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Development Director

June 30, 2014


Development Director

The American Littoral Society, located on Sandy Hook in Highlands, New Jersey seeks a Development Director to implement fundraising strategy to increase revenue streams while expanding the overall network of the organization. The Development Director joins our dynamic team, committed to coastal conservation. This is a great opportunity for an individual with a proven track record of non-profit development success who is highly organized, possesses excellent verbal and written communication skills, enjoys contributing as a team player and has a passion for nature and magnificent coastal landscapes.

About American Littoral Society

Definition: Littoral: is a part of the sea, lake or river that is close to the shore otherwise known as the shoreline or coastline.

American Littoral Society, founded in 1961, promotes the study and conservation of marine life and habitat, protects the coast from harm and empowers others to do the same. A 501.c.3 non-profit organization, ALS assists in monitoring vast acreage of the eastern seaboard coasts.

The Littoral Society champions the coastal zone by giving concerned citizens the knowledge and the tools they need to raise their voices on behalf of sea life ecosystems, habitats, and all connected species. Restoring a dune, an oyster reef, tagging horse shoe crabs, fish and bird populations for monitoring is but a small part of the organizations connection to nature. We bring people together across vast bi-sections of political and community interests to stand knee deep in sea foam, with sand between their toes, to connect to their passions for the coast and what it represents to a sustainable future. Whether the topic is climate change, youth programming, mitigation and restoration - the Littoral Society is at the forefront of coastal zone advocacy from Montauk to Cape May. IN our work we seek to promote best management practices in estuarine environments nationwide.

About the Position

The Director will be responsible for creating and implementing a long-term, strategic, comprehensive annual operations plan for development. As a member of the executive team, the Director will establish both broad and specific goals and objectives for membership, annual fund, major individual and institutional giving initiatives, and special events. The Director will work collaboratively with department heads to seek and analyze funding opportunities for our mission work in environmental education and conservation advocacy, as well as for general operating support.

Additionally, the Director of Development will work with the executive team, the Board of Directors and the Development Committee to provide fundraising leadership to support implementation of the organization's three-year strategic plan. The Director of Development reports to the Deputy Director and through the deputy to the Executive Director.





  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in grant writing, corporate donations and sponsorship success
  • Undergraduate degree required
  • Thorough understanding of the grant-making process of federal and state government agencies, foundational reporting, fulfillment and accountabilities
  • Strong organizational and time management skills
  • Excellent research skills to source available grants related to department goals
  • Excellent analytical skills
  • Strong, persuasive writing skills
  • Detail oriented, able to multitask and meet deadlines
  • Successful experience in member/donor campaigns
  • Experience in event production, a plus
  • Willingness to perform administrative tasks, related to development
  • MS Office and Outlook, required
  • Working knowledge of GiftWorks donor management software a plus, though not necessary


Go to to be better informed about the work of the organization. The salary for this position is commensurate with experience and expertise, plus competitive medical benefits and generous vacation leave. Please send a resume, a grant which you have written with a budget attached, and letter of interest to the Deputy Director, Karen Dallett: No phone inquiries please.


The American Littoral Society provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, the American Littoral Society complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities.  The organization also expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of The American Littoral Society’s employees to perform their job duties may result in discipline up to and including discharge. 

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