Development Program Specialist

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The Nature Conservancy

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Phoenix, AZ, United States

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30 days ago


Phoenix, Arizona, USA



The mission of The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is to conserve the lands and waters upon which all life depends. As a science-based organization, we develop innovative, on-the-ground solutions to the world’s toughest environmental challenges so that people and nature can thrive. Our work is guided by our values, which include a commitment to diversity and respect for people, communities, and cultures. From a rewarding mission to career development and flexible schedules, there are many reasons to love life #insideTNC. Want to know more? Check out our TNC Talent playlist on YouTube to hear stories from staff or visit Glassdoor.

One of TNC’s primary goals is to cultivate an inclusive work environment so that employees around the globe have a sense of belonging and feel that their unique contributions are valued. We know we’ll only achieve our mission by hiring and engaging a diverse staff that reflects the communities in which we work. Recognizing that people bring talent and skills that have been developed outside the scope of a job, we take a holistic approach to recruitment that considers life experience in addition to the professional requirements listed in our postings. Please apply – we’d love to hear from you. To quote a popular saying at TNC, “you’ll join for the mission, and you’ll stay for the people.”


If you are a detailed individual that takes pride in your accuracy, this position may be the perfect opportunity for you! An added bonus is if you have worked in the philanthropy/development area for a non-profit! Based in our Phoenix, Arizona office, (with the possiblility of working remote a couple days/week) the Development Program Specialist will work towards meeting the strategic priorities of the team by implementing tactics for approved plans and completing and organizing varied tasks and activities. They will identify day-to-day priorities based on needs of the program and will manage, track, and report on key data related to the team scope and priorities. The Specialist will perform basic analysis on key program data, which may include donor or gift information. Position will be responsible for all aspects of processing gifts to ensure that donor gifts are received, coded and acknowledged in a timely manner. Specialist, as an advanced user of TNC’s Constituent Resource Management database (BB CRM) provides support and targeted training to the team related to the functional area and to the database. The Specialist must maintain advanced skills with the systems and resources utilized by the team. They will implement processes and practices to improve effectiveness based on their in-depth understanding of related policies and procedures. The Specialist will effectively communicate or distribute information to assist staff in making decisions, solving problems, and improving workflow.

A. Gift Processing (approximately 75%)

  • Record gifts in the donor database (BB CRM) and work with other Development and Finance staff to track donor commitments, organize associated documentation and produce required reports.
  • Work with World Office Treasury and Stock Teams to process donations to the Arizona Chapter or from managed Arizona residents.
  • Maintain a gift log of all gifts over $1K and distribute to the development team multiple times a week.
  • Flag new gifts to the organization as well as major increases in giving for the Development Operations Manager to distribute to fundraisers for follow up.
  • Generate Chapter thank-you report multiple times per week – ensuring that all donors over $1K receive a thankyou note in a timely manner.
  • Coordinate all personal thank-you notes for the State Director.
  • Generate basic reports from BB CRM.
  • May record non-donor payments in BB CRM.

B. Development Team Support (15%)

  • Administrative support for the fundraisers and Development leadership
  • Enter data into BB CRM on behalf of fundraisers as directed by supervisor.
  • Support for special events.

C. Other (approximately 10%)

  • Back-up to the Phoenix Office Coordinator including basic office administrative services and making remote deposits. .
  • Participates in Development (AZ and World Office), AZ Chapter, Division, Regional, and TNC meetings, trainings, etc.
  • Accurately and timely processes own time records and expense reports.
  • Other Duties as assigned.


  • Act independently on assigned tasks and exercise independent judgment based on analysis and experience.
  • Coordinate projects with several variables, work within a defined timeline and budget.
  • Does not supervise any staff, but may supervise interns, volunteers, and/or temporary staff.
  • Ensure compliance with TNC policies and procedures, and external (donor/legal/IRS) requirements.
  • Provide input through project teams for the improvement of existing programs.
  • Refer difficult questions and unusual problems to supervisor.
  • Occasional travel in Arizona (such as the staff retreat, to the preserves and other Arizona offices) as well as in U.S. for trainings, etc. Travel may be over night and may be outside of normally scheduled hours.
  • Work environment involves only infrequent exposure to disagreeable elements and minor physical exertion and/or strain.
  • Work is diversified and may not always fall under established practices and guidelines.
  • Work within scope of program’s strategic goals.
  • Work requires a high degree of accuracy and completed as required.
  • Other duties as required.


Want to help save the planet? From the mountains to the desert, the Arizona Chapter is dedicated to conserving the natural resources that make Arizona unique. Relationship building, project coordination, business writing, and creativity are key in this role. Come join TNC and apply today!


  • Bachelor’s degree and 2 years’ experience or equivalent combination.
  • Experience building relationships with staff, customers or similar.
  • Experience working with databases, data entry, generating reports and interpreting data
  • Experience in business writing, editing, and proofreading with strict attention to detail.
  • Experience working across teams.
  • Experience, coursework, or other training in principles and practices of relevant field.
  • Experience with related software (Microsoft Word/Excel/Power Point/Outlook; Teams and CRM database).
  • Push, pull, lift, move up to 25 #s.
  • Valid driver’s license.
  • Youth certified (within initial 30 days of employment: annually thereafter).


  • Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience are appreciated.
  • Commitment to meeting deadlines and established protocols with an appropriate sense of urgency.
  • Ability to analyze information for the purpose of coordinating and planning activities, and solving problems.
  • Ability to use existing technology to achieve desired results.
  • Ability to work under pressure and perform repetitive data entry tasks.
  • Experience interpreting guidelines to achieve desired results.
  • Proficiency in standard administrative procedures.
  • Knowledge of current trends in Development.
  • Strong organization skills, accuracy, and attention to detail.
  • A proactive approach and a willingness to learn.


Since 1951, TNC has been doing work you can believe in. Through grassroots action, we have grown from a small non-profit into one of the most effective and wide-reaching environmental organizations in the world. Thanks to more than 1 million members, over 400 scientists, and the dedicated efforts of our diverse staff and partners, we impact conservation around the world!

TNC offers a competitive, comprehensive benefits package including health care benefits, flexible spending accounts, a 401(k) plan with an 8% employer match, parental leave, accrued paid time off, life insurance, disability coverage, employee assistance program, other life and work well-being benefits. Learn more about our benefits on our Culture Tab on

We’re proud to offer a flexible work environment that supports of the health and well-being of the people we employ.


This position requires a valid driver's license and compliance with TNC’s Auto Safety Program. Employees may not drive Conservancy-owned/leased vehicles, rental cars, or personal vehicles on behalf of the Conservancy if considered "high risk drivers." To learn more about the Auto Safety Program, visit under the FAQ section.

Employment in this position will be contingent upon completion of a Vehicle Use Agreement, which may include a review of the prospective employee's motor vehicle record.


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The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Our commitment to diversity includes the recognition that our conservation mission is best advanced by the leadership and contributions of people of diverse backgrounds, beliefs and culture. Recruiting and mentoring staff to create an inclusive organization that reflects our global character is a priority and we encourage applicants from all cultures, races, colors, religions, sexes, national or regional origins, ages, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity, military, protected veteran status or other status protected by law.

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Where legally permissible, TNC requires all new employees to be fully vaccinated and willing to keep up to date with vaccines that protect against COVID-19. By accepting an offer of employment, you agree to comply with this requirement, unless you are entitled to a legally mandated exemption.

An attractive salary and benefits package is part of TNC’s value proposition to our employees. TNC strives to provide competitive pay and bases salaries on the geographic location of the role committing to being equitable across groups and providing hiring salary ranges when possible.

Since we support flexible and remote work for our employees, many positions have a flexible location within countries where we’re registered as a Non-government Organization and established as an employer. This may mean we’re unable to provide a hiring salary range in the posting for some of our positions. However, candidates invited to be part of our interview process will be provided their location specific range upon request.

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