Development Associate

Cibolo Nature Center & Farm - Boerne

Job Type: Fundraising/Development
Closing date: 05/31/2018

The Cibolo Nature Center & Farm’s (CNC&F) mission is conservation of natural resources through education and stewardship. We provide programming for children, youth, adults and families while protecting critical natural areas.  The organization manages 160 acres of Texas Hill Country land in the growing community of Boerne, Texas, and welcomes over 100,000 visitors each year.  This position is part-time.


The Development Associate participates as a primary support role for a fast-paced Development office and is charged with a wide variety of grant writing activities to meeting financial goals. This position reports directly to the Director of Development and occasionally works directly with the Chief Executive Officer.  The Development Associate is responsible for developing and implementing strategies aimed at attracting financial support through grants, communications and other duties to promote the CNC&F and strengthen the brand as a resource for environmental conservation. This position may also assist with special projects as assigned.


  • Write grants and grant reports to help ensure the financial success of the organization
  • Research local, regional and national funding opportunities to include corporate, small business and foundational grants
  • Develop and maintain grant tracking spreadsheets to include research, key contacts and key dates; accurately reflects those dates on grant forecast calendar
  • Work with and support the Director of Development to cultivate and steward donors and prospective donors
  • In coordination with the Marketing Coordinator, plan, research, write, edit and coordinate communications including, but not limited to, website, brochures, press releases and public service announcements, presentations, feature articles, flyers and reports
  • Support the Chief Executive Officer and Director of Development with correspondences, presentations and speeches, as needed.
  • Independently manage special projects as assigned.


This position requires 3 or more years of advanced experience in the development field at non-profit organizations to include: grant writing, strategic development and non-profit communications. The Development Associate must demonstrate good organizational and excellent written and verbal communication skills. Additional experience in non-profit financial reporting, grant reporting, budgeting, and communications is ideal.  A passion for environmental conservation is preferred. The candidate should demonstrate:

  • Proven performance of successful work in the development field
  • Ability to prioritize and handle multiple projects or tasks, and meet deadlines with limited supervision
  • Ability to respect confidential information and handle appropriately
  • Ability to work with a broad spectrum of people to include Board members, volunteers, donors, and other staff members
  • Proficiency of Microsoft Office programs including Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, etc.
  • Knowledge of donor management software
  • Able to work in a small, face-to-face environment that values a high degree of teamwork and collaboration
  • Discipline and the ability to follow-through on projects while being attentive to key details
  • An understanding of the field of development as a total system and an ability to marshal resources to execute according to a comprehensive strategic plan
  • Ability to work occasional nights and weekends

 The Development Associate will perform other duties as assigned by the Director of Development or the Chief Executive Officer.

Contact Info

Leigh Owen