Employment Opportunities

Development Director

Job Purpose

The Pittsburgh Botanic Garden is a unique cultural amenity for the city built upon 460 acres of reclaimed mine land that Inspires People to Grow.  The Garden features inspirational displays of gardens, horticultural and environmental education, and research into regional botanical, ecological remediation and conservation issues.  The Garden is committed to taking a leadership role in the stewardship of the natural world and healthy ecosystems.


The Development Director is primarily responsible for meeting or exceeding yearly fundraising goals by identifying, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding current and prospective donors. Emphasis will be on operational and capital fundraising needs.  He / she will work collaboratively with the President, and the Board of Directors (“Board”) to plan and set the goals for the Garden’s resource development program. The Development Director will lead the development team.  The Development Director will be expected to build and nurture long-term relationships with private and corporate foundations and individuals in the Pittsburgh community. The Development Director is expected to provide prospect strategy counsel to the President, Board and the development team; and lead the day to day operations of the development team. The Development Director will be responsible for delivering yearly fund raising goals by generating and managing a portfolio of primary prospects and lead all aspects of the gift cycle such as:
  • developing long term fundraising plan for the Garden
  • setting ongoing fundraising goals with the President
  • identifying planned gift prospects, and working with donors and advisors to select planned giving vehicles suitable to that donor
  • initiating contacts with potential leadership and major gift donors
  • developing appropriate cultivation strategies for each donor group and coordinating with Board volunteers and the development team
  • moving potential donors in an appropriate and timely fashion toward solicitation and closure making solicitations when appropriate
  • maintaining stewardship contacts with donors
  • adhering to the highest ethical standards
  • establishing the plan for all foundation and government grant proposals and managing the reporting process
  • establishing the plan for all corporate grant and sponsorship requests and reporting process
In addition the Development Director will drive all fundraising efforts by:
  • integrating a fundraising perspective into all aspects of the Garden’s programs and operations
  • leading the development team which currently includes the Grants & Administration Associateand Marketing Associate
  • understanding the Garden’s values, history, culture, traditions, communities, programs, personalities, constituencies and governance structure
  • understanding the base of financial support and the short and long-term funding requirements and strategies of all segments of the organization
  • creating effective reports that both inform staff leadership and board volunteers of progress and challenges
  • develop strong relationships with and secure the trust and confidence of the President and Board

Experience and Qualifications

The ideal candidate will have at least 7-10 years of progressive experience in development. We seek a person with excellent planning, communication and interpersonal skills including:  ability to build and manage the Garden’s prospect pipeline, ability to work in a multi-disciplinary team environment, experience maintaining productive relationships with board members, staff, foundations, donors, volunteers and other stakeholders; demonstrated by positive donor relationships, the ability to build new funding relationships, a proven track record of grant writing, excellent verbal and written communication skills, and the ability to communicate with tact and diplomacy. The candidate must have a proven success in securing significant gifts. The candidate will have a demonstrated ability to utilize data in goal setting and strategy measurement. A CFRE is preferred. Management-level familiarity with Blackbaud’s Altru software or equivalent, and experience in a successful non-profit fundraising program are also preferred. Candidate must be able to demonstrate team building and organizational skills, a record of completing assignments, successful experience in making cold calls as well as a proficiency in grant writing and grant reporting.  Candidates contacted for a personal interview will be asked to present a portfolio of their work.


  • Primarily office work conditions with occasional outdoor work at events
  • Monthly evening work for Board meetings and weekend work for major Garden events
  • Must be able to lift up to 40 pounds and traverse moderate site


Pittsburgh Botanic Garden is committed to creating an inclusive and diverse workforce by encouraging candidates from diverse backgrounds to apply.


Email submissions only. Please send cover letter, resume, salary requirements and three professional references to kkaiser@pittsburghbotanicgarden.org . All candidate submissions should be combined in a single PDF with applicant’s name in the file name. Please do not include information in email text, but include important information for consideration in cover letter content.