Position Overview

Tompkins Conservation (TC) creates terrestrial and marine national parks in Chile and Argentina, reintroduces missing species, conserves biodiversity, restores degraded lands, encourages environmental activism, and fosters economic vitality as a result of conservation. TC was founded by Douglas Tompkins and is led by Kristine McDivitt Tompkins and encompasses US staff, plus field teams and staff in Chile and Argentina.

The Development Associate supports and coordinates multiple aspects of fundraising at Tompkins Conservation. Reporting directly to the Development Director based in Boulder, Colorado, the Development Associate supports many development functions, coordinating with international development staff while working in partnership with TC’s communication staff to produce related fundraising materials.

Since the role requires coordination with our teams in Chile and Argentina, we are looking for someone with excellent Spanish (both written and spoken), some prior knowledge of the region specifically and conservation generally, with proven experience working within decentralized teams while managing many tasks and deadlines. We work in a dynamic environment, requiring high level abilities to prioritize time and deliverables. The role is an ideal position for someone who can learn quickly on the job; is professional, organized and detailed oriented; can provide top-notch client/donor service; and is eager to contribute to the mission of Tompkins Conservation, a proven international leader in conservation. Some domestic and international travel should be expected.


Key Responsibilities

Major Donor Support

  • Maintain donor records, meeting notes and documentation related to individual strategies for each donor, in collaboration with international staff, in our Salesforce database. Serve as lead staffer for modifying, maintaining, and using all our systems for fundraising stewardship, briefings, and follow up.

  • Maintain centralized documentation on donor cultivation process (aka moves management). Support US and international staff in prioritizing time and effort, as well as matching key prospects with existing or potential new projects.

  • Track donor gifts and initiate timely and appropriate acknowledgement/thank you notes from Tompkins Conservation leadership. Get to know our key donors, so that gift acknowledgements and communications are tailored to the donors’ individual desires and philanthropic intent.

  • Research prospect donors based on interests, capacity and personal networks, both individuals and foundations. Produce memos for internal use as needed.

  • Ensure our donors know they are appreciated, valued, and respected.

  • Support the scheduling and logistics of donor and prospect meetings including semi-annual US tour of development team

  • Some phone calls and travel to or with donors may be required, though this is primarily the responsibility of the Development Director and other staff.


Grant Writing and Support

  • Maintain grants calendar in collaboration with international staff

  • Play lead role in drafting concept memos, proposals and grant reports, in collaboration with US and international staff associated with the project

  • Ensure proposals and reports are professionally written; reviewed as needed for content, financial and legal issues; content is solicited and received from various parties within TC in a timely manner; and proposals and reports are submitted on time, every time

  • Ensure grantors are thanked in the manner and frequency that best fits their desires

  • Research and prioritize new grant opportunities


Internal Compliance

  • Ensure all proposals and donations are properly reviewed and approved, including for legal compliance with US and international law.

  • Ensure donor/grantor restrictions and desires are documented, respected and followed.

  • Ensure donations come through the best legal entity (ie Chilean, Argentinian or US) to satisfy grantor/donor needs and minimize administrative burden on TC

  • Drive donor reconciliation with finance and accounting (tracking verbal pledges, committed pledges, funds received/used, adjustments needed)


Communications & Events

  • Work with communications staff to help position TC as an organization very worthy of support

  • Ensure donors and grantors consistently get credit for their contributions in our various communications channels

  • Help field/find press and event opportunities and prioritize those with the best ROI

  • Provide support to Advisory Council members and meetings



  • Proven experience working within decentralized teams while managing many tasks, deadlines and relationships

  • Experience working with budgets, financial reports and spreadsheets

  • Technologically proficient with business applications (Salesforce, G Suite, Office, etc.)

  • Personal passion for the Tompkins Conservation mission

  • Passion and commitment to top-notch client/donor service

  • Excellent English and Spanish, both written and spoken

  • Prior knowledge of the Patagonia region and international conservation preferred

  • Prior fundraising and grant writing experience preferred


We offer competitive salaries, benefits, and a mission-driven work environment. Salary is based on a nonprofit scale and commensurate with experience. Position is based in Boulder, Colorado. To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter to

To learn more about Tompkins Conservation, visit

Application Deadline: December 21, 2018


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