prospects for further cultivation; supporting the Center's front-line fundraisers; managing the Center's major-donor database; providing analysis, research and identification of prospects; developing and supporting donor events; and managing all phases of campaign implementation, tracking and reporting. The Director of Donor Relations will ensure that Donor Relations staff members implement special fundraising campaigns, meet donor needs, and provide critical administrative and stewardship support for major gift fundraisers. Other activities will include quality assurance regarding the maintenance of up-to-date individual donor records; querying accurate and useful data for segmentation, tracking, reports and analysis; and researching individual donors. The Director of Donor Relations will be supervised by the Chief Development Officer and work in close collaboration with Major Gift Officers and the Membership Director.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Maintain and cultivate a portfolio of mid-level ($1,000-$4,999K) Leadership Circle donors.
  • Assist the Chief Development Officer in establishing portfolios and solicitor assignments for Major Gift Officers.
  • Steward current and prospective donors regarding Center program work in their area(s) of interest with reports, updates, visits and actions to support lifelong relationships with Center donors.
  • Facilitate a process with Chief Development Officer, Major Gift Officers and Director of Legacy Giving to develop and record annual stewardship plans.
  • Proactively support the work of the Chief Development Officer and Major Gift Officers and Director of Legacy Giving with strong donor research and stewardship of high-level major donors, planned-giving donors and prospects.
  • Liaise with conservation staff on complex donor communications.
  • Compose compelling and inspiring communications and manage the timely production and delivery of two annual fundraising campaigns, as well as cultivation efforts throughout the year.
  • Execute a highly detailed segmentation plan for Leadership Circle mailings and emails; ensure that these plans dovetail with those produced by the Membership team.
  • Oversee the core administrative functions of donor stewardship, ensuring the highest degree of data health and integrity, excellence in donor service communications, and adherence to legal and best-practice requirements for proper donor stewardship. 
  • Direct the Center's prospect-research activities and ensure the timely flow of wealth and propensity indicators into the database of record as well as oversee the training of junior staff on prospect-research tools and methodology.
  • Develop donor queries, regularly review donor lists, and analyze spreadsheets to determine appeal segmentation, and prepare reports.
  • Assist and drive the planning, coordination and implementation of major-donor visits and special events for major donors.
  • Help manage a highly personalized, timely donor-acknowledgement and thank-you process for all major gifts, including by maintaining a vibrant, up-to-date library of acknowledgement letters and receipts for all Leadership Circle gifts.
  • Work with the Donor Relations team to coordinate and organize quarterly phone briefings and reports for Leadership Circle donors.
  • Support the training and professional development of staff on the Donor Relations team.
  • Stay updated on current Center programs and actions, as necessary.
  • Respond to special needs and requests of donors.
  • Maintain and update weekly reports.
  • Assist with other projects as assigned. 


  • At least seven years of professional experience fundraising in a nonprofit setting, ideally within the environmental movement.
  • Extensive experience with donor stewardship, research and moves management.
  • An exceptional ability to pay attention to detail, as well as great organizational skills and high-level accuracy in completing complex tasks.
  • Superb time management skills and focus on planning implementation and collaboration
  • Superior verbal and written communication skills.
  • A deep understanding of gift-coding procedures, including restrictions and donor crediting.
  • A highly motivated and self-confident character, as well as a strong drive to move projects forward quickly and follow through with staff regarding their successful completion.
  • The ability to learn and complete tasks quickly. 
  • An aptitude for organizing time, managing diverse activities and personal interactions, and meeting short- and long-term deadlines.
  • Strong project-management skills.
  • Solid knowledge of the Microsoft Office suite, spreadsheets and mail-merge functions.
  • A high level of competency in Microsoft Excel.
  • Experience with donor-relationship-management databases; some familiarity with Microsoft Access preferred.
  • Desktop publishing skills a plus.
  • A high energy level, as well as excellent leadership and interpersonal skills, including a proven ability to work both independently and as part of a team. 
  • A clear understanding of and passion for the Center's mission
  • A sense of humor and positive attitude ' both of which are a must for Center employees!


Benefits package:

  • Paid generous medical, dental and vision plan.
  • Paid STD and LTD.
  • 403(b) plan with opportunity for match.
  • Generous time-off policies.
  • Relaxed work atmosphere and dress code.


Application process:

Please apply by submitting a cover letter, a resume, a writing sample and three to five references with your application. The position will remain open until filled. No telephone calls, please. Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.


The Center for Biological Diversity deeply values, and is committed to sustaining and promoting, both biological and cultural diversity. We welcome, embrace and respect diversity of people, identities and cultures. We are committed to fostering an organizational culture of diversity and inclusion. The Center believes staff and board diversity is critical to saving life on Earth.


We are an equal opportunity employer.

Center for Biological Diversity
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