Director Of Development and Community Outreach

Posted 4/30/2019


Great Rivers Environmental Law Center (Great Rivers) is a nonprofit, public interest, environmental litigation and advocacy center which began operations in 2002. Great Rivers assists and advises citizens groups and environmental groups on public interest environmental issues, including climate change, clean air and energy, clean water, preservation of floodplains and wetlands, forests, urban sprawl and open space, public health and environmental justice.


Reporting to and in partnership with the President, the Director of Development will be responsible for managing Great Rivers’ fundraising program. The Director will work with staff and board members and will meet with donors on an ongoing basis for the purpose of advancing relationships and soliciting gifts. The Director will assist with sustaining and increasing contributions from existing donors and will spearhead solicitation of new donors, and will provide professional, positive and proactive representation of Great Rivers Environmental Law Center. The Director will build relationships within the community to broaden the support base. Candidates should be organized, capable of balancing a large number of tasks, excellent at working with people, and assertive in motivating people to get their work done.


*Develop and implement an annual plan to identify, cultivate, solicit and steward donors and prospective donors to generate annual support. Plan should include goals around donor acquisition, retention, and upgrades. Tactics shall include but not be limited to: direct mail, major gifts, private foundation support, and special events.

*Make initial outreach and schedule face-to-face meetings with existing supporters.

*Use fundraising database (Results Plus) to record donations, volunteer hours, and interaction with donors and prospects.

*Develop, implement, and manage ongoing communication and reporting to organizational supporters.

*Collaborate across departments to make certain that funding opportunities and grant proposals are fully aligned with the strategic direction of the organization.

*Monitor weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual activity to achieve revenue goals.

*Create communications calendar and execute plan for email and social media.

*Manage the Young Professionals Board.

*Ensure Great Rivers is represented at relevant tabling events, including Earth Day events around Missouri.

Hours and Salary

40 hours per week. Salary $45,000 – $55,000 based upon experience. Benefits package includes paid holidays, vacation, sick, and personal days, paid parental leave, health insurance stipend, retirement, and paid continuing professional education.

Qualifications/Skills Required

*Excellent communication skills, both written and oral; ability to influence and engage a wide range of donors and build long-term relationships.

*Knowledge of cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship strategies.

*Able to manage competing priorities.

*Must embrace the mission of Great Rivers.

*Must be a “self-starter” and goal-driven to initiate donor visits and fundraising calls, and exhibit “follow-through” on tasks and goals.

*Bachelor’s Degree or the equivalent from an accredited college or university preferred.

*Master’s Degree in a related field a plus.

*CFRE certification a plus.

*Experience in major donor cultivation and solicitation a plus.

*Experience with fundraising software a plus.


St. Louis, Missouri—downtown.

Equal Employment Opportunity

In order to provide equal employment and advancement opportunities to all individuals, Great Rivers does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation or any other characteristic protected by law. This policy covers all facets of employment.

Application Procedures

Send cover letter, resume and list of references to: Dianne Klein, Office Manager, Great Rivers Environmental Law Center, 319 North Fourth Street, Suite 800, St. Louis, MO 63102 or e-mail them to Applications will be reviewed upon receipt until a suitable candidate is hired.

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