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Philanthropy Writer

The Nature Conservancy

The Philanthropy Writer supports the New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Maine fundraising teams, and is responsible for researching, writing and editing letters, fundraising proposals stewardship materials, and other documents for individual, foundation and corporate donors to the Conservancy’s local, regional and global initiatives.  The writer will need to become knowledgeable in conservation priorities of three different state programs. To that end, s/he works closely with major gift officers, conservation staff, finance staff, and partner organizations to produce and coordinate the creation of reports and proposals. S/he produces, manages and meets the deadlines set forth in the quarterly calendar of proposal and stewardship submissions.

The ideal candidate will be an excellent writer with a core interest in science and conservation.  S/he will be called on to translate complex concepts to lay language with ease and also to integrate the donor’s individual interests to the written material.  The philanthropy writer is a key member of a multi-state team, which covers New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Maine, and will need to be a team player who uses superb project management skills to bring proposals and reports to completion. Writing samples will be requested of serious candidates.

  • Bachelor’s degree in English, Journalism, communications, marketing or similar field and 3 to 5 years related experience or equivalent combination. 
  • Experience, coursework, or other training in fundraising principles and practices.
  • Expertise in manipulating, analyzing and interpreting data to build a case.
  • Business writing, editing and verbal communication skills.
  • Experience setting priorities, organizing and managing diverse activities.
  • Experience in interviewing, researching, and compiling information from many sources.
  • Experience in MS Office, Word, Excel, and using the Internet.


  • Research, write and edit lead letters, annual appeals, fact sheets, proposals, stewardship materials, and other philanthropy documents as needed for individual, foundation and corporate donors to The Nature Conservancy.
  • Produce, manage and meet deadlines set forth in an ongoing calendar for proposal and stewardship submission.
  • Coordinate with the Conservancy’s developing proposal writers network (national), campaign priority managers (national) and Marketing Resource Center (regional).
  • Gain thorough knowledge of key issues in conservation and the Conservancy’s leading strategies at the local, regional and global level
  • Research and complete briefings on individual, foundation and corporate donors as needed for frontline fundraisers.


  • Bachelor’s degree in English, Journalism, communications, marketing or similar field and 3 to 5 years related experience or equivalent combination.   Experience in case development and/or proposal writing, and editing preferred.
  • Demonstrated expertise in manipulating, analyzing and interpreting data to build a case.
  • Superb writing, editing and verbal communication skills.
  • Excellent organizational and proofreading skills.
  • Ability to set priorities, organize and manage diverse activities.   Meet deadlines.
  • Successful experience in interviewing, researching, and compiling information from many sources.
  • Demonstrated experience in MS Office, Word, and Excel.  Ability to use advanced computer functions including navigating the Internet.
  • Core interest in conservation and/or biology.
  • Knowledge of current trends in the field of fundraising writing, including direct mail appeals, proposals, and donor stewardship materials.

Complexity/Problem Solving:

  • Coordinate multiple projects with several variables, set realistic deadlines, and manage a timeline.
  • Work is diversified and may not always fall under established practices and guidelines.
  • Duties require non-routine analysis, research and follow-through.
  • Ability to collaborate with conservation, science, finance, and fundraising staff with whom no reporting relationship exists is critical.
  • Ability to identify and address issues as they arise using problem solving skills.


  • Makes sound decisions based on analysis, experience and judgement.
  • Opportunity to act independently.

Responsibility/Oversight –Financial & Supervisory:

  • Tracking and budget oversight for specific gifts may be required.
  • May serve as a team leader for assigned projects and coordinate the work of others.
  • Will need to gain cooperation from individuals or groups over whom there is no direct authority in order to accomplish program goals.

Communications/Interpersonal Relationships:

  • Provides a variety of information to staff and others to assist workflow throughout the organization.
  • Communication and presentation skills; ability to persuasively convey the mission of TNC to diverse groups including donors, board members, the public and others.
  • Solicit program support through clear written communications, including proposal writing and other written materials.
  • Actively participates in team efforts to benefit the philanthropy programs of New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Maine.

Working Conditions/Physical Effort:

  • Work requires only minor physical exertion and/or strain.  Work environment involves only infrequent exposure to disagreeable elements.
  • Ability to work under stress during workload periods, including long hours periodically.
  • Occasional travel required.
How to Apply:

For further information and to apply, visit The Nature Conservancy's online career page and search for Job # 41818. Complete the full online application and attach your resume & cover letter as a single document.  All sections of the online application must be completed (e.g., work experience and education, even if information is included in resume) to be considered for a position.  When finished, click Save and Submit.  If submitted correctly, you will receive an automatic response that you are in an Applied Status.  Application deadline is February 14th, 2014.

The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer


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Date Added: January 23, 2014

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