Careers at the National Trust for Historical Preservation
The Development Communications Manager uses their skills and
experience in writing and project management to create clear,
accurate, and persuasive development communications and implement
them in a way that advances the work, fundraising goals, and
human-centric impacts of the National Trust for Historic
The Development Communications Manager works closely with the
Associate Director of Development Communications and in
collaboration with colleagues and stakeholders from across the
organization to craft original development materials and
high-quality, personalized communications for major and leadership
giving prospects and donors.
The Development Communications Manager is a perceptive and
persuasive writer and storyteller with demonstrated editorial
judgment and abilities who can manage multiple projects with tight
deadlines and competing priorities. This position plays a key role
in administering and optimizing Development Communications
calendars and workflows, as well as organizing and maintaining its
growing portfolio of products and resources.
C-Suite Acknowledgements and Appeals (30%):
- Stay up to date with the National Trust’s latest priorities and
impacts to craft original, timely, and compelling acknowledgments,
written appeals, templates, talking points, presentations, and
other communications materials for high-level donors and prospects
from the President & CEO and other members of the Executive
- Manage routing, review, and processing of all CEO
acknowledgements and partner as needed with Development Division
colleagues to help ensure all major and high-level gifts are
properly receipted, acknowledged, and documented.
Donor Stewardship and Solicitation (25%):
- Research, write, and design compelling appeals and publications
that convey the impact and promise of donor support through
endowments and signature programs of the National Trust (e.g.,
historic sites, public lands, the African American Cultural
Heritage Action Fund, and the Campaign for Where Women
- Support the Associate Director of Development Communications in
writing, proofing, and distribution of the National Trust Annual
Membership Giving Program Support (25%):
- Manage planning, drafting, design, and quarterly distribution
of the Council News and Action Fund News
- Partner with Donor Engagement staff to research and draft
promotional copy for donor event and travel programs.
- Provide technical assistance and editorial guidance to help
tell the National Trust’s story through polished, high-quality
program communications and ensure program materials are consistent
with National Trust’s style, brand, and messaging guidelines.
Project Management and Administration (20%):
- Partner with colleagues to develop and maintain a Development
Communications Calendar to track and inform communications strategy
across the division.
- Organize and maintain a Development Communications Library,
including promotional materials and cases for support, examples of
appeals and proposals, and forms and templates, along with an
archive of past newsletters and donor reports.
- Develop and maintain an inventory for tracking, indexing, and
making more readily accessible human-centered impacts of the
Writing and Nonprofit Communications Skills and
- 5+ years of professional experience, including at least 1-3
years of experience shaping, writing, and managing strong,
accurate, persuasive editorial pieces geared toward cause-oriented
- Related experience in a nonprofit fundraising setting
preferred, particularly in a matrixed and geographically dispersed
- Strong writing, storytelling, and proofreading skills with
excellent editorial judgment, attention to detail, and the
demonstrated ability to manage editorial projects from inception to
completion with only general supervision.
- Ability to synthesize complex ideas into coherent and
compelling language that can clearly and persuasively relate the
National Trust’s work and impact to the interests and concerns of
specific (or broad) donor audiences.
- Skilled at identifying and developing compelling stories in
both journalistic and narrative styles
- Ability to vary and control nuances of tone, diction, rhythm,
pace, and other stylistic features in writings.
- Effective presentation skills. Excellent verbal and written
Project Management Skills:
- Intermediate project-management skills with demonstrated
success in managing multiple projects with conflicting
- Ability to take initiative and develop systems and materials as
needed to manage workflow in a complex environment.
- Advanced organizational, analytical and problem-solving skills,
including issue identification and prioritization.
- Ability to prioritize, multitask efficiently, and respond to a
high volume of ongoing requests in a timely fashion.
- Ability to achieve results with general supervision.
Collaboration and Work Management Skills:
- Strong organizational skills and ability to meet
- Entrepreneurial spirit and skill set are essential.
- Must be self-motivated team player with a track record of
building and maintaining productive and collaborative relationships
with multiple stakeholders across teams to implement processes and
- Customer service mentality/focus with the capacity to work
effectively with a wide range of cultures, personalities, and
- Ability to adapt in a dynamic work environment with frequent
interruptions and changing schedules and priorities.
- Proven ability to continually develop skills related to use of
rapidly changing technology and communications best practices.
- Intermediate knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
- Experience with CRM databases and design software (Adobe
Photoshop and InDesign) is a plus
- Proficiency with email marketing (MailChimp) and digital
engagement (Engaging Networks) platforms is also a plus.
- Demonstrated success in marketing to and engaging culturally
diverse audiences and partners; able to write effectively about
identities such as race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, class,
ability, or gender in plain, specific terms as they relate to
cultural heritage and the work of the National Trust. Ties to
diverse affinity groups, professional organizations, or related
associations are also a plus.
Academic and Related Qualifications
Pay & Benefits
- Degree equivalent combination of studies, training, and/or
professional experience in communications, writing, English,
journalism, marketing, public history, historic preservation,
development or nonprofit fundraising, or related field is
- Interest in historic preservation or related field is strongly
- Demonstrated commitment to the values and goals of the National
Trust for Historic Preservation and its 2020 Black Lives Matter
Statement is required.
- Must be willing to perform routine, repetitive tasks, as well
as able to take on challenging projects with only general
- Regular and reliable attendance required.
This is a full-time, exempt
level position, eligible for full benefits, including health,
dental and life insurance, retirement benefits, and 3+ weeks of
vacation, plus sick time and holidays. Due to the COVID-19
pandemic, this and most other National Trust positions at our DC
headquarters will continue to work remotely for the foreseeable
future (currently projected through December 2021).
The National Trust has recently implemented a policy requiring all
staff to show proof of vaccination by October 31 (with limited
exceptions for religious or medical reasons, subject to conditions
such as weekly testing.) Hiring Range: $63,000 -
68,000 per year