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Overton Park Conservancy is currently seeking a Director of Development. The position is open until filled.

Position Description

Reporting to and in partnership with the Executive Director, the Development Director will spearhead development efforts as OPC continues to grow. A new position in the organization, the Development Director will have the opportunity to build the development function.


  • Develops best practices, strategy, policies and procedures for donor and prospect management
  • Leads the development and execution of OPC’s annual fundraising plan
  • Identifies, cultivates and solicits philanthropic support from individuals, foundations and corporations
  • Develops and maintains ongoing relationships with major donors, partners & collaborators
  • Creates and executes a strategy to grow and sustain a base of annual individual donors
  • Develops and tracks proposals and reports for all foundation and corporate fundraising
  • Grows operational funding with key responsibilities for both Membership and Annual Giving; identifies and cultivates new donor groups
  • Increases special event revenue through sponsorships, in-kind contributions, and increased participation, i.e. ticket sales and registrations.
  • Assures the accuracy of all donor records; is proficient with donor software
  • Sends out acknowledgement letters/receipting and benefit fulfillment
  • Prepares and delivers presentations, speeches and proposals as needed
  • Works in partnership with OPC staff to ensure development cultivation is a priority in OPC’s messaging and activities
  • Facilitates board development activities by identifying board roles in fundraising, coordinating board development activities and assisting with training board members


  • Demonstrated excellence in organizational, managerial, and communication skills
  • Demonstrated comprehensive management skills, including but not limited to short and long-term planning, evaluation, directing and motivating staff, verbal and written communication skills, and governance.
  • Proven ability to manage relationships, meet goals, and articulate marketing message
  • Demonstrated experience and confidence in asking people to contribute time and money
  • Demonstrated success in writing successful government, foundation and corporate grant proposals
  • The amount of knowledge required would typically be acquired in a bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 3 years fundraising experience in a professional position
  • Master’s degree and certification in fundraising (CFRE)
  • Knowledge of SalesForce is recommended

This is a full-time position requiring no less than 40 hours per week. Work is both in an indoor environment and in an outdoor park setting. Frequent weekend and evening work may be required.

Work requires some physical exertion such as walking, standing, lifting, carrying, or similar activities.

Salary commensurate with experience.

Overton Park Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

How to Apply:

Send cover letter, resume and salary requirements to:     – or -

Human Resources, Overton Park Conservancy, 1914 Poplar Avenue, Suite 202, Memphis, TN 38104

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