Development Director

Grand Staircase Escalante Partners


To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to The position is open until filled.

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Our Mission:

Honoring the past and safeguarding the future of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument through science, conservation, and education.

For more information about our organization visit Resumes will be accepted until position is filled.


Job Opening: Grand Staircase Escalante Partners Development Director 

Grand Staircase Escalante Partners (GSEP) is seeking a leader to join our dynamic team in the long-term protection of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument (GSENM). We are looking for a leader who is organized, creative, innovative, and enthusiastic about the Monument and public lands conservation. The Development Director is a senior position responsible for the creation and execution of strategies to raise funds and increase public awareness of Grand Staircase Escalante Partners’ (GSEP) mission and programs. Our mission is to safeguard the future of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument’s vast landscape through science, conservation, and education, including the objects of value identified in the 2021 Monument Proclamation.

The Development Director works with the Executive Director and Board of Directors to (1) establish and execute fundraising strategies to achieve the organization’s annual and long-term revenue goals and (2) work with communications staff to build and manage organizational brand identity and all aspects of marketing and communications.

Justice, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

GSEP is an Equal Opportunity Employer with a commitment to making our programs and services accessible to all. We value diversity and do not permit any discrimination against applicants, employees, or volunteers on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, medical condition, or disability, or any other status protected by applicable law or statue in any of our policies or programs. We intentionally work to foster a culture of inclusion with openness, honesty, visibility, creativity, and trust as core values. 


GSEP’s principal office is in Escalante, Utah; however, we are accepting applications from remote candidates, with a preference for those living in Utah. Please see the job duties, qualifications, and application instructions below.

Job Duties

  • Develop and execute annual fundraising plans in collaboration with the Executive Director and the Board of Directors’ Development Committee with targeted goals, objectives, methods, quantifiable outcomes and timelines to achieve budgeted financial targets
  • Meet with prospective donors and supporters (in person, phone, Zoom) to create and expand meaningful, authentic relationships that are responsive to donors needs and giving priorities
  • Conduct individual and business prospect research and grow a major gifts program based on a strategic plan and established timeline including identification, cultivation, and funding requests of major donors
  • Spearhead an outreach campaign to build constituencies and ensure messaging is aligned with strategic goals and is inclusive of diverse knowledge and perspectives
  • Conduct grant research, proposal writing, and reporting.  
  • Create and maintain an annual proposal calendar with deadlines, contact information, and reporting requirements
  • Design, implement, and manage a planned giving program
  • Manage and execute an annual appeal campaign in collaboration with the executive director and board of directors
  • In collaboration with communications staff, develop and execute a comprehensive marketing plan that includes events, media relations, press releases, social networking, annual report, website, newsletter and branding
  • Manage customer relationship management (CRM) database, website updates, and tracking systems
  • Supervise creation and dissemination of creative content to support fundraising activities
  • Create and manage donor recognition strategies
  • Travel as requested to Kanab, Escalante, Boulder, and Salt Lake City, UT as well as other destinations to support fundraising efforts
  • Demonstrate professional conduct and support GSEP’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.
  • Perform other related duties as requested


  • Must embrace the mission and vision of Grand Staircase Escalante Partners
  • Fundraising experience and the promise of success in areas of individual, foundation, government, and corporate giving 
  • Experience with customer relationship management (CRM) software.
  • Strong and effective interpersonal communication and writing skills
  • Supervisory experience
  • Ability to effectively work remotely
  • Knowledge and experience in a wide variety of fundraising strategies, particularly major gift cultivation and acquisition and planned giving
  • Ability to support staff, board members, and volunteers in their ability to carry out the GSEP mission and serve as ambassadors
  • Ability to take initiative and be innovative, creative, and goal driven
  • Organizational skills and self-accountability
  • Display a positive attitude and outward mindset
  • Familiarity with Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and public lands strongly preferred
  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Prefer a minimum of five years of experience in professional fundraising

Salary: DOE $65,000 – $75,000

Application Instructions

To apply for this position, please send a resume and cover letter to This position will be open until filled, with the goal of filling the position by February 1, 2024 Qualified candidates will be contacted via phone if selected to move to the next stage of the application process. If you have any questions about the process, please email

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