Development Communications Specialist

The Nature Conservancy

JOB FAMILY: Marketing
JOB NUMBER: 900006
STATUS: Salaried
DATE: June 2022


The Nature Conservancy’s mission is to protect the lands and waters upon which all life depends. As a science-based organization, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that we can create a world in which people and nature thrive. We’re rooted in our Mission and guided by our Values, which includes a Commitment to Diversity and Respect for People, Communities, and Cultures. Whether it’s career development, flexible schedules, or a rewarding mission, there’s lots of reasons to love life #insideTNC. Want a better insight to TNC? Check out our TNC Talent playlist on YouTube on Glassdoor

Our goal is to cultivate an inclusive work environment so that all our colleagues around the globe feel a sense of belonging, and that their unique contributions to our mission are valued. We’ll only achieve our Mission by hiring and engaging a diverse workforce that reflects the communities in which we work. In addition to the requirements in our postings, we recognize that people come with talent and experiences outside of a job. Diversity of experience and skills combined with passion is a key to innovation and a culture of inclusion! Please apply – we’d love to hear from you. To quote myriad TNC staff members, “you’ll join for our mission, and you’ll stay for our people.”


The Development Communications Specialist is responsible for implementing a strategic communication plan to elevate the awareness and perception of The Nature Conservancy’s work within the chapter’s philanthropic community and heighten donor experience and retention. Combining strong writing and creative skills with excellent project management and organizational skills, they will write and edit a suite of cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship materials directly in support of the MN-ND-SD chapter’s fundraising efforts. They will serve as liaison between Worldwide Office (WO), Marketing Resource Center (MRC), chapter conservation teams, and philanthropy team to ensure consistency and alignment on key topics, messaging, themes, and timelines.

Local candidates (based in one of the three states the chapter serves: Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota) are preferred, but US-based candidates with an ability to work remotely during standard Central or Mountain time zone hours will be considered. Starting salary range is anticipated to be $55,000-$65,000, dependent upon location and experience. Additionally, TNC offers a competitive, comprehensive benefits package including health care benefits, flexible spending accounts, 401(k) plan to include employer match, parental leave, accrued paid time off, life insurance, disability coverage, employee assistance program, other life and work well-being benefits. Learn more about our benefits in the Culture Tab on We’re proud to offer a work environment that is supportive of the health, well-being, and flexibility needs of the people we employ!


  • In partnership with fundraisers, conservation program staff, and finance team, provide writing and editing support for specified private individual, foundation, and corporate entities, including letters of intent, proposals, and stewardship reports.
  • Write, edit, and produce a wide variety of donor communications to build awareness of TNC’s mission, vision, programs, and impact, including acknowledgement letters; renewal solicitations; event invitations; monthly newsletters; case statements; cover letters; endowment reports; and fact sheets.
  • Support donor engagement and outreach activities, including creating event-related materials (show flows, event presentation materials, prepared remarks, etc.)
  • Coordinate frequent email campaigns for mass donor communications using MailChimp.
  • Participate in the creation of the annual development communications plan, led by the Director of Philanthropy and Philanthropy Program Manager.
  • Manage the communications plan in a shared tool, keeping multiple projects on track for deadlines, review and production, and communicating progress with key stakeholders.
  • Coordinate with Philanthropy Program Manager to create the annual budget for communications and track expenses toward this budget.
  • Serve as internal expert and resource on branding, key messages, and language to describe our key programs.
  • Provide creative visual design input on materials as personal interest and experience dictate.


Within the scope of the position, the Development Communications Specialist:

  • Manages multiple projects at the same time and coordinates teams/individuals to meet deadlines.
  • Serves as team lead on assigned communication initiatives.
  • Uses a sophisticated understanding of Conservancy strategies, programs, partnerships, and funding needs to inform work.
  • Builds and maintains strong working relationships with fundraisers, conservation staff, and Marketing Resource Center.
  • Works within approved budgets to engage vendors and contractors on projects, as needed.
  • Works independently and resolves issues without requiring detailed management.
  • Demonstrates sensitivity in handling confidential information.


  • Bachelor’s degree in related field and 2 years related experience or equivalent combination.
  • Experience writing or editing one or more of the following: newsletter, magazine, annual report, web-site articles/stories, donor profiles, presidential acknowledgment letters, campaign brochures, funding proposals, fact sheets, presentations, or equivalent.
  • Experience coordinating multiple projects.
  • Excellent proofreading and editing skills.
  • Basic graphic design, layout, and formatting skills.
  • Working knowledge of AP style.
  • Demonstrated commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility.


  • Proven experience writing successful funding proposals.
  • Proven experience communicating with a variety of donor audiences in written and visual form.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Outlook, Teams, Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.
  • Experience utilizing donor database/CRM.
  • Experience with email communication tools like Mailchimp, Constant Contact, or equivalent.
  • Experience with InDesign, Publisher, or equivalent.
  • Knowledge and application of trends in major gift fundraising and working with institutional funders.
  • Knowledge and application of current and evolving issues related to conservation, climate, and/or environmental work.
  • Familiarity with digital marketing and communication strategies and best practices.
  • Ability to adapt to changing priorities, timelines, and messaging.
  • Multi-lingual skills appreciated; multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience preferred.


To apply, submit your cover letter, resume, and one relevant writing sample online by using the Apply Now button at by 11:59 PM EST on Thursday, June 30, 2022. Need help applying? Visit our recruitment page or contact

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Builds Relationships

Builds productive relationships by interacting with others in ways that enhance mutual trust and commitment.

Collaboration & Teamwork

Works collaboratively with stakeholders across levels, geographies, backgrounds, and cultures to improve decisions, strengthen commitment, and be more effective.

Communicates Authentically

Communicates proactively and in a timely manner to share information, persuade, and influence with the appropriate level of detail, tone, and opportunities for feedback.



Takes ownership to help develop others’ skills, behaviors, and mindsets to help them maximize their workplace contributions.

Drives for


Sets challenging goals and objectives based on a strong sense of purpose and high-performance standards and steadfastly pushes self and others for tangible results, while ensuring work-life balance.

Leverages Difference

Demonstrates commitment to harnessing the power of differences strategically; consistently sees, learns from, and takes strategic action related to difference; and demonstrates the self-awareness and behaviors to work across differences of identity and power respectfully and effectively with all stakeholder. Actively seeks to build and retain a diverse workforce and fosters an equitable inclusive workplace by drawing upon diverse perspectives.



Thinks and acts from a broad perspective with a long-term view and an understanding of 1) the dynamic nature of large-scale challenges and 2) the need for integrating five key practices: skillfully engaging appropriate people; providing a clear process for change; taking a holistic view of situations; focusing on a small number of strategic actions, while learning from and adapting them over time; and being aware of how one’s own thinking or patterns of behavior may be limiting change.

This description is not designed to be a complete list of all duties and responsibilities required for this job.