he Development Associate organizes and supports all fundraising, including
foundation and corporate grantseeking; cultivation of major donors and
members; management of donor data; and coordination of fundraising events. The
Development Associate also supports the organization’s communications efforts
related to fundraising.
The successful candidate will be smart, creative, organized, a stickler for
detail, articulate on paper and in person, politically savvy, well connected
in the community, and interested in using technology for fundraising.
• In consultation with the President and the Vice President, update and
help to implement the organization’s annual development plan.
• Research and prepare grant proposals and grant reports, with input
from program staff, assistance from consultants, and direction from the Vice
• Write, proofread, edit, and assemble proposals, update and assemble
attachments, and develop new fundraising materials as requested.
• Work with program staff to develop project concepts, scope of work,
deliverables, schedules, and budgets for proposals.
• Using the Foundation’s database, track and manage all deadlines
associated with grant applications, management, and reporting.
• Support fundraising and cultivation events, including soliciting
sponsors, preparing sponsor packages, following up with interested donors, and
• In coordination with program staff, facilitate meetings and tours that
highlight important aspects of our programs of interest to major donors and
• Work with the Marketing Director and the Volunteer and Membership
Coordinator on membership appeals and renewals, including database management
to support fundraising.
• Research, develop, and manage the Foundation’s corporate matching gift
program, to ensure that employee gifts are matched by supporting employers.
• To enhance fundraising, write for online communications, including
website, blog, social media.
• Support program staff as they ensure fiscal sustainability of
programming and project accounting to demonstrate appropriate use of donor
• Support the Foundation’s public outreach and marketing efforts as
needed, especially as related fundraising, including workplace giving events
and presentations to prospective funders.
• Support educational programs, events, and demonstrations as needed.
• Build the Accokeek Foundation’s visibility through participation at
conferences and meetings, development of training workshops, and networking
• Work closely with and provide administrative support to the Vice
President, as needed.
• Update the website and social media as requested and/or as
• Perform other duties as assigned.
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS:
• a Bachelor’s degree or Master’s degree (or equivalent)
• demonstrated success in fundraising, at least two years of experience,
• the ability to work independently on a variety of assignments with
• very strong organizational, research, marketing, and business process
• superior interpersonal and communication skills, including
demonstrated writing skills
• public speaking and presentation skills
• ability to work with high level constituents (including donors and
• creative problem-solving skills, initiative, sound judgment, diplomacy
• ability to maintain poise and professionalism under pressure.
• excellent independent decision making skills, but openness to taking
• understanding of the significance of organizational culture, and
support for organizational standards
• comfort working in a fast-paced, collegial, team-oriented, and
• knowledge of development department functions, with proficiency in
using MS Office and Salesforce and fundraising and donor applications
(Accokeek Foundation uses Causeview)
• skills in using social networks and multimedia technology to enhance
fundraising (peer-to-peer fundraising – Crowdrise, Razoo, etc.)
To apply: Send a resume and cover letter describing your experience, skills,
interests, and salary requirements to firstname.lastname@example.org, with “Development
Associate” in the subject line. Please include a two-page writing sample from
a project you have done (can be excerpted from a report, grant proposal,
About the Accokeek Foundation
The Accokeek Foundation is a non-profit, educational organization whose
mission is to connect people to history, agriculture, and nature through
innovative educational programs and engaging visitor experiences. Founded over
fifty years ago to “preserve the view” from George Washington’s Mount Vernon,
the Foundation was one of the first land trusts, blazing new trails in
preservation through a public/private partnership that led to the creation of
Piscataway Park, a nearly 5000-acre national park. Through a cooperative
agreement with the National Park Service, the Foundation cares for two hundred
acres of the park, connecting people to agriculture, history, and nature
through engaging educational programs and experiences. This working landscape
includes the National Colonial Farm (demonstrates life of a tobacco planter on
the eve of the American Revolution) the Ecosystem Farm (demonstrates
sustainable agriculture on an 8-acre organic vegetable farm), heritage breed
livestock, nature trails, gardens, a fishing pier, and boat dock (with kayak
launch). In addition, this is the sacred homeland of the Piscataway people,
and its significance as an indigenous cultural landscape makes it a key site
on several national trails.
The Accokeek Foundation conducts background checks in order to insure the
safety and well-being of the organization’s staff and visitors. This position
is open until filled. The Accokeek Foundation is an Equal Opportunity