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🔗Development Associate

  • Full Time
  • Washington D.C., DC
  • $48,000 - $55,000 USD / Year
  • February 23, 2023
  • Department: Development
  • Job Summary: The Development Associate will provide a high level of stewardship and customer service to ensure our donors feel appreciated and that they continue to love the Trust and support our important mission.
  • Job Qualifications:

    Required Knowledge, Skills and Experience

    • Bachelor’s degree from a four-year college/university preferred
    • Previous experience in membership fundraising (2-5+ years) highly preferred, but demonstrated relevant success in other sales, customer service, or professional fields will be considered
    • Interest in having direct communications with donors both by phone and email with high-level customer service abilities
    • Comfortable being in constant communication with donors and with a highly functioning and collegial Membership and Development team
    • Exceptional work ethic, attention to detail, initiative, polished professionalism, creativity and entrepreneurial spirit
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
    • Proactive self-starter with trouble-shooting abilities
    • Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs and CRM databases (EveryAction preferred but not required
    • Passion for preserving America’s history by saving endangered Civil War, Revolutionary War, and War of 1812 battlefields
  • How to Apply:

    To apply for the position, please send your resume, cover letter, salary requirements, and references to  No calls, please.  Salary is commensurate with experience, and we offer excellent benefits.

  • Job benefits: hybrid work schedules; 100% employer-paid health, dental, and vision insurance; 100% employer-paid Life and AD&D, short- and long-term disability; 403(b) retirement plan with guaranteed employer contribution after one year; paid parental leave; 11 paid holidays plus paid leave; opportunities for travel; WMATA travel reimbursement program; professional development opportunities; complimentary onsite gym; fully-stocked coffee and tea stations
  • Application URL:

Website American Battlefield Trust

The American Battlefield Trust is nation’s premier historic land preservation nonprofit. At the American Battlefield Trust, we build parks and tell stories — the narrative threads that make up the rich tapestry of our nation. Our staff is united by a commitment to excellence and a passion for keeping American history alive. Since 1987, the Trust has saved more than 55,000 acres of hallowed battlefield land from the Revolutionary War through the Civil War. We have reached millions of students and other life-long learners through our education programs. As our nation heads toward the 250th anniversary of its birth, we are looking to grow even more and build upon our previous successes.

The Development Associate will:

Ensure donors are thanked appropriately

  • Along with the Database Manager, participate in weekly meetings with our gift-processing vendor to track their progress in sending out acknowledgment letters and premium gifts.
  • Produce a small number of highly customized acknowledgment letters for significant donors.
  • Write acknowledgment letters and ensure they are used appropriately

Support donor stewardship efforts to show donors we appreciate them and report back to them on success

  • Oversee the creation and production of stewardship pieces, such as birthday and holiday cards for donors.
  • Create new member mailings to welcome new donors.
  • Work across departments to create unique “victory” postcard mailings when we save a piece of property from reporting back to donors who supported that effort.

Support Direct Mail program

  • Create purchase orders and order stationery and inventory as needed.
  • Research and order premium gifts we offer when donors give gifts of certain levels.

Provide direct support to donors and oversee the external contact center 

  • Provide direct customer service to our donors through phone and email to solve any issues they may have.
  • Our gift processing vendor is also our contact center, and they will handle most basic donor questions. Still, the Associate will be able to provide higher-level service for questions that may need additional explanation or troubleshooting.
  • This can include duties from providing information about current fundraising efforts, troubleshooting why a donor hasn’t received an acknowledgment letter or premium gift, and answering various questions about the status of gift processing.
  • Manage the contact center services provided by our outside gift processing vendor.
  • This includes participating in weekly status meetings, providing training as needed, and monitoring calls to donors.
  • Conduct some basic data entry and internal gift processing tasks.
  • NCPE Internships: Eligibility & How to Apply


    All NCPE interns received an hourly stipend, the rate is listed at each position description. Additionally, interns receive paid time off (PTO), paid Federal holidays if working full-time, and access to NCPE's Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for career and personal counseling, coaching, and referrals. Project sites may also offer a housing allowance and/or commuting stipend; this information is also listed in the description or offered during the interview.

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