Advancement Director - Position Announcement


About Point Blue

Point Blue Conservation Science (Point Blue) is internationally renowned with over 160 staff and seasonal scientists as well as educators and habitat restoration experts. We advance nature-based solutions to climate change, habitat loss, and other environmental threats for wildlife and people, through science, partnerships, and outreach. Point Blue was honored to become an official observer organization to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in 2017.

Based out of Petaluma, California, Point Blue has more than doubled in size over the past decade. We expect continued growth in response to a growing demand for sound science to assess and guide climate-smart conservation investments in our rapidly changing world. Learn more about Point Blue at 

Position Summary

The Advancement Director (AD) manages and directs Point Blue’s development efforts by leading collaborative planning, implementation, and regular assessment of fundraising strategies to support our climate-smart conservation vision and goals. The AD oversees a team of five full-time staff to grow and cultivate major donors, planned giving, institutional fundraising, and donor and member engagement. The AD also works closely with the Chief Executive Officer, Chief Science Officer, Chief Financial Officer, Director of Communications, program Group Directors and Advancement Operations Manager, as well as the Board of Directors. Priorities include growing our major donor pipeline, increasing unrestricted giving and increasing planned giving. The AD reports to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

The AD is responsible for jointly raising approximately 50% of Point Blue’s annual budget (currently approximately $13 million), supporting science and technical fundraising for the other half led by program staff, and doubling unrestricted giving to roughly $2 million/year by 2020. S/he will collaboratively develop and manage targeted funding campaigns around Point Blue’s top priorities. The AD will have a demonstrated commitment to and passion for conservation, integrity and excellence, reflective of Point Blue’s core values so essential to our success. 

How to Apply

Please send your cover letter, resume and salary expectations to: Please put “Advancement Director” in the subject line. Position will be open until filled.