Development Manager: Fairmount Park Conservancy

Posted January 2nd, 2019 at 9:20 am.

Role Summary:

The Development Manager plays a crucial role within the development department including managing the annual campaign and planned giving program, oversight of the donor database, and developing and writing institutional fundraising proposals and reports.  The ideal candidate will have excellent writing and organizational skills and must be able to manage multiple deadlines, and be able to function effectively in a dynamic environment under minimum supervision.  This person will be responsible for effectively communicating with a variety of constituencies with a high level of courtesy and professionalism. This position reports to the Senior Director of Development and works closely with the Impact & Grants Manager.


Campaign Management & Support (40% of time)

  • Manage the Annual Appeal campaign, including developing donor acquisition strategies and managing vendors
  • Develop, launch and manage and manage the Conservancy’s new Planned Giving program
  • Coordinate with the Marketing & Membership Manager to execute Membership campaigns and mailings
  • Oversee the development work of the Finance & Development Associate, including gift entry and the preparation and processing of all donor correspondence relating to annual giving, membership, and special events
  • Assist with Major Donor tracking and prospecting
  • Provide donor assistance to phone and written inquiries; maintaining good relationships with donors, members, and other constituents

Institutional Fundraising (30% of time)

  • Develop, write, edit and submit clear and compelling funding proposals and reports, working with the Impact & Grants Manager
  • Assist with maintaining relationships with existing institutional funders
  • Conduct prospect research on foundation and government funders

Database Management (30% of time)

  • Maintain, ensure, and increase the data integrity of the Conservancy’s donor base in Raiser’s Edge by maintaining and updating policies and procedures and training staff
  • Create and share donor information from Raiser’s Edge as needed with staff including; pulling mailing lists for annual events and donor newsletters, donor tracking, and giving histories
  • Provide regular fundraising reports to the Conservancy’s development team, Development Committee of the Board of Directors and the full board as needed


  • Minimum of Bachelor’s Degree with at least 3 years of combined experience in direct mail/membership programs and grant writing
  • Organized and process-oriented
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills
  • Exceptional analytical and creative problem-solving skills
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team in a fast paced environment
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • High proficiency in Raiser’s Edge or experience in managing a similar donor database environment
  • Interest in and commitment to the mission of Fairmount Park Conservancy


Salary for this position is competitive and commensurate with experience. The Conservancy offers a generous benefits package including health, dental, and vision, as well as life, disability and retirement plans.

Anti-Discrimination Policy:

The Fairmount Park Conservancy does not discriminate based on ethnicity, race, gender or sexual orientation and encourages all qualified individuals to apply.

About Us

Fairmount Park Conservancy brings parks to life. We improve and steward Philadelphia’s parks, enhance their historic and cultural assets, and support the communities they serve. We envision a vibrant, high-quality, and equitable park system that enriches the lives of all Philadelphians and serves as a model for excellence in civic engagement, environmental stewardship, historic preservation, and cultural vitality.

Apply for this job

Please send a formal letter of interest, resume, three work related references and salary requirements attached as either PDF or Word documents to with “Development Manager” in the subject line. Submissions without a letter of interest and salary requirements will not be considered. Please, no phone calls or mailed applications. Deadline for application is Wednesday, January 9, 2019. Applications submitted after this date will not be considered.

Filed under: Management Level by Margie DuBrow

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