Development Associate

Development Associate

Type of offer:
The Development Associate (DA) will be an integral member of NatureServe’s development team, which is charged with building a comprehensive fundraising program that advances the organization’s mission and strategic goals.  In addition to managing key development systems and processes, including gift processing, donor database maintenance and meeting preparation, the DA will have the opportunity over time to partner with the Chief Advancement Officer (CAO) to create and implement a segmented annual giving and donor communications plan.  The DA will collaborate with colleagues across the organization, including communications, operations, senior staff, scientists and researchers, to ensure the timely and efficient execution of projects.   

NatureServe offers flexibility in terms of remote work, with the expectation that the DA will travel as needed for staff and donor meetings. 


Fundraising Operations

  • Manage the gift acknowledgement process, ensuring donation are processed, recorded and receipted in a timely manner.
  • Maintain donor database, including timely and accurate input of donor data; documentation of relevant policies and processes regarding data maintenance; and preparation of fundraising data for analysis, evaluation and presentation to key stakeholders.
  • Collaborate with accounting staff to track and reconcile the development program revenue and expenses, including tracking and reporting on progress toward fundraising goals.
  • Research current and potential donors to evaluate their capacity and inclination.
  • Schedule donor meetings and prepare relevant materials for said meetings, as needed.  

 Annual Giving & Donor Communications

  • In collaboration with communications team, draft and edit content for solicitations and stewardship materials.
  • Identify audience segments and prepare distribution lists for donor communications vehicles (digital and mail).
  • Create and maintain a donor recognition program focused on retaining and upgrading existing annual giving donors.
  • Partner with communications team to source and prepare impact stories and donor stories from NatureServe colleagues and partners.

The essential job functions listed above are not meant to be all-inclusive and may be subject to change at any time.  

Location: Arlington, VA
Organization: NatureServe
Deadline: May 2, 2021
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