Development Director

Job Description

The Chelan-Douglas Land Trust (CDLT) seeks a Development Director to help lead a growing and successful land conservation organization in North Central Washington. The CDLT has a solid record of community engagement, land protection, and stewardship.  The Land Trust connects people to nature and has earned a strong reputation for bringing diverse groups of people together to achieve common conservation goals. An enthusiastic and committed board and membership of over 2,000 households support CDLT with time, money, ideas, and community connections. We have over $27 million in assets including a $4 million operating endowment, a $4 million stewardship fund, and a $1.2 million land conservation opportunity fund which testify to our strong community support and our commitment to financial stability.
Headquartered in Wenatchee, North Central Washington offers affordable housing and unlimited recreational opportunities. We are within an hour from two world-class ski mountains, and easy access to multiple mountain climbing sites, thousands of acres of snowshoe and cross-country ski trails, endless camping and hiking opportunities, white water rafting and twenty-plus miles of hiking right from downtown Wenatchee. We are known for our orchards and our warm, friendly, generous spirit. This is a place that welcomes newcomers!

Position Summary:

The Development Director oversees all aspects of fundraising including annual operations, special programs, and long-term financial security, memberships, major gifts, planned giving, and other annual giving and/or capital campaigns. The Development Director (DD) oversees the infrastructure of a development office and works closely with the Executive Director, Associate Director, Board of Directors, appropriate committees and any fundraising consultants that may be retained. The DD will partner closely with the Executive Director and senior staff to develop and manage the growth of the Chelan-Douglas Land Trust and its strategic response to an ever-increasing demand for the organization’s services. Specific duties will be designed in a fashion that takes maximum advantage of individual skill sets and complements the roles of existing staff.  


  1. Plan, design, implement and analyze all fundraising activities 
  2. Prepare a three-year fundraising plan and annual budgets and work plans 
  3. Design and implement strategies to identify, research, and cultivate major donor prospects, including individuals, foundations and corporations 
  4. Design and implement Annual Fall Campaign
  5. Provide mentoring and coaching to staff in a visible, approachable manner
  6. Re-launch a planned giving program
  7. Coordinate gift solicitations by Executive Director, Associate Director, Board members, staff and volunteers 
  8. Research state and federal grant opportunities and work with Executive Director and other staff to prepare grant applications for operational support and new initiatives. Review and coordinate project grant writing with staff. 
  9. Work with Executive Director and the Board to initiate and coordinate capital and other special issue campaigns 
  10. Develop and manage a membership recruiting and retention plan; ensure accurate and current donor data systems, gift reporting and other database protocols; and develop and maintain a system for all staff on major donor “notes to file” 
  11. Recruit and train volunteers for soliciting prospects 
  12. Represent Chelan-Douglas Land Trust at appropriate functions.


Despite its steady growth, Chelan-Douglas Land Trust remains a small, grassroots organization. As such, this position may be required to assume additional duties as directed by the Executive Director to retain and advance the viability of this non-profit organization.


•    Three-plus years in sales, fundraising or donor management. 
•    Expertise in fundraising/CRM software, Bloomerang preferred.
•    Demonstrated ability to build and maintain relationships with a wide array of people from diverse backgrounds.
•    Outstanding communication and interpersonal skills. Proven ability to work with efficiency, flexibility, and good humor.
•    Passionate about the mission and impact of CDLT
•    Ability to exercise tact and diplomacy in organizational settings.
•    Self-starter, self-disciplined person with spark, imagination, and creativity.
•    Proven ability to remain focused in the face of pressure, delivering against timelines, and not intimidated by tasks/time limitations.

To Apply:

Applications will be reviewed as received until June 1, 2023 or until position is filled. Please send a cover letter and résumé. 

Mail complete application to:

CDLT Development Director Search
18 N Wenatchee Avenue
Wenatchee, WA 98801

Or email to: [email protected]

Salary and Benefits:

We offer a competitive salary that is consistent with Land Trust Alliance practices, with excellent benefits, including group medical and dental insurance, travel reimbursement, training opportunities, 30 days of paid holiday and vacation time, and a simple IRA with employer match. Salary level depends upon experience and is $60-90,000 per year for 40 hours per week.  

The Chelan-Douglas Land Trust was founded in 1985 and has a current membership base of over 2,000 households. We are a non-profit organization that engages communities in conserving, caring for, and accessing the natural lands and waters that sustain North Central Washington. We have a 16-member Board, 20-member Leadership Circle, 12 paid staff and many members and volunteers supporting our work. Our service area includes Chelan and Douglas Counties, with strategic activities at the regional and statewide level. The CDLT is an equal opportunity employer.