Development Manager

Seattle, Washington, United States Full-time



Braided River is looking for an entrepreneurial and creative development professional with a passion for conservation, photography, and books to lead and expand our development efforts. The Development Manager will build, cultivate, and expand a diverse base of financial support from individual donors, foundations, and corporations to support quality publications and programming that drives public engagement and advocacy to preserve the last wild places in western North America. In addition to designing and executing a full range of philanthropic fundraising strategies, the Development Manager will cultivate relationships that support book publication, photographer/author fieldwork, media, public events, partnership development, websites, museum exhibits, video, and film projects. 

This is an exciting opportunity to have a pivotal position on a small team with the potential for significant growth as the development program expands. You will be joining Braided River in its mission to connect people emotionally to critical conservation issues through art and literature, support strategic grassroots advocacy efforts, and play a unique role in protecting irreplaceable wild places for generations to come.

About Braided River: A Different Kind of Publisher

Braided River is a strategic conservation communication organization that makes its impact by supporting the publication of beautiful large-format photography books that serve as a media platform. It was founded in 2007 by the publisher of Mountaineers Books expressly to expand capacity “beyond the book” toward tangible advocacy goals. Braided River addresses pressing conservation issues facing western North America through strategic partnerships with foundations, grassroots organizations, and photographers. In addition to the media generated by Mountaineers Books at the launch of a new title, Braided River also develops complementary comprehensive outreach and advocacy programs using the book as the foundation for public multi-media events, publicity, museum exhibits, and grassroots marketing and public engagement campaigns. We work alongside not-for-profit grassroots, environmental, educational, and Native organizations to reach a broad constituency and drive broader public engagement and advocacy. Project photographers serve as the public face for campaigns through media and vents; Braided River works with many of the most talented, committed, and dynamic photographers working on conservation initiatives. Campaigns support preserving public land and biodiversity and addressing climate change with a focus on wild landscapes of western North America. Braided River is an important and unique force in the world of conservation. No other publisher today is as effective in this field as with the books under the Braided River imprint.

Braided River is a standalone 501(c)(3) nonprofit, affiliated with Mountaineers Books, which is itself a division of The Mountaineers (also a 501(c)(3) nonprofit). The Braided River organization consists of a two-person staff team (Executive Director and Development Manager), located in the offices of Mountaineers Books (a staff of 20) on Harbor Island near West Seattle. The Executive Director also serves as Publisher for Mountaineers Books, and Braided River leverages the infrastructure of Mountaineers Books including editorial, production, design, administrative, sales and marketing, distribution and warehousing, office space and equipment. There is currently a six-member Braided River Board of Directors and a Resource Council. For more information visit

Key Job Responsibilities

The Development Manager is responsible for executing the organization’s development strategy and meeting its annual fundraising goals. He or she will work closely with the Executive Director to determine strategy and develop specific plans, targets, and benchmarks to raise approximately $500,000 per year to fund two to four new books or projects per year, each requiring its own funding stream and strategy, plus ongoing legacy programs and seed funding for future projects. The Development Manager will research, identify, cultivate, and solicit a diverse portfolio of individual, foundation, corporate donors, partners and sponsors that builds and expands on our existing base. More specifically, the Development Manager will:  

  • Work closely with the Executive Director to respectfully cultivate, solicit, and steward major donors.
  • Build and sustain a growing base of annual individual donors.
  • Engage and leverage the project photographers, Braided River Board of Directors and Resource Council members in philanthropic networking and support.
  • Create and maintain donor communications including acknowledgements, timely impact reports, successes and lessons learned, and an annual report.
  • Leverage Braided River author/photographer events for cultivation and fundraising opportunities, as appropriate.
  • Track proposals and create reports for foundations and corporate support, and manage donor tracking and information in the Little Green Light database.
  • Attend Braided River board meetings (five per year) and provide related administrative support.
  • Monitor and report on fundraising performance quarterly to the Executive Director and Braided River Board of Directors.
  • Act as a liaison with The Mountaineers development team to ensure alignment and collaborate on select projects or programs.

Ideal skills and qualifications

The ideal candidate will have a passion for environmental or conservation work, and a commensurate interest in photography and art, literature and books. She or he must have a minimum of 4 years of experience working in fund development, ideally including experience identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding individual donors, foundations, and corporate sponsorships. Candidates must have excellent listening and interpersonal skills for building relationships with existing and potential partners, and comfort with asking for contributions and sometimes being turned down.

As an employee affiliated with a publishing company, the successful candidate will have excellent communication, writing, and editing skills. He or she should be comfortable independently producing letters, proposals, grants, newsletters, and reports; experience in graphic design and website management is a plus. The successful hire will have excellent organizational skills and the ability to manage multiple projects concurrently, setting priorities, following through and meeting deadlines. As a member of a staff of two, this person will need to be self-directed but also able to work in close partnership with the ED. Facility with technology including Microsoft Office products and donor management software (ideally Little Green Light) is required.

Braided River is a one-of-a-kind organization, bringing together art and advocacy, publications and partnerships to realize its mission. The Development Manager must be comfortable with the ambiguity that comes with being an unusual organization in a rapidly changing environment. A results-oriented entrepreneurial spirit and the willingness to explore innovative strategies for supporting the development goals for this unique organization will be important keys to success.

Compensation and Benefits

This is a full-time exempt position reporting to the Executive Director. It requires the ability to travel regionally, to transport oneself as needed, and occasionally to attend meetings or events on evenings or weekends.

The salary range is $50,000 to $58,000, depending on experience. Braided River offers a generous benefits plan including medical, dental, and vision insurance, 401k, and holiday, vacation, commuter benefit, and sick leave. Flexible hours may be negotiated, and you may bring your dog to work on Mondays and Fridays. Employees are given free membership to The Mountaineers and course benefits offered through The Mountaineers. Free parking, a complimentary copy of each new title from Mountaineers Books. Braided River is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer.

How to apply

Please apply online by clicking on this link:

Online applications only, please no email or paper submissions. You will be asked to upload a resume and a cover letter. In your cover letter, please describe, as specifically as you can, how your interests, skills, and experience are a fit with the goals and requirements of this position as described in this announcement.

Applications will be accepted through September 4, 2017. All applications will be acknowledged via an email receipt and will be held confidentially within the hiring committee. Consideration will be given to applications as soon as they are received; we encourage early applications. Interviewing will begin in the first week of September.

The search for this position is being facilitated by Clover Search Works, a search firm that provides a full range of search services to nonprofit organizations in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Clover Search Works is honored to work with Braided River and is working hard to recruit a motivated team member who is passionate about advancing Braided River’s unique mission. 

Questions regarding this opportunity are welcomed and can be directed to Emily Anthony of Clover Search Works (

Email: emily@cloversearchworks.com½Phone: 206-355-9132.