Director of Development & Community Engagement

SVT seeks a Director of Development & Community Engagement (DDCE) to grow our capacity so we can protect and steward more land in the region. SVT has set a goal of protecting an additional 12,000 acres of land and facilitating improved stewardship of the region’s natural areas by the year 2050. The DDCE will lead SVT’s work to secure funds that support the accelerated pace of effort required to attain this goal.

SVT conserves natural areas and farmland in 36 communities around the Sudbury, Assabet, and Concord Rivers. We protect some of the region’s most important forests, wetlands, and grasslands—natural areas that support wildlife habitat, working farms, and recreational trails. SVT is accredited by the national Land Trust Accreditation Commission.

SVT cares for more than 5,000 acres on 181 properties, maintains more than 65 miles of hiking trails, and provides an array of public educational programs and recreational outings. We collaborate with numerous partner organizations, and our work is supported by 2,900 members and 200 volunteers. We accomplish our work through an all-volunteer Board of Directors and 13 staff members.

Our headquarters are located in a former farmhouse at the 52-acre Wolbach Farm in Sudbury, MA, where we enjoy views of scenic meadows and woodlands. Our dedicated staff enjoys a supportive, cooperative work environment, and we benefit from an ardent group of members who form a close-knit and collegial community.

Position Overview

The DDCE is responsible for refining and leading the strategic direction of SVT’s Development program which includes membership, communications, marketing, outreach, and all other fundraising.

The DDCE reports to the Executive Director and directly supervises the Membership and Community Engagement Manager, the Communications Manager, and the Development Associate. These four staff members form SVT’s Development Team.

The DDCE leads and coordinates the work of the Development Team to:
• Advance SVT’s strategic goal to engage and mobilize many more people to care and act for conservation.
• Raise ~$1 million operating revenue annually with the expectation that this revenue will increase by 5-10% annually
• Grow and nurture SVT’s membership base.

The DDCE is also part of SVT’s leadership team that develops strategies for securing the additional funds needed for individual land protection and stewardship projects.

This is a full-time position based at SVT’s headquarters, located at Wolbach Farm in Sudbury, MA.

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