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Arizona Land and Water Trust
Position Description

Position Title: Development Coordinator

Supervisor: Executive Director

ALWT Mission: The Arizona Land and Water Trust is a nonprofit organization committed to protecting southern Arizona’s vanishing western landscapes, its heritage of working farms and ranches, wildlife habitat and the water resources that sustain them. Since 1978, we have protected over 44,000 acres.

Position Summary:  The Development Coordinator is responsible for managing the Trust’s development program.  The Coordinator will: 1) assist the Executive Director in managing the annual giving program, major donor program, foundation program and corporate giving program, 2) coordinate annual appeals, annual report and other bulk mailings, and 3) organize donor field trips and other Trust events. The Coordinator will also staff the Philanthropy Committee of the Board of Directors.  The Coordinator provides substantial support to the Executive Director and Board of Directors with a wide variety of development work.  The Coordinator reports to the Executive Director, and may also supervise interns and volunteers.

Position Duties:

  1. Manage the annual giving program, including membership recruitment and retention, and monthly giving.
  2. Manage the major donor program, including donor research and support to the Executive Director and volunteer leadership in soliciting gifts and thanking donors.
  3. Assist with capital campaigns including donor research and providing support to the Executive Director, campaign chair and Board members.
  4. Manage the foundation giving program, including foundation research, proposal development, reporting and evaluation.
  5. Manage the corporate giving program, including research, proposal development, reporting and evaluation.
  6. Manage donor mailings including appeals, annual reports, invitations to Trust events, and other communications as needed.
  7. Plan, execute and evaluate development events including house parties and field trips.
  8. Serve as liaison to the Philanthropy Committee of the Board of Directors.  Assist the chair in developing agendas, creating and publishing minutes, and providing data and information to the committee as necessary.
  1. Establish and maintain the development calendar to track and meet all development deadlines.
  2. Supervise volunteers and interns as appropriate.

Entrance Requirements:

  1. Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, Management, Marketing or similar.
  1. Two to three years’ experience in non-profits preferred, fund development work, including annual giving, major donor giving and foundation giving a plus.
  1. Superior organizational, written and oral communication skills.
  2. Familiarity with database management, donor software and research a plus.
  3. Ability to work well with senior executives and leadership volunteers.
  4. Commitment to the mission of Arizona Land and Water Trust.


To apply to either position, please email or mail a cover letter, resume and 3 references to:

Liz Petterson
Executive Director
Arizona Land and Water Trust
3127 N. Cherry Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85719

Liz Petterson
Executive Director
Arizona Land and Water Trust
3127 N. Cherry Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85719


The Development Coordinator is full-time, exempt, position (40 hours/week).
Salary: Commensurate with experience and qualifications. 
Benefits available.
Arizona Land and Water Trust is an EEOC employer.

Arizona Land and Water Trust
Position Description

Position Title: Land & Water Program Project Assistant

General Role:
The Project Assistant supports the accomplishment of the goals and objectives of Arizona Land and Water Trust (Trust) and our Land & Water Program by assisting with a wide variety of conservation projects.  He/she works with the Land & Water Program Manager and their Staff to support the Trust’s outreach and education program, assists with specific land and water protection and stewardship projects, and provides general Land & Water Program support.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Assist with all aspects of land and water program transactions, including due diligence and project planning
  • Assist Land & Water Program Manager’s role in strengthening partnerships with landowners, government agencies, elected officials, and other conservation partners
  • Help coordinate and attend meetings and public outreach workshops with agency personnel, elected officials, other conservation organizations, landowners and other stakeholders to further conservation projects
  • Provide support for the Trust’s easement stewardship and monitoring programs
  • Help to prepare progress reports and correspondence to current foundation and agency grant administrators
  • Assist the Land & Water Program Manger with identifying and developing new sources of funding for conservation projects
  • Help monitor legislation and regulations at the local, state and federal levels that affect land conservation
  • Assist the Land & Water Program Manager and their staff with other projects and tasks as needed


  • A bachelor’s degree in related field or equivalent work experience
  • Minimum 2 years of experience in a related field
  • Must have strong interest in land and water conservation and some background in natural resources or related field,
  • Experience with land/water transactions a plus
  • Experience working with landowners, both urban and rural a plus


  • Superior project management skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, ability to effectively converse with rural and urban land owners, agency staff, academics, elected officials, and local leaders
  • Ability to work both independently and in a team environment while balancing competing priorities
  • Willingness to travel up to 20% of the time, primarily throughout Arizona
  • Resourceful in researching information on diverse topics
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office and related programs
  • Knowledge of ArcMap and other GIS products a plus
  • Knowledge of Arizona landscape, ecology, and/or water policy a plus

Physical Demands:

  • Must be able to meet with landowners off-site, travel, work at a desk, and operate a computer
  • Must be willing to participate in field work
  • Work is primarily performed between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. during weekdays but some evening and weekend meetings will be required.

The Project Assistant is full-time, exempt, position (40 hours/week)
Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications
Benefits available  

 Send cover letter, resume, and three references to:
Sharma Hammond Torrens, Land & Water Program Manager
Arizona Land and Water Trust
3127 North Cherry Avenue
Tucson, AZ  85719

Or email to:

Open Until Filled
Arizona Land and Water Trust is an equal opportunity employer.

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