Donor Relations Writing Manager

Posted Date: June 18, 2019
Location: Multiple Cities, California
Who we are:
Our mission is to create parks and protect land for people, ensuring healthy, livable communities for generations to come.

The Trust for Public Land, a national leader and innovator in land conservation and parks creation, seeks a Donor Relations Writing Manager to join our Donor Relations team. This is a unique opportunity to join a high-performing Philanthropy team responsible for fueling our mission and advancing our programmatic vision.
Since 1972 The Trust for Public Land has connected communities to the outdoors and to each other. Today, millions of Americans live close to a park or natural area created by The Trust for Public Land, and countless more visit each year. From neighborhood parks to national parks, we have completed more than 5,000 projects, protected more than 3.5 million acres of land, helped to secure over 70 billion dollars of public funds for land protection and park creation, and inspired cities and towns nationwide to work to create a park or open space within a 10-minute walk of everyone in America.
Join a diverse team of dedicated and passionate people working toward a mission in which you believe. Headquartered in San Francisco, CA, The Trust for Public Land maintains offices in more than 30 locations nationwide. Learn more about us.
Position Summary:
The Donor Relations Writing Manager is a seasoned writer with a background in persuasive writing and editing.  This position is instrumental in telling The Trust for Public Land’s many stories in order to inspire donors and potential donors. 
Reporting to the Director of Donor Relations, the Donor Relations Writing Manager supports all fundraising goals and activities for The Trust for Public Land. Responsibilities include conceptualizing and developing written cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship pieces for individual and institutional donors and prospects, creating standardized messaging and template materials, and maintaining centralized resources for philanthropy communications. The Donor Relations Writing Manager is a key member of the Donor Relations team and works in collaboration with relationship managers, project and program staff, marketing and communications, executive leadership, and other functions throughout the organization to ensure consistent and compelling messaging.
Essential Functions:
  • Works with relationship managers, project and program staff, and executive leadership across the United States, often serving as project manager to conceptualize, create, and refine written materials for fundraising purposes, including:
    • Proposals and reports for principal and major gifts;
    • Concept proposals, cases for support, programmatic write-ups, one-pagers;
    • Materials for national, regional and state campaigns, including project collateral, campaign newsletters, updates;
    • Letters and other forms of communication from President and CEO and other members of the executive team; and
    • Other donor cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship collateral, as directed.
  • Provides thought partnership to field fundraisers to refine communications strategies for donor cultivation and solicitation; manages communications projects from inception to delivery; helps to ensure consistent messaging nationwide;
  • Develops strategic philanthropic messaging; writes and distributes high-level standardized language; creates national, programmatic, and local templates; designs documents and templates;
  • Completes other projects as necessary, as programmatic responsibilities and writing assignments may shift.
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent.
  • 5+ years of experience in writing, editing, communications, or fundraising field.
  • Nonprofit or advocacy communications experience a plus.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, organizational skills, and attention to detail.
  • Substantial experience in writing persuasive communication materials, preferably proposals, reports, letters, and other fundraising materials.
  • Proven ability to present convincing and engaging arguments for support.
  • Ability to function effectively as a member of a team, ensuring close coordination and integration with other staff members.
  • Ability to use good judgment, take initiative, prioritize, and problem solve.
  • Proven track record of meeting deadlines and deliverables with quick turnarounds.
  • Demonstrated experience and proficiency using fundraising database programs, MS Office, and Adobe Creative Suite.
  • Interest in philanthropy and commitment to The Trust for Public Land’s mission.