Chief Advancement Officer

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Charleston, SC


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Dec 8, 2020

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Premier conservation organization seeks development, communications, and marketing professional to lead innovative team (Charleston, SC)


Lowcountry Land Trust is a regional land conservation organization and a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization focused on protecting ecologically, agriculturally, and historically significant Lowcountry lands – and the way of life they make possible.

Lowcountry Land Trust works in 17 counties within the Coastal Plain of South Carolina and has protected 149,000 acres of land. Six Coastal Focus Areas developed by The Atlantic Coast Joint Venture guide prioritization of the work and collaborations with many of the region’s agencies, conservation organizations, and landowners.

Lowcountry Land Trust seeks an experienced, self-driven philanthropy professional with a passion for non-profit excellence. The Chief Advancement Officer works closely with the President & CEO and Board of Trustees to chart the strategic direction of the Advancement department and advancement initiatives. Duties include designing and implementing the annual and long-term comprehensive fundraising plans, creating and implementing the Land Trust’s strategic communications and marketing plan, managing the Advancement department operations and staff, and serving as a member of the Senior Leadership Team. The Chief Advancement Officer develops and maintains significant relationships with corporate and foundation partners and creates and manages a portfolio of individual major donor prospects, purposefully guiding them to deeper engagement in Land Trust activities. This position plays a key role in the Land Trust’s long-term success by enabling the organization to build, nurture, and maintain strong relationships with the Land Trust’s constituent base and supporters. Specific qualifications include:

  • Ten years of experience in non-profit fundraising with a thorough knowledge of fundraising principles. Additional experience in fundraising, donor relations, and marketing is preferred.
  • Experience working in the conservation and / or public agency space is preferred.
  • Ability to motivate and manage a small staff of Lowcountry employees and external consultants.
  • Demonstrated ability to build a culture of philanthropy within an organization, teaching fellow staff members the importance of fundraising to organizational success.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills, including the ability to build effective internal and external relationships.
  • Proficiency in organizing and prioritizing tasks in a fast-paced environment; manage toward clarity and find appropriate solutions.
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education required; additional higher education of professional certification is preferred.

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