National Forest Foundation,

California Regional Development Coordinator

12 days ago
Employment type
Los Angeles
Closing date

About this organization

The NFF works with communities and organizations to conserve and enhance the watersheds, wildlife habitat, wild places, and recreational opportunities across the 193-million-acre National Forest System. The NFF seeks to engage all Americans in this work.

About this job

National Forest Foundation (NFF) is pleased to offer a regular, full-time, and exempt position to a candidate who will be an integral part of the development team, by coordinating with funding prospects to grow philanthropic support for NFF programs and projects in California and Nevada, for unrestricted funding, and for other NFF priorities. The successful candidate will work remotely and be located in either California or near Reno, Nevada.

Position Function: The California Regional Development Coordinator will report to the Director of Conservation Partnerships and is responsible for generating funds from new and existing sources (including corporate, institutional, governmental, and individuals). The position will work closely with both development and program staff to secure and maintain funding partnerships that support the NFF mission, programs, and projects in California and Nevada (approximately 70%), along with developing support for unrestricted funding and other NFF priorities, and performing other duties as assigned (approximately 30%).

Roles & responsibilities

Position Duties and Responsibilities: The California Regional Development Coordinator will:

  • Expand the NFF base of donors by actively pursuing funding sources and creating new development and partnership opportunities.
  • Cultivate, solicit, and steward current and potential donors, resulting in increased charitable contributions and stronger relationships.
  • Develop a working knowledge of regional programs and projects and be adept at conveying complex concepts to diverse audiences in an understandable, relatable, and compelling manner.
  • Research prospects, write proposals and reports, and track results.
  • Initiate telephone contact with prospects and funders to qualify, cultivate, and close grants and commitments.
  • Work closely with program staff to cultivate and solicit prospective donors, manage partner relationships, and provide editorial review for proposals, letters of inquiry, corporate decks, sponsorship materials, etc. and assist with final proposal packaging as needed.
  • Provide input on and implement fundraising strategies for NFF work in California and Nevada.
  • Respond to inquiries from interested donors and partners.
  • Assist with other duties as assigned.


Education and Qualifications: NFF expects the California Regional Development Coordinator to possess the following educational and experiential qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience.
  • Minimum of two years’ experience with proven results in fundraising, including prospecting, cultivation, donor solicitation, proposal development and donor stewardship.
  • Experience and interest in conservation issues and a nonprofit environment preferred.
  • Excellent communication skills, including writing, editing, and telephone communication.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in common office procedures and software, including Microsoft 365 and Office Suite, including PowerPoint, Word, & Excel. Familiarity with CRM systems.
  • Abilities and Skills: NFF expects the California Regional Development Coordinator to possess:
  • Ability to work independently, managing a variety of projects and tasks effectively, with minimal oversight, in a remote environment.
  • Ability to represent the NFF, communicate the NFF mission, and discuss NFF programs and projects with diverse partners and donors in a clear and professional manner through top-notch written and oral communication skills, and outstanding interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills with a strong attention to detail.
  • Ability to work well and be flexible in a team-oriented environment.
  • A commitment to the mission of the NFF.
  • A commitment to ethical fundraising principles and DEI principles.
  • Both resilience and a sense of humor.
  • Ability to travel in and out of region, and occasionally work evenings and/or weekends.

To apply

Applicants must include both a cover letter and resume. Incomplete packages will not be considered. Position is open until filled. Please visit our careers site and click "Apply Now" to apply online.

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