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The Director of Development is responsible for leading the fundraising efforts of NCL’s 501c4 and Political Action Committee, including membership building, major donor cultivation, business support, and event planning. The Development Director is also responsible for NCLEF’s 501c3 foundation and major donor fundraising and for providing support to other staff and board members for their fundraising work.


Direct organization’s development planning and evaluation.

  • Work with Board’s Development Committee to create and oversee organizational development plans.
  • Work with staff and Board of Directors to implement fundraising strategies.
  • Work with Executive Director to address cash flow needs.
  • Work with the Board’s Finance Committee and Executive Director to create organizational budgets.
  • Evaluate and track fundraising program results, and develop strategies to improve fundraising performance.
  • Be strategic in prospecting and identification of new potential major donors and growing the major donor universe.

Coordinate major donor program.

  • Create annual major donor goals and schedule.
  • Maintain regular communication and build organizational relationships with major donors.
  • Research new major donor prospects.
  • Upgrade small donors to major donors.
  • Initiate contact and set up meetings for new and current major donors with Board members and Executive Director.
  • Manage and staff call time for Executive Director and members of the Board.
  • Ensure any and all follow up on all major donor prospects is completed in a strategic and timely manner.
  • Develop and manage the Board Fundraising Committee.

Manage foundation fundraising.

  • Work with Executive Director to identify foundation prospects.
  • Prepare grant proposals and timely grant reports.
  • Develop and manage the Board Grant Committee.

Direct membership/supporters program.

  • Create membership benefits.
  • Implement annual membership plan, which will include:
    • Maintaining and implementing system for renewing current members, which includes mailings, phoning, thank you letters and database record keeping.
    • Maintaining and implementing a system for prospecting potential new members.

Oversee annual fundraising event and coordinate business giving.

  • Coordinate fundraising aspects of annual gala.
  • Work with board and Executive Director to solicit business sponsorships.
  • Evaluate and implement creative ways to raise money from event.

Develop and implement staff and Board involvement in fundraising efforts.

  • Serve as lead staff person to Board’s Development Committee.
  • Coordinate and support fundraising events with staff and/or Board members.
  • Coordinate personalized mailings from staff and/or Board members including annual appeals.
  • Attend all Board and staff meetings.
  • Provide other Board and staff fundraising support as needed.

Assist with organizational marketing.

  • Contribute to production, mailing and timelines for newsletters.
  • Create and oversee the online fundraising strategy, which includes writing copy and sending fundraising emails.
  • Coordinate productions and mailing of annual reports.
  • Coordinate production of other marketing materials as needed (i.e. brochures, holiday cards, etc.).


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience.
  • Demonstrated experience and success in nonprofit fundraising, including major donor development, writing appeals, and foundation proposals.
  • Previous campaign experience preferred, including field, fundraising, or communications.
  • Strong communication skills, including writing and public speaking.
  • Commitment to the goals and vision of NCL.
  • Familiarity with environmental issues facing Nevada.
  • Relevant computer and database experience (organization uses the Databank, Excel, and QuickBooks).
  • Strong leadership skills with the ability to build and direct projects and programs.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently, meet deadlines, and be part of a team working toward a common goal.
  • Event planning skills.

Working Conditions

  • Based in Las Vegas.
  • Some travel is necessary.
  • Some evening and weekend work required.
  • Team player: Given the small size of the organization, the Development Director will be expected to fulfill occasional program responsibilities and other duties as needed (no more than 5% of time).
  • Fast-paced and requires juggling multiple projects and meeting deadlines.

Reports To

Executive Director

To Apply:

NCL will accept resumes until August 31, 2016, or until the position is filled. Please send a cover letter, your resume and a writing sample—preferably a fundraising solicitation--via email.

Please apply by August 31, 0016


  • Name: Heather Langhorst
  • Email:

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