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© Michael Menefee

Philanthropy Manager

Posted Date: June 10
Position Closing Date: Open until filled
Location: Colorado Springs, Colorado, but due to COVID-19, this is temporarily a remote position until Palmer’s physical office in Colorado Springs, Colorado re-opens.
Employment Status: Full-time, Exempt

Position Summary:
Palmer Land Trust seeks a Philanthropy Manager who will report to Palmer’s President and CEO, and work under Palmer’s communications and fundraising director. This position will be Palmer’s key donor relationship manager and will conceive, plan, and manage multi-channel strategies for the cultivation, acquisition, and renewal of donor members with a strong emphasis on exemplary stewardship practices.

With nearly 136,000 acres under permanent conservation, Palmer Land Trust is one of the leading nonprofit land conservation organizations in Colorado, and is one of the twenty largest local land trusts in the nation. Yet, at the same time, Palmer is one of the “best kept secrets” in southern Colorado. Our vision is for Palmer Land Trust to become a household name and this position is critical to that success! The selected individual will have proven fundraising and membership building experience, and strong database and analytical skills. The ideal candidate will also possess excellent communication skills (oral and written), will have a very professional, warm, and engaging demeanor, and have a passion for nature, farming and ranching, and outdoor recreation in the West.

Palmer is committed to organizational excellence and innovation, and is seeking candidates who thrive in a high-performance environment. This is a permanent, full-time position with generous time off and a comprehensive benefits package.

Essential Functions:
Membership Building and Donor Relations Management:
Manage systems and strategies that serve to initiate, strengthen, and grow Palmer’s membership program. Build a deep knowledge of Palmer’s donor base and leverage constructive and effective relationships between donors and staff and board members.

  • Develop and implement strategies for retention of existing members and the recruitment and cultivation of new members, including Palmer’s Millennium Society.
  • Build and implement strong internal membership framework and processes.
  • Manage Palmer’s annual fund program including creating and implementing an annual fundraising plan.
  • Develop and manage annual donor engagement plan including donor meetings, property field visits (when applicable), events, and deliver exemplary donor stewardship services.
  • Assist with building and implementing a corporate membership program in support of strategic goals. Identify target businesses and manage with the outreach process.
  • Serve as the lead for Palmer’s planned giving program.
  • Initiate and work closely with the communications team to develop printed and electronic communications related to membership activities, and ensure timely production and delivery.
  • Provide philanthropic-focused administrative support to the CEO including setting up donor meetings, managing a busy calendar, scheduling networking opportunities, etc.
  • In concert with the Communications Coordinator, coordinate website and other online content and functionality to enhance membership and strategic partnership programs.
  • Ensure effective use of CRM database, and provide direct management of donor and fundraising components. Provide monthly and quarterly reports on membership revenue and status. Oversee record management and data integrity.
  • Conduct donor research.

Member Events: Coordinate and manage member events that build member loyalty and retention as well as support for permanent land protection in southern Colorado.

  • Assist with the coordination and management of Palmer’s key signature events including the Southern Colorado Conservation Awards and Women in Conservation events.
  • Develop and implement member events that engage Palmer’s donors throughout our service territory in southern Colorado. Examples include member hikes, dinners, and other outdoor excursions.

Job Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in communications, marketing, nonprofit management, or a related field
  • 5+ years successful related work experience working in non-profit fundraising and membership programs.
  • Strong database and analytical skills.
  • Excellent verbal, writing, storytelling, and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to think ahead, propose new ideas, be willing to adapt, and be proactive with addressing challenges or changing priorities.
  • Ability to take initiative, manage multiple tasks, have great attention to detail and superb organizational skills.
  • Passion and commitment to conservation, recreation, and nature.
  • Comfort working in a fast-paced working environment and within a variety of technology platforms.
  • Proficiency with the following or similar software: Microsoft Office Suite, Slack, Mail Chimp, and basic office communication channels (e.g. email).

Salary & Benefits:
Salary range is $50,000 – 58,000 DOE. Compensation includes health insurance, retirement match, disability insurance, and a generous paid personal leave package. The position is based out of Palmer’s Colorado Springs office located in beautiful downtown, and in close proximity to ample recreation and open space opportunities.

How to Apply:
The position is open until filled. Early applications are strongly recommended. To apply, please send resume, cover letter, and answers to the following questions to: [email protected] with the subject line: Philanthropy Manager.

Please limit responses to no more than 200 words per question:

  1. Why does conserving land, water and nature in southern Colorado matter to you?
  2. Please describe your fundraising experience – specifically with building and implementing a membership program.
  3. Why are you interested in working for Palmer Land Trust and where do you see yourself in 3 years?

If selected for an interview, there will be a 3-step interview process held remotely by Zoom. It may include:

  1. A first interview by Zoom for a “meet and greet” with the Director of Fundraising and Communications (20 minutes)
  2. A second interview with the President & CEO. (30 minutes)
  3. A possible third interview with the full hiring committee. (30-60 minutes)

About Palmer Land Trust:

Palmer Land Trust's mission is to protect southern Colorado’s lands for present and future generations. Since its incorporation in 1977, the organization has protected nearly 136,000 acres including 20 public parks and open spaces, working farms and ranches, wildlife habitat, and scenic views. Palmer is one of the twenty largest local land trusts in the country based upon conserved acreage holdings (there are approximately 1,700 land trusts in the United States), and it is one of the country’s first 100 nationally accredited land trusts. Its office is located in downtown Colorado Springs and has staff located throughout its service area. More info at