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Director of Development

Northern Forest Center

Founded in 1997,The Center works across the 30-million-acre Northern Forest region of New York, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine delivering innovative approaches to community economic development and forest stewardship.  We bring collaborative leadership, new ideas, and expertise in project management, program delivery, investment, and public policy to the task of rebuilding the region’s economy and revitalizing its communities.

The Center is an entrepreneurial nonprofit organization with a mission to create economic opportunity and community vitality from healthy working forests in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and New York. We rally people around a vision for the region’s future that is built on three essential ingredients: thriving communities, healthy forests, and resilient local economies. The Center's programs advance innovative strategies in community revitalization, modern wood heat, wood products manufacturing, community owned forests, tourism development, tax credit financing and regional strategy.

Over our twenty-year history, the Center has developed a reputation as a regional convener and advocate, delivered tangible programs to diversify the forest economy, secured forests for community benefit and begun to invest more deeply in targeted community revitalization – all of which are designed to position the Northern Forest as a dynamic region in which people and forests thrive.  

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The Northern Forest Center (the Center) seeks a dynamic individual with a passion for the north country of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont or New York, its people and future, to join our team as Director of Development. 

This position requires an individual who thrives on complexity, responsibility and a fast pace. Our programs continually evolve to make the most of opportunities to achieve our mission. We’re seeking someone who reflects our passion, creativity, energy and results-oriented approach to build on the Center’s track record and increase our ability to deliver on our mission in the Northern Forest region.  Knowledge of the region and rural communities is critical for the successful candidate.

The Director of Development (the Director) works closely with the President, Board of Directors and Program Directors to achieve annual fundraising goals and contributes to the Center’s overall strategic planning and organizational development.  The Director develops strategies to link funding needs with external sources to increase financial support for the Center’s mission.  He or she is responsible for meeting annual revenue goals through annual appeals, major gifts, and corporate, foundation and government grant solicitations.  The position is supported by an administrative assistant who also supports other organizational functions. 

The Director of Development is a salaried full-time position; salary will be commensurate with experience. The Center provides a full benefits package including health insurance and generous vacation time.


Minimum Qualifications and Experience:

The ideal candidate will operate with the highest level of integrity, be self-motivated and directed and eager to learn from, and contribute to, a high functioning team.  The candidate will have five or more years of development (or commensurate) experience using both traditional tools and advanced technology, managing successful solicitation efforts, securing major gifts from a variety of sources, managing special campaigns, producing donor cultivation and stewardship events, and engaging volunteers.  Additional qualifications include:

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to deftly manage the president, peer staff and volunteers 
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities and projects, and adapt with evolving programs
  • Excellent written communication and presentation skills capable of engaging a diverse donor base
  • Experience working with a dynamic staff team and board of directors
  • High level of organization and attention to detail
  • Eagerness to bring fun and camaraderie to the team  

This opportunity is best suited to a creative individual who thrives in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment, demonstrates an eagerness to learn, and desire to contribute to Center’s mission and the Northern Forest region.  Regular travel throughout the Northern Forest and region and occasional overnight travel is required. 

Proficiency in Microsoft Office 365 Suite required and working knowledge of Salesforce relationship management software highly desirable.  Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience required.


Strategy & Revenue:  

Develop a comprehensive fundraising plan to meet annual revenue goals and position the organization for long-term success:

  • Manage the full range of fundraising activities – annual fund, major gift solicitations, foundation, corporate and government proposals
  • Employ multiple tools – planned giving, recurring gifts, special gifts, endowment, impact investments, etc. – to achieve goals
  • Establish goals for individual giving; manage cultivation and solicitation of prospects
  • Expand individual giving programs to meet organizational needs

Relationship Management:

Lead board and staff in cultivating, stewarding, and soliciting donors:

  • Develop, assign, and support the staff and board with donor portfolios
  • Manage strategies to cultivate donors and secure gifts; arrange and participate in solicitation of major gifts
  • Create an annual development communications plan with the Communications Director, and help produce solicitation, cultivation and promotional materials
  • Plan and oversee events to engage, educate and steward existing and potential donors
  • Oversee donor acknowledgement, recognition, and tracking systems


Lead all development functions and oversee the coordination of grant proposals and reports, funder relations, and administrative tasks supporting the cultivation and solicitation of gifts:

  • Proficiency in, or willingness to learn, Salesforce CRM as the development management tool 
  • Create and manage an annual development plan and budget
  • Manage the board philanthropy committee and work with the President, board of directors, program directors, advisors, and other volunteers to develop and carry out an annual fundraising plan
  • Engage program staff in fundraising and oversee multi-program grant management meetings Work closely with the Director of Operations to ensure coordination of operations staff to support development functions
  • Develop and adhere to policies and procedures including management of sensitive information  


Contribute to the Center’s overall strategic planning and organizational development: 

  • Participate in strategic planning processes and connect funding and program development needs with external funding sources
  • Attend board meetings, staff meetings and retreats
  • Work with President to coordinate activities related to board development
  • Prepare proposals, materials, presentations as needed
  • Engage and work with a variety of consultants and vendors as necessary

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work expected for this position. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required. All personnel may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed.

How to Apply:

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Please submit a cover letter and resume detailing your interest and qualifications to with the subject line “Director of Development Application.” No calls, please.

The Northern Forest Center is proud to maintain employment practices based upon individual qualification, merit, and achievement. All decisions to recruit, hire, promote, and release from employment are made without discriminating according to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, political beliefs or disability.

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Date Added: June 5, 2018

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