Major Gifts Officer
The Civil War Trust is seeking a full-time Major Gifts Officer to build relationships with donors who are passionate about preserving our nation’s historic battlefields. If you like history, preservation and conservation, this role will give you the opportunity to get to share that interest with other Americans who share this passion. In addition to travelling the country engaging our members and building relationships with them, the major gift officer will attend events and battlefield tours (with the best historians in the country!).
The Major Gifts Officer will work with a caseload of approximately 150-200 donors who have already expressed interest in battlefield preservation. This position will be mostly responsible for gifts of $10,000-$100,000, but will be given the flexibility to pursue larger gifts on a case-by-case basis.
• Will qualify a caseload of 150-200 donors that have already been screened for capacity and have already indicated an interest in our mission.
• Will manage a list of top donors within this caseload and will create and track goals for each of these donors. This will include having a plan including communications, marketing, and stewardship for those individuals.
• Will build relationships with individuals in this caseload with emphasis on meeting face-to-face. The Major Gifts Officer would be expected to be on the road at least 25-35% of the time.
• Will work closely with other development staff such as the prospect researcher, the Senior Vice President for Major Gifts, and the Chief Development Officer to learn about projects that need major donor funding, and develop proposals for individuals as needed.
• Will perform other major donor activities such attending events, developing strategies and more.
We are seeking candidates who excel first and foremost in relationship building, but who are also results oriented, have strong project management and organization skills, and have a passion for our mission. The ideal candidate should have:
• Five years of professional experience, preferably in major gifts fundraising or in sales.
• A passion for American history and our mission of battlefield preservation.
• The ability to create personal contact with donors while learning about their passions and motivations. The ability to execute strategies that result in retention, upgrading of donors, and gifts to support specific important projects.
• Excellent organizational skills, as well as superior written and verbal communication skills.
• Ability to have a strong working relationship with peers, management, and the Board of Trustees
How to Apply:
Please send a cover letter and resume to:
Alice Mullis, Deputy Director of Development at email@example.com.
[No phone calls please]
The Civil War Trust, America’s largest non-profit battlefield preservation organization, is seeking an enthusiastic individual with a passion for protecting historic open space. The position of Project Associate is immensely satisfying, as he/she is responsible for preserving in perpetuity historically important sites associated with the Civil War, Revolutionary War, and the War of 1812.
The Project Associate works closely with landowners, government grant sources, partner organizations, and other Trust staff to complete land preservation projects. The Project Associate must be able to establish excellent working relationships, meet project deadlines, have superior writing skills, and must be willing to travel. A B.A./B.S. degree is required. Graduate degree (JD, MBA, or MA) and experience in real estate, finance, and/or law is preferred. Land preservation experience is a plus. A passion to save American history is essential. Salary is commensurate with experience.
Please forward a cover letter and resume via e-mail to Thomas M. Gilmore, Director of Real Estate at firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail to:
1156 15 Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20005
[No phone calls please]
We are no longer accepting applications for this position.
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.
The Development Department is seeking a Development intern who has a passion for history and who wants to help with all elements of the fundraising process. Anyone who is interested in learning about fundraising and the inner workings of a national non-profit should apply. The intern will provide general assistance to all Development Department team members, including proof reading letters and proposals, assisting with identifying foundations for funding and writing grant applications, conducting prospect research, keeping records current in the member database, assisting with cultivation and stewardship activities, helping with mailings and various other duties and projects as assigned.
Applicants must be proficient in MSOffice and preferably have office administrative experience. We are looking for an individual who is detail-oriented, and who thrives in a fast-paced work environment. This is a PAID part-time position (up to 30 hours a week) with hours to be determined with the candidate. The intern will work from the Washington, DC office. Please visit our website www.civilwar.org for more information. We would like to hire immediately, with the internship extending through the Fall semester.
To apply, please send your cover letter, résumé, and one brief writing sample (no more than five pages, excerpts from a larger work is fine) to Alice Mullis at email@example.com or to 1156 15th Street NW, Suite 900, Washington, DC 20005. Please indicate availability and how many hours you would like to work a week. Electronic applications are preferred, no phone calls please.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or:
Civil War Trust
1156 15th Street NW, Suite 900
Washington, D.C. 20005
The Civil War Trust is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer.