Development Director

The League to Save Lake Tahoe (a.k.a. Keep Tahoe Blue) is looking for an experienced fundraising professional and team leader to join our fun and outstanding crew of environmental and nonprofit experts. This is an exceptional opportunity for a seasoned “out the door” fundraiser and self-starter with excellent communications skills who excels as a collaborator, team member and leader. 

The Development Director (DD) will join the Keep Tahoe Blue team in South Lake Tahoe to lead its well-established fundraising program to ensure continued fundraising momentum and help grow a $3 million annual revenue budget to $4 million+ over the next 2-3 years. The DD works closely with the executive team and is a member of the League’s senior management. Under the supervision of the CEO, the DD will ensure the organization reaches its annual revenue goals by supporting our current development team with their programs, implementing our major donor campaign strategy and incorporating cutting-edge fundraising practices and new prospects for continued revenue growth.

The DD is responsible for planning and executing comprehensive fundraising strategies and managing a development team of four to five professionals. The ideal candidate understands the costs/benefits of various fundraising opportunities and makes decisions based on a holistic understanding of the League’s mission, fundraising strategy and organizational operations and goals.

The perfect candidate excels at behind-the-scenes management of our development program by guiding the team through priority setting, time management, tasks, relationships, execution and interdepartmental coordination. The DD has proven success soliciting individuals and foundations, along with exceptional interpersonal and relationship building skills to broker relations with board members, donors, and partners.

About us: A brand known throughout the world 

Founded in 1957, the League is the oldest and largest environmental organization focused on protecting Lake Tahoe. We have a culture founded on our organizational values and team building principles, which supports and guides our decision making and planning for the future. The League is a solutions-based, science-driven and innovative organization that values professionalism, transparency, work/life balance and credibility. Our team reflects these core values and supports one another to achieve our goals.

What the position involves: 

  • Implement and continue to grow an effective organizational fundraising plan, including overall fundraising and forecasting to attain $4 million+ annual revenue goals. 

  • Manage, supervise and support the Development team to ensure progress is being achieved on schedule and the team is working in collaboration with all other League departments.

  • With each team member, set individual goals and objectives, and ensure benchmarks are met.

  • Ensure that donor and donor information is being used thoughtfully and strategically to provide a personal approach to League giving, while also enhancing development outcomes.

  • Ensure departmental alignment with organizational strategic goals.

  • Execute our formal major donor/gifts plan, including expanding stewardship efforts to include individual stewardship plans. Ensure intimate knowledge of each donor and maintain strict adherence to cultivation steps while guiding each supporter through our stewardship process.

  • Plan and execute all development-related aspects of committee and board meetings, including agendas, and support committee engagement and decision making.

  • Set, review, track and evaluate departmental goals and objectives and report bi-monthly to the executive team.

  • Develop and implement a planned giving program.

  • Ensure that fundraising efforts are coordinated with our annual Benefit Fashion Show fundraising event and appropriately integrate the Benefit goals and strategies into the overall fundraising plan.

  • In collaboration with the Communications Manager, develop a fundraising marketing plan that coordinates with the League’s communications, while promoting the Keep Tahoe Blue brand. Oversee fundraising communications, including all print, email and social media. 

  • Guide the Membership Manager in implementation of the League’s merchandise program to ensure consistency with branding, adherence to non-profit regulatory guidelines, and quality marketing of products. 

  • Attend meetings of various foundations, corporations, business groups and nonprofit organizations; participate in collaborative efforts related to fundraising activities.

  • Lead staff trainings and support Directors and board on how to “think like a fundraising professional” and      communicate our message in a way that will appeal to current and future supporters.

  • Guide the Membership Manager to implement the membership program. 

  • Assist with all development-related inquiries from program staff and external stakeholders.

Required knowledge, skills and abilities:

  • Deep commitment to protecting Lake Tahoe and facilitating the League’s mission to Keep Tahoe Blue.

  • Four-year college degree or higher.

  • Minimum of five years’ experience in nonprofit fundraising.

  • Minimum of five years’ experience in managing staff.

  • Proven track record of successful solicitation and cultivation of individuals, corporations and foundations.

  • Effective and compelling communicator, especially when presenting and speaking in front of board members, prospective donors, and partners.

  • Proficiency with Windows, Office 365, Google Apps, and familiarity with donor management platforms, including Salesforce.

  • Excellent judgement, skills to collaborate effectively with a team of diverse individuals, and rich experience motivating and mentoring staff.

  • Impeccable attention to detail and strong organizational capacity.

  • Flexibility to work nights and weekends as needed, and to accommodate frequent travel to the Bay Area and regions surrounding Lake Tahoe.

  • Ability to perform portions of the job outdoors, potentially in inclement weather conditions.

  • Ability to work in a cross-functional, fast-paced environment, and eager to cover any task required to ensure the development team meets deadlines and goals.

  • Professional in both appearance and demeanor.

Preferred knowledge, skills and abilities:
  • Familiarity with Lake Tahoe environmental and policy issues.

  • Knowledge of required federal and state forms and regulations pertaining to development and fundraising.

  • Experience with brand valuation.

  • Experience with fundraising event execution.

League-specific requirements:
  • Employees are required to have a current COVID-19 vaccination.

  • Employees are required to have a vehicle that is in good working order, proof of valid driving license, non-expired vehicle registration and effective insurance coverage. Travel around the Tahoe Basin, San Francisco Bay Area, Reno and Sacramento may be required. 

  • Position requires some physical activity such as bending, stooping, carrying and lifting up to 50 pounds.

As a valued representative of our organization, you will:
  • Be on a team that engages Tahoe’s diverse and evolving community of visitors and residents to protect Lake Tahoe by spreading awareness and taking action.

  • Work at a place that promotes environmental protections and policies backed by science that ensure Tahoe is resilient in the face of the climate crisis. 

  • Take part in crafting resolutions to the challenges facing Tahoe that strike a balance between enjoyment today and preservation for future generations. 

The League offers many benefits, including:
  • Hybrid office and remote work options, along with opportunities for an alternative, non-traditional work schedule.

  • A dynamic and exceptional team of enjoyable coworkers.

  • A newly renovated, state-of-the-art office building and education center (coming in 2022).

  • Medical, dental, vision and life insurance 100% covered by the company for employees. 

  • $125/month corporate contribution to Health Savings Account (HSA) with select health plan choice.

  • IRA match up to 3% of employee's salary after two years served. 

  • Vacation leave, paid volunteer time off, plus 13 paid holidays and extra paid time off between 12/25 and 1/1. 

  • Pet-friendly environment. 

  • Merchandise discounts and credit. 

  • And much more!

Pay range:
$80,000 - $90,000 annually

How to apply:

If this sounds like the job for you, please send us a PDF copy of your cover letter and resume to Tell us why you’re the best fit for the position and for the League. We communicate via email, so please check your inbox and spam to ensure you don’t miss important updates from us.

The League is an equal opportunity employer, and we value diversity at our organization. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status or disability status.

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