Organization: The Trust for Public Land

Location: New York, NY

Express Interest

About The Trust for Public Land:

Mission and Vision

“At the Trust for Public Land, we don’t just save land—we save land for people to enjoy, from neighborhood parks to national parks.”

The mission of the Trust for Public Land is to create parks and protect land for people, ensuring healthy, livable communities for generations to come. Every park, playground, and public space created is an open invitation to explore, wonder, discover, and play. The Trust for Public Land has been connecting communities to the outdoors and to each other since 1972. Today, millions of Americans live within a 10-minute walk of a park or natural area created by the organization, and countless more visit every year.


The Trust for Public Land was founded in 1972 with the goal of protecting land in and around cities and pioneering new land conservation techniques. Over the years, our work expanded to include projects from the inner city to the wilderness, and our broad experience has made us a national leader and innovator in city park creation, state and local conservation funding, and using GIS for conservation planning.

Founded for innovation

Not long after the first Earth Day, a group of lawyers, real estate professionals, and finance experts founded The Trust for Public Land to bring the legal and financial strategies of modern business to the cause of conservation. In the early years, we shared this knowledge with other conservationists and fostered the growth of the local land trust movement to protect open space for communities across the country.

Planning and funding conservation

In the 1990s, responding to an emerging need, we established our Conservation Finance service to help communities organize and pass conservation ballot measures. We pioneered watershed conservation to safeguard drinking water and the use of conservation easements to protect working farms and ranches. Most recently, we launched an award-winning Conservation Vision and GIS service to help communities identify which lands to protect and where parks are needed most.

Moving forward

Today, The Trust for Public Land brings over forty years of expertise to conservation projects across the country. In cities, we’re turning vacant lots into community-designed parks and playgrounds. And we’re addressing the looming climate crisis with strategies to help reduce greenhouse gasses, promote climate adaptation, and create park-rich, climate-smart cities.

The Opportunity:

The State Director of Philanthropy, NYC is responsible for the design, coordination and implementation of fundraising activities in New York to support The Trust for Public Land’s conservation activities nationally and in the state. State Director of Philanthropy, NYC works closely with the State Director, and leads a robust philanthropy program that includes establishing annual fundraising goals in support of state-based activities and national programs. This position works closely with the State Office program and administrative staff, Divisional program and administrative staff, and The Trust for Public Land’s National philanthropy staff, and interacts closely and frequently with donors and Advisory Board volunteers. The State Director of Philanthropy, NYC reports to the Director of Major Gifts.

Responsibilities for this position include:

  • In cooperation and coordination with the State Director and The Trust for Public Land’s National philanthropy staff, oversees fundraising activities in New York, with a special emphasis on identification, cultivation, solicitation, and management of individual donors and foundations with an annual giving capacity of $25,000 or more , including scheduling and attending solicitation meetings; creating solicitation letters, proposals and other materials; managing a portfolio of donors and donor prospects; promoting planned giving; and involving senior management and program staff in cultivation as needed.
  • Supervises a team of five philanthropy team members, providing management and oversight, coaching, and strategic direction.
  • Works with State Director and Advisory Board Chair to sustain existing Advisory Board members, including acting as a liaison with the Board on philanthropy-related activities, and to identify and cultivate new Advisory Board members.
  • Works with staff to identify and meet program and project operating and capital needs including creating, packaging and marketing Trust for Public Land programs and projects to individual and institutional prospects (in collaboration with Institutional Giving team), and developing fundraising materials as needed. Develops annual philanthropy action plans, revenue and expense budgets, and long-range (3-5 years) fundraising goals.
  • Oversees all donor recognition and donor communications for the State Office, coordinating closely with national Marketing and Stewardship departments.
  • Updates and maintains donor tracking records in donor database and generates donor-tracking reports for both individual and institutional donors.
  • In coordination with divisional and national Philanthropy teams, plans and produces donor-oriented special events including an annual gala.
  • Maintains a portfolio of approximately 120 donors and prospects, and makes approximately 100 visits to prospects annually.
  • With the State Director’s partnership, shares responsibility for meeting or exceeding the annual state philanthropy budget.

Additional qualifications include but are not limited to:

  • Minimum six years of fundraising experience, including direct major gift solicitations.
  • Demonstrated experience with volunteer Boards.
  • Bachelors degree required. MA preferred.
  • Demonstrated experience using Window-based philanthropic database program.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, along with organizational skills and attention to detail. Experience in writing grant proposals or other fundraising materials helpful.
  • Available for travel (up to 25%).
  • Knowledge of and experience with New York philanthropic communities.
  • Strong interest in and commitment to The Trust for Public Land’s mission.


The Trust for Public Land has engaged Koya Leadership Partners to help in this hire. This search is being led by Liz Lombard and Turner Delano. Please submit a resume here or email Liz and Turner at the following:

Liz Lombard
Vice President, Executive Search

Turner Delano
Consultant, Executive Search

The Trust for Public Land does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, ethnic or national origin, age, disability, gender, sexual orientation or other characteristic covered by law with regard to employment opportunities.

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