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Director of Donor Engagement

$7,523,300 – $8,850,400 yearly

Great Parks

Last Updated: 6/15/24

Job Description

What if your office space was a park…. or 22 parks and recreation areas? Do you want to share nature’s benefits with likeminded individuals and corporations? Would you love to be a part of an organization that drives regional impact by creating incredible spaces to work, live, play, and learn in? Does it appeal to you to have input on the decision making of a division that is building something special that serves every citizen in Hamilton County? If you answered yes to these questions, think about being a part of the Philanthropy team at Great Parks. The Director of Donor Engagement will play a major role in engaging corporate and individual donors in support of the Master Plan and mission of Great Parks.

At Great Parks, our team members work together to preserve and protect natural resources and to provide outdoor recreation and education in order to enhance the quality of life for present and future generations. Be a part of an inclusive organization that enriches the region by inspiring nature-based experiences, celebrating cultural heritage and building strong and healthy communities through our dedicated staff, volunteers, and friends.

The successful candidate will:

Designs sponsorship and individual proposals in collaboration with program staff, marketing staff, and other relevant staff to leverage the value and reach of the park district and engage corporate partners and individuals in Great Parks’ mission.

In partnership with Marketing and Public Engagement, develops collateral materials to support corporate sponsorship and individual engagement opportunities. This includes brochures, web pages, and sponsor deliverables. Collaborates with relevant staff to ensure the proper acknowledgment of all corporate and individual supporters through deliverables as agreed upon in proposals.

Establishes and manages a detailed annual budget for corporate sponsorship and signature fundraising events that link to overall fundraising goals.

Attends and actively participates in local business programs and events, including but not limited to business and community networking events, diversity, and inclusion networking events, conservation, and parks events. Positions Great Parks as the philanthropic partner of choice in conservation and parks.

Speaks to outside groups and prepares presentations to raise awareness of Great Parks as a philanthropic partner.

Develops and presents internal donor relations training for staff.

Collaborates with the Grant Writer in soliciting corporate philanthropic gifts and with the Chief of Philanthropy in identifying donors with corporate connections and capacity.

Supports major initiatives of the Philanthropy division outside the corporate sponsorship program, including cultivation and fundraising events.

Identify and develop future Great Parks Forever volunteer leadership including committees and the foundation Board of Directors.

Manages prospect tracking and action reports using eTapestry or other related software.

Manages effective communication of division goals and objectives with other departments, leadership, and peers.

Performs job duties in accordance with Great Parks’ policies, procedures, and performance expectations.

Accounts for cash transactions. Complies with all cash handling policies and enforces cash control procedures.

Manages expenditures, submits purchase requests, and approves invoices and purchasing card transactions in accordance with agency standards.

Maintains confidentiality of confidential and sensitive information.

Works assigned schedule, exhibits regular and punctual attendance, and works outside of normal schedule as required including evenings, weekends, and holidays.

Performs other job duties as assigned.


An appropriate combination of education, training, course work, and experience may qualify an applicant to demonstrate required knowledge, skills, and abilities. An example of an acceptable qualification is:

Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Communications, Philanthropy, or a related field is required.

Seven or more years of fundraising experience which evidences a primary responsibility in corporate and donor relations with a successful history of securing new sponsors and donors and retaining current sponsors and donors.

Able to demonstrate excellent communication skills in written and oral presentation, including the ability to articulate the Great Parks’ mission and vision to a diverse audience.

Work in a collaborative setting that involves shared decision making and program responsibility.

Ability to document identity and employment eligibility within three (3) days of original appointment as a condition of employment in compliance with Immigration Reform and Control Act requirements.


State Driver License that meets current GPHC carrier guidelines.

Typical starting salary range for the position will be $75,233.60 annually to $88,504.00 annually depending on experience.

We offer an excellent benefit package that includes medical, dental and life insurance; paid vacation, 11 holidays and sick time; enrollment in Ohio Public Employees Retirement System and free or discounted use of many Great Parks recreational activities.

Great Parks is an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or any other classification protected under applicable law.

Company Details

Cincinnati, Ohio, United States