The Nature Conservancy: Development Stewardship Specialist II

About Us: The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working to make a positive impact around the world in more than 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. One of our core values is our commitment to diversity. Therefore, we are committed to a globally diverse and culturally competent workforce.  Visit www.nature.org/aboutus to learn more.

Summary: The Development Stewardship Specialist will work towards meeting the strategic priorities of the program to effectively communicate with and engage our top donors, by developing and implementing tactics for approved stewardship and engagement plans, and completing and/or overseeing day-to-day tasks.  S/he will manage the development of written materials for key donor segments to include proposals, reports, letters, campaign communications, and other communication assignments as needed. The Development Stewardship Specialist must have advanced knowledge of communications best practices, excellent writing and proofreading ability, and a familiarity with the major donor audience. S/he will be responsible for creating a clean and professional design and layout of all stewardship materials. The Development Stewardship Specialist will keep up-to-date on market trends and best practices in order to improve services. The Development Stewardship Specialist will work in close cooperation with any or all of the following: Philanthropy, Marketing, Conservation and Science staff; major and principal gift donors including Board of Trustees; and vendors. S/he will also coordinate with other state, international and cross-cutting programs to ensure consistency in major donor communications and campaign communications. S/he will organize and coordinate diverse activities, projecting outcomes, and implementing solutions in consultation with leadership. S/he will serve as a resource to fundraisers, Conservation staff, and Science staff to develop and disseminate project information. S/he will be responsible for coordinating statewide donor stewardship events, keep statewide stewardship report log and be responsible for the statewide stewardship calendar. S/he will ensure timely and appropriate acknowledgements go out to donors; establishing recognition standards for Texas in alignment with organization wide guidelines.

Essential Functions: The Development Stewardship Specialist will work towards meeting the strategic priorities of the team by developing and implementing tactics for approved plans, and completing and organizing multiple tasks and activities. They will identify individual priorities based on the needs of the program. They will manage, track, and report on key data related to the team scope and priorities. The Specialist will perform independent analysis of key program data, which may include donor or gift information. The Development Stewardship Specialist will develop an in depth understanding of the Texas donor and prospective donor pools, as well as Conservancy’s fundraising processes, strategies and procedures. S/he will track stewardship activity and be responsible for maintaining all stewardship records and reporting schedules, as well as tracking and recording pledges. S/he will work in conjunction with relationship managers and other philanthropy staff to design and implement proactive stewardship strategies for individual top-tier donors and prospects, corporations and foundations.

Responsibilities & Scope:

  • Act independently within broad program goals to prioritize tasks in the absence of specific instructions and exercise independent judgment to identify and solve problems.

  • Does not supervise any staff but may manage work of peers on departmental project teams.

  • Ensure compliance with TNC policies and procedures, and external (donor/legal/IRS) requirements.

  • Duties are performed under general supervision and established guidelines.

  • Manage projects with several variables, set realistic deadlines, manage a timeline, and ensure accountability.

  • May provide oversight for a key function of the team.

  • Provide input through project teams for the development and implementation of new initiatives or the improvement of existing programs.

  • Offer creative input to meetings and share ideas.

  • Concept and develop imagery, graphics, animations and other types of visual content to share in digital and print media

  • Work from established design templates when warranted for organizational campaigns

  • Travel and work overtime as needed.

  • Work environment involves only infrequent exposure to disagreeable elements and minor physical exertion and/or strain.

  • Work within scope of program’s strategic goals.

Minimum Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor’s degree and 3 years related experience or equivalent combination.
  • Experience as a writer/editor, with letter and report writing and editing skills, and a strong command of the English language.
  • Experience working across departments.
  • Experience with current technology in relevant field.
  • Experience, coursework, or other training in principles and practices of relevant field.
  • Computer skills, familiarity with databases and aptitude to learn new software programs.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, & Experience

  • Ability to meet deadlines, organize time and manage diverse activities
  • Excellent Interpersonal skills.
  • Experience using Adobe Creative Suite.
  • Strong copywriting and editing skills.
  • Ability to implement complex processes.
  • Foster an environment of creativity and professional growth, to design job-related, interactive exercises and use existing technology to achieve desired results.
  • Demonstrated experience using diplomacy and tact to build strong relationships and motivate staff.
  • Experience coordinating projects.
  • Experience interpreting guidelines to achieve desired results.
  • Strong organization skills, proofreading, accuracy, attention to detail and ability to multi-task.
  • Knowledge of current trends in the specific field.
  • Strong organization skills, accuracy, attention to detail and ability to manage multiple tasks.
  • Successful experience implementing strategic program goals.

Organizational Competencies

 

Accountability for Outcomes

Pushes for excellence. Establishes challenging goals for self and others to drive performance in support of the Conservancy’s mission. Rewards behavior that achieves these standards and is aligned with the organization’s mission/ values. Takes action to address performance problems in a timely and appropriate manner.

Builds Organizational Capability

Builds or adapts organizational structures to accomplish the mission and to improve performance. This includes reorganizing organizational systems, structures, processes, procedures, communication channels or reporting relationships. With the Conservancy’s strategic filter in mind, determines who can contribute, gets the right people involved, and builds bench strength for the future.

Collaboration & Teamwork

Shows a willingness to put the needs and goals of a global organization before personal/local/departmental needs. Works with others across organizational boundaries. Makes decisions, sets priorities, and allocates resources to help the organization as a whole achieve results.

Communications

Effectively expresses messages verbally and in writing. Actively listens to others. Fosters open exchange of issues. Is timely with information.

Courage & Decisiveness

Makes decisions and stands by them. Makes timely decisions even under pressure and when lacking complete information. Has the courage to modify decisions and admit why and how they were wrong.

Flexibility & Innovation

Flexible to changing circumstances. Takes innovative approaches towards work. Takes calculated risks and makes dependable decisions in the face of uncertainty.

Influences for Results

Achieves results by persuading, convincing, or influencing others. Adapts approach to the individual or group and knows how and when to use complex influence strategies. Uses success stories and passion for the mission to generate enthusiasm and support.

Open to Learning

Versatile learner and committed to self-improvement. Employs strengths effectively. Willingly shares knowledge with others. Seeks coaching on areas needing improvement. Adjusts behavior/performance as needed. Views mistakes as learning opportunities.

Organizational Awareness

Understands the basics of our business. Knows how local job relates to the big picture & contributes to the overall strategy. Knows how/why things work inside TNC. Easily moves through internal networks and channels for success.

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