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Director of Development

Squam Lakes Association

The Squam Lakes Association is dedicated to conserving for public benefit the natural beauty, peaceful character and unique resource values of the lakes and surrounding area. In cooperation with local and state authorities and other conservation organizations, the Association promotes the protection, careful use and shared enjoyment of the lakes, mountains, forests, open spaces and wildlife of the Squam Lakes region. 

The Squam Lakes Association (SLA) seeks a creative, resourceful Director of Development to continue the capacity growth of this multi-faceted, well-established organization. Reporting to the Executive Director and working closely with the Board of Directors, the Director of Development will be expected to continue and expand the level of development activity for the organization that engages its already dedicated, established donors and donor families while broadening the donor constituency and diversifying the funding base for the organization. A deep commitment to preserving the cultural heritage and natural beauty of the Squam Lakes watershed is essential, as are strong management and communications skills. 


The SLA seeks a Director of Development with a passion for conservation and the outdoors, and the drive to direct that passion to building support for SLA’s programs, membership, and initiatives. They must be a creative thinker willing to listen to new ideas and to find effective ways to engage an enthusiastic board to work actively towards the organization’s fundraising goals. Excellent communication skills are essential. A personal connection to and love of lakes would be helpful. 

  • 5-plus years of major donor experience with additional development experience preferable.
  • A successful track record securing gifts from individuals and/or corporations and foundations in support of an institution.
  • A management style that is goal-oriented but flexible, hands-on and collaborative. A style that brings out the best in people, and that respects the capabilities and independence of other staff members in accomplishing organizational objectives.
  • Experience working with a membership organization, including an active understanding of how to increase member engagement and philanthropic commitment, as well as best stewardship practices. 

  • An engaging personality, comfortable with people of all ages and backgrounds, good humor, and resilience. 


The Director of Development will work closely with the Executive Director to achieve the SLA’s fundraising goals. Specific objectives for the Director of Development are as follows:

  • Develop and maintain ongoing relationships with major donors, and to broaden the SLA’s major gifts portfolio.
  • Strengthen the already substantial annual appeal to the SLA’s members and additional supporters.
  • Build the planned giving program in cooperation with the board development committee.
  • Actively participate in the strategic planning implementation process with both staff and board, and manage campaigns to support it.
  • Guide the board and staff in most effectively facilitating and supporting fundraising activities for the organization, including events, communications, new funding sources, and other related initiatives.
How to Apply:

For the full job profile, including additional background and specific challenges, please see: For more information about the Squam Lakes Association, please see the website:

Please direct nominations, inquiries, and application materials in confidence to the Search Committee at, or 534 US. Rt. 3, Holderness, NH 03245. Electronic submission of materials is preferred.

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Date Added: April 5, 2019

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