Position Announcement

JOB TITLE: Development Associate

REPORTS TO: NOLS Fund Director

JOB OBJECTIVE: The Development Associate will play a critical role in strengthening and building the schools donor pipeline. They will help the development team think strategically about donor engagement and how to enhance the relationship of donors increasing the likelihood of continued contributions. The Development Associate will conduct meetings with donors and prospects to determine capacity for giving and may move prospects capable of higher gift amounts to major gift or senior fundraising staff. They will collaborate with the NOLS Fund Director on the annual appeal process for middle and loyal donors as well as work with the stewardship coordinator to oversee a comprehensive donor acknowledgement and recognition plan to support donors. Additionally, they will help plan, organize and assist with donor specific events and trips.


  • Strong written, verbal, interpersonal and organizational skills.
  • The ability to work closely with a team to coordinate on projects and meet deadlines.
  • Familiarity with donor tracking software is a plus.
  • Bachelor’s degree and 2 years’ experience or equivalent combination. 
  • Managing and tracking multiple prospects and donors while implementing an individualized cultivation, solicitation and recognition plan for their portfolio.
  • Building relationships with donors, volunteers, customers, or similar. 
  • Generating reports and interpreting the data.
  • Business writing, editing, and proofreading.
  • Database administration and spreadsheet software.
  • Working across teams.
  • Coursework or other training in fundraising principles & practices.
  • Event planning and execution.

LEADERSHIP OR SUPERVISORY DUTIES: Manages a donor and prospect portfolio, requiring individual visits (in-person and virtually) to cultivate, steward and solicit support to meet combined department goals for endowed scholarship fundraising, NOLS Fund, and other identified projects. Establishes cooperative working relationships with development and other staff members to increase understanding and support of development efforts. Stays current on NOLS programs and projects across the world. 

FUNDS AND/OR PROPERTY: Tracks traveling expenses and maintains accurate donor reports.


  • Manage a portfolio of 125 – 150 individual middle, loyal and decade donors with capacity to make gifts at 10K–100K plus level. Annual fundraising goal of $500k along with deferred giving goals.
  • Collaborating on creative design, messaging and data segmentation for mid-level prospect and donor mailings.
  • Responsible for developing and implementing engagement and fundraising strategies to enhance and grow revenue for current and prospective donors. This also includes loyal donors and recurring monthly donors.
  • Perform thorough analysis on donors in portfolio to understand giving capacity and interest with the goal of creating a robust donor pipeline leading to sustained, increased and/or major gifts.
  • Works closely with major gifts and planned giving teams to assist in the cultivation of potential major donors and planned giving prospects.
  • Entering donor contact information and other moves management components into the donor database. Providing related reports to team members and management.
  • Works with a major gifts team to help organize, plan and coordinate events across the country (i.e. dinners, or trips). 

CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECK: A criminal background check is required from all NOLS employees.

E-VERIFY: NOLS participates in E-Verify

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY:  NOLS does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, genetics information, disability unrelated to job or admission requirements, or status as a protected veteran. The school’s nondiscrimination policy applies to all phases of its employment process, its admission and financial aid programs, and to all other aspects of its educational programs and activities. Retaliation directed to any person who pursues a discrimination complaint or grievance, participates in a discrimination investigation, or otherwise opposes unlawful discrimination is prohibited.

WORK LOCATION: Preference for Development Associate to reside in Lander, Wyoming, Denver or Salt Lake City area. Will consider work locations based in: Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, Maine, Minnesota, Montana, New Mexico, and Washington.

HOW TO APPLY: Email cover letter, resume to:

Email: cindy_carey@nols.edu
Phone: 307-335-2284
Contact: Cindy Carey with questions.



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