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Development Associate for Stewardship
Full-time, Washington, DC

The Civil War Trust needs your talents to help us show our true appreciation for our great donors. The Trust is America's premier battlefield preservation organization, and is dedicated to the preservation of our Civil War, Revolutionary War, and War of 1812 battlefields (website: The Development Associate for Stewardship's goal is to thank donors for their support, and ensure that they are fully informed about the Civil War Trust's progress of advancing our mission of battlefield preservation.

A successful candidate will possess an exceptional work ethic, rigorous attention to detail, initiative, polished professionalism, be comfortable working in a fast-paced environment, and have the creativity and the ability to excel independently, as well as part of a highly productive and collegial team. Work will occasionally span across multiple departments, and candidates should be prepared to do whatever is necessary to reach the objective of all departments and the organization as a whole. This position is based at our downtown Washington, DC national headquarters.

Principal Responsibilities:

  • Develop and Implement the Stewardship program to thank donors, and update them on recent preservation successes. This includes coordinating the production and mailing of postcards that highlight recent successes, sending emails to update donors on recent land preservation victories, and producing certificates and other materials that thank and recognize donors for their giving.
  • Develop and Implement ways to retain new members throughout their first year of giving including creating various mailings, brochures, and postcards so that donors feel appreciated.
  • Monitor and update donor records in our donor database.
  • Respond to calls and emails from donors with questions about membership.
  • Assist with donor cultivation events
  • Coordinate with digital team to optimize welcome, membership, and retention email series.
  • Interface regularly with digital team for collaborative marketing initiatives

Necessary skills and experience:

  • Bachelor's degree
  • 2-3 years of experience in donor development/customer service/program administration
  • Experience in digital fundraising and marketing in digital channels a plus
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office
  • Excellent reading, writing and editing skills
  • Ability to work productively on multiple tasks concurrently
  • Self-motivation and organization to complete tasks with minimal supervision
  • Experience with Raiser's Edge a plus
  • Experience with Convio (CMS and Luminate Online) a plus

Visit our website at Applicants, please e-mail resume and cover letter to No phone calls.

 Internship Opportunities

The Civil War Trust provides students interested in history and conservation with outstanding opportunities to work on meaningful projects and gain perspective on dynamics of an efficient, top-rated nonprofit organization.

The Trust offers paid part-time internships in our Washington, D.C. office, up to 30 hours per week, in three typical terms: Spring (January–May), Summer (May–August) and Fall (August–December). Successful candidates may be able to arrange for varied tenures, depending on availability. While we strive to accommodate the schedules of qualified candidates, the selection process is competitive and organizational staffing needs are consideration criteria.

Internships are available in the following disciplines:

Development: Interns will learn the mechanics of the nonprofit industry, including event planning, prospect research and donor and member cultivation and management.
Education: These internships entail a wide variety of Civil War research, writing, content creation and image or video editing in support of our education programs on our web site, at Civil War Trust events and in print.
Government & Public Relations: Interns learn a variety of effective messaging and advocacy techniques and how they can sway public opinion and shape policy from city hall to Capitol Hill.
Land Preservation: Interns will work on land acquisition projects that may include the review of land records, transaction documentation and grant tracking — a perfect fit for detail-oriented law students.
Website: Team members with social media, digital editing and web publishing skills help 19th-century history meet 21st-century technology.

Applications for the Fall term are due by August 1; Spring term by December 1 and Summer term by March 15. Successful candidates will be notified by August 31, December 31 and April 15, respectively. As part of the selection process, candidates may be asked to participate in an interview, either in person or over the phone. We regret that due to the volume of submissions, we may not be able to respond personally to all applicants. No calls, please.

Candidates must specify which department (first and second choices are welcome) they wish to be considered for and for which term(s) they are available. Application packages containing a cover letter, resume and two writing samples (no more than five pages; excerpts welcome) should be submitted to or:

Intern Coordinator
Civil War Trust
1156 15th Street NW, Suite 900
Washington, D.C. 20005

The Civil War Trust is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer.

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