Senior Director of Development

Taproot Earth
  • Location
    Remote, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Posted
    Feb 28

Position description

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 Director of Development to oversee three main areas of development:

  • Implementation of Taproot Earth’s development strategy to raise $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, grantseeking, 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 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 available on our website at 

About You

Qualifications & Experience

Ideal candidates will possess: 

  • Experience working with frontline communities who 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 in organizing, facilitation, and supporting collective governance processes
  • Demonstrated ability to work on a team in 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

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


Deadline: Open until filled.


Nondiscrimination & Equal Employment

Taproot’s core mission and values drive us to seek a deep range of perspectives, backgrounds, and personal histories as we gather our Krewe. We also work hard to create a group culture in which individuals are seen, valued, and respected in all of their many identities. We expect every applicant to hold these values alongside us.

In practical terms, we are committed to employment practices that ensure applicants are given equal opportunity without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, religion, physical or mental ability, neurodivergence, medical condition, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, or any other factor that is not directly related to the position for which they are applying. 

In line with the “Fair Chance” law of our home State of Louisiana, we will not consider as part of our hiring process any criminal histories that have not led to a conviction, even if they are uncovered in a background check. In the case of a recorded conviction, we will make a serious, individualized assessment of the applicant and the conviction in relation to the duties and requirements of the position for which they are applying. 

As a remote workplace, we will also abide by any legal or regulatory requirements of the applicant’s state of residence that relate to discrimination or the use of specific information in the application, interview, and hiring process.

Access & Accommodation

If you have a need for specific accommodation in order to apply or interview for a position, contact [email protected] We will endeavor to fulfill any reasonable request. 

COVID Vaccination

To protect one another and the frontline communities we work with, all Taproot Krewe members are required to maintain up-to-date COVID vaccination levels (as recommended by the CDC) and to provide regular documentation of their vaccination status. Exemptions to this policy may be requested in cases of medical necessity.

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