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Philanthropy Writer

Dec 18, 2018
The Nature Conservancy
74 Wall Street
About Us 
The Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. One of our core values is our commitment to diversity. Therefore, we are committed to a globally diverse and culturally competent workforce. Working in 72 countries, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. Our Washington state chapter is headquartered in Seattle, WA with field offices and staff around the state working for a clean and healthy Puget Sound, thriving northwest forests, action on climate change and advancing conservation through science, technology and innovation. To learn more, visit or follow @nature_press on Twitter. 
The Nature Conservancy offers competitive compensation, 401k or savings-plan matching for eligible employees, excellent benefits, flexible work policies and a collaborative work environment. We also provide professional development opportunities and promote from within. As a result, you will find a culture that supports and inspires conservation achievement and personal development, both within the workplace and beyond. 
The Philanthropy Writer writes and edits private funding proposals and reports for individual, foundation and corporate major donors, as well as other communications pieces for major donors in collaboration with the Marketing team.

Essential Functions 
The Philanthropy Writer:
  • Writes and edits private individual, foundation and corporate funding proposals and impact reports, typically in the $100K+ and $1M+ range (80%). They collaborate with fundraisers, conservation program, and finance staff to craft successful letters of intent, funding proposals and impact reports for the Conservancy’s work in Washington and globally. 
  • Assists in the writing, editing, design and production of other donor communications, often in collaboration with Washington’s Marketing team (10%). Products may include: donor thank-you letter templates, event invitations, outreach emails, website articles, internal campaign updates, presentations, donor profiles, cases for support, magazine inserts and fact sheets.
  • Project manages donor communications (10%). Maintains a comprehensive queue and reference library of proposals, reports, other donor communications and commonly used materials and budgets. Clarifies team roles and deliverables, monitors timelines and communicates progress. Ensures efficiency and consistency in donor communications and compliance with Conservancy protocols through applying messaging and branding standards, using best practices in budget development, and securing reviews and approvals. May work with freelance writers, graphic designers, photographers, printers and other vendors and staff, as required. 
Responsibilities & Scope
Level of Position: 
This is a junior position and duties are performed under general supervision and established guidelines. Within the scope of the position, the Philanthropy Writer will:
  • Manage multiple projects at the same time and coordinate teams to meet deadlines.
  • Accurately interpret and represent budgets and financial reports at the project, program, state, and global levels. 
  • May serve as team lead on assigned communication initiatives. 
  • Uses a sophisticated understanding of Conservancy strategies, programs, partnerships and funding needs to inform work. 
  • Build relationships with fundraisers, finance and conservation staff, and may engage directly with external partners and funders.
  • Work within approved budgets to engage vendors and contractors. 
  • Work independently and resolves issues without requiring detailed management. 
  • Demonstrate sensitivity in handling confidential information.
Work Environment & Schedule
  • Travel occasionally, work long and/or flexible hours as needed
 Minimum Qualifications
  • Bachelor's Degree and two years related experience, OR Associate's Degree and 4 years related experience OR equivalent combination of related education and experience.
  • Experience writing successful funding proposals.
  • Experience writing or editing one or more of the following: newsletter, magazine, annual report, website articles/stories, donor profiles, presidential acknowledgement letters, campaign brochures, funding proposals, fact sheets, presentations, or equivalent.
  • Experience coordinating multiple projects.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Excellent writing and proofreading skills.
  • Knowledge and application of current and evolving trends in major gift fundraising and working with institutional funders.
  • Experience researching, analyzing, interpreting and compiling technical information from divergent sources.
  • Proficiency with document management, strong organizational skills, and attention to detail.
  • Multi-lingual skills and/or multi-cultural experience appreciated.
  • Basic graphic design and layup skills appreciated. 
  • Experience manipulating, analyzing and interpreting financial data.
  • Ability to organize time, manage diverse activities, and meet deadlines.
  • Familiarity with communication technologies and best practices
  • Experience presenting to diverse audiences
Salary Information
  • Starting salary range: $51,000 - $57,000 annually, dependent on qualifications and experience.
Organizational Competencies:

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

To Apply
Visit and apply online with cover letter and resume to job #47173 or apply directly here.  All resumes and required cover letters must be submitted through The Nature Conservancy’s online application system.  The application deadline is January 9 at 8:59 PM PST.  If you experience technical problems with the site or application process, please contact and include the job opening ID.  

This description is not designed to be a complete list of all duties and responsibilities required for this job. 
The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Our commitment to diversity includes the recognition that our conservation mission is best advanced by the leadership and contributions of men and women of diverse backgrounds, beliefs and cultures. Recruiting and mentoring staff to create an inclusive organization that reflects our global character is a priority and we encourage applicants from all cultures, races, colors, religions, sexes, national or regional origins, ages, disability status, sexual orientations, gender identities, military or veteran status or other status protected by law.