Development and Events Manager – Public Lands Alliance


We are seeking an organized, creative, and confident individual to help grow our fundraising efforts through this newly created position. Someone who has a personal passion for the conservation and enrichment of parks, forests, wildlife refuges, and other public lands.

As an essential member of our development operation, you will spearhead our corporate partner membership program, nurturing relationships with environmentally oriented businesses and shaping our engagement strategies. You will help facilitate the trade show at our annual convention, as well as the design and implementation of other fundraising events.

In this position, you will also identify and help draft grant proposals, monitoring the opportunities offered by foundations, corporations, and government grants. You will be our point person managing our donor database and routine donor communications. In sum, this role is perfect for someone interested in increasing their acumen and skills across a wide array of development activities in the service of America’s public lands. You will report to the Director of Philanthropy.

What You Can Expect in This Role:

You will be expected to:

  • Lead corporate partner membership program:
    • Manage relationships with our corporate partner membership, including recruitment and renewal processes.
    • Ensure corporate partners receive and access benefits.
    • Coordinate registration of trade show exhibitors and onsite event management of the trade show in partnership with PLA’s meeting planner.
  • Coordinate fundraising events
    • Help manage and implement major fundraising and revenue-generating events, including: donation and sponsorship procurement; coordinating vendors, volunteers, and partners; and other event details.
    • Design creative and meaningful sponsorship opportunities.
  • Manage stewardship process and oversee donor data integrity
    • Enter and track gifts in our database (NeonCRM).
    • Ensure donor database integrity by maintaining up-to-date constituent information and tracking engagement.
    • Draft appeals and other routine correspondence with current and prospective donors.
    • Coordinate the acknowledgement process for corporate, foundation and individual donors.
  • Support grant and proposal development
    • Help research and apply for foundation, corporate, and government grant opportunities, including assisting in drafting proposals.
    • Monitor proposal deadlines and reporting requirements for grants.

Your Knowledge and Expertise:

You will need:

  • Minimum two (2) years experience in development, donor stewardship, membership, events management, or similar field.
  • Successful experience in prospect identification, relationship building, solicitation, and stewardship.
  • Knowledge of fundraising principles, methods, and standards. Experience with donor management systems.
  • Excellent written communication skills, with experience in donor appeals and/or grant writing preferred.
  • Effective time management and organizational skills.
  • Capacity to organize data and produce reports.
  • Experience advancing projects collaboratively with a diverse group of stakeholders.
  • Flexibility, sense of humor, humility, and confidence.
  • Familiarity with public lands, outdoor recreation, and conservation principles, preferred.

Working at the Public Lands Alliance:

PLA is a fully remote national nonprofit organization staffed by seven (7) full-time positions and several contracted consultants. Although we work as a team, each of us has a defined role to independently meet our mission. You will travel less than 10% of the time. For more information about our organization, visit

PLA offers a comprehensive benefits package that addresses the following:

  • Health and work-life balance. You will have access to medical, vision, and dental insurance, as well as competitive leave policies and 11 paid annual holidays.
  • Investments in you. You will have access to a 403(b) retirement plan immediately, with employer contributions after one year of service. PLA supports professional development opportunities for its staff, including membership with applicable professional societies.
  • Tech support. You will be provided a laptop, as well as a defined reimbursement for your monthly home internet/phone expenses.

PLA endeavors to be transparent regarding starting salary ranges in all advertised positions to ensure every applicant knows what they can expect from participating in our search process.

The salary range for this position is $50,000 – $55,000, commensurate with experience and skills.

How to Apply:

Send a resume and a compelling letter of introduction to with the position title, “Development and Events Manager,” in the subject line.

Submissions received by June 21, 2024 will receive priority consideration. Submissions will be accepted until the position is filled.

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