Development Director

The Livestock Conservancy, a national non-profit, seeks its first full-time development professional to expand capacity for our charitable activities. Come lead a team that understands that philanthropy needs to be an organization-wide effort. Expand on a solid foundation and build a fundraising program that will propel the Livestock Conservancy to the next level.

This position requires an energetic self-starter, able to work independently and to coordinate fundraising activities of staff, board, and volunteers. The successful candidate will demonstrate intelligence, decisiveness, energy, leadership abilities, and strong interpersonal skills. The Development Director reports to the Executive Director of The Livestock Conservancy. 


  • Establish and execute a Strategic Fundraising Plan with quantifiable program objectives to identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward gifts from individuals, foundations, and corporations. During the first year, conduct a Feasibility Study for private giving potential.
  • Expand and Grow Major Gifts. Develop, cultivate and track relationships with both current and prospective major donors, establishing a portfolio of qualified individual prospects and donors with an emphasis on gifts and grants of $10,000 or more.
  • Create a Planned Giving program and assist donors exploring their financial and estate planning needs.
  • Develop Long-term Funding Opportunities that support the mission while fulfilling the philanthropic interests of donors.  Prioritize fundraising needs and work closely with the staff and volunteers to develop grant proposals to business, foundation, and government sources. 
  • Create strategies, solicitation materials and gift recognition programs for Annual Funds to build a large, sustainable base of support utilizing direct mail, telephone, and web-based appeals. 
  • Plan, write, edit, and supervise the production of Publications, marketing materials, social media posts, and advertising campaigns that support fundraising within The Livestock Conservancy’s public relations strategy. This could include making public appearances and attending charitable events in order to share information about The Livestock Conservancy.
  • Develop, execute, and evaluate Special Events that support fundraising goals. Work closely with staff and volunteers to plan and manage these events, which may include donor and volunteer recognition.
  • Create and implement Training to engage, motivate, coach and support the Executive Director, staff, the Board of Directors and key volunteers.
  • Manage the Livestock Conservancy’s development budget, identify and approve clear Policies and Procedures to guide fundraising activities, and oversee prospect management system, data entry, gift processing, and donor information. Develop measurements for fundraising success and provide timely reports on progress against goals.


  • Bachelor’s degree; Master’s degree preferred.  Degree(s) in animal sciences or closely related field a plus.
  • Five to seven years of increasing development responsibility and success required. 
  • Documented success in soliciting major gifts and interacting at the executive level. A proven track record of identifying and cultivating key relationships while soliciting significant gifts is essential.
  • Proven experience in annual giving and planned giving. 
  • Experience managing board and volunteer involvement in fundraising, as well as experience working in a collaborative, team-oriented environment.
  • Demonstrated excellence in verbal and interpersonal communications skills. A gifted storyteller who is able to inspire and motivate others to proven results is ideal.
  • Superb organizational skills including time management and excellent follow through on tasks and goals are crucial. A creative attitude with the ability to work independently and maintain strong self-motivation.  A passionate desire to build external relationships, recognizing the associated need for significant travel (up to 40% time including evenings and weekends) to accomplish personal donor visits including occasional farm visits.  Professional conduct at all times with a high level of personal and professional integrity.

To apply for the Development Director position at The Livestock Conservancy, please send curriculum vitae or resume with cover letter to:  No phone calls, please.

The Livestock Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer