Chispa Arizona Development Director

Chispa Arizona Development Director

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League of Conservation Voters
June 4, 2023
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Title: Chispa Arizona Development Director
Department: State Capacity Building
Reports to: Chispa Arizona Executive Director
Positions Reporting to this Position: None
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Travel Requirements: Up to 10%
Union Position: Yes
Job Classification Level: F
Salary Range (depending on experience): $96,418 – $144,627

General Description:

LCV believes our earth is worth fighting for because everyone has a right to clean air, water, and a safe, healthy community. To ensure those rights are protected, we help people use their power to shape policy, hold politicians and polluters accountable, and influence elections.

LCV launched Chispa in 2014, a grassroots community organizing program to ensure the voice and power of Latinx communities influence the environmental policies and decisions that impact our health and environment. Currently, Chispa has programs in Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Maryland, Nevada and Texas.

LCV is hiring a Development Director to join our Chispa Arizona Phoenix-based team who will be the driver for Chispa Arizona’s fund development strategy. In partnership with the Chispa AZ Executive Director, the Development Director will create and implement an annual fund development plan. This role will be primarily responsible for ensuring there is diversified revenue to assist with all programs, utilizing high-level donor cultivation skills to retain current supporters and attract new supporters. The Development Director will also work with key members of the finance and development teams to create and manage revenue goals, forecast long-term revenue strategies, and plan for future revenue if variances arise. The ideal candidate is motivated by a just, accessible, and culturally competent environmental movement acting in the fight against polluters and climate change, and for a cleaner future and a fair democracy for all. We are looking for an organized, innovative, ambitious leader and communicator who is goal-driven and self-motivated, with significant experience in fund development and program management to join the Chispa Arizona team.


Fund Development Strategy & Operations
  • Develop and implement a multi-year fund development strategy that is inclusive of diverse revenue streams. The fund development strategy should include measurable goals for revenue sustainability and growth.
  • Create a master calendar for implementing stewardship activities, special events, and integrated donor education activities.
  • Establish and execute a plan for leveraging existing organizational relationships and seeking out new supporters to identify prospects, engage potential donors, and track and steward supporters.
  • Research and identify prospective donors and implement a cultivation process for donor engagement.
  • In partnership with the Chispa AZ team, implement activities that will strengthen the organization’s culture of philanthropy.
  • Work closely with the Chispa AZ Operations team to forecast annual revenue goals, perform monthly revenue reconciliation, and manage donor reports to maintain accuracy and financial accountability.
Grants Management
  • Oversee the grants process for Chispa AZ,  which includes leading on grant application drafts and submissions, post-award reporting, and stewardship for current and prospective grant-related funders, including foundations and corporations.
  • Research and identify prospective grants that are mission-aligned for the Chispa AZ program.
  • Create a grant dashboard that tracks grant application progress, submission deadlines, and report dates. Prepare reports on the dashboard, as needed.
Individual Giving & Membership
  • Manage a portfolio of current and prospective donors. Current donor range is from $500-$50,000.
  • Create and implement strategies that will increase donor retention and commitment levels.
  • Create and implement a plan for individual donor membership levels that target low-, mid-, and major-giving levels, including online giving strategies.
  • Work closely with the Chispa AZ Organizing team to develop and implement a community membership program to address transitioning non-giving volunteers to monetary supporters.
Donor Related Communications
  • Work in partnership with the Chispa AZ Communications Director to create culturally competent stewardship materials that speak to our work, such as impact reports, issue updates, surveys, etc.
  • Work in partnership with the Chispa AZ Communications Director to ensure that donors are receiving integrated and appropriate messaging.
  • Develop and implement an annual campaign of issue-specific appeals to engage current and prospective supporters.
  • Travel up to 10% for donor meetings, membership engagement events, staff retreats, conferences, and professional development opportunities, as needed.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Work Experience: Required – Minimum of 5 years of fund development experience, including experience managing or directing a fund development program. Proven experience with grant writing, submission, and reporting. A provable track record of significant and successful gifts and grants awards. Experience managing relationships with prospective and/or current funders. Proven demonstration of cultural competence when messaging to different audiences. Experience working in fundraising in Arizona.
    • Preferred – Experience with creating and managing donor membership levels. Experience messaging environmental priorities and social justice movement issues.
  • Skills: Demonstrated understanding of and connection to Arizona funding partners and landscape. Excellent written and verbal communication skills. High ability to effectively delegate and manage processes for multiple priorities in a fast-paced work environment. Ability to work under own initiative, as well as part of a team. Demonstrated flexibility, self-awareness, emotional intelligence, cultural competence. Creative and innovative; a problem-solver and resourceful during challenging or new situations. Working knowledge of compliance issues and regulations related to 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) organizations.
  • Cultural Competence: Enthusiasm and commitment to amplify the voice and leadership of Latino communities in Arizona and advancing progressive issues and campaigns. Must share a commitment to advancing racial justice and equity and ensuring an inclusive organizational culture. Familiarity with the complexity of issues and obstacles facing communities of color engagement in the environmental movement. Familiarity with Arizona and the in-state community preferred.
  • Working Conditions: This job operates in a professional office environment, and routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, and audiovisual systems. This position is largely sedentary, often standing or sitting for prolonged periods. The person in this position frequently communicates with funders and must be able to exchange accurate information. Position requires a valid driver’s license and liability insurance or access to reliable transportation. Applicants need to be located in and legally authorized to work in the United States. LCV requires all employees working from our offices or participating in in-person meetings or events to be fully up-to-date on their COVID-19 vaccinations, subject to reasonable accommodation as required by law.

LCV offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package that includes vacation, sick and parental leave, personal days, paid holidays, health insurance (two plan options for staff to choose from), dental and vision insurance, life and disability insurance (short- and long-term), Flexible Spending Account, 401(k) retirement plan with company matching contribution, commuter benefits program, sabbatical, and student loan assistance.

To Apply: Send resume and cover letter to with “Chispa AZ Development Director” in the subject line by June 19, 2023. No phone calls please.

LCV is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to a racially just, equitable and inclusive workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or genetic information, or any other protected status. LCV is committed to providing access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities in employment, its services, programs, and activities. If you require reasonable accommodation in completing this application, interviewing, completing any pre-employment testing, or otherwise participating in the employee selection process, please contact

How To Apply

To Apply: Send resume and cover letter to with “Chispa AZ Development Director” in the subject line by June 19, 2023. No phone calls please.