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Chief Philanthropy Officer
The Trust for Public Land in San Francisco, California
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Date Posted 00/00/0000
Philanthropy-Senior/Executive Management
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

Chief Philanthropy Officer

The Trust for Public Land

San Francisco, CA


At the Trust for Public Land, we are working with communities to realize the power of land for people. We don't just save land—we save land for people to enjoy. From neighborhood parks to national parks, we help communities to imagine parks and green spaces, and then we make those dreams a reality, using data and technology to pinpoint the places where nature is needed most. We help communities raise billions of dollars for conservation—more than 75 billion to date—and then we help target those funds to improve quality of life for millions of people.


For more information, please visit http://www.tpl.org.



The Trust for Public Land is seeking an experienced Chief Philanthropy Officer (CPO) who will implement and lead the expansion of a comprehensive strategic, creative, and entrepreneurial development program that will affirm and celebrate our mission, impact, and future growth.


The ideal CPO will be a dynamic fundraising leader who will be an integral part of our senior management team with oversight of the national, divisional, and state levels and with transparency between the leadership, board, and staff on all development initiatives. The CPO will be responsible for reinforcing a culture of philanthropy among all stakeholders, from staff to volunteers to donors, promoting The Trust for Public Land to new audiences and prospects, generating new interest and support for the organization, and increasing the depth and breadth of private individual and institutional support.


Reporting to the President and Chief Executive Officer, Diane Regas, the CPO will have oversight in setting philanthropic priorities in partnership with the CEO and the Board. The CPO is responsible for the design, coordination, and implementation of fundraising activities to support organizational investment to reimagine and realize the power of land for people to create stronger communities. This is a special time in the history of The Trust for Public Land as planning is underway to celebrate the organization’s upcoming 50th anniversary and to chart its course for the coming decades. The CPO role offers a unique opportunity to shape the future of philanthropy at the organization and guide The Trust for Public Land to scale its impact. The Trust for Public Land raises $50M plus annually and put in place a new 5-year strategic plan. The Philanthropy Program is a vital part of the organization’s continued growth and will be a leading force in developing branding and outreach.


The CPO works closely with the Senior Philanthropy Leadership Team and leads a robust philanthropy program that includes establishing annual fundraising goals in support of national programs. Serving as both a bold strategic thinker and hands-on executor, the CPO will oversee and manage a philanthropy department consisting of 90 staff, including 5-7 direct reports and will work closely with internal colleagues in Marketing and Communications, Finance, Field Programs, and National Programs, as well as have a deep understanding of how each department plays a critical role with philanthropy. The CPO will have a strong financial acumen, working closely with finance and development leadership on budgets and metrics. The CPO will also partner with the Board, Advisory Committees, and the Philanthropy Committee to advance the level of strategic collaboration on philanthropic initiatives.



The new CPO must be a strategic and creative thinker, persuasive communicator, bottom-line oriented, and an excellent team builder and player.

An ideal candidate will bring the following professional experience and personal characteristics:

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