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Development Director

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Salt Lake City


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Sep 26, 2022

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Title: Development Director

Reports to: Chief Executive Officer

Location: Salt Lake City, Utah

Salary Range: $85,000-$100,000 DOE

Who We Are:
Utah Clean Energy is a nonprofit climate solutions organization based in Salt Lake City that advocates in Utah and the West. Our multi-disciplinary team is leading and accelerating the clean energy transformation with vision and expertise. We are committed to creating a future that ensures healthy, thriving communities for all, empowered and sustained by clean energy.

The Position:
Utah Clean Energy is seeking a passionate and enthusiastic Development Director to plan, coordinate, and implement Utah Clean Energy’s development program and capital campaign. With both the capital campaign coming to a close, and the celebration of the 20th anniversary, there is incredible opportunity to strengthen community support. This position is an integral part of Utah Clean Energy’s executive team and is responsible for fundraising activity at all levels, including major gifts, annual appeals, capital campaign gifts, new donor cultivation, grant writing, foundation and corporate stewardship, and planning fundraising/cultivation events. The Development Director will supervise a Development and Operations Assistant and will work closely with the Communications Director.


· Oversee all day-to-day operations of the development department.

· Create and implement an annual strategic fundraising plan that supports the vision of the organization and is responsive to various funding sources.

· Help create a culture of philanthropy amongst staff and board.

· Collaborate with leadership and program staff to set and achieve fundraising goals, make connections, and cultivate relationships.

· Provide fundraising leadership to the Board of Directors, including attending board meetings, facilitating board trainings, identifying prospective donors, and managing board giving.

· Develop meaningful relationships with current donors, potential donors, and foundation representatives, and engage members of Utah Clean Energy’s staff and board to make the most of those partnerships.

· Work with the CEO to develop and refine major gift strategies, with annual goals to increase individual giving.

· Oversee a portfolio of donors for both annual and capital campaign support with a focus on major gifts at the $5,000 to $100,000+ level, and work collaboratively with Utah Clean Energy’s staff and board to identify new prospective donors from within and outside Utah Clean Energy’s existing network.

· Make direct, face-to-face solicitations and assist the board and other staff with solicitations.

· Manage fundraising aspects of the Climate Innovation Center capital campaign to create a net-zero headquarters for the organization.

· Manage development and capital campaign committees and facilitate regular meetings.

· Coordinate the creation of marketing and promotional materials with the Communications Director to support all activities of the campaign.

· Supervise the Development and Operations Assistant in ensuring proper recording and recognition of gifts, as well as donor engagement activities.

· Plan and carry out annual donor and foundation meetings, cultivation activities, and special events, in coordination with Utah Clean Energy’s leadership and team members.

· Identify and implement opportunities for donor recognition, stewardship, and appreciation.

· Using the donor database, maintain donor files, track donor activities and communications, assign tasks to staff for follow-up and generate meaningful reports for the Board and leadership team.

· Partner with the Communications Director to produce materials and tools to communicate regularly with donors, supporters, and potential allies.

· Partner with the Communications Director on donor events and identify and secure support for special events, fundraisers, and the annual Party for CleanPower.

· In partnership with the Deputy Director, oversee foundation strategy and implementation, including foundation relations and private grant writing. Work with the Deputy Director and program staff to ensure timely and accurate submission and reporting.

Who Are You?

· You are curious and driven. You are self-motivated, ask good questions, take initiative, and are willing to pitch in and do what it takes in pursuit of the team’s goals.

· You are passionate. You are enthusiastic about mitigating the climate crisis, your role, and our impact. That passion energizes you.

· You are fearless. You are comfortable in a room full of strangers, in front of the camera, and speaking to crowds, you enjoy making asks, know how to win hearts and minds, and you will be able to translate the science to tug at emotions.

· You are detailed-oriented and a big-picture thinker. You are able to read grant proposals and catch typos while also being able to operate at the 30,000 ft level developing fundraising strategy for the organization.

· You are a people person. You are a skilled communicator who enjoys connecting with others, building relationships, and follow through.

· You invest in people. You recognize you are part of a whole. You learn from others, enjoy collaborating, teach those around you, and truly care about the people you work with.

Additional Skillset and Attributes:

· Five years+ of development experience, with a proven record of closing gifts above $50,000 and managing a portfolio of donors.

· The maturity, integrity, professionalism, and experience to earn the trust and confidence of donors, board leadership, and foundation partners.

· Excellent communication and presentation skills, both verbal and written, with the ability to articulate and align Utah Clean Energy’s mission, vision, and values to donors and donor prospects.

· Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite including Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Teams.

· Experience with Network for Good or similar donor database preferred.

· Ability to manage and develop budgets.

· Ability to organize time effectively, establish priorities, and manage many tasks simultaneously in a fast-paced environment.

· Experience with capital campaigns is a plus.

· Ability to work occasional night/weekend events and meetings.

· Desire to be a part of an influential team of professionals who embrace high quality, impactful work, while maintaining a healthy work/life balance.

· Commitment to Utah Clean Energy’s Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion goals and an interest in participating in shared learning activities offered by Utah Clean Energy.

Compensation and Benefits:

The salary range for this full-time, exempt position is $85,000-$100,000. For candidates with extensive development experience that far exceeds preferred qualifications, an exception to the salary range may be considered. Utah Clean Energy’s benefits package includes company-paid health insurance, 403(b) retirement plan contributions, life and long-term disability insurance coverage, paid vacation leave, sick leave, holiday leave, parental leave, and a hybrid work environment.

To Apply:

Please submit your resume and cover letter at Development Director @ Utah Clean Energy (

More Information:
Web site:

What’s Your Role 20thAnniversary Video
Climate Innovation Center Video

Diversity and Inclusion:
Utah Clean Energy opposes discrimination and injustice in all forms. Research shows that members of underrepresented groups – including women, LGBTQIA+ identified people, Black, Indigenous, and other people of color (BIPOC) – tend to apply for jobs only if they meet every single requirement listed. Here at Utah Clean Energy, we want the best candidate for the job, and that candidate might not always meet 100% of the qualifications listed. If you are passionate about our work and joining our team, we encourage you to apply – especially if you are a member of a structurally marginalized group. We look forward to your application.

As a matter of policy and company culture, Utah Clean Energy is an equal opportunity employer and makes employment decisions on the basis of merit. Every qualified person has an equal opportunity for hire, assignment, and advancement without regard for race, religion, creed, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin or ancestry, age, marital status, disability as defined by law, or any other class protected by law. As a federal grant recipient, Utah Clean Energy also prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, or disability, as defined by law, in our programs, activities, and services.

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