Development Writer

Position Details

Type Full Time
Offered By National Trust for Historic Preservation
Fundraising Department
Washington , District of Columbia
Salary Exempt

Help us tell the  stories that inspire people to protect historic places.  As our new Development Writer, you’ll use your top notch writing skills to help produce foundation proposals and highly-customized acknowledgement letters for major donors.   The Writer handles the gift acknowledgement process for our major gift portfolio and provides editorial assistance on other fundraising communications projects as assigned, as well as providing editorial support for the larger fundraising division.


  • When assigned, assume the responsibility for select foundation submissions and take the lead to research, draft and/or edit proposals and stewardship reports.
  • Regularly write, edit, and produce personalized and compelling acknowledgement letters in support of major gift fundraising program at the National Trust.
  • Administer the acknowledgement process for all major gifts.
  • Coordinate with executive assistant to Chief Development Officer to complete and distribute updates on the status of endowed funds.
  • Canvas the organization’s print and electronic media to ensure that timely program and project updates are distributed effectively to major donors.
  • Provide specialized assistance to the Development Communications team in special projects (e.g., presentations, talking points) as assigned.  


  • Minimum 3-5 years professional experience required; related experience in a fund-raising setting preferred, particularly in a matrixed and geographically dispersed non-profit.
  • Strong writing and proofreading skills. Ability to synthesize complex ideas into coherent and compelling written communications.  Experience helping to create materials that engage and reflect culturally diverse audiences is a plus
  • Exceptional attention to detail, accuracy and consistency
  • Intermediate analytical and problem solving skills, including  issue identification and prioritization.
  • Proven ability to collaborate across divisions to implement processes and achieve results with supervision.  Track record of building and maintaining productive relationships with multiple stakeholders.
  • Ability to prioritize, multi-task efficiently and respond to a high volume of ongoing requests in a timely fashion.  Strong organizational skills required.
  • Ability to adapt and be flexible in a dynamic, fast-paced work environment.
  • Must be willing to perform routine, repetitive tasks, as well as able to take on challenging projects without close supervision.
  • Intermediate knowledge of Microsoft Word  required.
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent years of experience required.
  • Interest in preservation or related fields strongly preferred.

Please submit 3 writing samples as email attachments or a link to your online portfolio along with your resume and cover letter.

How to Apply

To apply, please include a cover letter in the body of a message and email your resume as a Word, PDF or Text document to

The National Trust for Historic Preservation an equal opportunity organization and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, veteran status, or disability.  The National Trust for Historic Preservation  actively seeks opportunities to include members of these groups in its programs and activities.