Development Director

HEAL Utah Development Director

Hybrid in Salt Lake City, Utah 

Areas of Responsibility:

The Development Director collaborates with the Executive Director, other HEAL Utah staff, board, and supporters to continue building one of Utah’s most successful statewide grassroots environmental advocacy organizations. This Development Director role is critical to the sustainability and effectiveness of a small, collaborative organization like HEAL, and to our relevance within our larger community. We’re looking for someone who is passionate, professional, organized, enthusiastic, and deeply skilled in building relationships. This opportunity provides a strong candidate with the opportunity to help set strategy, implement and see the outcomes of their success, and grow with the organization. The Development Director’s fundraising work will support HEAL’s general operations as well as campaigns related to energy and climate, clean air, and radioactive and toxic waste–HEAL Utah’s three main issue areas.

About HEAL Utah

HEAL is a grassroots organization focused on safeguarding the health of the people of Utah by advocating for 1) clean air policies and practices, 2) minimizing and mitigating the impacts of climate change through an accelerated transition to clean energy and carbon drawdown strategies, 3) limiting exposure to radioactive waste and other industrial toxins, and 4) preventing and reversing the impacts of these environmental health risks that are borne disproportionately by racially and ethnically marginalized, rural, and low-income communities.

HEAL’s primary tools are grassroots education/activation, evidence-based policy development/advocacy, and assuring the integrity of democratic processes and institutions to facilitate policymaking that is in the best interests of the general public.
HEAL educates the residents of Utah about environmental problems, solutions, and policies. We also work to build civic participation skills to foster a more engaged and effective environmental constituency base. We believe that we must not just clean up our physical environment, but empower community members to influence the decisions that impact their health and environment, and advocate for democratic processes that assure their voices will be heard and valued.



The HEAL Utah Development Director will be responsible for top to bottom planning and execution of the development strategy, including the following:


Strategic Development and Fundraising Management

  • Create a strategic fundraising plan that integrates grants, donors, the annual campaign drive, foundations, business and individual partnerships, fundraising events, and other fundraising activities.
  • Work with the Executive Director to prepare annual fundraising budget targets and calendar and independently manage activities to meet those objectives.
  • Organize and support the work of the HEAL Board Fundraising Committee to review, augment, and help execute fundraising plans.
  • Support HEAL staff through the pursuit of fundraising activities to support specific campaigns and new opportunities.
  • Keep engaged and up to speed on HEAL campaigns and activities to message publicly and draft relevant fundraising materials.
  • Coordinate administrative duties with Executive Director and Office Manager.

Grant Management

  • Adopt and maintain the annual grant milestones calendar that includes application and reporting preparation periods and deadlines.
  • Oversee the preparation of priorities, grant proposals, and reports (narrative and financial) working with the Executive Director, other staff, and contracted grant writer.
  • Research and pursue new funding sources for general support or specific issue campaigns or projects.
  • Maintain relationships with contacts from granting organizations.
    Track the status of all grant proposals, maintain foundation files, and maintain evaluation metrics.

Membership and Donors

  • Manage all aspects of donor relationships, working with the Office Manager to properly categorize, record, and acknowledge donations.
  • Create and execute strategy for donor recruitment, engagement, and retention.
  • Work with the Executive Director to maintain a regular meeting schedule with major donors.
  • Work closely with the board to recruit and develop new donors at all levels.
  • Work with the Communications Director to oversee the development, promotion, and execution of annual fundraising messaging.
  • Conduct analysis to understand current and lapsed donor needs and interests.
  • Expand HEAL Utah’s donations from major donors, regular members, foundations, business partnerships, and online and social media giving programs.
  • Oversee the overall planning and execution of HEAL Utah’s major annual fundraising events, including a spring event and a fall party.
  • Plan and coordinate smaller gatherings and strategic meetings for major donors, business allies, and monthly donors.

Database and documentation management

Manage the membership/donor database (currently Salsa CRM and Engage).

Generate monthly thank you calls and cards and annual tax summaries for donors.
Oversee the apportionment of expenses to campaigns and funding sources.


This position is a good fit for individuals who are self-motivated, well-organized, detail-oriented, comfortable working independently, able to multitask, and willing to take initiative. Excellent verbal and written communication skills, ability to quickly learn and use software. Confidently interacting with the public is a must.


  • Passionate about protecting public health and the environment and specifically about HEAL Utah’s mission, campaigns, and strategies.
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience.
  • At least 2 years professional experience, with a preference for experience developing and executing major donor strategies, annual campaigns, events, and grant writing and development.
  • Ability to think creatively and strategically in communicating HEAL’s work to grow relationships with donors.
  • Envision and execute events that will raise money and attract and engage new and existing donors.
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills, and ability to lead the organization’s interactions with donors, grantmakers, foundations, and businesses.
  • Data and budget management and metrics and evaluation creation and management.
  • Ability to prioritize and complete multiple tasks, projects, and high-quality, deliverables on tight deadlines.
  • Aptitude for leading and collaborating with other staff, and coordinating activities across a team through clear internal communication.
  • Professionalism, accountability, independence, and initiative.
  • Demonstrated commitment to centering the values of justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion in environmental advocacy work.


  • Experience applying for and managing federal grants.
  • Familiarity with the Utah-specific context and the state-wide communities where we work.
  • Familiarity with relevant management software and online platforms for giving and task management including Salsa, Clickup, social media platforms, etc.

Physical Requirements:

  • Prolonged periods of sitting at a desk and working on a computer.
  • Occasional lifting and moving around materials and equipment up to 25 lbs.
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Some localized travel is required.
  • The Development Director is a 40-hour per week, regular full-time position, with some occasional evening and weekend activities.


The starting pay for the Development Director position will be between $60,000 to $75,000 per year, depending upon experience. HEAL offers an excellent starting benefits package: including four weeks of paid time off (a mix of holidays, sick/personal leave, and vacation), fully paid health and dental insurance for the employee, and 50% of premiums paid for domestic partners and dependents, and up-to-3% match of SIMPLE IRA retirement contributions. We also offer stipends for professional development; partial reimbursement for the use of a personal phone, computer, and home office; and, within limits set in coordination with the ED, flexible work hours and location.


Please send the following materials to jobs@healutah.org with the Subject line: “HEAL Development Director Position”

  • Resume
  • Cover letter
  • Name, title, and contact information for three references

Questions can be directed to info@healutah.org or (801) 355-5055. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis with an intent to hire as soon as possible.


Applications should be submitted for a first review no later than June 11, 2023.


If you need accommodations to complete an application, interview, or any portion of the selection process while applying for a position with HEAL Utah, contact us at jobs@healutah.org.


The starting pay for the Development Director position will be between $60,000 to $75,000 per year, depending upon experience


HEAL offers a comprehensive benefits package for employees, including 4 weeks of paid time off, health and dental insurance (with coverage for domestic partners and dependents), retirement contribution matching, stipends for professional development, partial reimbursements for personal phone/computer/home office use, and flexible work arrangements.


To apply for the HEAL Development Director Position, please send your resume, cover letter, and the contact information for three references to jobs@healutah.org with the subject line “HEAL Development Director Position”. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to info@healutah.org or call (801) 355-5055. Applications will be reviewed as they are received, so it’s best to apply early. The deadline for initial applications is June 11, 2023