Vice President of Development

About NatureBridge

Founded in 1971 and based in San Francisco, NatureBridge is the largest residential environmental education partner of the National Park Service. Its mission is to inspire personal connections to the natural world and responsible actions to sustain it. NatureBridge currently operates in six national parks: Yosemite National Park, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Olympic National Park, Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, Channel Islands National Park, and Prince William Forest Park. Each year, NatureBridge serves more than 30,000 participants through residential field science, youth leadership, and teacher training programs. NatureBridge is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. 

Position Summary

NatureBridge is seeking an experienced, dynamic Vice President of Development to join the Senior Leadership Team. Based in San Francisco, the Vice President of Development leads and manages all fundraising activities in alignment with the strategic plan, mission, programs, and initiatives of NatureBridge. The Vice President of Development will report directly to the President and CEO of NatureBridge.

This position leads the (nine-person) development team, including regional individual and institutional giving teams.  An active member of the Senior Leadership Team, the Vice President of Development works closely with senior staff and the national and regional Boards of Directors to establish and meet fundraising goals through grants, major gifts, individual and family donations, events, corporate giving, foundation giving, and government relations.

The ideal candidate is an experienced development professional, is passionate about connecting youth to the wonder and science of nature, and is a skillful leader who engages and maintains positive relationships with board members, community leaders, donors, and staff. 

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

Responsibilities include working with the development team, Senior Leadership Team, and boards to establish and meet NatureBridge’s annual contributed revenue goals through—but not limited to—the following activities:


  • Establish and lead implementation of annual fund development plan including fundraising from major gifts, individual and family donations, foundations, corporations, and government agencies
  • Cultivate, grow, solicit, and steward a portfolio of individual and institutional donors and prospects
  • Lead the Yosemite Environmental Education Center Capital Campaign in partnership with the Capital Campaign Committee and Executive Vice President
  • Establish a planned giving program for NatureBridge
  • Provide internal and external leadership for NatureBridge’s major gifts and development programs including identifying new areas of opportunity to grow NatureBridge’s donor base


  • Establish and lead annual national events plan including engagement and fundraising events across NatureBridge’s regions
  • Lead annual national fundraising gala in San Francisco
  • Provide leadership and support for all regional fundraising and engagement events in partnership with regional directors, and individual giving officers


  • Lead the nine-person development team and act as the primary liaison to the NatureBridge Senior Leadership Team and national Development Committee of the Board
  • Oversee all development department operations including supervising the Development Database Administrator and working with the CFO and Controller to ensure seamless interface between the development, IT, and finance departments
  • Supervise Grants Manager and Individual Giving Manager and ensure coordination and effective management of all national and regional fundraising efforts

Other duties as assigned

Experience, Competencies, and Education

The ideal candidate must be an experienced, entrepreneurial leader, comfortable with change and thinking on his/her feet.  She/He must have a proven ability to manage details without losing track of the big picture and demonstrate the following:

  • Commitment to the mission of NatureBridge
  • Bachelor’s degree from four-year college or university, master’s preferred
  • At least eight years experience and/or training leading a development department. Demonstrated excellence in organizational, managerial, and written/verbal communication skills
  • Experience raising funds in the nonprofit, education, science, and/or conservation fields
  • Demonstrated success in personally cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding major gifts from individuals, companies, and institutions
  • A strong track record of working collaboratively with an enthusiastic and committed team
  • Experience leading the planning and implementation of donor cultivation and fundraising events including setting goals, implementing strategies, managing teams, and delivering results
  • Experience working with nonprofit boards
  • Keen attention to detail plus solid analytic and problem-solving skills
  • Experience using Raisers Edge database and/or Salesforce preferred
  • Capital campaign experience preferred
  • A positive attitude and sense of humor
  • Flexibility to travel to campus and office locations, work occasional weekends and evenings
  • Commitment to diversity in the work place and in programs

This is a full-time, exempt position. Salary is commensurate with experience. NatureBridge provides a comprehensive compensation package, including competitive salary, medical and dental benefits, and generous vacation. NatureBridge values diversity, equity, and inclusion. We strive to diversify our workforce and seek applications by individuals from all backgrounds.

How to Apply

Qualified candidates should email their resume, a one-page writing sample, and cover letter to:


We strive to diversify our workforce and seek applications by individuals from all backgrounds.

No phone calls, faxes, or recruiters please. 

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