Director of Development

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Santa Barbara, CA


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$68,000+ adjusted for experience

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About the job

Los Padres ForestWatch, one of the premier land and wildlife advocacy organizations along California’s central coast, is seeking a Director of Development. The position will build support for protecting the Los Padres National Forest and other public lands throughout our region. This full-time exempt position is based in Santa Barbara, California and would be stationed remotely until public health orders allow our team to safely return to the office.


Our work spans nearly 220 miles of some of California’s most spectacular landscapes, from the famed Big Sur shoreline to the backcountry of the Los Padres National Forest, the Carrizo Plain National Monument, and other public lands in Santa Barbara, Ventura, and San Luis Obispo counties. The Director of Development will help us build on our successful sixteen-year track record of land and wildlife conservation throughout our region.


ForestWatch welcomes diversity and is committed to creating an inclusive and equitable work environment for all employees that encourages and celebrates differences. ForestWatch’s staff and Board strive to incorporate inclusive practices in the performance of all duties and responsibilities, on a consistent and ongoing basis, and continually work to increase awareness and sensitivity to the needs and concerns of individuals from diverse cultures, backgrounds, and orientations.


Overview of Position


The Director of Development works with the Executive Director, the Board of Directors, and other team members to establish and execute a fundraising program that is creative, compelling, and effective in fulfilling the organization’s mission. The position ensures the long-term viability of Los Padres ForestWatch by coordinating and implementing key fundraising and membership activities and reports directly to the Executive Director.


Primary responsibilities include managing our major donor program; engaging our supporters through strategic communications and storytelling; preparing and executing an annual membership renewal and recruitment plan; growing our planned giving and corporate partnership programs; and securing and tracking foundation grants.


To apply, please view our full job announcement with application instructions at Due to the volume of applicants, only those considered for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls, please. Applications must be submitted by March 26 and will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Interviews will be conducted via Zoom.