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Development Director – Career Opportunity

The Escondido Creek Conservancy (Conservancy) is seeking an experienced fundraising professional to help the Conservancy build annual resources sufficient to manage Conservancy lands and support, in perpetuity, the Conservancy’s conservation, outdoor education, and other programs per the Conservancy’s 2021 strategic plan.

The Conservancy currently manages 3,000 acres of habitat-rich property in the Escondido Creek watershed in North San Diego County and frequently adds to its conservation land portfolio. Additionally, the Conservancy provides outstanding outdoor education programming to over 5,000 youth and adults per year and is engaged in water quality enhancement activities. This is a new position.


The Development Director will create and implement a philanthropic plan based on the Conservancy’s 2021 Strategic Plan update. Additionally, the Development Director will guide two existing fund-raising campaigns, Seed the Future and Boulder Outlook, to completion. The philanthropic plan should include strategies to create a monthly and annual funding base sufficient to support on-going operations and help the Conservancy generate revenue to maintain its activities in perpetuity. 

The Development Director will work with the Board of Directors to leverage directors’ skills and expertise towards enhanced fundraising. The Development Director will also utilize their own contacts and generate new contacts to help expand the Conservancy’s pool of donors. 

The Director will develop and implement a donor recognition program, facilitate major gift asks from individuals and organizations, expand the Planned Giving program, and cultivate new donors through creative and engaging activities and other means.

The Director will oversee fund-raising and donor communication. The Development Director must be an excellent writer with experience writing and winning substantial grants from both private foundations and public sources. The Director must demonstrate exceptional record keeping, including donor logs and gift acknowledgement.

Inclusion and equity:

The Conservancy recognizes the significance of inclusion and equity, and we are actively working on it and continuing to learn. We are accountable for the ways in which the Conservancy  may have unintentionally perpetuated inequities in our community. Going forward, our commitment to inclusion means we connect with the full diversity of people and communities throughout our watershed to seek input that informs our work. We find a place for new ideas and identify how we can respond, within our capacity. We invite everyone to join us through volunteer opportunities and program participation. We work to break down barriers to access that have historically limited participation by some community members. With some of our programs, we have been able to advocate for and facilitate equitable access to nature, environmental education, and empowering outdoors experiences for everyone. We know we have more work to do.


The Development Director reports to the Executive Director and works closely with the Conservancy’s Board of Directors. The Development Director works as part of the Conservancy’s five-person marketing and communications group.

Location and Logistics:

The Conservancy’s office is currently located in downtown Escondido but will be moving to the Mountain Meadow Preserve in Hidden Meadows in 2022. Due to the pandemic, Conservancy staff are currently mostly working remotely but will begin using the preserve office 2-3 days per week in 2022.

Conservancy properties and activities are located throughout the Escondido Creek watershed in North San Diego County, California.  Work is generally Monday-Friday, but weekend and evening work is periodically required. 


This position is for an accomplished professional who loves the challenge of creating and implementing a successful fundraising program benefiting a wonderful cause. We are looking for a Development Director who is a creative and innovative person dedicated to making a difference in the world.

The ideal candidate will have a proven track record of being a part of multi-million-dollar fundraising campaigns including major gifts, planned giving and grant writing. Candidates should have a thorough understanding of non-profit fund raising demonstrated by experience including, but not limited to, planned gifts, bequests, gifts of insurance and stock, real estate, and retirement assets. 

The Development Director should be a self-starter and  highly organized, with experience working on development campaigns utilizing communications, public outreach, and social media. Excellent people skills, problem-solving skills and a “get it done” attitude are essential. Current California driver’s license, automobile insurance and an automobile in good working order are required.

All Conservancy staff must be vaccinated against COVID-19 or have a legitimate exemption per Conservancy policy.


Salary range $65,000 to $85,000, depending on experience. The Conservancy provides competitive benefits and payment for mileage.


The position will remain open until filled. Please apply as soon as possible to be considered.

How to Apply:

Please submit resume, examples of successful philanthropic plans and campaigns you’ve developed, supported, and/or implemented, and references to information @ escondidocreek.org

Feel free to also include other materials that will help us understand your background and passion for this role. No phone calls please. 

More information about the Conservancy can be found at www.escondidocreek.org