Trails & Pathways job posting

Teton Valley Trails and Pathways (TVTAP) is growing. This opportunity to join our close-knit, hard-working, non-profit crew as the Development Director allows you to help us promote a trails and pathways connected community. As the Development Director, you’ll report to the Executive Director and you are responsible for defining and implementing Trails and Pathways’ philanthropic vision and direction, to ensure that the organization has the financial and relationship resources needed to accomplish and sustain its mission. Your proven experience as a fundraising and organizational development specialist, with several years of management experience in a non-profit organization or similar environment will help you succeed at Trails & Pathways. The applicant must be motivated, can solve complex problems, think creatively, have a passion for philanthropy and for the mission and work of Teton Valley Trails and Pathways.

Schedule: This a full time, exempt position. While much of the work takes place Monday through Friday during regular office hours, evening and weekend work is also required. Compensation: Starting salary is dependent upon experience, within the range of $50-60,000 per year. Benefits include paid time off, remote work option, sick/family leave, matching contribution to retirement, and a flexible work schedule.We support getting outside, doing fun things while balancing workload and life commitments. This is a hands-on position where you get to see it all happen from first vision to being able to walk, ski or ride on the culmination of your work

Application: Submit cover letter and resume to Job open until filled.

Essential Functions:

1. Provide leadership in philanthropic program development

The Development Director will work closely with, and provide leadership to, the Executive Director and board fund development committee as they grow the vision and direction for the Trails and Pathways philanthropy program. Efforts will include working to refine the philanthropy component of long-term strategic plans; providing leadership to the board, staff, and volunteers in fostering a culture of philanthropy, and ensuring that fund development is executed in an ethical manner. Additionally, acting as the staff liaison to the board fundraising committee, and providing leadership and support for board fundraising efforts; help recruit, train, and motivate fundraising volunteers; and keeping the fundraising leadership team abreast of best practices in philanthropy, fund development.

2. Carry out a successful philanthropic development program

The Development Director will hold primary responsibly for successful implementation of the Trails and Pathways philanthropy program. This will include working with the Executive Director and Board of Directors to create and implement an annual fund development plan that establishes a balanced mix of funding sources and fundraising programs that attract, retain, and develop donors and fundraising volunteers; responding to donor communications in a timely and professional fashion; cultivating strong relationships with new and existing major and significant donors to ensure they feel connected, engaged, impactful and informed; developing a referral network for introductions to prospective new donors, and working with this network to identify and engage the support of prospective new major and significant donors; ensuring that fundraising program activities comply with all regulations and laws, as well as the code of ethics for fundraising professionals; creating and executing multiple annual appeals that are written, web-based, event-based, and/or social media based; working with the Executive Director and Board to develop a monthly giving program, a major gifts program, and a planned giving program; and working with the staff to plan and implement an annual events program to complement the philanthropy program.

3. Effectively communicate the mission, values, impact and needs of Trails and Pathways

An important aspect of the Development Director position will be to serve as an ambassador for Trails and Pathways, actively engaging with local and regional philanthropists and prospective funders to enhance awareness of the organization’s mission, activities, and needs. This will include making public appearances and accepting speaking engagements to inform and engage prospective donors; attending community events, meetings, and conferences to promote Trails and Pathways goals and/or solicit donations or sponsorships; and preparing letters, articles, social media posts, presentations, and other written and/or visual materials that effectively communicate the organizations mission, activities, and needs. We want you to spend time on the trails and pathways with our supporters.

4. Measure, monitor, track, and improve philanthropy program success

The Development Director will work closely with the Executive Director and Board to

-Develop and implement performance measures that promote accountability to monitor and grow the philanthropy program.

-Utilize the current philanthropy tools of Little Green Light donor management and Classy Philanthropy platform to establish performance measures.

- Apply analytical tools to evaluate the efficacy of the philanthropy program

-Ensure that all relevant donor interactions are regularly recorded in the donor database and prepare supporter acknowledgements

-Develop and execute Capital Campaigns

-Provide regular written performance reports and analysis to the staff and board of directors.


• Must be an enthusiastic, efficient, creative, flexible, adaptable self-starter with good time management skills and the ability to multi-task, prioritize, solve problems, make decisions, follow through with commitments, and meet deadlines with minimal supervision in a dynamic work environment.

• Must be willing to work as both a leader and a team member with staff and board, and to seek and embrace diversity when working with donors, partner organizations, members, and public.

• Must be able to take work seriously, but not oneself.

• Interest in and commitment to Trails and Pathways’ mission is required.

• A passion for philanthropy, and confidence when asking for financial contributions of all types and amounts, are required.

• Previous development or related experience is preferred.

• Understanding of fundraising fundamentals and fundraising ethics.

• Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

• Analytical thinking and ability to analyze data.

• Ability to remain impartial to strong and diverse perspectives and opinions.

• Excellent diplomatic skills.

• Enthusiasm for and experience with coordinating events.

• Basic PC and software skills, including proficiency in Microsoft Office applications, is required. Experience with CRM Databases is preferred.

• Degree preferred, preferably in philanthropy, non-profit management, business, marketing, communications, or a related field. Other degrees will be considered with sufficient experience/qualifications.

• Ability to work evenings and weekends with advanced notice; ability to work outdoors in varying weather conditions; ability to lift 50 lbs; successful completion of an enhanced background check; and a valid Idaho Driver License will all be requirements for this position.