Director of Development and Communications

[Immediate availability]

About Lula Lake Land Trust:

The Lula Lake Land Trust (LLLT) is a non-profit conservation organization. The mission of LLLT is to preserve the natural and historic landscapes surrounding Rock Creek and its tributaries through conservation, education, and low impact recreation. LLLT seeks to create a network of conservation properties within the watershed that will ensure protection and enhancement of local water quality; protect areas which maintain contiguous forest cover, trails and scenic views; provide opportunities for research and education programs; and designate areas suitable for public access, use and enjoyment. LLLT currently holds 3,000 acres of land in fee simple ownership and has protected another 5000 acres through conservation easements. LLLT has also worked closely with Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to protect an additional 1,500 acres for Cloudland Canyon State Park, and developed a popular 60-mile network of multi-use, recreational trails known as the Cloudland Connector Trail system.

Position Description:

The position of Director of Development and Communications (DDC) is a high profile, multi-dimensional role whose ultimate, measurable responsibility is to meet or exceed the organization’s annual fundraising goals. The DDC is responsible for:

  • Maintaining our current base of generous donors
  • Identifying and building relationships with potential major and new donors
  • Writing and sending letters of thanks to donors
  • Developing low cost fundraising activity plans that maximize participation or contributions
  • Develop strategies to encourage new or increased contributions
  • Maintain, update and manage donor databases and CRM software (Salesforce)
  • Direct or supervise fundraising activities, including management volunteer staff or board members
  • Maintain, develop and implement new fundraising activities
  • Solicit cash or in-kind donations or sponsorships from individuals, business, or government donors both in person and over the phone
  • Monitor progress of fundraising drives
  • Manage all aspects of social media and blogging including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and others
  • Manage all aspects of Lula Lake Public relations; build relationships with news and media outlets
  • Manage a regular communications and events calendar
  • Organize and deliver events in conjunction with the Executive Director
  • Maintain and modify existing website
  • Design, write and produce annual appeal letters and print newsletters
  • Collaborate with Executive Director on novel fundraising strategies that are consistent with our mission, community, and organization
  • Collaborate with other land trusts in our region to develop relationships and share best practices
  • Research and write new grants
  • Become a knowledgeable and skilled planned giving strategist
  • Form warm and personal relationships with all of our foundation stakeholders
  • Much of the above will be shared with the Executive Director – partnership and team work are a must

Skills and Qualifications:

  • Some combination of a bachelor’s degree or higher, 3+ years of relevant experience, and a robust and varied skill set
  • Demonstrable excellence in organizational, managerial, and communication skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills
  • Ability to manage timelines and project budgets, and calendars effectively
  • Capacity to manage multiple projects simultaneously
  • Excellent IT skills. Enjoyably use a variety of platforms such as Microsoft Office or iWork, design software, WordPress, and Non-profit CRM database solutions (Salesforce, Abilla, Etc.)
  • Experience with website and newsletter production, message development, and vendor management
  • Interest in and commitment to environmental, conservation and education development
  • Ability to work well with diverse individuals and balance a variety of needs
  • Event planning and execution (required)
  • Experience in non-profits and / or Land Trusts preferred
  • Deep familiarity with Lookout Mountain, Chattanooga, and the larger conservation community preferred.

Desirable personal characteristics:

Energy, enthusiasm, confidence, detailed and organized and yet adaptive to change. An outdoors minded person who is creative, fearless, persuasive, and passionate about people, places, conservation and the environment. A quick learner who can champion an idea or cause. Dependable, self directed, and purposeful with their time. Knows how to appropriately celebrate their own and organizational success.


Salary commensurate with experience. Full or partial medical and dental insurance, 5% matching 401k/Roth, telephone or plan, 2 weeks vacation + generous holiday, comp time, and more.

Application Deadline is February 16, 2018

Please send cover letter and resume to We look forward to hearing from you. Thanks!


AmeriCorps VISTA

Starting February 2018, we’ll be hiring a new AmeriCorps VISTA!  Click here to read the full job description and learn how you can apply.

The 2018 Lula Lake AmeriCorps VISTA will be the last in a three-consecutive year series. The VISTA is currently building out our environmental education mission objective. The VISTA manages ongoing school and educational groups while continuing to build relationships with new schools. The VISTA researches and writes grants to support our education objectives. They are also responsible for cultivating and managing our volunteer programs. The VISTA is highly involved in managing volunteers for our public Open Gate Days and special events. This is a highly rewarding position that has the potential to boost experience and career opportunities.


Eager to learn the ins and outs of land management? This is a great opportunity to get hands-on experience, from trail building and erosion control to water quality testing and invasive species eradication. Through our partnership with the Southeast Youth Corps, this summer internship position offers AmeriCorps program benefits and an excellent introduction to careers in conservation. Click HERE for more details and application info.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! If you are interested in volunteering (a great way for us to get to know you for future hiring opportunities), please email our Land Manager, Pat Kelly, at