RiverLink is a small but effective team of dedicated River Stewards. As we grow we will be adding more full and part time positions. Currently we host 3 AmeriCorps Project Conserve positions that serve for an 11 month term, these positions accept new application every year around May/June. We also hire some camp counselors for our RiverCamp around April/May. If you’re interested in joining our team, check back on this page for new opportunities!

Development Manager

Development Manager

RiverLink is seeking an experienced development professional to ensure the organization has the resources and capacity to continue to grow in pursuit of our mission to promote the environmental and economic vitality of the French Broad River and its watershed.  Reporting to the Executive Director, the Development Manager will spearhead fundraising efforts and will work as part of a fundraising team that includes the Executive Director, Operations Manager, and Database & Communications Coordinator.


  • Implement annual fundraising plan to reach or exceed annual fundraising goals.
  • Cultivate, solicit, and steward major gifts from individuals, foundations, and corporations.
  • Oversee database and communications coordinator to maintain data that can guide strategic decision making in support of fundraising goals.
  • Serve as the staff leader for the Board Development and Communications Committee. Facilitate Board involvement in prospect identification, cultivation and acknowledgement.
  • Create and implement a strategy for growing annual memberships and recurring donations.
  • Make public appearances with key community stakeholders to represent RiverLink and share programs and results.
  • Prepare monthly reports to the Executive Director and development committee to track progress towards fundraising and engagement goals.
  • Oversee organization and implementation of fundraising, donor, and member events.
  • Work with the database and communications coordinator to develop communications materials for use in fundraising and sponsor solicitation.
  • Identify potential grant sources and draft fund proposals, prepare funder reports, and manage a grants calendar.
  • Work collaboratively with outside campaign counsel and volunteers to support efforts to raise funds for significant capital projects.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree and more than five years of experience in development and fundraising.
  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically and work with the board and the development committee to further fundraising initiatives.
  • Demonstrated excellence in managerial, communication and organizational skills. Comfortable routinely presenting to community groups. Strong interpersonal and written skills.
  • Capacity and experience to create high quality reports and use current database and fundraising technology to drive performance and achieve annual goals.
  • Adherence to Association of Fundraising Professionals code of ethics “to ensure that needed resources are vigorously and ethically sought and that the intent of the donor is honestly fulfilled.”

Salary and Benefits: Commensurate with experience as part of a competitive benefits and compensation package.

Mission, Vision and Values – RiverLink promotes the environmental and economic vitality of the French Broad River and it Watershed.  Our vision is that by 2030 RiverLink will be a national model for our success at revitalizing and restoring the French Broad River Watershed from Rosman to Hot Springs where each community values the river as a place to Live, Learn, Work, and Play. We believe in respectful and valued relationships, teamwork, empowerment and accountability, honesty and integrity, excellence in execution with continued improvement and in creating tangible and lasting results.

To apply: We welcome all candidates to apply as we value equity, diversity and inclusion on our team. Send cover letter, salary requirements, and resume to hr@riverlink.org and include Development Manager as the subject.

RiverLink does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.