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Development Manager,
National Trails


Location: Remote

The Partnership for the National Trails System is the only nationwide, nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the extraordinary value of America’s 32 National Scenic and Historic Trails within the National Trails System. 

These include iconic scenic trails such as the Appalachian Trail, the Continental Divide Trail, and the Pacific Crest Trail; and significant historic trails such as the Lewis and Clark Trail, the Trail of Tears, and the Selma to Montgomery Trail. 


The Partnership is hiring a Development Manager to lead the organization's fundraising.

See the detailed job brochure:











Major roles and activities include:

  • Develop and implement an overall strategic fundraising direction and annual action plans to meet or exceed budget goals with input from the Executive Director and Fundraising Committee.

  • Develop strategies for expanding and cultivating new donors to the organization with a particular emphasis on growing major donors and grants.

  • Secure grant writing, sponsorship and other solicitations; work with other staff to conceive grant proposals/projects.

  • Identify and cultivate relationships with prospective supporters, involving staff and volunteers as appropriate.

  • Organize and participate in donor meetings including making direct asks for support.

  • Expand individual donor base through regular fundraising appeals, online giving campaigns, social media fundraising campaigns, promotional partnerships and other avenues.

  • Oversee development communications and ensure sound data management and reporting, coordinating with finance team as needed.

  • Proactively identify and pursue opportunities for high impact fundraising and promotional partnerships.

  • Coordinate with the communications and program staff to ensure effective marketing and communications for organization and its development activities.


Experience sought:


  • Commitment to advancing JEDI (Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion), in keeping with the Partnership’s Statement of Inclusion.

  • At least two years proven fundraising experience.

  • Demonstrated capacity for leadership, including experience building development capacity and increasing donated revenue.

  • Proven track record cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding various donor constituencies.

  • Experience in creating and implementing strategies to obtain and keep individual donors.

  • Experience with diverse fundraising strategies.

  • Ability to work independently while ensuring good communications and collaboration.

  • Ability and willingness to travel on occasion.

For more information:

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