Director of Development

Amah Mutsun Land Trust

Santa Cruz, California

Job Type Permanent
Salary Details 95,000-110,000
Required Experience 7+ years

Director of Development, Amah Mutsun Land Trust

Amah Mutsun Land Trust (AMLT) is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization founded by Amah Mustun Tribal Band to protect Tribal sacred sites and to promote Indigenous stewardship of lands within Amah Mutsun traditional territory and the adjacent Awaswas stewardship area through research, conservation, restoration, and education.

Amah Mutsun Tribal Band is comprised of the descendants of Indigenous people taken to Missions San Juan Bautista and Santa Cruz. Amah Mutsun ancestors were forcibly removed from their lands and confined in missions during Spanish colonization. Today, the descendants of those few who survived Euro-American colonialism are working to revitalize their Indigenous culture and heal from the legacy of historic trauma. In pursuit of these goals, AMLT supports the Tribe’s work to renew their sacred obligation care for Mother Earth and all beings; to reconnect Tribe members with Indigenous culture, history, and territory; and to teach non-Indigenous allies about and involve them in actively caring for our living world.

AMLT’s work is supported by a wide range of funders, including foundations, state agencies, partner organizations, and individual donors. Significant untapped potential exists to expand our operating budget and budget for land acquisition, and the Director of Development is an exciting position that will lead AMLT’s fundraising efforts and enable AMLT to capitalize on the many opportunities we have to expand our work in Mutsun and Awaswas territories.

The Director of Development creates and executes a comprehensive fundraising program, develops strategies and plans, and leads efforts to cultivate, solicit, and steward donors. This includes cultivating and stewarding relationships with prospective and existing institutional donors and individual supporters, developing and growing a Major Gifts Program, planning, and executing special donor events and supporting the development and successful execution of special initiatives, including capital campaigns.

As a member of the senior management team, the Director of Development participates in strategic planning and budgeting initiatives, helping develop and implement the annual operating plan and long-term strategic vision and goals of the organization. The Director of Development works collaboratively to achieve strategic and sustainable organizational growth, to manage AMLT grants and contracts, successfully execute capital campaigns, and to help AMLT effectively communicate our story to existing and prospective donors and the general public. The Director of Development supervises, and is supported by, a Development and Communications Manager.

This is a full-time, exempt, position that comes with health benefits, paid personal time off and holidays. The annual compensation is between $95,000 to $110,000, depending upon experience. This position will report to the Executive Director.
For a full position description and instructions to apply, please follow this link.


Please submit a resume and cover letter to Lisa Carrier at hiring@amahmutsun.org.  In your email, please use the following subject line: “Director of Development - ”. Questions can be directed to Lisa at the same email address. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

For a full position description and instructions to apply, please follow this link.

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Category Admin & Leadership, General / Stewardship, Land Trust
Tags Outreach