Development Coordinator

About National Park Trust

National Park Trust’s mission is to preserve parks today and develop park stewards for tomorrow. Our creative and innovative programs advance public parks, lands, and waters as spaces that are welcoming and accessible to every person in every community. We believe that our public parks, lands, and waters should be cared for, enjoyed by, and preserved by all for current and future generations. 

As a national nonprofit organization located in the Washington D.C. metro area, the Park Trust works closely with the National Park Service to acquire important privately owned lands to expand and complete our national parks. We also annually engage tens of thousands of students from under-served communities across the country with the great outdoors. By introducing a new generation of children to our public lands and waters, we are cultivating future caretakers of our natural, historical, and cultural resources. 

Position Overview

We are looking for a dynamic and energetic Development Coordinator to support the Park Trust’s rapidly growing fundraising efforts that fuel all of our programs. This new staff member will support the Director of Development in a broad range of fundraising initiatives. The Development Coordinator will also support the Executive Director and board members in their fundraising efforts. This position is ideal for someone looking to gain experience in many areas of development – including digital and direct mail, donor and fundraising events, and capital campaigns. This staff member will also work closely with our youth programs, lands, finance, and communications team members on various aspects of their work. 

The Development Coordinator will also be able to see firsthand the impact of their fundraising efforts on our programs and stakeholders. This full-time, permanent staff member will report directly to the Director of Development. The expectations for this position range from full-time in-office work to a blend of remote and in-office work, depending on the needs of the Park Trust. 

Position Description

Donor Administration  

  • Assist Director of Development in scheduling donor and board meetings and calls
  • Process all donations working with the Administrative Coordinator
  • Coordinate transfer of information between the Constituent Relationship Management (CRM) platform and our financial system
  • Track and process gifts from third-party platforms 
  • Help draft and generate gift acknowledgment letters and donation receipts
  • Produce reports on program performance
  • Support all staff in building donor relationships

Donor and Fundraising Events

  • Coordinate invitation design and mailings
  • Generate guest lists and manage RSVPs
  • Support all event planning logistics
  • Assist in event mailings and signage creation
  • Assist in follow-up communications with guests and supporters after each event

Direct Mail, Email, and Campaign Fundraising

  • Manage donor list, conduct mail merges, and interface with external vendors
  • Coordinate production of internal mailings and marketing materials
  • Coordinate email fundraising campaigns
  • Support content updates for the fundraising section of the website and messaging for social media fundraising

Major Gifts

  • Assist in donor research
  • Maintain and produce accurate donor profiles
  • Maintain corporate and foundation grant proposal schedules
  • Gather content and information for grant update reports and proposals
  • Assist in the preparation of grant proposals
Skills and Qualifications
  • Degree from an accredited college or university 
  • 1-2 years of non-profit experience in operations or administration is a plus
  • Passion for the Park Trust’s mission and programs         
  • Strong communication skills (written, phone, and in-person) are a must! Written documents will include email communications, donor thank-you notes, and meeting requests 
  • Comfortable in a fast-paced, innovative environment
  • Comfortable interacting with board members and donors in person and on phone calls
  • Excellent organization skills with the ability to manage multiple projects at the same time
  • Ability to work in a team or independently as needed
  • Self-starter, with attention to details
  • Experience in CRM or donor database software preferred
  • Proficient in Microsoft Excel, Word, and PowerPoint 
  • Proficient in Google Workspace and GSuite products
  • Willing to be flexible with work hours depending on the needs of the organization, with travel to assist at events if needed.
Physical Requirements
  • Some physical exertion including hiking and paddling at donor events
  • Lifting items up to 25-45 lbs.
  • Driver’s license and occasional use of a car
  • Local and overnight travel may be required
  • Competitive salary
  • 401(k) plan with company match
  • Health and dental insurance with a vision program
  • Life insurance and short-term and long-term disability insurance
  • Paid time off for annual and sick leave
  • Observance of all federal holidays
How to Apply
Please submit your resume and a cover letter to by August 15th.

National Park Trust is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not tolerate unlawful discrimination or harassment.  We seek diversity in thought, background, and experience among our staff, board of trustees, donors, and partners. Diversity within our organization informs our programming, strengthens our partnerships, and enables us to serve diverse stakeholders and communities effectively. National Park Trust follows all applicable federal, state, and local laws regarding non-discriminatory hiring and employment practices.