Director of Major Gifts

Trinity Park Conservancy
August 10, 2023
1444 Oak Lawn, Ste. 200, Dallas, Texas
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The Director of Major Gifts will support and execute all stages of major and principal gift cycles with a focus on individuals, as well as advising on long-term advancement department strategy. The Director of Major Gifts will work closely with the Development Committee and senior stakeholders to support the Campaign for Harold Simmons Park, as well as other fundraising goals of the Conservancy.

This position will be an integral and prominent part of the team which transforms the heart of Dallas to unite people with nature and with one another. The Director of Major Gifts will contribute crucial industry knowledge and relationship-building expertise to garner the deep and broad support needed to realize this vision.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

Manage a Portfolio:

  • Plan, coordinate, and execute effective cultivation and solicitation initiatives for current and prospective prospects to build relationships and increase financial or in-kind support.
  • Support senior leaders' effective participation in development-related activities, including prospect research, moves management strategies, and follow-up actions.
  • With the CAO, ensure high-quality, individualized, and meaningful stewardship of donors through communications, events and collateral.
  • Advise the ongoing discovery of new major and principal gifts prospects, including increased support from existing or lapsed supporters.
  • Actively partner with the CAO and board leadership on committee management and robust engagement of board members.

Exhibit Internal Leadership:

  • Participate in goal-setting, analysis, and reporting for all fundraising activities.
  • Explore and support the addition/adoption of staff, contracts, technology, and tools which optimize processes and foster best-in-class operations.
  • Contribute to building a culture of philanthropy across the organization.
  • Model professionalism and a solutions-oriented mindset.
  • Contribute to organizational equity goals and objectives.

Preferred Background and Skills:

  • At least 5 years of relevant experience in direct solicitation of major and principal gifts (preferable $1M+). At least one example of three or more years at the same organization with continued success is strongly preferred.
  • Demonstrated (measurable) track record of contributing to and leveraging successful moves management plans, with attention to the full gift cycle.
  • Familiarity with Dallas non-profit landscape and philanthropic community a strong plus.
  • Experience working with high-profile individuals and brands a plus.
  • Experience working cross-departmentally with programming, communications, finance, etc.
  • Strong communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • Strong attention to detail, and ability to manage multiple projects concurrently.
  • A collaborative mindset and impeccable integrity.

Application Instructions

Compensation and Benefits

A candidate with acceptable qualifications could expect to earn $80,000 per year, while a candidate with exceptional qualifications could expect to earn up to $140,000 per year.  The Conservancy currently bears 100% of the cost for employee medical, dental, vision, and short- and long-term disability insurance. Annual professional development budgets are allotted for all staff.

To Apply

Send us an email via with "Director of Major Gifts" in the subject line, with answers to the following questions, and long with your resume attached.


  • What about Trinity Park Conservancy interests you?
  • What about the Director of Major Gifts position interests you?
  • How would you describe your personality at work?
  • What type of work environment brings out your most authentic participation, your best ideas, and your highest-quality work?

For more information:

Trinity Park Conservancy is an equal opportunity employer and considers applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation or any other legally protected status.

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