Development and Communications Coordinator Position Now Open


Preservation Austin has been our city’s nonprofit voice for historic preservation since 1953, with a mission to promote Austin’s diverse cultural heritage through the preservation of historic places.

Our organization is looking for a motivated self-starter to shape this new position and help grow our nonprofit. The Development and Communications Coordinator will join a passionate, dedicated community of advocates including the Executive Director, Board of Directors, volunteer committees, and strong membership base to enhance our presence community-wide. Ancillary benefits include experiencing incredible historic spaces while working to preserve what makes Austin so unique. This is an opportunity to make a difference!

Direct Supervisor: Executive Director

Basic Function: To develop and implement fundraising strategies, including donor cultivation, special events, membership development, and public information/marketing efforts          

-- Applications are due July 19, 2019. --                      

Specific Duties:

1.  General Development and Fundraising Strategies
- Work closely with the Executive Director, Board of Directors, and Development Committee to create and implement a system for funder identification and recruitment, with an emphasis on resource diversification (individuals, foundations, public entities, and corporations);
- Identify target strategies and establish timelines for engaging and soliciting funding support from identified resources;
- Prepare proposals and/or grant applications to secure support for priority projects and programs as identified by the Executive Director and the Board of Directors;
- Provide necessary oversight and reporting to fulfill donor requirements.

2.  Membership Development
- Plan and implement strategic membership development efforts to increase the organization’s annual giving base at all membership levels;
- Manage and expand the annual membership drive, end-of-year appeal, and fundraising efforts such as Amplify Austin and Giving Tuesday;
- Plan and implement membership cultivation and outreach programs, including events, meetings, and other programs as identified by Executive Director and Board of Directors, including a robust system of prospect cultivation.

3.  Special Events and Marketing/Communications
- Assist Executive Director, Board of Directors, and committees in planning and  implementing major fundraising events, including the annual Homes Tour and  Preservation Merit Awards Celebration;
- Identify strategies to increase revenue, visibility, attendance, and corporate sponsorships;
- Coordinate sponsorships and fulfill sponsor benefits related to major annual  fundraisers;
- Staff the organization’s Grants Committee, manage application and related public  relations and recognition of grantees;
- Manage all social media content to expand the organization’s reach and maintain frequent communications with members and constituents.

4. Other tasks as assigned.

Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree with 3-5 years of development experience, including in institutional fundraising, membership development, special events, and communications. Previous experience with capital campaigns a plus. Strong interpersonal, organizational and communication skills needed, along with a familiarity with donor-tracking software and attention to detail.

The Development and Communications Coordinator is a full-time position. All candidates should be comfortable working in a small office setting and available to work a flexible schedule which includes some evenings and weekends as needed.

Salary: Commensurate with experience

Benefits: Medical, dental, personal, sick, holiday leave in accordance with Preservation Austin policies

Expected Start Date: August 2019


Candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, three professional references, and responses to the following questions to Executive Director Lindsey Derrington ( by July 19, 2019.

Please answer the following in 250 words or less:

1. Describe your experience and/or desire to work in the field of historic preservation.

2. Discuss your experience with the following development functions: identification, cultivation, making the ask, and stewardship.

3. Describe your experience utilizing social media to drive awareness, involvement, and fundraising.