CLA is Hiring a Director of Philanthropy
ABOUT CHESAPEAKE LEGAL ALLIANCE
Efforts to clean up the Bay began over 40 years ago. However, the largest estuary in the United States continues to suffer death-by-a-thousand-cuts from all directions, including polluted runoff from streets and farms, climate change, deforestation, and wetland destruction. The decline of the Chesapeake Bay has impacted residents’ quality of life, physical health, food supply, and economy. We don’t have another 40 years to achieve results. Legal action is a key tool in turning the tide.
At Chesapeake Legal Alliance (CLA), we apply the power of the law to protect and restore clean water and promote healthy, resilient ecosystems for communities across the Chesapeake Bay watershed. CLA is the only regional organization solely dedicated to providing free legal services to protect the Chesapeake Bay watershed. We are a trusted source for innovative legal strategies to solve the Bay’s most complex problems. Our clients include individuals, community groups and environmental advocates working to protect the Bay’s lands, waters and communities. CLA also works with local, state, and federal regulators seeking unique solutions to Chesapeake Bay protection and restoration. We provide Bay advocates with FREE legal help in many forms: education, pro bono counsel, strategic legal counseling, and policy support.
CLA Fast Facts
- Established: 2009
- Employees: 8
- Based in Annapolis, Maryland
- Annual budget: $950K
Although CLA was founded over 10 years ago, we are currently in a phase of significant growth and reorganization. As a result, we operate much like a start-up organization. Over the past 18 months, CLA has secured a sizable multi-year grant, undergone a merger, increased our staff and budget by 50%, and significantly expanded our services. With this increased capacity, our dynamic, committed team has achieved exponential results in a short time! Our goal at CLA is to provide free legal services for as long as it takes to achieve enduring protection for the Chesapeake Bay watershed with healthy ecosystems, sustainable land use, and clean water for all. We can only achieve this goal with careful financial planning and proactive fundraising.
DIRECTOR OF PHILANTHROPY
CLA seeks a highly motivated, forward-thinking, and seasoned leader to serve as our first Director of Philanthropy. This new position will become part of our leadership team, reporting to the Co-Executive Directors, Eliza Smith Steinmeier and David Reed. The Director will be responsible for leading all strategic fundraising activities, with a specific focus on building a diverse portfolio of individual and corporate donors. A successful candidate will be committed to getting results, even in a challenging economic environment. She/He/They will elevate CLA’s visibility, cultivate and maintain donor relationships, and ultimately generate significant new revenue to support CLA’s mission.
You will lead CLA’s donor portfolio growth and relationship management to increase raised revenue across all philanthropic channels (major gifts, corporate donations, annual fund, planned giving, events etc.). CLA’s specific goal is to generate $600,000 in new funding commitments by the beginning of 2024. You will need to hit the ground running by managing and developing a pipeline of inbound private and corporate donors so CLA can sustain its tremendous growth and impact – specifically protecting and restoring the environment throughout the Chesapeake Bay and its communities.
The Director of Philanthropy will:
- Work with the Co-Executive Directors to develop a comprehensive Development Plan with quantifiable outcomes, deliverables, and timelines to achieve the annual revenue goals necessary for the long-term sustainability of Chesapeake Legal Alliance.
- Act as a professional advisor to the Executive Directors and Board of Directors to ensure the implementation of a sustainable development strategy.
- Build a portfolio of new major donors through the four stages of research, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship, with a goal of long-term retention.
- Conduct a minimum of 50 in-person/virtual visits with donors and prospects per year. The Executive Directors, high‐level volunteers, and members of the Board of Directors and Advisors will support these efforts.
- Manage donor correspondence and maintain responsibility for developing messages, strategy memos, talking points, and donor engagement materials.
- Track and report on progress toward Development Plan goals, including contacts, proposals, gifts, pledges, and cash‐flow projections.
- Assist the Co-Executive Directors with writing/tracking grant proposals and reports.
- Develop a corporate partnership framework to identify, perform outreach for, and cultivate new strategic corporate partnerships.
- Manage CLA’s donor/constituent management system.
- Regularly update the Development Plan.
You will increase visibility of the organization through targeted donor outreach to support the long-term revenue growth of CLA. This includes:
- Designing and advancing short and long-term donor outreach strategies that promote CLA’s services, philosophy, mission, and values.
- Leading the production of donor outreach materials (printed, digital, and social media).
This role is a fit for you if…
- You are results-oriented, excel in relationship-building, and have strong project management skills.
- You have sincere commitment to the values of CLA, including Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) in our work and our workplace.
- You have a Bachelor’s degree.
- You have a minimum of 8 years of experience in successful nonprofit fundraising and/or marketing, with demonstrated skill in identifying and fostering donor-type relationships.
- You have a proven track record of achieving ambitious revenue growth.
- You have excellent written and verbal communication skills.
- You have exceptional attention to detail.
- You have experience managing projects and budgets.
- You have knowledge of fundraising and communications technology. Currently, CLA uses Little Green Light & MailChimp.
- You have the ability and willingness to travel occasionally (mostly within the Bay watershed). Note: no travel will be required until Covid-19 conditions allow for safe travel and personal interactions.
- You have a creative, self-starter attitude.
- You have a desire to become part of a dynamic, flexible, innovative team.
- Familiarity with regional networks and organizations supporting Chesapeake Bay conservation efforts is a plus.
We recognize there are great candidates who may not fit the description above or who have important skills and experiences that we haven’t considered. If that sounds like you, don’t hesitate to apply and tell us more about yourself. CLA is committed to constantly improving our organization, in part by better reflecting the communities we serve. If you meet more than 75% of these qualifications and are passionate about making positive change, we support your application.
Salary Range: $80,000+, commensurate with experience.
Location: Annapolis, MD. Due to Covid-19, CLA staff has successfully worked 100% remotely since March 2020. Once conditions allow for a safe return to the office, CLA will resume a flexible in-office schedule. The office is dog-friendly and offers free on-site parking.
Benefits: Chesapeake Legal Alliance values work-life balance as well as a family-friendly atmosphere. Benefits include:
- Paid time off, paid sick leave, 9 paid holidays (5 federal, 4 floating)
- Four weeks paid parental leave
- Health reimbursement account (QSEHRA)
- Retirement account with employer contribution
Start Date: As soon as practicable.
How to Apply
To streamline the application process, we’ve created an Application Form where you upload your resume as well as answer a few questions. Please use this form in lieu of a cover letter. While resumes are important, they don’t tell us the whole story. We want to get to know you and why are interested in this new position at CLA.
Application Deadline: Applications will be accepted until December 31, 2020, or until the position is filled.
CLA VALUES DIVERSITY AND EQUITY
Chesapeake Legal Alliance is dedicated to creating an inclusive workplace for those of all ages and backgrounds. We celebrate the rich dimensions of diversity, such as race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, physical abilities, and religious and political beliefs. Diversity creates an awareness of, and respect for differences, and ultimately translates into increased understanding. We especially encourage members of communities that are traditionally underrepresented in the environmental movement to apply to join our team, including people of color, women, LGBTQ people, those from economically disadvantaged communities, and differently abled people.
Chesapeake Legal Alliance is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We recruit, employ, train, compensate, and promote regardless of race, color, sex (including pregnancy), gender identity (including gender nonconformity and status as a transgender or transsexual individual), sexual orientation, religion, national origin, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected characteristic.