Fund Development Coordinator

Position Description:  Fund Development Coordinator (20 hours/week)

The Northern Virginia Conservation Trust (NVCT) is seeking an experienced fund development coordinator to work part time. This position will help the organization strengthen its philanthropic support. NVCT is a regional land trust conserving land that has natural, historical, and cultural values to our communities throughout Northern Virginia, on the doorstep of our nation’s capital. The NVCT mission is best conveyed in its motto, “Saving Nearby Nature.” NVCT is well-positioned to become the region’s leader in creating an interconnected tapestry of green spaces throughout northern Virginia, with a goal that one day most residents will live close to a park, trail, protected stream valley or preserved natural area.

General Position Description:

The Fund Development Coordinator (FDC) is a part-time employee who works closely with the Executive Director to create and carry out fund development initiatives to support mission activity throughout the service area. The position includes developing and sustaining donor relations, and working cooperatively with colleagues in the office, members of the Board of Directors and Advisory Committee, and other community leaders. Cooperative work could be in either a leading or supporting role depending on the nature of the project origination and complexity. The FDC is responsible for assisting with special fundraising events, and supporting the board as it expands relationships with major donors, corporate sponsors, and other potential sources of financial support. The FDC will participate fully in achieving the mission of NVCT.


Management and Planning (10%)

  • Work cooperatively with the Administrative Coordinator and others regarding content of the Trust’s donor database. With other staff, provide consistent processes for keeping donor data accurate and current.
  • Become familiar with the donor database used by NVCT to the extent that routine and special analytic products can be generated quickly. Establish, measure, and report on fund development goals.

Public Relations (10%)

  • Work cooperatively with the Communications Coordinator regarding content of media outreach, social media as it relates to fund development initiatives, and developing the Annual Report.

Gift Prospects Development (60%)

  • Expand leads for membership and major donors. This includes identifying prospects and pathways to reach out to those prospects.
  • Prepare written materials to support various campaigns and events and for use in various media. This includes follow up materials for events and campaigns such as thank-you letters and media releases.
  • Support development of corporate sponsorship.

Event Management (20%)

  • Assist with fundraising event management.


  • Stay current with general land trust topics and issues.
  • Stay current with fund development topics and trends.
  • May be asked to participate in general NVCT policy and procedure review and development.



  • Passion for land conservation and a willingness to work with people from diverse backgrounds.
  • Flexible self-starter, interested in all aspects of a regional land trust operation including assisting other staff when needed.
  • Open to trying new initiatives, expanding existing programs, and working in a project team setting.
  • Outgoing, professional and friendly personality with the ability to meet new people easily.
  • Ability to handle sensitive and confidential matters with appropriate discretion and mature judgement.
  • Bachelor’s degree and/or master’s degree in related fields preferred.

Required Experience and Skills:

  • 3-5 years fund development experience in a not-for-profit organization, preferably in conservation.
  • Exceptionally organized, with strong attention to detail and follow-up.
  • Successful record in two or more areas of fund development (i.e. planned giving, membership, major gifts, events, corporate sponsorship, etc.) with sound prospect development preferred.
  • Demonstrated writing skills, including the ability to self-edit.
  • Demonstrated public presentation skills (small group).
  • Experienced user of Microsoft Office suite, and donor databases.
  • 1-2 years project management experience.
  • Valid driver’s license.

Reports to:
Executive Director

Working conditions:

  • Office-based work with some automobile travel within service area.
  • Some evening and weekend work expected.
  • Must be able to drive a car and walk over rough terrain as needed.
  • Office is located on the second floor of a building without an elevator. Must be able to walk up and down stairs carrying materials.


Submit resume and cover letter by Monday, July 3, 2017, 5 p.m., to Peggy Stevens, Executive Director
mail:   4022 A Hummer Road, Annandale, VA 22003

No phone calls, please.