Now Hiring: Development Specialist

By Kerri on February 23, 2016 in Blog


UPDATE 4/6/2016: This position has been filled.

The newly created Development Specialist position is an exciting opportunity for a donor-focused fundraising professional who desires to have an immediate and lasting impact on Iowa's land, water, wildlife and people.

This position gathers direct support for permanent protection of important Iowa lands and for programs at the heart of the INHF mission. This full-time position also expands our ability to serve those who are considering legacy gifts, land donations and other major gifts for Iowa's future and Iowans' quality of life.

This position joins with our program staff and community leaders in funding new parks, trails, wildlife areas and other natural attractions across Iowa. The Development Specialist is integral to our development and communications teams, as project fundraising is always done in the context of building donor relationships, attracting new donors, and offering meaningful events, stories and volunteer experiences to Iowans.

The Development Specialist has opportunities to: use a variety of fundraising and communication methods, strategize with colleagues, provide leadership and organization for campaigns and work with our projects' partners and volunteer leaders as together we effectively inspire support for projects. There will be increasing opportunity to answer donors' questions on planned giving, land donation and land protection. This position, based in Des Moines, typically involves at least 40 hours/week in a flexible blend of weekday office presence, occasional travel and some evening/weekend commitments. Overnight stays are rarely required.

The Development Specialist will work closely with the Vice President and Donor Relations Director, as well as the Communications Director and program staff. This position reports to the Donor Relations Director and has no supervisory responsibilities. A job review is conducted annually. We expect this position to grow in its responsibilities and authority and to offer ample personal and professional growth.

To Be Successful, You Will Need…

  • Bachelor's degree and a minimum of 4 years of related experience with a nonprofit organization. More education or experience, or involvement with a conservation nonprofit, are valued. If you do not yet have knowledge of planned giving, land protection techniques, and/or natural resources in Iowa, you will need the aptitude and desire to learn this specialized knowledge on the job.
  • Compelling communication skills (written, spoken and interpersonal); ability to listen and communicate well with a wide variety of people and to inspire support from a variety of constituent groups.
  • Strong interpersonal and organizational skills, with ability to work independently as well as collaboratively and to manage multiple initiatives simultaneously.
  • Problem-solving skills and resourcefulness. Ability to understand the desires of donors and help them achieve the impact they desire.
  • Demonstrated experience with Raisers Edge or other similar donor management software, and proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel. Communications skills, such as design, digital communications, event promotion and online appeals, are a plus.
  • Ability to drive and travel independently within Iowa

For more information about INHF and this position, please view the job description and candidate profile. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and job responsibilities.

Inquiries or recommendations should be directed in confidence to Anita O'Gara: 515-249-4490 or

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, and applications will be reviewed as they are received. Please electronically submit a cover letter with rationale for your interest in this position, résumé, and at least three professional references (with contact information) to  References will not be contacted until later in the search process with the candidate's prior knowledge.  

INHF is an Equal Opportunity Employer.