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Job Ref:  44437
Employer:  Nature Conservancy.
State/Province:  Maryland
Type of Employment:  Full Time
Environmental Categories:  Other
Industries:  Other/Not Classified
Job Description:  WORK WITH US

The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working to make a positive impact around the world in 69 countries, all 50 United States, and your backyard. Founded in 1951, the mission of The Nature Conservancy is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. Visit to learn more.
The Nature Conservancy offers competitive compensation, 401k or savings-plan matching for eligible employees, excellent benefits, flexible work policies and a collaborative work environment. We also provide professional development opportunities and promote from within. As a result, you will find a culture that supports and inspires conservation achievement and personal development, both within the workplace and beyond.


The Engagement and Stewardship Specialist will be an integral part of the Maryland/DC chapter team, effectively assisting with the cultivation and stewardship of donors, members and prospects, working to further their engagement with the Conservancy's mission. S/he will be responsible for coordinating strategic outreach to donors, potential donors, and community influencers; deepening their passion for and commitment to Conservancy through events and other engagement opportunities; and stewarding donors in a way that retains and deepens support over time. The Engagement and Stewardship Specialist will work closely with philanthropy, marketing, and communications staff to accomplish his/her objectives.
The Engagement and Stewardship Specialist will work towards meeting strategic priorities of the chapter by implementing tactics for increased support through the development and implementation of strategic engagement and stewardship plans, and the maintenance, tracking, and reporting on key data related to the teams' priorities. S/he will ensure chapter participation in strategically selected external events to help raise the profile of the MD/DC chapter in the region, and will oversee a group of the Conservancy supporters to help build a donor and leadership pipeline for the chapter. S/he will coordinate logistics for strategic donor trips and events, and assist fundraisers in developing these strategies, in order to increase donors' commitment to the organization over time. The Engagement and Stewardship Specialist will also be responsible for producing acknowledgment and stewardship letters and reports, as well as other personalized donor correspondence. S/he must be well versed in the database system and be able to effectively communicate or distribute information to assist staff in making decisions, solving problems, and improving workflow. The Engagement and Stewardship Specialist must also be able to establish criteria for and accurately report on the impact of his/her engagement and stewardship efforts.
  • Investigate and ensure chapter participation in strategically selected internal and external events to help raise the profile of the MD/DC chapter in the greater DC community.
  • Manage the Maryland/DC chapter's Generation Conservation group to reach the next generation of conservation leaders and supporters in the Washington, DC region.
  • Execute strategic events and trips that advance the cultivation and stewardship of middle and major gifts, as well as inspire new audiences to get involved in the Conservancy's work.
  • Input donor engagement activities into the donor database (Blackbaud CRMS); report notable trends and information about an activity's return on investment to the philanthropy team.
  • Provide continued stewardship of the Maryland/DC chapter's trustee alumni and donors who have made planned gifts to the Conservancy.
  • Create and implement a donor stewardship plan that enhances personal touches with donors, working with and among different teams as required.
  • Act independently on assigned tasks and exercise independent judgment based on analysis and experience.
  • Draft donor correspondence such as stewardship reports, event invitations, and speaker remarks.
  • Comply with TNC policies and procedures, and external (donor/legal/IRS) requirements.
  • Able to travel and work flexible hours as needed.
  • Work environment involves only infrequent exposure to disagreeable elements and minor physical exertion and/or strain.
  • Does not supervise any staff, but may supervise interns, volunteers, and/or temporary staff.
  • Will manage program budgets and relationships with partners, donors, and volunteers.
  • Work is diversified and may not always fall under established practices and guidelines.
  • Bachelor's degree and 2 years of relevant experience or equivalent combination.
  • Experience generating reports and/or interpreting data.
  • Experience in business writing, editing, and proofreading.
  • Experience with database administration and spreadsheet software.
  • Experience working across teams.
  • Experience, coursework, or other training in principles and practices of relevant field.
  • Must have valid driver's license and safe driving record (per TNC's Auto Safety Program).
  • Solid knowledge of word processing, database management and spreadsheet software, with ability to construct and produce reports, use mail merges, and complete other advanced functions.
  • Experience in graphic design.
  • Experience in creative writing or storytelling.
  • Ability to interpret guidelines and use existing technology to achieve desired results.
  • Skilled at analyzing information for the purpose of coordinating and planning activities, and solving problems.
  • Comfortable working under pressure, performing repetitive data entry tasks, and creating and managing realistic timelines.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of influential people such as vendors, the public, donors, influencers, trustees, chapter leadership, and others.
  • Ability to establish, cultivate, and steward constructive and effective relationships with colleagues, partners, and potential donors.
  • Excellent oral communication skills for working with volunteers, staff and donors, and speaking in front of small and large groups.
  • Strong organization skills, accuracy, and attention to detail.


To apply to position number 44437, submit resume and cover letter as one document. All applications must be submitted in the system prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on December 23, 2016.
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The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer
Our commitment to diversity includes the recognition that our conservation mission is best advanced by the leadership and contributions of men and women of diverse backgrounds, beliefs and culture. Recruiting and mentoring staff to create an inclusive organization that reflects our global character is a priority and we encourage applicants from all cultures, races, colors, religions, sexes, national or regional origins, ages, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity, military, protected veteran status or other status protected by law.
The successful applicant must meet the requirements of The Nature Conservancy's background screening process.


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