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Development and Communications Associate

Position: Development and Communications Associate – October 2017 

Location: Midtown Manhattan, New York, NY

The Royal Oak Foundation’s mission seeks to raise awareness of and advance the work of the National Trust of England, Wales and Northern Ireland by inspiring support from the United States for the Trust’s efforts to preserve and protect historic places and spaces—for ever, for everyone.

The Foundation’s position of Development and Communications Manager is available to be filled as soon as possible. The Development and Communications Manager will have the responsibility for administrative functions related to both Development (including individual giving & major gifts, special events, and some institutional giving-related duties) and  Communications (focusing on the engagement and expansion of the Foundation’s supporter community through compelling and timely communications (email, electronic and print newsletters, web, social media, etc.)).


Bachelor’s degree (graduate degree preferable) in arts management & fundraising, marketing & communications, or similar field, and relevant professional experience.   The ideal candidate will enjoy and be skilled at communicating our Foundation’s mission, objectives and accomplishments through a variety of outlets.  He/She must be an excellent communicator, as this job involves both extensive work with the database and website as well as dealing with individual donors, particularly through the high-level Heritage Circle membership program and special events (benefits/galas, including invitations & ticket sales, sponsorships, auctions, committee/volunteer management, etc.).

The ideal candidate will have strong administrative and problem-solving skills; be a detail-oriented, compelling writer; have the ability to manage multiple tasks and work independently and proactively.

He/She will have a high level of comfort and accuracy in working with data, including making website updates to communicate effectively with donors, members and general public.  He/She must have proficiency with Microsoft Office, especially Excel, as well as experience with fundraising management systems as well as experience and efficiency using website platforms (WordPress, SquareSpace, etc.); e-blasts (MailChimp, Constant Contact; etc.)  social media, and blogs.  An interest in historic preservation, art history, architecture, or environmental conservation is preferred.  Willingness and availability to work evening events and occasional weekends is required.

The Development and Communications Manager reports to Director of Development, with some tasks being related the Executive Director, and others in collaboration across the full staff.  The position plays a critical role in executing the Development department’s plans for growing individual giving and donor stewardship and for the foundation’s multiple communications needs.  Duties encompass supporting all aspects of development/fundraising and communications, as needed, more specifically:

Development Responsibilities -

  • Support the Development department in the management of the Heritage Circle patron membership program ($1,000-$10,000 annual dues) including managing donor files and doing prospect research; implementing the Development department’s acquisition, renewal, and upgrade strategies; mailing, and some drafting, of correspondence
  • Oversee and manage special programs and tours for Heritage Circle members;
  • Track and report on revenue goals and manage budgets for fundraising activities;
  • Oversee annual fund appeals and National Trust project special appeals;
  • Manage special events (annual benefit) and any other development-oriented events including managing volunteer fundraising and event committees, under the supervision of the Director of Development;
  • Work with Director of Development on planned giving program.

Responsibilities – Communications

  • Planning and production of important Royal Oak donor Communications, including the website, newsletter, annual report, email blasts, and social media (Required: ability with the following applications: WordPress/Squarespace; InDesign; Mailchimp/Constant Contact):
  • Make ongoing content updates and edits as well as development oversight of the Foundation’s new website that is soon to be launched; experience using WordPress or similar platform is required. Perform ongoing content edits to web pages (adding new text and photos, deleting obsolete information, adding links as needed, etc.)
  • Project manage the Foundation’s spring and fall Newsletters and other printed marketing and development materials; proofread; liaise and coordinate with designers and printers, etc.  Familiarity with designing media using InDesign software is desirable.
  • Manage the foundation’s social media: Facebook & Twitter
  • Schedule and write regular member Eblasts using Mailchimp
  • Write and distribute press releases on a frequent and ongoing basis
  • Run database queries and do reporting as relates to Development, using a Blackbaud product database; diligently populate database with relevant donor and prospect information.
  • Provide general office support, as required/needed.


The ideal candidate for this position must possess the following:

  • Four or more years of development experience interacting with high-level donors;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
  • The ability to operate with a high level of discretion, maturity, and sensitivity;
  • Bachelor’s degree required, graduate degree preferred, in a related field;
  • Flexibility and team-oriented attitude required.
  • Willingness and availability to work evening events and occasional weekends is required.
  • Demonstrated experience and knowledge of art history and historic preservation preferred.

Salary commensurate with experience.

Comprehensive benefits package available.

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to

Located in New York City, Royal Oak is a nonprofit organization established in 1973 as the membership and fundraising affiliate of the National Trust. The Royal Oak Foundation fulfills its mission by organizing fundraising initiatives and membership programs, encouraging visits to National Trust properties, and presenting events and activities designed to build awareness and engage a broad community of individuals across the United States. For more information, please visit

The Royal Oak Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer.