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Development Director

Location To Be Determined 

Benefits : 15 paid vacation days/year, 10 sick leave days/year, 9 paid Holidays/year, group health plan or insurance stipend, employer contribution to Simple IRA (match up to 3% of salary), cell phone stipend


Heart of the Rockies Initiative Background

The Heart of the Rockies Initiative (HOTR) is a partnership of 22 local, state, and national land trust and conservancy members that work along the Rocky Mountain corridor in Idaho, Montana, Washington, Wyoming, Alberta, and British Columbia. Land trusts formed HOTR in 2002 to meld the incredible power of community based conservation in communities across the Rocky Mountains into a partnership that conserves and restores land and water at ecologically meaningful large landscape scales while respecting local community values. Our members work primarily with private landowners to voluntarily conserve the most biologically and agriculturally valuable private lands in the Rocky Mountain West. HOTR also partners with many public land managers and community leaders for landscape goals. Our vision is big picture conservation that is supported by local communities—strategic conservation that leads to intact and functional ecosystems and successful and resilient communities.

HOTR members and partners collaborate: a) to ensure that conservation is science based, community supported, and strategic so as to ensure focus upon lands of greatest importance for landscape-scale conservation; b) to build the capacity of members and partners to deliver and steward desired conservation outcomes; c) to build public and private capital funds to conserve the region’s most irreplaceable landscapes; and d) to build public support and engagement in landscape conservation through compelling storytelling.

The Heart of the Rockies Initiative conserves continentally significant ecological values at the landscape scale and community values that are prized locally. HOTR is governed by a strong Board of Directors (currently 8 members) and has a staff of three, excluding the Development Director. After 12 years under the fiscal sponsorship of a member organization, HOTR became an independent 501 (c) (3) charitable organization in January 2014. In the past, HOTR has been primarily funded by a few foundations, but must now expand its funding base to fully demonstrate public support. The organization’s operations revenue budget for 2018 is $500,000, with additional goals for partner capacity and project capital. We have secured or reserved funds for the budgeted 2018 operations.

Over the past three years, HOTR has demonstrated the potential of partnership for conservation at the  landscape scale in its development of the High Divide Landscape Collaborative. Through the Collaborative, a diverse array of stakeholders have come together to raise significant public funding for land conservation across the High Divide region in Idaho and Montana. Now the entire HOTR membership has endorsed the idea of HOTR’s further demonstration of this landscape conservation model by investing more deeply in fundraising for conservation capacity and capital. HOTR plans to use this success to propel similar landscape conservation efforts in other portions of the HOTR Service Area. Earlier, HOTR members worked together with many advisors to develop a collective capital fundraising strategy, the Heart of the Rockies Capital Campaign Design and Implementation. The HOTR members agreed upon comprehensive Campaign  Guidelines, and are now prepared to implement this strategy on a demonstration basis in the High Divide.


Job Scope

This position offers an unusual opportunity for an entrepreneurial, highly personable, development professional with a passion for the conservation of North America’s signature landscape, the Rocky Mountains of Southern British Columbia and Alberta in Canada and Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming in the United States.

The Development Director provides leadership and staff assistance to the HOTR Initiative, and its 22 land trust and conservancy organizational members to develop the Heart of the Rockies Initiative’s development support for conservation and restoration of high priority private lands and waters, and capacity funding to help member organizations deliver those projects. We seek an experienced, results-oriented individual with an extensive fundraising track record. Applicants must have demonstrated fundraising and organizational development knowledge in conservation, and the proven ability to interact with major donors and foundation leaders, as well as executive directors, development directors, and boards of directors. The successful candidate is someone with exceptional communication skills and is a strong, senior-level professional who displays energy and professionalism in a participatory manner.



● Experience as an executive director and/or development fundraiser with a demonstrated record of fundraising achievement.

● Bachelor’s degree in a natural resource field, planning, business, organizational development, or a related field is required. Advanced degree or registration as a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) is preferred.

● At least 7 years experience with a wide range of nonprofit organizations to include conservation organizations, ideally in the western US or Canada.

● Familiar with the fundraising needs of nonprofit organizations from a variety of perspectives. Strong preference will be given to a candidate with experience in private land conservation.

● Candidates must have demonstrated integrity, and t he ability to exercise confidentiality and sound judgment, and have displayed initiative and innovation on past jobs and/or contracts.

● Demonstrated ability to think strategically, develop and manage complex projects from start-up to completion, and adopt new approaches in response to changing circumstances.

● Experience and proven ability to encourage and nurture collaboration among diverse project partners.

● Ability to create and thrive in a team environment and work in partnership with a variety of people and organizations.

● Excellent written and oral communication skills, with proven ability to convey information clearly.

● Experience and skill at managing donor data.

● Willingness to travel extensively around the Northern Rockies and beyond is essential (applicants must be willing to live somewhere in the U. S. Northern Rockies)

● Passionate about conservation of wildlife, functioning ecological systems, and working lands.

● Ability to work independently.



Please submit a resume and cover letter detailing your education and experience and how you meet the desired qualifications to our Program Director, JoAnn Grant. Please submit your application materials electronically at JoAnn@heart-of-rockies.org. Applications received until position is filled.

For a full description: https://heart-of-rockies.org/

Posted March 2, 2018

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