Senior Development Manager

Lancaster Conservancy

The Senior Development Manager joins the Lancaster Conservancy’s Community Impact Department to support the organization’s annual and special campaign fundraising efforts.

Priorities include building and stewarding strong relationships with the Conservancy supporters and prospects to secure philanthropic contributions including individual gifts, legacy gifts, annual fund contributions, foundation grants, corporate support, and special campaign donations to advance the organization’s mission. This position will work closely with the CEO and President, VP of Development and Marketing, and relevant staff and board committees to plan and execute short- and long-term development strategies.

Primary Duties:

  • Develop, plan, coordinate, execute, and evaluate fundraising strategies and activities in conjunction with President, VP of Development & Marketing, pertinent committees, volunteers, and staff to raise philanthropic funds for the Lancaster Conservancy.
  • Research, identify, cultivate, and steward relationships with current and prospective individual donors and funders, including major and legacy gifts.
  • Build and solicit corporate support, including the execution and further development of the organization’s sponsorship program.
  • Develop, manage, and produce donor communications, including the creation and distribution of fundraising appeals and timely acknowledgments, online fundraising and donor stewardship communications, as well as other digital and print publications pertinent to the department’s fundraising needs.
  • Research, prepare, and track non-governmental grant applications as well as communications and reporting with the granting organizations and with involved Conservancy departments.
  • Work with Community Impact Department staff and committee volunteers to plan, manage, and execute successful fundraising, cultivation, and donor stewardship events, including the annual fall fundraiser Dine on Harvest Moon, and other community engagement events as assigned.
  • Maintain the accuracy of the organization’s donor database through timely record keeping and data entry. Follow the organization’s document retention policy and fundraising best practices to ensure pertinent donor information and correspondences, such as gift agreements and restrictions, are tracked and executed appropriately.
  • Manage and track assigned development budgets, ensuring accurate reporting.
  • Prepare presentations and speak professionally about the Conservancy at meetings and events to grow current and future support.


  • Bachelor’s degree and five years of related fundraising experience OR seven or more years of demonstrated success in nonprofit fundraising and development
  • Passion for the environment and land conservation
  • Experience in nonprofit organizations
  • Ability to work and direct others in a fast-paced, high-stress environment especially during event execution
  • Excellent facilitation, and written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to interact with and foster positive relationships with diverse stakeholders
  • Extreme attention to detail, ability to work in a highly collaborative environment, and goal-oriented
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite or similar email, word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation computer software
  • Previous experience with managing a development database — specific experience with Salesforce NPSP is a plus
  • Must be able to occasionally move up to 20 pounds, traverse uneven ground up to 2 miles, and work outdoors in exposed conditions.

Evening and weekend work is occasionally required

This position must possess and maintain a current, valid driver’s license

This is a full-time, salaried, non-exempt position with competitive pay and benefits. This position is based out of our headquarters in Lancaster City, PA with frequent travel to meetings and events in both York and Lancaster counties. A hybrid work schedule can be discussed with the position’s supervisor.

Lancaster Conservancy provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws. 

This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training. 

How to Apply

Interested, qualified applicants should send a cover letter and resume to Jess Brown at [email protected] by Sunday, July 28. Please list your last name and Senior Development Manager as the email’s subject line (i.e. Lastname Senior Development Manager).