Associate Development Director

Associate Development Director

Job Description

Supervisor:  Director of Development
Location:     Elizabethtown/remote    

Summary of Position

The Associate Development Director is a senior staff member responsible for helping to raise the private funds needed to achieve the Council’s annual and long-term financial goals. The primary responsibility is managing and executing projects, mainly mailings and events of various sizes (live or virtual) to cultivate, engage, solicit, and thank donors for supporting the Council with gifts of $250 or more.


  • Assist the Development Director and Executive Director in designing the Council’s fundraising strategy based on analysis to identify, cultivate, solicit and steward donors to raise funds in collaboration with the Council staff, Board members, Development Committee, and others.
  • Assist the Development Director in implementing the fundraising strategy.
  • Maintaining and build relationships with major donors.
  • Work with the Development Director to plan and manage major donor engagement through events, stewardship activities, mailings, and emails; attend/execute events and activities.
  • Prepare and execute annual appeal letter mailings to major donors; create lists including correct names/solicitations/addresses and ask amounts; work with Board members to personalize major donor appeals and thank major donors for their gifts.
  • Supervise the Development Assistant in major donor gift acknowledgments, tribute gifts, member acknowledgments/fulfillment; effective record keeping, planning, reporting, and maximizing database functions.
  • Prepare grant proposals for foundations/family foundations, track grants, and special projects, and produce required donor reports for foundations and major donors.
  • Write and/or edit written materials for major donors; coordinate with member communications
  • Provide editing support (grammatical, messaging, tone, style) for all member/donor-related written material (blogs, letters, publications, action alerts).
  • Actively participate with the management team with other program directors and the Executive Director to help the Council function at the highest level possible.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Entrance Requirements:

  • Five to seven years of demonstrated professional and personal involvement in fundraising.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and outstanding interpersonal skills to work effectively with a wide variety of people at all levels.
  • Successful senior management experience with strategic planning, program development, staff supervision, and career development.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience using Adobe Creative Suite, and Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel). Knowledge of DonorPerfect database a plus.
  • Comfort and willingness to test new technologies for donor engagement.
  • Love of the Adirondacks and commitment to preserving its air, water, wildlands.
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team.

How to Apply

Please send resume and cover letter in one pdf file to Debbie Pastore, with Subject: Associate Development Director position. 

Organizational Purpose/Mission Statement: Based in Elizabethtown, NY (30 miles east of Lake Placid), the mission of the Adirondack Council is to ensure the ecological integrity and wild character of New York’s six-million-acre Adirondack Park for current and future generations. We envision an Adirondack Park with clean water and air and large wilderness areas, surrounded by working farms and forests and vibrant local communities. To protect the Adirondacks, the Council uses the best science, the law, and an understanding of political decision making, to educate, inform and motivate the public and those who make public policy. We are committed to building a diverse staff and strongly encourage applications from candidates of all backgrounds.

The Adirondack Council is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All applicants receive equal considerations without regard to age, race, color, religion, marital status, sexual preference, ancestry, national origin, handicap, or disability. Employees are selected on the basis of their individual qualifications and ability to fulfill the requirements of the job. The same considerations apply to promotions, pay increases, and all other conditions of employment with the Adirondack Council.

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