Director of Development

Appalachian Voices, an award winning non-profit organization that protects the land, air, water and communities of the central and southern Appalachian region while advancing a clean energy future, is seeking a Director of Development. This individual will join a team of professionals dedicated to bringing people together to implement solutions to the environmental problems having the greatest impact on the region. Our staff share a strong commitment to our mission and a deep connection to the Appalachian region and its people.

Based in Charlottesville, VA, Boone, NC, or Washington, DC, the Director of Development will report to the Executive Director. S/he will be responsible for maximizing development functions throughout the organization through close collaboration with our program, communications, and development staff, particularly our Director of Leadership Gifts.

Essential job responsibilities include:

  • Managing all development activities to meet our fundraising goals
  • Creating and implementing a development plan in consultation with the Executive Director, the Director of Leadership Gifts, and the senior management team
  • Tracking of all foundation schedules, deadlines and requirements, and developing and submitting grant proposals and reports
  • Researching potential new sources of foundation funding, making initial contacts with foundations, and submitting letters of inquiry
  • Ensuring compliance with charity-rating entities such as Charity Navigator
  • Assisting with board meetings and board development
  • Contributing to organizational communications strategies and overseeing communications for development
  • Supervising membership development and relationships with major donors
  • Participating on the senior management team to help formulate and execute long-term goals and strategies, and to ensure effective day-to-day operations

Education, experience and skills required:

  • Extremely strong writing skills and demonstrated success in securing grants and major gifts
  • Excellent time-management skills
  • Ability to work productively both autonomously and as team member
  • Experience attracting, engaging and building lasting relationships with high-level donors
  • Working knowledge of social media and other digital tools to grow membership base and raise organizational visibility is a plus
  • Familiarity with environmental and/or energy issues is a strong plus.

The successful candidate will be committed to the mission of Appalachian Voices and motivated to join a team of hard-working, fun-loving, caring, smart and creative colleagues. Appalachian Voices is an Equal Opportunity Employer and minorities are encouraged to apply. Competitive non-profit salary commensurate with experience and skills.

How to apply

If interested in applying please send your resume and a cover letter to

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Charlottesville, Virginia
Appalachian Voices
Human Resources