April 3, 2023

Executive Search: Director of Development and Communications

The Wetlands Initiative (TWI) designs, restores, and creates wetlands by innovating, collaborating, and employing sound science to improve water quality, habitat for plants and wildlife, and our climate. TWI is tackling exciting new projects across the Calumet region in Southeast Chicago and Northwest Indiana, including turning a vast floodwater detention corridor into a natural and scenic asset for communities.

The organization is looking for a Director of Development and Communications who will play a crucial role in this work, helping TWI build a public profile and donor base to help expand capacity and reach. Responsibilities include:

Strategic Thinking and Planning 

  • Develop and implement an annual development and communications plan
  • Collaborate with the Executive Director and staff to set fundraising goals
  • Identify and pursue funding opportunities, provide strategy for brand awareness and communications, and track fundraising success


  • Manage and support TWI’s development team
  • Collaborate with the Board of Directors to support committee work

Fundraising, Communications, and Brand Awareness

  • Create and implement TWI’s planned-giving program and recruit initial bequest commitments
  • Develop and execute fundraising and cultivation events
  • Ensure quality control over data entry in the donor/prospect database

TWI’s portfolio of work, recognition of the organization’s role in successful large projects, and its range of recent collaborations reflect a period of significant growth, with more planned. If you are ready to combine your fundraising experience with creativity and entrepreneurial energy in a mix of hands-on work and organizational strategies, click the button below to learn more.

Full Position Description

Instructions for Applicants

Please complete the application form at bit.ly/TWIrecruitment and upload your resume and a cover letter that describes your experience for this position. We encourage you to highlight your interest in The Wetlands Initiative's mission, including your genuine passion and history of professional or personal engagement in conservation, or the environment.

Recruitment will continue until the position is filled. We ask that you complete the application form, but you may direct any application-related questions or needs to executive search consultant, Rebekah Silverman, Vice President, Ter Molen Watkins & Brandt, rsilverman@twbfundraising.com. All inquiries and questions are held confidentially.

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