Development Program Specialist

Development Program Specialist

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The Development Program Specialist will be an integral part of the Virginia Philanthropy team, whose goal is to secure funding and ensure financial sustainability for the conservation priorities of the Virginia Chapter.

The Specialist will be responsible for all aspects of gift processing to ensure that donor gifts are received and acknowledged in a timely manner. They will record gifts in the donor database and work with other philanthropy and finance staff to track donor commitments and associated documentation, as well as reporting requirements.  The Specialist will provide stewardship support for donors to include coordination of the State Director’s donor acknowledgements and distribution of the State Director’s monthly newsletter to donors.  They will maintain an inventory of donor gifts and stewardship materials.

The Specialist will provide donor qualification research, briefings and event bios.  They will serve as the team’s primary point of contact for data management in the donor database (Blackbaud CRM).  They will create, update and maintain constituent records and perform data entry functions for the team as needed.  They will produce reports from the donor database in support of fundraising efforts including events and donor mailings.

The Specialist will serve as primary staff for the Board of Trustees’ Philanthropy and Marketing Committee and will assist the Director in scheduling committee meetings, preparing presentations and coordinating meeting logistics. They will serve as the team’s point of contact to the Trustee Liaison in providing materials for chapter board meetings, and may assist with board meeting logistics as needed. Additionally, the Specialist will assist the Director of Philanthropy with calendar management, travel arrangements and expense reports. They will schedule philanthropy team meetings and coordinate meeting logistics; prepare meeting materials; and assist with special initiatives.   They will travel and work flexible hours. The work environment may involve infrequent exposure to disagreeable elements and minor physical exertion and/or strain.


Want to help save the planet?  The Nature Conservancy’s Virginia program works to create a future where people and nature thrive together. Our innovative science-based solutions are designed to secure clean water in our rivers and bays, restore healthy forests from the Appalachians to the Atlantic, protect our oceans and coasts, and foster resilient communities. We are looking for a self-driven individual who is able to work independently in a fast-paced environment. Relationship building, project coordination and   intellectual curiosity will be key to this role.


  • Bachelor’s degree and 2 years’ experience or equivalent combination.
  • Experience building relationships with staff, customers or similar.
  • Organizational skills including accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Experience generating reports and interpreting data.
  • Experience in business writing, editing, and proofreading.
  • Experience working across teams.
  • Experience, coursework, or other training in principles and practices of relevant field.
Location: Virginia
Organization: The Nature Conservancy
Deadline: September 4, 2022
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