The Chesapeake Bay Trust (the Trust) is a nonprofit, grant-making organization dedicated to improving the local streams, rivers, and natural resources of the Chesapeake Bay through environmental education, community outreach, and local watershed restoration. The Trust seeks a qualified candidate to serve as the Development Associate in the Trust’s Development, Marketing, and Communications Department. This is a full-time salary position (40 hours per week) that involves some travel (mostly within Maryland) and some evening and weekend hours. The Development Associate will report directly to the Director of Development, Marketing, and Communications.
The Development Associate will play an important role in helping to accomplish the Trust’s evolving development and fundraising goals. This full-time position is primarily responsible for managing the Development Department’s donor database and providing support for fundraising campaigns and initiatives through prospect identification and research, preparation of solicitation material, maintaining moves management system and assisting with donor cultivation and stewardship. The Development Association will provide day-today operational oversight of Development Associates’ gift processing of data entry functions. Given the recent expansion of the Trust’s development objectives, this position has tremendous growth opportunity and the person in the role has potential for advancement.
Serve as lead on key aspects of a comprehensive giving program.
Serve as lead on key components of donor acquisition, retention, and management for annual giving, major gifts, and capital campaigns, including:
Manage the donor database (Raiser’s Edge) and maintain its accuracy and integrity by ensuring that all information is entered and kept current including gifts entry, reports and maintenance, as well as providing support for moves management.
Compose, proofread, edit and prepare regular correspondence, acknowledgements, mailings, reports, online communications and other materials.
Research and maintain information and data to assist in preparing printed/electronic prospect and donor materials, including donor biographies and profiles.
Take the lead on outreach to a subset of prospects and donors (phone calls, letters, emails, etc.) and the facilitation of donor requests and information.
Assist in coordinating complex calendars to schedule meetings with prospective funders and donors for Executive Director and Director of Development.
Assist in organizing large and small-scale events with all details including registration, on-site efforts, volunteer solicitations, sponsorship acquisition and marketing efforts to ensure successful completion; keeps in regular contact with donors during fundraising events.
Assist in grant requests and proposals as necessary.
Mails invitations and other correspondence to potential donors, volunteers and guests in order to inform them of events and activities.
Assist with other administrative tasks, contributing to departmental goals and assisting smooth day-to-day flow of development operations by accomplishing related duties as required.
Skills and Qualifications
Two or more years of related/relevant development and fundraising experience.
Discretion and good judgment when dealing with confidential and sensitive material.
Ability to demonstrate tact, diplomacy and initiative when working with others.
Maintenance of standards of professional competence and adherence to a professional code of conduct.
Strong writing and organizational skills.
Ability to manage multiple priority projects at once with ease and efficiency
Strong knowledge of Microsoft Office and technical understanding of database management and reporting; experience with fundraising databases, preferably Raiser’s Edge a plus.
Attention to detail. The right candidate must be exceptionally thorough and detail-orientated with the ability to analyze data, research information, problem-solve and coordinate projects.
Experience with various development techniques (such as exposure to endowments, capital campaigns, and major gift solicitation) is preferred.
Clear understanding and commitment to the Chesapeake Bay Trust’s mission and goals.
Additional Salary Information: Excellent benefits package included with professional development opportunities available.
Internal Number: DA
About Chesapeake Bay Trust
The mission of the Chesapeake Bay Trust is to promote public awareness and participation in the restoration and protection of the water quality and aquatic and land resources of the Chesapeake Bay region and other aquatic and land resources of the State. The Trust will engage residents of the region in programs that lead to actions that measurably improve local communities and increase resource stewardship.