Development Officer

Full time
Reports to Chief Development Officer
Asheville, N.C.


The Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, a 501(c)(3), is seeking a qualified Development Officer to join a successful and motivated team dedicated to safeguarding the future of the Blue Ridge Parkway. The ideal candidate will have previous success in a full range of fundraising strategies. This is a new position and has the potential for advancement in title and salary depending on the success of the candidate.

Key Responsibilities

Work closely with the development team and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) as well as other members of the team to:

  • Initiate and grow long-term relationships with donors, corporate partners and sponsors, and stakeholders by meeting face-to-face, networking, and attending community events
  • Assist in the development and execution of the annual fundraising plan that aligns with organizational objectives
  • Maintain database of donors, prospects and constituents, oversee gift entry protocol, run queries, and produce meaningful reports assisting in cultivation of donors
  • Track, assess, and continually modify all development communication efforts based on level of success, engagement, and outcomes
  • Work with program staff to identify, write, and administer grants
  • Oversee fundraising event logistics and support all event and special activities as part of a team, including at least two major ticketed events
  • Identify new fundraising event opportunities
  • Perform other duties as assigned


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent related experience and/or training required
  • Knowledge of fundraising principles, best practices, and proven fundraising success
  • 2-5 years of development and fundraising experience including donor cultivation and major gifts
  • Enthusiasm for the mission-driven work of the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation
  • Experience with nonprofit organizations or similar work environment
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work closely with dedicated team
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Experience with grant writing and management
  • Exceptional planning and organizational skills
  • Event management and logistics experience
  • Proficiency in donor management software and Microsoft Office

Starting Salary: Commensurate with experience, plus health insurance and 401K benefits

To Apply: Send your cover letter (include salary requirements) and résumé to Applications submitted directly through a job search engine will NOT be accepted. This position is open until 5 p.m. EST, May 22.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex or national origin.