- Arlington, VA, USA
- Full Time
The Development Associate will assist with research, identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of gifts from corporations, foundations, and individual prospects. S/he will play a key coordination role in NatureServe's fundraising efforts, draft fundraising materials as needed, organize and execute cultivation and fundraising events, and manage donor acknowledgement and recognition programs. S/he will manage development systems, including a calendar of development activities and a donor database, and keep accurate records and files. The Development Associate will work closely with the Director of Development, the Marketing and Communications team, and senior staff to ensure timely and efficient execution of projects. S/he will report to the Director of Development.
- Assist with identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of gifts from corporations, foundations, and individual prospects. Assist in planning solicitation strategies with senior staff.
- Manage gift acknowledgement process in a timely and organized manner. Maintain a donor recognition program to retain and upgrade donors through a high-touch recognition program.
- Research current and potential donors to evaluate their giving potential and conservation interest.
- Manage internal development systems, including a calendar of development activities and a donor database, keeping clean and accurate records and files.
- Mine data in donor database and other CRM systems, track data trends, and prepare reports to show trends for analysis.
- Plan and execute fundraising and cultivation events, and assist in soliciting sponsorships for events.
- Draft, edit, and mail fundraising appeals and assist with online e-mail appeals.
- Prepare materials for the Development Committee and Board as needed.
- Assist other departments and perform other duties as required.
REQUIRED EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS
- Bachelor's degree and a minimum of two years successful experience in development or a related field.
- Exceptional written and oral communication skills.
- Excellent grammar, spelling, editing and proofreading skills.
- Polished public speaking and presentation skills.
- Ability to work well with a wide variety of people and be a team player. Employs effective listening skills, diplomacy, and tact.
- Demonstrated ability to manage complex projects and coordinate the work of other staff.
- Ability to produce tangible results, often under pressure with tight deadlines. Ability to handle multiple tasks in a poised, efficient, and effective way with attention to detail.
- Ability to make decisions, solve problems, and set priorities in the face of multiple tasks and projects. Efficient, productive, and accurate.
- Advanced problem-solving abilities and a positive "can-do" attitude.
- Able to provide thoughtful feedback on projects.
- Intermediate proficiency with MS Office Suite software
- Willingness and ability to travel and work evenings or weekends when occasionally required.
- Well-organized and able to keep records up-to-date and accurate. Experience with event management and planning.
- Experience with donor management software.
- Experience in writing persuasively.
- Experience with Database management.
- Willingness and ability to commit to the mission and goals of NatureServe.
ESSENTIAL PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS
- 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 systems.
- Ability to lift a minimum of 15lbs.
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