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Director of Development

The Director of Development is the chief fundraiser for PennFuture, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, and is responsible for creating, executing, and managing all fundraising and development activities, including raising funds towards a $4 million yearly budget. They will build and oversee the execution of PennFuture’s development strategy and will be a member of the senior leadership team. The Director of Development will work to engage and raise funds from existing donors, forge new relationships to build PennFuture’s visibility, impact, and financial resources, and create an internal organizational culture for fundraising. This position will primarily be responsible for expanding, diversifying, and strengthening PennFuture’s donor base and pipeline, while cultivating existing donors, organizational partners, and supporting foundation fundraising. They will work closely with the President & CEO, leadership team members, the board of directors, and development and executive staff at CVPA, our 501(c)4 strategic partner, to secure funding for new and existing initiatives. 

Commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice 
PennFuture knows that to achieve our mission, we need to ensure that all Pennsylvanians have equitable access to clean air, clean water, a stable climate, and a clean and sustainable economy. We are committed to ensuring diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice in our organizational culture, policies, practices, and programs. Like the environmental and conservation movement writ large, we have historically fallen short in our efforts to build a truly equitable Pennsylvania. Our vision is to center equity and justice in everything we do as well as to combat systems of oppression and injustices that have long harmed Pennsylvania’s environmental justice communities. 


  • Manage and oversee the development functions of PennFuture: 
    • Meet with and make fundraising asks of individual donors. 
    • Oversee and lead work on annual membership engagement, including direct mail pieces, email fundraising, and timely acknowledgment. 
    • Develop a five-year and annual fundraising plans with evaluation metrics. 
    • Develop and implement strategies for the cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of individuals, corporations, and foundations in concert with the President & CEO and Executive Vice President. 
    • Manage and develop a portfolio of current, lapsed, and prospective donors. 
    • Work with the Executive Vice President and Culture and Operations Manager to manage grant timelines and deliverables, including drafting content and coordinating with program staff, as appropriate. 
  • Develop and support joint fundraising with PennFuture strategic partner, Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania (CVPA): 
    • Work in deep coordination with Development staff at CVPA to share resources, create equivalencies, and jointly raise more funds for both organizations. 
    • Schedule and coordinate joint fundraising asks. 
    • Research and explore, in coordination with CVPA, new opportunities for joint fundraising. 
  • Lead and manage fundraising tactics with staff and Board: 
    • Work with the President & CEO and other staff to lead, organize, and execute various fundraising events each year. 
    • Work with and support the Board of Directors in their fundraising efforts. 
    • Oversee the Development Coordinator’s work to maintain and update donor records in the CRM. Work with the Development Coordinator to perform donor/prospect research, and research new opportunities for foundation or corporate support. 
    • Develop and implement communication strategies, in collaboration with the Communications Director, to convey PennFuture’s impact, deepen relationships, and inspire philanthropy. 
    • Ensure PennFuture is fully engaged in industry best practices, metrics, and trends. 
  • Other tasks as assigned. 

Preferred Experience and Skills 

  • 3-5 years of prior development experience, with specific experience making successful, individual major donor asks. 
  • Strong commitment to PennFuture’s mission. 
  • Ability to construct, articulate, and implement annual development strategies. 
  • Collaborative spirit—must be a dependable team player. 
  • Strong leadership and management skills, and the ability to work effectively in a team and with diverse stakeholders. 
  • Commitment to the diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice values and vision of PennFuture and CVPA. 
  • Computer proficiency and a working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications, Google Non-Profit Suite software, and database and CRM software, including EveryAction. 
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and exercise discretion. 
  • Valid driver's license and access to a car, with the ability to travel and maintain a flexible work schedule; be willing to work some evenings and/or weekends, as needed. 

Location, Salary, And Benefits 
The Director of Development position can be based in any of PennFuture’s offices: Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Harrisburg, Erie, and Stroudsburg, but preference will be given to candidates in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. In general, PennFuture follows a hybrid work structure where employees can work remotely up to 4 days per week, based on the demands of specific tasks, team collaboration, or personal work preferences. Staff work with their supervisor to ensure the right balance. This is a full-time, exempt position. The salary range is $70,000 - $80,000. Benefits package includes health care, dental, vision, 5 weeks of paid vacation, 2 weeks of paid sick leave, 12 paid holidays, up to 8 weeks of parental leave after 1-year of employment, up to 2 weeks of elderly care leave, and a 403(b)-retirement plan with up to a 4% employer match. PennFuture encourages applications from individuals underrepresented in the environmental community, including people of color, and persons with non-traditional work and educational experience. All applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, national origin, marital status, religion, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, or political affiliation. PennFuture requires proof of vaccination against Covid-19 as a condition of employment but, in some circumstances, we may provide an exemption based on a medical condition that precludes vaccination or because of a deeply held religious conviction. 

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Please submit your cover letter, resume, one writing example of a fundraising solicitation, and contact information for three references to Executive Vice President Matthew Stepp at Please write “DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT” in the subject line.






PennFuture is an equal opportunity employer and will make all decisions without regard to the race, color, sex, national origin, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, or marital status of the applicant or employee.

PennFuture does not accept unsolicited resumes. 


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