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Job Announcement: Director of Development Status: Full-time exempt
Reports to: Executive Director
Salary: $50,000 – $60,000 DOE + benefits
Location: Tucson, Arizona

Sky Island Alliance
We work to ensure the Sky Islands are a place where nature thrives, where open space and clean water are available to all species, and where people feel connected to the beautiful place in which we live.

We develop science, conduct on the ground conservation and restoration work, engage the public, and build partnerships to achieve our conservation outcomes.

Sky Island Alliance is a close-knit team of ambitious, collaborative professionals dedicated to saving the Sky Islands. You will fit right in with us if you are someone who is hard-working, self-directed and seeks  out creative solutions to challenges. We are looking for someone who is hungry for success and who will be excited to grow an existing development program. We believe the most productive workplace is one in which employees are appreciated and supported, and where the organization continually improves and grows. The Director of Development will be a member of the organization’s Leadership
Team which ensures the health of the organization and provides strategic leadership.

Sky Island Alliance is based in beautiful Tucson, Arizona – a dynamic city with many active conservation organizations. Our office is located in historic Armory Park just south of downtown.

For more information about our current work and the Sky Island Alliance team visit our website ( and Facebook page (

Position Summary
The Director of Development develops, manages, and implements Sky Island Alliance’s major gifts and membership programs, including all special appeals and acquisition efforts. This person is expected to innovate, build upon, and improve practices already in place, and to raise the profile of Sky Island Alliance in the community. The ideal candidate will know how to conduct fundraising in a data-driven way. The Director of Development plays a key leadership role in ensuring Sky Island Alliance achieves its strategic priorities.
The Director of Development manages one .5 FTE position.

Philanthropy and Development
• Create long-range strategy and development plan with goals and actions that contribute to the  achievement of strategic priorities.
• Collaboratively determine resources required to meet goals. Work with CFO, and ED to prepare revenue/expense projections, to monitor financial status, and to develop an annual budget.

• Develop annual fundraising plan with calendar of activities that defines how the plan will be met or surpassed, including recommendations for contingency plans.

• Institute metrics and evaluation systems to measure the effectiveness of fundraising activities and assess progress toward achieving goals.
• Meet or exceed budget expectations.

• Oversee the Major Gifts program to:

Ensure advancement of individual relationships that result in philanthropic

Create and execute cultivation and solicitation strategies that upgrade current donors and identify and solicit new donor prospects

Ensure donors and prospects are engaged at events and other venues
Gather, record, and share prospect and donor information with the appropriate staff to ensure stewardship and cultivation.

• Oversee membership recruitment and retention including:

Execute plans for recruitment and retention and develop supporting materials;
Communicate with new and returning members to provide introductory materials and promote engagement in Sky Island Alliance activities and issues.

• Manage the sustaining membership income stream including:
Ensure donors are appreciated and renewal process is in place
Promote and grow our “GEMs” monthly giving program.

Manage other donor relations processes such as, but not limited to:
Manage the gift acknowledgment process
Develop and implement prospect appeals
Prepare lapsed member and renewal call lists
Assist volunteers in making calls
Meet annual membership recruitment and retention goals.
• Identify other philanthropic income streams and work with CFO and ED to implement when appropriate, including developing grant proposals for general operating support.
• Engage and manage staff and Board of Directors in fundraising, including major gift stewardship
and solicitation, event participation, corporate sponsorship solicitation and general membership activities.
• Have a comprehensive understanding of the priorities of Sky Island Alliance and make a persuasive oral and written case for support for key programs and projects, effectively matching the interests of prospects to specific programs.
• Coordinate and supervise all donor appreciation and fundraising events.
• Ensure Sky Island Alliance is accurately represented in community giving campaigns (Giving Tuesday) and national charity websites (Guidestar, Charity Navigator).

• Develop and coordinate messaging being delivered across appeals, donor updates, case statements, donor emails, newsletters, and website.
• Develop donor communications including customized correspondence.

• Develop annual case for support.
• Develop annual calendar of appeal mailings, write appeals and coordinate mailing.
• Develop and produce organizational Annual Report to include programmatic highlights and  successes, financial report and member listing.
• Ensure timely thank you letters and acknowledgements for all gifts and contributions.
• Identify communications opportunities that can be used to enhance development.
• Develop fundraising messages and calls to action.
• Develop fundraising information for website.

Qualifications and Competencies
• Minimum of 5-7 years of nonprofit fund development experience in a professional development position, managerial experience preferred.
• Must have direct experience cultivating and soliciting major donors.
• Demonstrate cultural awareness in working with a diverse staff, and public.
• Possess a keen understanding of philanthropy, ethics, motivations for giving and volunteering, research and cultivation practices, standard fundraising techniques
• Excellent verbal and written communications skills.
• Participation in a professional fundraising association and commitment to continuing professional development expected.
• Ability to work in a fast-paced team environment.
• Bachelor’s degree.
• Proficiency in eTapestry or similar nonprofit fundraising/donor management software.
• Ability to use general software and technology including: Microsoft Word, Excel, Adobe Creative Suite, and web-based E-mail programs, collaborative tools, and technologies.
• Commitment to staying abreast of current philanthropic trends and sector-specific opportunities.
• Spanish fluency a plus.

Sky Island Alliance is an equal opportunity employer. Our programs and employment are open to all.

Sky Island Alliance values diversity and is committed to cultivating a culture that embraces differences.

Medical, dental, and optical insurance coverage; generous vacation, health and wellness leave, and holiday benefits provided.

How to Apply
Send resume, cover letter, and writing sample via email to: Mark the subject line of the email: Director of Development Search. Use PDF format and combine into one file with your last name in the file name. The position is open until filled and applications will be reviewed as received.


Development Coordinator
$42,000 – $45,000 a year
Start Date: October 1, 2018
POSITION: Development Coordinator
REPORTS TO: Executive Director

The Development Coordinator will implement a newly created fundraising and communication plan and create new initiatives in order to help AZYP achieve the goal of building non-grant revenue.

The successful candidate will, along with the Executive Director, represent the organization within the community. Position will work closely with the Executive Director (ED) in design, implementation and execution of development plan; must have the confidence, poise, experience and ability to build strong, sustaining relationships across a broad spectrum of participants, donors and community partners.

Founded in 1990, Arizona Youth Partnership (AZYP) is a not-for-profit prevention organization that provides education and prevention skills to youth and families in rural communities and Native American Reservations across 11 of the 15 counties in Arizona. Over the past five years, AZYP has expanded to open runaway & homeless youth shelters in Kingman and Bullhead City and
established a subsidiary corporation to open a charter school, Open Doors Community School (ODCS). ODCS is a separate non-profit established by AZYP for the purpose of opening a K-8 charter school in rural Marana, AZ.

Open Doors Community School represents an opportunity to
integrate AZYP’s proven programs into its own small public school environment focused on academic excellence, removing barriers to learning and opening doors of opportunity for our students and their families through the Community School model. Open Doors is eligible for the Public School Tax credit.

AZYP has a $2.6 million budget and is currently 78% funded through cost reimbursementgove rnment grants, with another 10% in private grants, 10% in government and private fee for service contracts and 2% in private donors. AZYP became eligible for the Arizona Charitable Tax Credit in November of 2017.

    • Working closely with the ED to develop short and long-term fundraising strategies and activities
    • Implement a communication plan to that will create a base of donor support while following up with and supporting AZYP participants
    • Works closely with the ED and members of the Board of Directors to identify, cultivate, solicit and steward Tax Credit donations
    • Collaborates and maintains positive relationships with Program staff and directors to obtain and coordinate information for AZYP communications
    • Leads the Development Team that includes key program staff around the state
    • Will develop the systems and processes required to increase donors to support its mission.
    Will lead the development team and coordinate all fundraising activities and special events (including, but not limited to, Arizona Gives Day, Eat, Drink and Be Giving, Ragnar Relay)
    • Write for and assist in editing and creating brand for private grant proposals
    • Ensures high levels of donor/sponsor satisfaction through timely communication, appropriate recognition, pro-active engagement and clear illustration of the results and impact associated with their gift
    • Works with the ED to create, prepare and manage the Strategic Fundraising Plan; may staff the Board of Directors’ Development Committee
    • Represents AZYP in relevant local community organizations including the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the Planned Giving Roundtable.


  • Bachelor’s degree from a four-year college required with a minimum of three years’ experience in fundraising. (Substantive alternative experience may substitute for the educational requirement.)
  • The successful candidate will have demonstrated experience in maximizing contributed revenue through relationship-building; experience growing a membership campaign preferred.
  • Previous exposure to capital and/or endowment fundraising, planned giving, grant writing and research, as well as corporate and foundation solicitation a plus. Discretion with confidential information is
  • This position requires a positive attitude, team player, strong interpersonal, organizational skills, attention to detail, and excellent written and verbal communication abilities. This position will be promoting and communicating programs delivered by a state-wide staff of 50 employees. Ideal candidate will have knowledge of and passion for AZYP’s mission of serving rural communities across the state.
  • Must be able to prioritize and multi-task to meet deadlines in a fast-paced, frequently changing environment.
  • Proficient in the Microsoft Office Suite a must; training in one or more development database software programs desired. AZYP uses Kindful.

Salary commensurate with experience.

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, including list of references and salary requirements.

Other Requirements:
• Finger print and background clearance
• CPR/First Aid certification
• Participation in orientation and training as required by AZYP
• AZ Drivers’ License and reliable transportation to travel to AZYP sites across AZ
• Automobile Insurance in the amount of $100,000/$300,000
Please send a cover letter, resume and 3 references to

IDA Development Associate

Position Overview

IDA is hiring a Development Associate to work in its Tucson, Arizona office. Reporting to the Executive Director, the position works closely with staff and the Board of Directors to create and oversee implementation of a strategic approach to fundraising, which includes major gifts, corporate donations, and in-kind resources. The position also plays a critical role in IDA’s fund development work by providing support to staff, and participating in all fundraising activities, including donor and public relations, annual appeals, and special events.

NEW POSTING: EDLeader21 Membership Director


EdLeader21 is a national, professional learning community for K-12 district and school leaders.  The primary focus of the organization is to provide tools, resources, and networking opportunities for K-12 education leaders wishing to integrate the 4Cs – critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity – into their education systems.   The EdLeader21 Team has a strong sense of purpose and works diligently with their members to design and develop programs and resources that have a meaningful impact on their organizations.


The Membership Director is a full-time position reporting to the President, and supporting the member recruitment, engagement and retention efforts of EdLeader21.   The primary function of the Membership Director is to manage and implement the day-to-day membership activities of the organization.


As a representative of Habitat for Humanity Tucson, and in partnership with the Director of Philanthropy, identify and cultivate community relationships and partnerships to increase the impact of Habitat for Humanity in Southern Arizona.
Job Duties Include:
· As part of the Philanthropy Team steward a portfolio of donors to encourage increased giving to Habitat Affinity Builds and programs.
· Create vision and strategy to manage all aspects of two Affinity Builds (Rainbow and Women) including meeting fundraising goals and supervising volunteer fundraising committees.
·Manage fundraising events, donor cultivation and donor appreciation events.
·In collaboration with the Director of Philanthropy, create and manage all aspects of donor recognition program.
·In partnership with Volunteer Resource Manager, coordinate and arrange for the staffing of volunteers for fundraising events and builds – including World Habitat Day.
  • Attend and participate in department and all-staff meetings.
  • Enter appropriate information into Raiser’s Edge; run queries, labels, and reports as needed from database.
  • Working in partnership with marketing and PR staff; generate event invitations, programs, promotional materials, and press releases.
  • Represent Habitat Tucson at community events.
  • Provide event information for the website, printed newsletters, annual reports, reports sent to staff and committees, e-newsletters, and press releases.
  • Manage correspondence and phone calls related to events management.
  • Exhibit a high level of personal and professional integrity, and ethics.

·         Other duties as assigned.


Education and Experience:  
Bachelor’s degree in an applicable field or equivalent experience
Three years’ experience in fundraising, event management and volunteer management.
Five years’ experience in the not-for-profit environment, including interaction with boards and committee members, either as a volunteer, staff member or both preferred.
Experience with Microsoft Office products and Raiser’s Edge.
Talents we need: 
  • Excellent oral, written and listening skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills, including the ability to prioritize tasks.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Detail-oriented.
  • Ability to work with a flexible schedule that would include early mornings, weekends, and evenings.
  • A willing team member with strong interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work independently and make sound judgements.
  • Ability to work within deadlines and within budget.
  • Ability to communicate with thoughtfulness and diplomacy
  • Ability to lead from behind and create positive change by influencing without authority
  • Visionary who takes ownership and pride in his/her work
  • Donor focused and team spirited with a positive attitude
  • Flexible and adaptable
 10% travel within Tucson. This includes visiting HabiStore and local job sites.
Overnight stays:
 Occasional travel to conferences and meetings.
License: Valid Arizona Driver’s License with reliable transportation, clean driving record and proof of insurance.
Working hours: The position is regarded as full time (40 hours a week). Work is usually performed between 8:00am and 5:00pm Monday through Friday. Additional hours may be required to perform the job and may include some evenings and/ or weekends.
Randy Wells, PHR
Human Resources Manager
Habitat for Humanity Tucson


The Development Manager serves as a member of the fundraising team for the Tucson Symphony Orchestra and is responsible for the planning, coordination, and execution of all fundraising and donor stewardship events, project management of direct mail and tele-funding appeals, and grants management.

The ideal candidate will exhibit a high level of organization, proven project management experience, independent decision-making, strong interpersonal skills, the ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously and a passion for the mission of the TSO.

Special Event Project Management: (60%)
• Coordinate special donor stewardship and fundraising events, including pre-concert receptions, open rehearsals, special luncheons and dinners and guest artist events. Must be able to manage events within budgets and timelines, make decisions on external resources, coordinate and communicate with
other TSO staff, and ensure excellent donor experiences.
• Assist in developing new events and annual planning, in cooperation with the Director of Development, and maintain, organize and manage existing special events from concept to completion, ensuring they operate smoothly, efficiently, and generate maximum revenue and exposure.
• Manage Raffle campaign with non-profit partner and participate in Raffle ticket sales at events when needed.
• Follow up with participants and funders to arrange payment and track/submit expense reports of the events for the Development Department
• Working alongside Development Task Force, Committee Chairs, Board Members, and various event related committees as required.
• Communicate and coordinate in a timely manner with Tucson Symphony Marketing staff for design, promotion, and external communication materials; Production staff for reserving lighting, sound, and equipment requirements, as well as set-up and tear-down of such equipment; Artistic staff for scheduling attendance and speaking engagements for Music Director, guest conductors, special artists, and musicians at all special events.
Grants Management (25%)
• Maintain and update grants management process to ensure timely submission of grant requests and reports.
• Coordinate staff input on proposals including project selection, budgeting, program elements and outcomes. Supervise contract grant writer to ensure necessary information is provided in a timely manner.
• Ensure funder research, proposals and reports are filed appropriately in shared Development drive and readily available for retrieval.
• This position will not be the primary grant writer, but rather ensure efficient coordination of the grant writing process.

Direct Mail & Telefunding Project Management(15%)
• Manage content, design, list development, printing and mailing for four annual appeals.
• Coordinate, produce and manage telefunding lists for vendor in collaboration with the Director of Development and Donor/Patron Services Manager.

Desired Qualifications:
• Minimum 3-5 years of experience in project/special events management, non-profit events preferred
• Experience with Archtics or other fundraising/donation tracking software
• Experience working in a professional symphony orchestra environment
• Team player committed to developing a culture of philanthropy

Position Requirements:
• Bachelor’s Degree required
• Highly organized, detail oriented, excellent interpersonal skills and quality aesthetic.
• Ability to interact with others in a manner that inspires trust and confidence
• Strong computer skills and experience in Microsoft Office applications
• Driving with personal vehicle required (Mileage reimbursement available)
• Flexible schedule with some weekends and evenings required

Must be able to lift 30 lbs.
• $40,000 salary
• Health insurance
• 403b match to employee contributions

Send Resume and Cover Letter with 3 References to:

Terresa Tauzin
Director of Development
Tucson Symphony Orchestra
2175 N 6th Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85705
Position Open Until Filled

NEW POSTING: Sonoran Institute Development Manager

IDA Development Associate

Position Overview

IDA is hiring a Development Associate to work in its Tucson, Arizona office. Reporting to the Executive Director, the position works closely with staff and the Board of Directors to create and oversee implementation of a strategic approach to fundraising, which includes major gifts, corporate donations, and in-kind resources. The position also plays a critical role in IDA’s fund development work by providing support to staff, and participating in all fundraising activities, including donor and public relations, annual appeals, and special events.

NEW POSTING: ATC Associate Director of Development

ATC Associate Director of Development

Position Summary:
Arizona Theatre Company is the official State Theatre of Arizona, Arizona’s only fully professional theatre company, and a member of the respected League of Resident Theatres (LORT). Productions take place in both Tucson (at the historic Temple of Music and Art) and Phoenix (at the Herberger Theater Center). ATC maintains offices in both cities.

The Associate Director of Develoment plays a key role on ATC’s Development Team, which is responsible for raising $3.5 million annually in contributed funds. Under the supervision of the Director of Development, the Associate Director of Development works to establish long-term partnerships, strengthen existing relationships and initiate new contacts within the corporate and major gifts sectors, and provides strategic direction and oversight of private Foundation activities.

The desired candidate will provide the expertise to advance Arizona Theatre Company’s interests by researching and identifying sources of support, proactively seeking opportunities to generate new proposals based on corporate guidelines and interests, maintaining strong communication ties with corporate and foundation donors and prospects and managing and stewarding significant relationships. ATC is seeking someone who is energetic, ambitious, goal-oriented and creative, and organized with the ability to work both independently and collaboratively, with a talent for building strong and productive relationships across constituencies.

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