Manager, Donor Communications

Posted by
National Park Foundation
Washington, DC
Published 9 days ago

The Manager, Donor Communications is a key member of the Strategic Services team within the Philanthropy division, working closely with fundraising, program, and external relations staff to support constituent-facing staff in creating and developing program and project documents, engaging fundraising proposals, impact reports related to donations, stewardship communications, and other written collateral in support of a comprehensive fundraising effort. Reporting to the Director, Donor Relations and Stewardship, the Manager also supports the Programs and Partnerships team, working to articulate program and project descriptions, objectives, and expected impacts. The National Park Foundation is preparing to launch a $1 billion campaign, and the full organization will refer to these written products to understand and advance the National Park Foundation’s fundraising priorities. Occasionally, the Manager will draft personal correspondence at the executive-level in service of the President and CEO and Chief Philanthropy Officer.

 Often serving as the principal writer for the Philanthropy division, the Manager supports projects and opportunities involving individual donors, institutional foundations, promotional materials, and general stewardship assignments. Primary projects include donor stewardship/impact reports, formal proposals, content brochures/program leave behinds, and acknowledgement letters and templates.

 The Manager also ensures Philanthropy communications are consistent with NPF’s established theme, brand, design, content, and delivery guidelines. Through this work, the Manager will make a direct and lasting impact on conservation, culture, preservation, recreation, education, stewardship, and volunteerism—preserving our national parks for centuries to come.



The National Park Foundation (NPF) works in partnership with the National Park Service (NPS) to enrich America's national parks through private support, safeguarding our heritage and inspiring generations of national park enthusiasts. Chartered by Congress in 1967, the National Park Foundation is founded on a legacy that began more than a century ago, when private citizens from all walks of life took action to establish and protect our national parks. 

Today, the National Park Foundation carries on that tradition as the only national charitable nonprofit whose mission is to directly support America's 420+ national park units. As the National Park Service's official nonprofit partner, the National Park Foundation supports projects and programs across the system. We protect our natural, cultural, and historical heritage and connect people to all that the parks have to offer through our work.

 For more information on the full range of programs and projects supported by the National Park Foundation, please review our website at


  • Work with program officers to document objectives, expected impact, and related narratives for NPF’s programs, projects, and fundraising priorities; create compelling and timely content about the organization’s work.
  • Write, edit, or customize proposals for major and principal gift prospects. Draft or edit gift agreements and other solidifying documents. Create templates for proposals and gift agreements as needed.
  • Together with donor relations staff, prepare impact reports and stewardship materials to help donors appreciate the impact of their gifts.
  • Copyedit fundraising content, proposals, stewardship materials, presentations, and NPF reports as needed.
  • Prepare correspondence from the President and CEO, Chief Philanthropy Officer, and other staff and volunteers working with top donors and prospects.
  • Compile data and produce presentation decks for presentations, meetings, board reports, etc.
  • Perform related duties as assigned, within scope of practice.



The ideal candidate will have the following:

  • Have a minimum of three years’ experience writing persuasive copy and telling compelling stories for development/fundraising; have prior job experience in complex organizational structures and/or with a national nonprofit organization with a deep history of fundraising.
  • Knowledge of standard fundraising concepts, practices, and procedures related to the position, including expert use of English grammar, punctuation, and syntax; understanding of branding and positioning strategies for a nonprofit institution and for specific projects.
  • Ability to "ghost write" for NPF senior leaders, staff, and volunteers.
  • Ability to learn subject-specific terminology for use in developing written materials; convey complex concepts into high impact, donor-friendly language.
  • Demonstrated outstanding writing, editing, and proofreading skills, including ability to prepare materials for different audiences, purposes, and communication channels.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects and produce high quality results within designated timeframes; work effectively both collaboratively and independently; ability to pivot when priorities change.
  • Demonstrated proficiency with Microsoft Office suite—particularly Word and PowerPoint.
  • Ability to interact effectively with a wide variety of people, including NPF staff, donors, and others inside and outside NPF.
  • Ability to gather information through interviews, database research, NPF publications, etc. Have experience with relational databases, preferably The Raiser’s Edge or Raiser’s Edge NXT.
  • Exceptional ability to express affinity for the mission of the National Park Foundation.
  • Commitment to fostering, cultivating, and preserving a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusivity.

 Description of physical demands and work environment:

  • Position is currently remote, with an expected return to office pending the ongoing pandemic.

 Compensation and Benefits:

The National Park Foundation offers a competitive salary and benefits program. Starting salary for this opportunity will be commensurate with the level of experience of the candidate. Based in DC at NPF’s newly designed headquarters, this position will also have access to an onsite fitness facility, exciting downtown Washington, DC community and a variety of metro stations. 

To Apply:

If you know you are the perfect candidate for this position, we want to hear from you. Candidates should plan to submit three professional writing samples at the time of their application, including a formal business letter, donor proposal or request for support, and a stewardship report or progress report. The hiring panel will consider other comparable examples.


  Washington, DC

The National Park Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. Candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

The Manager, Donor Communications is a key member of the Strategic Services team within the Philanthropy division, working closely with fundraising, program, and external relations staff to support constituent-facing staff in creating…

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  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule


Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near Washington, DC
Associated Location
Washington, DC, USA

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