Development Director



Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation is looking for a skilled writer who loves telling stories for a full-time, permanent Development Director position. This is not your typical writing at your desk type job. While grant writing is a must, this person will also be out in the community giving tours at the Rosewood Nature Study Area, taking donors on guided hikes in the Reno/Tahoe area, hanging out with the kids at camp (which sometimes means snowboarding or paddleboarding), and discovering why our community loves and needs the outdoors.

Position Description

The workplace environment is fun and flexible; we are looking for an out of the box thinker whose enthusiasm will help maintain a positive and fun environment. This is a perfect position for someone who isn’t afraid of change and trying something new. Collaboration between departments is crucial, which means you get to be a part of multiple exciting projects and programs including the development of a nature study area and visitor center, establishing a regional trails plan, park infrastructure projects, and adding accessible features like access ramps to our parks and trails. 

The Development Director is an essential part of the Parks Foundation leadership team. This person will manage the organization's fundraising operations and serve as the primary supervisor and mentor to three AmeriCorps VISTA members. VISTA supervisor duties include interviewing candidates, orientation training, evaluations, and project delegation and support.

Primary Responsibilities

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Create an annual fundraising plan and coordinate duties with the development team, Executive Director, and Board of Directors to ensure it is executed successfully;

  • Oversee Rosewood Nature Study Area Capital Campaign including providing tours to current and potential funders;

  • Generate and share fundraising reports to staff, Board of Directors, and Board Development Committee;

  • Assist in short- and long-range strategic planning activities to create and implement fund-raising goals and objectives;

  • Manage development operations including grant researching, writing, and reporting; donor communications; fundraising appeals; and donor/funder relationships;

  • Utilize eTapestry donor database to ensure appropriate management of donors and prospects;

  • Supervise the Grant Coordinator VISTA, Membership Coordinator VISTA, and Nature Study Area Development Coordinator VISTA;

  • Oversee community and municipal-led park-based fiscal sponsorship projects;

  • Other duties as assigned, including but not limited to:

  • Lead occasional on-site programming such as walks, hikes or school programs. Training will be provided as necessary;

  • Special events throughout the year including occasional evenings and weekends.


  • Bachelor's degree and 2+ years related professional experience;

  • Exceptional writing and communication skills;

  • Demonstrated success in grant writing and/or fundraising abilities;

  • Familiarity with donor databases such as eTapestry;

  • Must pass a background check and hold a valid driver’s license;

  • Preferred: 1+ years in a management position;

  • Preferred: experience serving and/or managing AmeriCorps and/or Peace Corps members.

Compensation and Benefits

$55,000 - $60,000

To apply:

Send cover letter, resume, and writing sample to