Location: Washington, DC

American Farmland Trust is the only national organization that takes a holistic approach to agriculture, focusing on the land itself, the agricultural practices used on that land, and the farmers and ranchers who do the work. Since our founding in 1980, AFT has helped permanently protect over 6.5 million acres of agricultural lands, advanced environmentally-sound farming practices on millions of additional acres, and helped thousands of farm families make a go of it (primarily through programs that increase farm viability and/or enhance farmland access). Long a pioneering leader, AFT is now riding a new wave of growth, driven by agriculture’s most pressing needs and opportunities.

American Farmland Trust seeks a candidate to join the Development team as the Development Coordinator. This position provides support to the AFT Development team, working on projects as assigned, and specifically works to assist the efforts of the VP of Development, Individual Giving (IG) team and other projects as assigned by the VP. This person will assist in advancing the fundraising effort by: working to advance the efforts of the major gift officers, including donor and visit scheduling, event management and logistics, etc.; coordinate the hiring and onboarding process for development positions; develop, review, edit, and maintain a development team ‘guidebook’ – including current strategy documents, workplans, etc.; manage a development staff vacation and travel schedule; etc. This position reports to the VP of Development. 

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide support in the gift processing, acknowledgement, and reconciliation areas.
  • Assist the development team (and AFT program staff) with the cultivation and stewardship efforts of the AFT fundraising program.
  • Provide administrative support to the Individual Giving team (and the Development team at-large), including: preparing visit materials for donors; ensuring proper donor visit follow-up materials are available/sent; and/or preparing written gift proposals.
  • Assist the IG team in ensuring that all contacts, cultivation steps, and other information is added to the Raiser’s Edge database. 
  • When relevant, help coordinate national and regional donor events by managing event logistics, identifying and securing venues, managing donor invitation process, etc. Work collaboratively with development and regional staff on the onsite event logistics, including: nametag production, signage, donor gifts, and event materials. 
  • Have excellent customer service skills and communicate with AFT donors and prospects in a comfortable and professional manner. 
  • Coordinate the onboarding process for new Development staff, including scheduling introductions, preparing equipment, etc.
  • Manage Development materials, including an up-to-date set of department guidebooks, how-to manuals, work-plans, etc.
  • Complete other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree required or equivalent; 
  • 1-3+ years of administrative experience; development, environmental, non-profit experience a bonus;
  • Strong computer skills; willing to learn specialized software (familiarity with donor database software a plus);
  • Innovative self-starter, creative thinker, demonstrated initiative, able to work independently; confident decision maker with s positive attitude;
  • Strong interpersonal, communication and customer service skills;
  • Team player and ability to work collaboratively with staff at all levels;
  • Ability to prioritize multiple tasks, stay organized and follow through independently;
  • Excellent proof-reading skills and knowledge of grammar;
  • Proofread/edit correspondence, reports, presentations as needed;
  • Flexibility to adapting work capacity to the needs of the Fundraising and Communications unit;
  • Strong creative writing skills, familiarity with graphic design programs such as Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign, as well as technical knowledge of digital fundraising practices and techniques;
  • Have sound judgment in maintaining confidentiality of donor information

If you are eager to join our team, please visit this page to apply.

Please submit a cover letter with resume for consideration. 

American Farmland Trust provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, American Farmland Trust complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the organization has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.