YOUR POSITION WITH TNC
The Donor Communications & Stewardship Specialist is a key
member of the Development team. They will be responsible for
working with fundraising, conservation and marketing staff to
develop funding proposals, produce reports and other donor
stewardship materials and create and edit content about The Nature
Conservancy Maryland/DC chapter’s impact including campaign
updates. They will help to streamline our writing and reporting
processes and ensure we are communicating effectively with key
stakeholders while securing important funding for our mission. The
Donor Communications and Stewardship Specialist will also provide
donor research and prospect reports for the development team,
Executive Director and volunteer leadership.
The Donor Communications & Stewardship Specialist
- Writes, edits and produces private individual, foundation and
corporate communications, typically for high-net worth donors. This
position collaborates with fundraisers, conservation program staff,
finance staff and our multimedia specialist to craft successful
letters of inquiry, funding proposals and reports, programmatic
updates, state director emails, quarterly board-of-trustee updates,
year-end appeals, and cases of support for Conservancy work in
Maryland/DC, primarily, and throughout the U.S. and the
- Assists in the writing, editing, design and production of other
communications in collaboration with the Maryland/DC Marketing
team. Products may include: donor thank-you letter templates, event
invitations, outreach emails, website articles, campaign updates,
presentations, donor profiles, magazine inserts, fact sheets,
talking points and scripts.
- Project manages donor communications and maintains a
comprehensive queue and reference library of proposals, reports,
other donor communications and commonly used materials and budgets.
Coordinates team roles and deliverables, monitors timelines and
communicates progress. Ensures efficiency and consistency in donor
communications and compliance with Conservancy protocols by
applying messaging and branding standards, using best practices in
budget development, and securing reviews and approvals. May work
with freelance writers, graphic designers, photographers, printers
and other vendors and staff, as required.
- Works in coordination with tools and staff resources provided
by centralized development staff to complete donor research as
RESPONSIBILITIES AND SCOPE
- Produces communication materials for major donors and prospects
who are managed by other fundraising staff.
- Provides development research and prospect development support
for the fundraising staff as needed and in addition to services
provided by the Worldwide Office Prospect Development Team.
- Maintains high degree of confidentiality and responsibility
regarding information related to Conservancy business and
confidential foundation and donor information.
- Responsibility and accountability for maintaining central
tracking systems and keeping libraries of shared
resources. Manages multiple projects at the same
time and coordinates teams to meet deadlines.
- Works with Development operations, Finance and Conservation
leads, as needed, to ensure accuracy of budgets for proposals and
- May serve as team lead on assigned communication
- Applies a sophisticated understanding of Conservancy
strategies, programs, partnerships and funding needs to inform
- Builds relationships with fundraisers, finance, marketing and
conservation staff, and may engage directly with external partners
- Ensures compliance with TNC policies and procedures, and
external (donor/legal/IRS) requirements.
- Works within approved budgets to engage vendors and
- Works independently and resolves issues without requiring
- Travel occasionally, work long and flexible hours as
- A combination of education and experience equivalent to a
bachelor’s degree in related field and two-years related
experience, especially in the nonprofit sector.
- Experience writing successful fundraising communications.
- Experience writing or editing one or more of the following:
newsletters, magazines, annual reports, website articles, stories,
donor profiles, acknowledgment letters, case statements, campaign
brochures, funding proposals, fact sheets, presentations, or
equivalent, preferably in the nonprofit sector.
- Experience coordinating multiple projects and team
- Excellent writing and proofreading skills.
- Experience with donor research methods, resources and tools.
- Knowledge and application of current and evolving trends in
major-gift fundraising and working with institutional
- Multilingual skills appreciated.
- Light graphic design and layup skills appreciated, preferably
InDesign and Adobe.
- Multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience preferred.
- Ability to organize time, manage diverse activities, and meet
- Familiarity with communication technologies and best
- Experience presenting to diverse audiences.