Development Director

Development Director

Conservation Voters of South Carolina Website

Conservation Voters of South Carolina is the political voice of South Carolina’s environmental community. CVSC is a bipartisan, non-profit organization that, along with its sister organization the CVSC PAC, passes laws that protect our environment, elects pro-conservation candidates, and holds elected officials accountable. The CVSC Education Fund also works to educate and engage South Carolinians “to protect the South Carolina we love.” We fight for our air, land, and water through bipartisan and pragmatic political action.

Scope of Position:  CVSC seeks a highly motivated person to join us as our Development Director to play a vital role in developing and implementing the plan and strategies to raise an annual budget of $2.5 million. The Development Director will report directly to the SVP of Development & Operations and work with a strong team of the President, SVP of Development & Operations, one additional development staff, and two communications staff to meet the annual budget. This position has the direct management of the following areas: building relationships with, cultivating, and soliciting individual supporters, building a larger and diverse membership base, managing CVSC’s major donor program, developing written content that engages existing and new supporters, establishing systems and communications for stewardship of donors, engaging board, staff, and other stakeholders in fundraising, and utilizing data to analyze and inform development strategies.

Location: The position must be based in South Carolina (non-negotiable), but may be performed remotely from within the state. CVSC has a physical office in Columbia and co-work space in Charleston. Occasional day and overnight travel will be required.

Travel: The Development Director position requires regular state-wide travel (60%).


Specific Responsibilities:

Fundraising (85%)

  • Plan, organize, and direct a comprehensive development program that utilizes the strengths and networks of the staff, board, and volunteers, and includes major donors, grassroots fundraising, corporate giving, and special project campaigns.
  • In collaboration with the SVP of Development and Operations and President, establish annual major donor goals, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship activities, and acquisition strategies.
  • Manage weekly, fundraising focused call-time for President and SVP of Development and Operations.
  • Build strong and enduring relationships with Board members, current major donors, foundation program officers, and prospects through intentional cultivation and stewardship.
  • Work in partnership with the SVP of Development & Operations and Board Development Committee Chair to facilitate committee and ensure each board member is a passionate and informed advocate of the organization.
  • Develop and edit, with support of development and communications team members, written content such as direct mail appeal letters, fundraising emails, annual reports, impact reports, newsletter content, and more.

Department Management (15%)

  • Hire and manage development staff.
  • Manage effective internal operations, including donor portfolios, gift processing, data reporting, and tracking.
  • Foster an understanding and culture of philanthropy within the organization.
  • Prepare fundraising and development campaign budgets.


Required Qualifications

  • 5 to 7 years direct fundraising experience preferred. If you have fewer years of experience but a high level of comfort with fundraising and demonstrated success in reaching fundraising goals, we encourage you to apply.
  • Ability to handle multiple projects while supervising staff simultaneously.
  • Experience working with donor management software. Experience with EveryAction and Moves Management is helpful but not required, as long as you are comfortable learning a new database system.
  • Strong attention to detail, fast and willing learner, strong organizational skills, ability to follow up and meet deadlines, and ability to work independently, yet to ask pertinent and challenging questions.
  • Demonstrated awareness of one’s own cultural identity, views about difference, and the ability to learn and build on varying cultural and community norms. Shares our commitment to increasing racial justice and equity in our movement and organization, integrating these principles into all of the work we do and ensuring an inclusive organizational culture.
  • A deep commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice that values the individual and respects differences of race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, ability and socio-economic circumstance.

Preferred skills and qualifications

  • A working knowledge of South Carolina’s electoral and legislative processes
  • Experience in political fundraising
  • Experience managing a successful planned giving program
  • Strong writing and editing skills; familiarity with AP Style
  • Experience with email marketing platforms and CRM best practices


Work environment:  CVSC is a mission-driven organization whose staff are deeply passionate about advancing environmental policy in a just and equitable way. We are seeking another effective, productive, enjoyable and highly ethical member of the team who will take responsibility and leadership for implementing assigned tasks.


Terms of employment:  The position is full-time, contingent on continued funding (grants and individual donations). This includes a 40-hour workweek with the need for flexible scheduling, depending on the nature of an issue or timeframe. Regular out of town travel will be required with occasional overnight stays.

CVSC is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to a racially just, equitable and inclusive workplace.


Salary/Benefits: CVSC offers a competitive non-profit sector salary for this position in the $82,000 – $86,000 range, depending on qualifications.

We provide a high-quality health insurance plan paid at 100% for employees and 60% for families and dependents. We also provide options to upgrade to multiple “enhanced” health insurance plans for both employees and dependents for those desiring lower deductibles. CVSC also provides a Flex Spending Account as well as short-term disability, dental, and vision coverage at no cost to employees.

Our benefits package also includes a SIMPLE IRA retirement plan with a 3% match, a monthly cell phone stipend, a technology/office setup stipend, and an annual professional development budget for each employee. Our benefits plan also includes 14 holidays, 17 days of PTO (increasing with tenure), 8 weeks of paid parental leave, and a sabbatical program after 4 and 8 years of service.

Please note that as a 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization, CVSC employees are not eligible to participate in the Federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program.


Application Instructions: Please submit your resume and a cover letter that addresses how your expertise matches the job description and why you want to work to protect the air, land, and water of South Carolina through CVSC’s hiring system at The position will remain open until filled.

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