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NatureServe seeks an entrepreneurial, goal-driven, and energetic individual with a commitment to conservation to join their growing development team. This is an exciting opportunity for an individual interested in learning the ins and outs of nonprofit fundraising by helping to build a development program from the ground up in an established organization. They will be entrusted to work across the organization and at all levels to execute projects as assigned, while also providing feedback and suggestions to improve organizational efficiency and impact. Location for this role is flexible, but Arlington, Virginia is preferred. JOB SUMMARY: 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. KEY RESPONSIBILITIES: 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.
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
The essential job functions listed
above are not meant to be all-inclusive and may be subject to
change at any time.
Bachelor’s degree and one to three years’ experience in
nonprofits, fundraising or marketing communications
Exceptional project management skills, including demonstrated
ability to manage complex projects with multiple deadlines and
Experience coordinating the work of diverse teams.
Proven track record of creating and maintaining processes to
ensure organizational effectiveness and efficiency.
Ability to produce tangible results and work under pressure of
deadlines and maintain an extremely high level of attention to
detail and professionalism.
Ability to make decisions, solve problems, and set priorities
in the face of multiple tasks and projects.
Ability to work well with a wide variety of people, including
organizational leaders, scientists and researchers, Board members
Excellent writing skills including demonstrated ability
to create correspondence and write persuasively with impeccable
grammar and proofreading experience.
Exceptional interpersonal communication and organizational
Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and
Experience with database management and/or donor management
Demonstrated flexibility, self-awareness, professional
integrity and cultural competence - including commitment to
diversity, equity and inclusion.
Ability to travel to meetings independently with partners and
clients and carry presentation equipment and documents.
Ability to converse verbally and in writing with others
regarding organizational goals and needs.
Ability to use organizational technology and multi-phone
Ability to lift a minimum of 15lbs.
For nearly 50 years, NatureServe has
been the authoritative source for biodiversity data throughout the
Western Hemisphere. With an international network of nearly 100
natural heritage programs across the United States, Canada, and
Latin America, NatureServe is the leading source of information on
rare and endangered species and threatened ecosystems. To protect
threatened biodiversity, NatureServe works with over 1,000
conservation scientists to collect, aggregate, and standardize
biodiversity statistics, providing comprehensive data to the public
for strategic conservation efforts. NatureServe and its network
programs develop and manage the most comprehensive data for over
100,000 species and ecosystems, answering fundamental questions
about what exists, where it is found, and how it is
NatureServe offers full-time employees
a comprehensive benefits package that includes:
401K savings and retirement plan with matching
Health and dental insurance
Short and long-term disability
Annual and sick leave
NATURESERVE IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY
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accommodations employer, NatureServe complies with the Americans
with Disabilities Act of 1990. If you need accommodation in the
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