Senior Director of Development

Location: Remote with a preference for New Orleans, Philadelphia, New York, or California

About Taproot Earth

Taproot Earth is a new international organization galvanizing frontline solutions to address our climate reality. We are dedicating the next seven years to the ambitious goal of slowing climate change and delivering for the planet. We envision a world where we all can live, rest, and thrive in the places we love.

About the position

Taproot is seeking applicants for a Senior Director of Development to oversee three main areas:

  • Implementation of Taproot Earth’s development goal of raising $100 million over 7 years.
  • Co-creation and implementation of the REEF Fund for Global Climate Reparations — a $1 billion dollar fundraising campaign.
  • Development of a capital campaign for the Underground (our land-based initiative for community stewardship and practice).

Candidates who are committed to climate justice, frontline leadership, Black Liberation, and building a movement for a more just and sustainable economy are encouraged to apply.

Key Duties & Responsibilities

  • Refine organizational processes to manage and track the entire development process (prospecting, grant-seeking, grant writing, grant reporting, and donor cultivation and recognition).
  • Build a portfolio of individual donors to support Taproot Earth’s work.
  • Build a portfolio of corporate donors to support two campaigns: the REEF Fund for Global Climate Reparations and the Underground.
  • Identify new sources of sustainable, non-extractive, and community-aligned sources of revenue.
  • Represent Taproot Earth in regional, national, and global partnerships.
  • Oversee cultivation and management of donor and member databases.
  • Manage Development Coordinator and help hire and manage additional staff, including a Database Administrator.
  • Manage consultants who are providing communication and philanthropic research to support long-term campaigns.

Additional Information

The Senior Director of Development will report directly to the Strategy Partner at Taproot Earth and will work closely with the Executive Team.


  • This is a full-time, exempt position.
  • The position will require significant travel, attending conferences or convenings, and some evening/weekend engagements.


  • This is a Band B position with a salary of $135,000 – $160,000 per year.
  • Benefits are listed here.

Qualifications & Experience

Ideal candidates will possess:

  • Experience working with frontline communities that are impacted by extractive economies.
  • Experience with multiple fundraising tactics, specifically individual donations, funder organizing, major giving, corporate and institutional giving, and capital campaigns.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the climate justice philanthropic community.
  • Demonstrated ability and capacity to seek, develop, and maintain relationships with funders, individual donors, and community funds.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of participatory budgeting processes and capacity to support and train others in development practices.
  • Familiarity with organizing, facilitating, and supporting collective governance processes.
  • Demonstrated ability to work on a team in a collective decision-making process.
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative and offer critical thinking, direction, and processes to address challenges.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage a team in ways that support agency, participation, and support a healthy working team.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of intersectionality and issues that impact frontline communities (this could include issues surrounding water, energy, land, housing, healthcare, labor, economic justice, anti-carceral, or democracy and human rights).
  • Demonstrated ability to stay on task and focus on emergent strategy.

Application Instructions

Submission: Applicants should use this form to submit a resume, cover letter, and three relevant professional references.

Deadline: April 1, 2023.