There may be a place for you on the Land Conservancy team.

We are conservationists, scientists, planners, lawyers, communicators, and businesspeople. We have come to care about our land from a variety of backgrounds: urban and rural, conservative and progressive. And we enthusiastically embrace the protection of land as our driving passion, our uniting element, our future.


Western Reserve Land Conservancy is a unique group of people from an impressive and diverse blend of backgrounds. A steadfast and passionate commitment to protecting land for the long-lasting health of our regional community is a must.


Opportunities at the Land Conservancy include: field office positions, development and fundraising, urban revitalization, stewardship, conservation planning, project management, public funding and shared services.


We are always looking for talented people to help advance our mission.  If you're interested in a career with us, please contact us at   


Current openings:


Vice President of Development -
Western Reserve Land Conservancy


Western Reserve Land Conservancy works to protect special places for Ohioans by conserving natural areas, fresh water, wildlife habitat and working farmlands, and by greening and revitalizing urban communities. Headquartered in Moreland Hills, the Land Conservancy is the largest land conservancy in Ohio, employing about 40 people in offices throughout northern and eastern portions of the state. Our land protection team has now preserved more than 37,500 acres with high conservation values in the state. Thriving Communities Institute, our urban revitalization program, is nationally recognized for thought leadership on removing blight and rebuilding communities and has helped 16 Ohio counties create land banks to find productive uses for vacant properties. Our mission is funded through a combination of program revenue, government grants and philanthropic gifts from individuals, foundations and corporations. Significant growth has created a strong need for more expansive marketing and development initiatives.  

  • Summary:
    The Vice President of Development will oversee and be primarily responsible for developing and directing a comprehensive fundraising plan for the Land Conservancy that generates predictable and sustainable revenue streams sufficient to meet or exceed annual budgets; and for helping to implement our strategic plan; and for cultivating and engaging with a variety of individuals from diverse constituent groups that are key to our success.  The VP of Development will report to the Chief Strategy and Engagement Officer (CSEO) and will manage our development team.

  • -- Develop and implement a comprehensive, long-term fundraising plan aligned with the Land Conservancy’s mission and strategic plan. Set goals and monitor progress for all development programs including annual fund, endowment and capital campaigns, planned giving, donor relations, foundation relations, special events, online giving, community engagement, membership retention/acquisition, corporate sponsorships/partnerships and special appeals.
  • -- Manage the development staff and develop metrics for tracking progress towards short- and long-term fundraising goals and provide regular, ongoing updates about all fundraising activities.
  • -- Work with the VP of Strategic Relationships to develop and implement methods to attract and retain donor prospects. Identify, cultivate, manage and solicit a portfolio of prospective major donors primarily outside of the Chagrin River area.
  • -- Work with the CSEO and the VP of Strategic Relationships to build and sustain a Development Committee (and/or Development and Marketing Committee) that engages trustees and other community leaders more fully in supporting our mission.
  • -- Participate with staff and trustees in periodic revisions of the strategic plan.
  • -- Work with the CSEO, development team members, Eastern and Western Field Operations Vice Presidents, Regional Field Directors, representatives of chapters and/or former land trusts -- and with the Vice President and Director of our Thriving Communities Institute -- to acquire contacts and develop community outreach programs that increase the Land Conservancy’s presence and to engage and cultivate conservation-minded and urban revitalization-minded donors in certain targeted communities of our service area.
  • -- Work with the CSEO to develop corporate partnership plans and programs.
  • -- Oversee our institutional foundation grant writing program and promote strong relationships with representatives of key grant making foundations through personal relationship building, in concert with the Development Officer (who is responsible for writing grant requests and generating reports.)
  • -- Work with the Events Manager to create strategies, metrics and processes for planning, vetting, holding and evaluating fundraising and friend raising events, including the use of our Conservation Center facilities at the headquarters location.
  • -- Promote planned giving by fostering our White Oak Society members and cultivating individual prospects for planned gifts.
  • -- Work with our Stewardship Team to cultivate relationships with protected property landowners.
  • -- From time-to-time, create fundraising strategies and plans for specific land protection or urban revitalization initiatives and work with the development team to execute those.
  • -- Support the Chief Strategy and Engagement Officer, Director of Marketing and Communications, and other staff members on marketing and messaging efforts including print publications, website, social media, presentations, public relations, digital marketing, media relations and video communications. The specific involvement in these marketing initiatives may be more or less, depending on the skill set of the selected candidate.
  • -- Represent the Land Conservancy at various public outreach meetings and forums.
  • -- Oversee maintenance of donor database (for tracking prospects, pledges, gifts, grants and correspondence with constituents) and arranges for staff training as needed.
  • -- Employ best practices and maintain the highest ethical standards in all aspects of our fundraising.

Skills and Qualifications:

    -- Enthusiasm for conservation and urban revitalization and for the mission of Western Reserve Land Conservancy.
  • -- Minimum 8-10 years of professional fundraising, development and marketing experience, including leading a team.
  • -- Proven success and direct experience in fundraising, including asking and securing significant gifts from major donors, foundations and corporations.
  • -- Well-known and well-regarded in the community.
  • -- Strong organizational skills and managerial experience; ability to lead and motivate others and to delegate effectively.
  • -- Must be a confident presenter who is able to represent the Land Conservancy by interacting and effectively communicating with diverse constituencies such as community leaders, trustees, donors, foundation staff members, business professionals, volunteers, landowners, conservation partners, and others throughout varied regions in our service territory.
  • -- Superior verbal and written communication skills, including an outgoing and friendly personality and an ability to meet new people easily and quickly earn their confidence.
  • -- Demonstrated proficiency at budgeting, financial management and project management.
  • -- Self-directed leader with high initiative and energy levels.
  • -- Ability to manage multiple priorities and remain flexible to change.
  • -- Proficiency in working with Microsoft office and with donor databases, preferably Raisers Edge.
  • -- Bachelor’s degree from four-year college or university.

Additional Information:

    -- Position will be based at our headquarters in Moreland Hills, Ohio.
  • -- Participation in donor and engagement events on weekends and evenings is required.
  • -- Willingness and ability to travel, primarily throughout Northern and Eastern Ohio, is required.
  • -- The VP of Development is a key part of the management team and supports both land protection and urban revitalization initiatives.
  • -- Grant writing for government conservation funds is not overseen by this position.
  • -- Salary will be commensurate with experience.
  • -- Western Reserve Land Conservancy is an equal opportunity employer.

If you would like to be considered for this exciting position, send a cover letter including recent salary history along with your resume to  No phone calls, please.


Thank you for your interest in Western Reserve Land Conservancy and for creating healthy habitats and healthy communities throughout our region!