Employment Opportunities

Looking to join the American Battlefield Trust team? Explore our open full-time positions and part-time internship opportunities below. Find out more about the benefits and highlights of working at the Trust on our career page.

 

Open Positions

Chief Financial Officer

The American Battlefield Trust, the nation’s premier historic land preservation nonprofit organization, seeks an experienced Chief Financial Officer. The Trust preserves America’s hallowed battlegrounds and educates the public about what happened there and why it matters.

The Chief Financial Officer (CFO) will be a strategic partner to the President/CEO and oversee the accounting, audit, banking, budget and financial activities of the organization. The CFO will prepare financial reports and summaries and, working with other department heads, monitor financially related activities of each department and make recommendations for improvement.

Location: Washington, DC
Reports To: President/CEO
Job Classification: Full-Time; Exempt
Work Environment: Hybrid

Required Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • At least 10 years related professional experience including managing the finance and accounting functions of a $20 million to $50 million organization
  • Bachelor’s degree in Business, Management or Finance (MA/MBA preferred)
  • CPA license strongly preferred
  • Experience in non-profit financial management and accounting including grant accounting and restricted funds 
  • Experience implementing accounting systems
  • Experience developing and documenting policies, procedures and processes
  • Experience with Sage Intacct

Ideal Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • Excellent interpersonal skills, with experience collaborating in a multidisciplinary, diverse, and dynamic team
  • Experience should include legal, audit, compliance, budget, grant management, and resource development, with experience in complex real estate transactions being a plus
  • Demonstrated resourcefulness in setting priorities, and proposing new ways of creating efficiencies
  • Proven effectiveness leading professionals in finance and business management processes
  • Technologically savvy having implemented new processes and systems that increased efficiency and financial visibility 
  • Flexible and self-starter; able to multitask while also being highly detail oriented
  • Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, sense of humor, and a commitment to the preservation and education mission of the American Battlefield Trust.

At the American Battlefield Trust, we build parks and tell stories — the narrative threads that make up the rich tapestry of our nation. Our staff is united by a commitment to excellence and a passion for keeping American history alive. Since 1987, the Trust has saved more than 55,000 acres of hallowed battlefield land from the Revolutionary War through the Civil War. We have reached millions of students and other life-long learners through our education programs.  As our nation heads toward the 250th anniversary of its birth, we are looking to grow even more and build upon our previous successes.

To apply for the position, please send your resume, cover letter, salary requirements, and references to financeresumes@battlefields.orgNo calls, please.  Salary is commensurate with experience, and we offer excellent benefits.

Major Gifts Officer

The American Battlefield Trust is the only national non-profit organization dedicated to preserving our nation’s battlefields from the American Revolution, the War of 1812 and the Civil War. We are seeking a Major Gifts Officer to cultivate and solicit our fantastic donors so that we can save these battlefields before they are developed, and educate the public about what happened on those historic fields.

The Major Gifts Officer will build relationships with our donors, learning about their passions and interests. They will then invite donors in their portfolio to participate in the upcoming capital campaign by supporting projects and programs in line with their interests.

Location: Washington, DC (Hybrid Office), Remote Flexibility
Reports To: Director of Development
Job Classification: Full-time, Exempt
Principal Responsibilities:

Fundraising (75%) – The Major Gifts Officer will:

  • Manage a portfolio of 150 donors and qualified prospects from across the country through quality, substantive contacts and face-to-face visits to identify, qualify, cultivate, solicit, and steward donors to successfully close gifts ranging from $25,000 to $500,000+;
  • 50% of time will be spent traveling to conduct in person visits to build, cultivate and steward major donor relationships;
  • Work with the Director of Development and key stakeholders to meet or exceed dollar and visit goals, with a focus on securing new multi-year gifts in support of a major capital campaign;
  • Develop, execute, evaluate, and refine strategies to connect donors with the organization’s priority projects;
  • Collaborate with the Major Gifts Team to engage donors and prospects, to include participation in special events and other engagement opportunities.

Administration (25%) – The Major Gifts Officer will:

  • Serve as an ambassador for the American Battlefield Trust by developing and maintaining a thorough and accurate understanding of its mission, strategic plan, key programs, and funding priorities to effectively connect donors and prospects to its priorities and core services;
  • Effectively communicate the organization’s priorities (initially in support of the capital campaign) and successfully match donors' philanthropic interests to funding needs;
  • Contribute to and review written materials, including individual donor strategies, briefings, solicitations, and acknowledgements in a quality consistent with the American Battlefield Trust’s development standards; and
  • Utilize and update the American Battlefield Trust’s donor CRM, EveryAction by recording activities, contacts, gift proposals, and strategies on an on-going basis consistent with current policies.

Required Competencies and Qualifications:

  • A commitment to the mission of American Battlefield Trust to preserve our nation’s hallowed battlegrounds and educate the public about what happened there and why it matters today.
  • Experience in donor and prospect management and gift solicitation, including a proven track record of closing major gifts and stewarding donor relationships, experience securing gifts as part of a capital campaign is preferred but not required.
  • A high level of accountability, self-motivation, and ability to work independently and with confidentiality;
  • Strong communication skills and ability to write effectively;
  • A keen attention to detail and an ability to maintain high standards;
  • A professional demeanor and good judgment when interacting with the American Battlefield Trust’s staff and leadership team, high net worth prospective donors, and key stakeholders; and
  • Competency with Microsoft Office. Proficiency with CRM databases required, and experience with EveryAction is preferred.
  • A bachelor's degree is required for this position as is at least five years of major gift fundraising or sales experience.

To apply, submit resume and cover letter to Alice Mullis at developmentresumes@battlefields.org. No calls, please.  Salary is commensurate with experience, and we offer excellent benefits.

America will soon be celebrating our 250th birthday in just a few short years, and at the same time increasing development pressures are threatening our country’s battlefields like never before. Now is the time to save this land before it is too late, which is why the American Battlefield Trust is launching a major capital campaign.

Through the campaign we will be saving thousands of acres of battlefield land from places like Gettysburg, Lexington and Concord, and Antietam. We will bring the battlefields to life through cutting-edge interpretation, and we will also support teachers and students through field trips and teacher resources.
 

Database Manager

The American Battlefield Trust, the nation’s premier historic land preservation nonprofit, seeks a Database Manager.

Location: Washington, DC (Hybrid Office)
Reports To: Director of Development
Job Classification: Full-time, exempt

General Scope of the Position:

The Database Manager is responsible for the performance, integrity, and security of the Trust’s CRM system, EveryAction. The key objectives for this role are to understand business objectives and develop and execute plans for system enhancement and deployment; drive the development of policies and procedures; maintain data integrity; design and deliver effective user quality assurance and training programs; and actively manage software/service provider relationships.  This position is also responsible for managing a Donor Services Coordinator. 
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Leadership

  • Supervise the Donor Services Coordinator.
  • Monitor performance metrics and develop remediation plans as needed.
  • Provide consultative services to the entire organization in all matters relating to the CRM.
  • When established, actively participate in the organization’s CRM& Data Governance framework.
  • Oversee reporting and analysis of the Trust’s fundraising revenue, ensuring that it is timely, accurate and easily presented to the Senior Management Team.

Business Analysis

  • Partner with the Trust’s leadership to understand the overall fundraising strategy and align the CRM system with those business strategies. 
  • Lead data gathering and analysis efforts to evaluate business needs and establish short- to long-term plans for addressing those needs through existing or new technology solutions.
  • Review and analyze the effectiveness and efficiency with which staff use the CRM system and develop strategies for improving and further leveraging the system.
  • Maintain an ongoing awareness of the latest fundraising technology trends, software features, and services, and adopt those that provide benefit for the Trust’s fundraising. 

Vendor Management

  • Manage CRM software provider and other external service providers engaged in response processing and fulfillment, data management, etc.  
  • Sets priorities and standards to ensure accurate and timely coding and processing of data by service providers.
  • Work with software provider to coordinate service tickets, escalations, and training needs.

Policy and Procedure Development

  • Develop and maintain Policies and Procedures for the Trust that guide staff on the proper usage of the CRM system.
  • Oversee revenue processing and ensure compliance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and industry standards.
  • Work with IT to ensure the CRM system is PCI compliant.

System Training and Support

  • Identify CRM system training needs – both initial and ongoing – for all of the Trust’s staff who leverage the CRM system and/or data (e.g., CEO, staff within Finance, etc.).
  • Create (or oversee the creation of) appropriate training materials and conduct (or oversee the conduction of) training sessions.
  • Proactively notify the user community of changes and enhancements to the CRM system and/or changes to business practices to ensure consistent and continuous productivity.

Data Quality Monitoring

  • Work with fundraisers and other operational resources to define critical, constituent data elements that should be monitored for quality.
  • Define the measures of quality (e.g., completeness, validity, accuracy, consistency, conformance to business rules, format, etc.) and error thresholds for each key data element. 
  • Oversee the development of processes and tools (queries, reports, and inherent diagnostic tools within the CRM system) that allow data quality to be proactively monitored on a weekly, monthly, quarterly, or annual basis depending on the criticality of each data element. 
  • Develop and oversee the implementation of plans to address data quality issues that exceed error thresholds.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree from a four-year college/university or equivalent experience
  • Minimum of seven (7) years of information systems implementation experience.
    • Knowledge of EveryAction is valued and a plus.
  • Previous role managing fundraising operations within a nonprofit.
  • Solid understanding of the principles of database management, systems development lifecycle, and business process workflow. 
  • Strong business analysis skills, with proven experience taking business requirements from concept to execution in fundraising systems that delivered the desired results.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously with a high degree of accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Demonstrated personnel supervision skills.
  • Exceptional customer service skills.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Passion for preserving America’s history by saving endangered Civil War, Revolutionary War, and War of 1812 battlefields
  • Minimum of five (5) years of nonprofit, CRM systems experience both with traditional CRMs, as well as digital platforms.

To apply for the position, please send your resume, cover letter, salary requirements, and references to developmentresumes@battlefields.org.  No calls, please.  Salary is commensurate with experience, and we offer excellent benefits.
 


Development Associate (Donor Services)

The American Battlefield Trust, the nation’s premier historic land preservation nonprofit, seeks a Development Associate of Donor Services to ensure that our gift processing and acknowledgement processes run smoothly through our external vendor, while providing a high level of customer service to our fantastic, dedicated donors.

Location: Washington, DC (Hybrid Office)
Reports To: Director of Development
Job Classification: Full-time, exempt

Major Duties and Responsibilities

As an integral part of the American Battlefield Trust team, the Development Associate of Donor Services ensures our donors feel appreciated and is an integral part of retaining our wonderful donors. Most of the Trust’s donors count us as their favorite charitable organization that they donate to, and our retention rates are higher than the national average. The Development Associate will work to manage our external vendor and also interact directly with donors to ensure that this continues, and that donors want to continue to support our important work for years to come.

This position has two principal responsibilities:

Oversee gift processing, acknowledgement, and fulfillment of premium gifts

  • Along with the Database Manager, manage the vendor relationship to ensure that donors are thanked appropriately, their gifts are processed correctly, and that they receive their premium gifts quickly (our external vendor is responsible for all these tasks since we receive have a significant volume of gifts). This includes participating in weekly meetings, tracking the vendor’s progress, and troubleshooting as needed.

Provide direct support to donors and oversee external call center 

  • The Development Associate will provide direct customer service to our donors both through phone and email to solve any issues our donors may have. The Contact Center vendor will handle some basic donor questions, but the Associate will have the opportunity to provide higher-level service for questions that may need some additional explanation or troubleshooting. 
    • This can include providing information about current fundraising efforts, to troubleshooting why a donor hadn’t received an acknowledgement letter or premium gift, to answering various questions about the status of gift processing.
    • The Development Associate will work closely with other members of the Development team to resolve issues, or to give others such as the major gift officers or planned giving officers a chance to build relationships with the donors who reach out to us. 
    • Through these interactions the Associate will build relationships with our donors, and will be an integral part of ensuring our donor pipeline runs smoothly. 
  • Manage the Contact Center services provided by an outside vendor. This includes weekly status meetings, providing training as needed, and monitoring calls to donors. 
  • Conduct some basic data entry and internal gift processing tasks.
  • Work with others in the Membership and Development Department to develop and implement other activities to enhance the donor’s experience and the Trust’s reputation beyond the programs administered by the vendor’s Contact Center and fulfillment services.
  • Provide oversight to in-house staff that may be assigned to support these functions 

Required Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree from a four-year college/university preferred
  • Previous experience in membership fundraising (2-5+ years) highly preferred, but demonstrated relevant success in other sales, customer service, or professional fields will be considered
  • Interest in having direct communications with donors both by phone or email, and has a high-level of customer service abilities
  • Comfortable being in constant communication with donors and with a highly functioning and collegial Membership and Development team
  • Exceptional work ethic, attention to detail, initiative, polished professionalism, creativity, and entrepreneurial spirit
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Proactive self-starter with trouble-shooting abilities 
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs and CRM databases (EveryAction preferred but not required)
  • Passion for preserving America’s history by saving endangered Civil War, Revolutionary War, and War of 1812 battlefields

To apply for the position, please send your resume, cover letter, salary requirements, and references to developmentresumes@battlefields.org. No calls, please. Salary is commensurate with experience, and we offer excellent benefits.
 

Government Relations Associate

The American Battlefield Trust, the nation’s premier battlefield land preservation organization, seeks a politically savvy government relations professional. The Trust preserves America’s hallowed battlegrounds and educates the public about what happened there and why it matters.

Title: Government Relations Associate  
Location: Washington, DC (Hybrid office)
Reports To: Director of Government Relations
Job Classification: Full-Time; Exempt

Major Duties and Responsibilities

  • Promote historic battlefield preservation initiatives among state and local officials
  • Research and manage state and local government activities that could affect battlefields
  • Develop strategic partnerships with national and regional nonprofit organizations that help support the Trust’s mission
  • Oversee information and communications related to state and local battlefield grant programs
  • Monitor potential threats that could disturb or destroy historic battlefield resources.
  • Collaborate with other departments (land preservation, web, development) to achieve goals of battlefield promotion and preservation.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • Bachelor's degree
  • 3-4 years of relevant professional experience
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, and writing skills
  • Experience in politics, government relations and/or public relations
  • Demonstrated interest in American history and/or land conservation
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills

To apply for the position, please send resume, cover letter, salary requirements, and references to policyresumes@battlefields.org.  No calls, please. Salary is commensurate with experience, and we offer excellent benefits.

 

Grassroots and Advocacy Associate

The American Battlefield Trust, the nation’s premier battlefield land preservation organization, seeks a politically savvy government relations professional. The Trust preserves America’s hallowed battlegrounds and educates the public about what happened there and why it matters.

Title: Grassroots and Advocacy Associate
Location: Washington, DC (Hybrid office)
Reports To: Director of Government Relations
Job Classification: Full-Time; Exempt

Major Duties and Responsibilities

  • Manage and lead grassroots advocacy initiatives at the state, local and federal levels to promote battlefield preservation.
  • Mobilize Trust membership, as well as local, state and national partners, to take action on legislative and policy issues related to historic battlefields.
  • Collaborate with Trust government relations staff to plan and execute grassroots strategies.
  • Cultivate and lead grassroots and friends’ groups at battlefields across the country.
  • Develop strategic partnerships with national and regional nonprofit organizations that help support the Trust’s mission
  • Monitor potential threats that could disturb or destroy historic battlefield resources.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • Bachelor's degree
  • 3-4 years of relevant professional experience
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, and writing skills
  • Experience in grassroots advocacy, campaigns, and government relations
  • Demonstrated interest in American history and/or land conservation
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Extensive experience with campaign/grassroots programs

To apply for the position, please send resume, cover letter, salary requirements, and references to policyresumes@battlefields.org.  No calls, please. Salary is commensurate with experience, and we offer excellent benefits.

 

Executive Assistant

The American Battlefield Trust, the nation’s premier historic land preservation nonprofit organization, seeks an Executive Assistant to the organization’s President. The Trust preserves America’s hallowed battlegrounds and educates the public about what happened there and why it matters.

Location: Washington, DC
Reports To: President/CEO
Job Classification: Full-Time; Exempt
Work Environment: Hybrid

Major Duties and Responsibilities

  • Conserves president’s time by reading, researching, and routing correspondence; drafting letters and documents; collecting and analyzing information; and initiating communications
  • Maintains president’s appointment schedule by planning and scheduling meetings, teleconferences, and travel
  • Plays a key role in communication and coordination with the Board of Trustees, partner organizations, public officials, members, and donors
  • Supports Board & donor events, including taking meeting minutes and providing logistical support for Board of Trustees meetings
  • Provides on-call administrative support to the American Battlefield Trust’s operating departments to further our mission of battlefield land preservation and education

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Experience

  • Outstanding organizational, time management, interpersonal, and verbal & written communication skills
  • Flexible and a self-starter; able to multitask while also being highly detail oriented
  • High School degree (Bachelor’s degree preferred)
  • Excellent MS Office knowledge
  • At least three years of experience in an administrative, managerial, or other relevant capacity preferred
  • Personal qualities of integrity, discretion/confidentiality, sense of humor, and a commitment to the preservation and education mission of the American Battlefield Trust

At the American Battlefield Trust, we build parks and tell stories — the narrative threads that make up the rich tapestry of our nation. Our staff is united by a commitment to excellence and a passion for keeping American history alive. Since 1987, the Trust has saved more than 55,000 acres of hallowed battlefield land from the Revolutionary War through the Civil War. We have reached millions of students and other life-long learners through our education programs.  As our nation heads toward the 250th anniversary of its birth, we are looking to grow even more and build upon our previous successes.

To apply for the position, please send your resume, cover letter, salary requirements, and references to executiveassistant@battlefields.org.

Land Preservation Assistant

The American Battlefield Trust seeks an administrative professional with an interest in land preservation or real estate. The Land Preservation Assistant will be responsible for administrative support for the Land Preservation Department.

Location: Washington, DC
Job Classification: Full-Time; Exempt
Department: Land Preservation

Major Duties and Responsibilities

  • Filing, scanning, organizing, researching, and reconciling digital and physical land transaction files
  • Maintaining up-to-date and accurate records for complex real estate transactions 
  • Coordinating data requests and departmental review of materials
  • Managing the departmental calendar, including scheduling meetings and drafting agendas
  • Writing and compiling internal and external communications regarding land preservation efforts, such as presentations or newsletters

The Assistant will be expected to manage additional tasks, as required for real estate transactions, fundraising, events, and partner outreach. The Assistant may also provide support to the Grants Managers, as needed.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • B.A./B.S. degree is required
  • At least two (2) years of experience in office administrative support, data management, or related work is preferred
  • Ability to establish excellent working relationships, be detail-oriented, have superior data management and presentation/public speaking skills
  • Experience working with Adobe Acrobat and the Microsoft Office Suite
  • Willingness to work a hybrid remote/in-person schedule
  • Interest in the preservation of American historic battlefield sites
  • Real estate and/or database experience is a plus
  • Salary is commensurate with experience

To apply for the position, please send your resume, cover letter, salary requirements, and references to LPresumes@battlefields.org. No calls, please. Salary is commensurate with experience, and we offer excellent benefits.


Internship Opportunities

The American Battlefield Trust provides students interested in history and conservation with outstanding opportunities to work on meaningful projects and gain perspective on the dynamics of an efficient, top-rated nonprofit organization.

The Trust offers paid part-time internships in our Washington, D.C. office, up to 30 hours per week, as needed throughout the year. Successful candidates may be able to arrange for varied tenures, depending on availability. While we strive to accommodate the schedules of qualified candidates, the selection process is competitive and organizational staffing needs are consideration criteria.

We are currently accepting applications for the following department(s). Please see the department descriptions below:

  • Education Internship

Successful candidates will be contacted by a staff member directly. As part of the selection process, candidates may be asked to participate in an interview, either in person or over the phone. We regret that due to the volume of submissions, we may not be able to respond personally to all applicants. No calls, please.

Candidates must specify the department (first and second choices are welcome) for which they wish to be considered. Application packages containing a cover letter, resume and two writing samples (no more than five pages; excerpts welcome). Please submit applications specifically for the Development internship to developmentresumes@battlefields.org; applications specifically for Government & Public Relations to policyresumes@battlefields.org; applications specifically for the History and Education Programs to eduinterns@battlefields.org; and all other departments to interns@battlefields.org, or:

American Battlefield Trust
ATTN: Intern Coordinator
1156 15th Street NW, Suite 900
Washington, D.C. 20005

Internship applicants can expect the following per department:

Development:

Interns will learn the mechanics of the nonprofit industry, including event planning, prospect research and donor and member cultivation and management.

Education:

These internships entail a wide variety of Civil War and Revolutionary War research, writing, content creation and image or video editing in support of our education programs on our web site, at American Battlefield Trust events and in print. These are just some of the opportunities available to you as an intern for the American Battlefield Trust Education Department. For motivated History majors, who are looking to hone and develop their public history and program management skills, this internship is for you.

Video Production:

The Education team also offers internships specific to video editing. Assistance with filming in the field may also be included depending on the intern’s location and length of the internship. Responsibilities include color correction, sound mixing, illustrating with images and B-Roll, and adding Trust branding; researching Civil War, Revolutionary War and War of 1812 topics in order to best find the best possible imagery to illustrate our programming; and building pages on the Trust website for videos to live.

Government & Public Relations:

Interns assist with multimedia advocacy and outreach efforts; planning, preparing for and executing select special events; drafting and distributing news releases; and supporting a wide variety of government and public relations initiatives throughout the year.  

Land Preservation:

Interns will work on land acquisition projects that may include organizing and researching land transaction records; conducting outreach with preservation partners; and supporting grant applications. This internship is ideal for a pre-law or humanities student interested in real estate and/or historic preservation.

Digital Media:

Interns assist with social media, marketing, digital video editing, and web publishing to help 19th-century history meet 21st-century technology.


More opportunities

If you’re interested in bringing your experience and passion to the Trust, but we don’t have the right position available right now, please email our HR Manager at rmaris@battlefields.org with your resume and contact information, and we’ll reach out if we ever have an opportunity that we think might be a good fit.  

The American Battlefield Trust is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer.