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Turtle Survival Alliance

Development Coordinator

Turtle Survival Alliance

The Turtle Survival Alliance (TSA) was formed in 2001 in response to the Asian Turtle Crisis, developing captive breeding colonies for species believed to be destined for extinction due to rampant and unregulated trade in food, pet, and traditional medicine markets. The TSA has since expanded to create a global conservation network with a bold commitment to Zero Turtle Extinctions.

Turtles and tortoises represent one of the most endangered groups of vertebrates on the planet, with over 50% at risk of extinction. Since forming, the TSA has become recognized as a global leader in turtle conservation, capable of taking swift and decisive action on behalf of critically endangered turtles and tortoises. The TSA is a 501(c)3 nonprofit with a Board of Directors and eight full-time US-based staff and a centralized base of operations in South Carolina, anchored by our Turtle Survival Center (TSC). The TSC is home to more than 500 turtles and tortoises, representing 19 of the world’s most critically endangered chelonian species, many of which depend on captive management for survival. The TSA also has developed an extensive global footprint, with comprehensive field conservation programs in Madagascar, Myanmar, India and Colombia, as well as projects in Belize, North America, and throughout Asia.


Turtle Survival Alliance (TSA) seeks a self-driven, early-career fundraising professional with a passion for nonprofit excellence. The Development Coordinator plays an integral role in providing a central point of contact and customer service to TSA’s growing number of members and donors and providing assistance to the Development Director, President, and other staff in implementing TSA fundraising initiatives. The person in this position is responsible for coordinating implementation of an annual giving plan that, along with a major gifts program, meets TSA’s individual giving revenue goals. Reporting to the Director of Development, and working closely with the Communications Coordinator and Social Media & Website Manager, the Development Coordinator is responsible for prospect research, managing annual and emergency appeals, gift processing, and stewardship of annual donors, recurring donors, and members. In addition, the Development Coordinator will provide support for major gifts, grants, planned gifts, and other marketing and fundraising initiatives and events.

The Development Coordinator is responsible for processing gifts and donor acknowledgements, managing appeals, and updating constituent information in TSA’s donor database, currently Neon CRM. The person in this position should be able to create and execute processes that ensure consistency and database integrity.

This position will be performed primarily in a remote-work environment until conditions are safe for employees to gather, though some time in the Charleston office will be required to process gifts, acknowledgement letters, and mailings. When in-person events can be held again, occasional event duties will require time spent outdoors, on location at the Turtle Survival Center, and at event venues in various weather conditions.

The Turtle Survival Alliance does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor. Women and minorities encouraged to apply.


  • With the Director of Development, President, and other board and staff members, meet annual giving revenue goal of $1,000,000.
  • Implement a program that identifies, cultivates, solicits, and stewards donors, directed at annual supporters donating up to $1,000.
  • Assist in creating targeted communications and experiences for TSA members and growing the number of annual members.
  • Develop, in collaboration with the Communications Coordinator, a regular schedule of compelling direct-mail and online annual giving appeals.
  • Manage and segment constituent lists for annual campaign mailings, invitations, and other direct mail and digital campaign projects.
  • Assist in creating and implementing cultivation, stewardship, and recognition programs for mid-level and major donors. Assist in sending periodic notes, scheduling phone calls and meetings, and reminding other staff and board members with cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship roles to perform these duties.
  • Conduct prospect research and analyze gift data.
  • Prepare materials for prospect and donor meetings.
  • Assist in coordinating TSA’s grant application pipeline and reporting calendar.
  • Periodically assist in executing special events, including donor cultivation events, TSA’s annual symposium, and “Drink Beer. Save Turtles. ®” events.
  • Process all gifts received by the organization—including direct mail, online gifts, matching gifts, wires, stock gifts, pledges, and in-kind donations—accurately and consistently in Neon CRM.
  • Generate timely, up-to-date acknowledgement letters; ensure appropriate, prompt, and personalized acknowledgement of all gifts.
  • Produce gift reports and track effectiveness and ROI of appeals.
  • Uphold the highest ethical and confidentiality standards when processing gifts, payments, and constituent personal information.
  • Participate in the continuous improvement and documentation of processes, policies, and procedures.
  • Perform tasks not explicitly described above including other assignments as requested by the Director of Development.

Experience Required

QUALIFICATIONS Required: • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education • 1-3 years of related experience in nonprofit fundraising • Familiarity with donor databases, CRM systems, and email marketing platforms • Excellent verbal, written communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills • Enthusiasm for the position and the mission of the organization • Demonstrated organizational skills managing multiple projects with varying priorities • Ability to work a flexible schedule, including some evenings and weekends • Valid driver’s license and access to reliable transportation

Further Comments

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS Turtle Survival Alliance offers medical and dental insurance (75% employer paid for employee) and vision insurance (100% employer paid for employee) as well as life insurance, paid time off, and sick leave. Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.

How to Apply

Application Instructions:

To apply, please email a cover letter with salary requirements and resume as attachments to No phone calls, please. Deadline to apply is February 22, 2021.

Turtle Survival Alliance
Charleston, SC

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