Preservation Maryland is currently recruiting for a Development Associate, a full-time, salaried position to join our team and support our dynamic and essential fundraising efforts.


Preservation Maryland is the first and foremost historic preservation organization in the state. Founded in 1931, Preservation Maryland has been a leader in the preservation movement of the state and nation ever since. The organization’s mission is the preservation of Maryland’s historic buildings, neighborhoods, landscapes, and archeological sites through outreach, funding, and advocacy.

Preservation Maryland achieves its mission through an expanding group of core programs. The organization provides leadership to a large coalition of individuals and organizations at the state, county, city, and community level that advocate for critical causes.

The organization makes flexible grants to support the preservation of Maryland history and historic properties in partnership with local nonprofit organizations, community groups, and churches. A historic property redevelopment program now allows the organization to take direct action to protect threatened historic properties through acquisition, loans, and partnerships.

Preservation Maryland also leads Smart Growth Maryland, a dynamic program that advocates for state and local policy priorities that directs new public and private investment in keeping with the principles of smart growth. The organization partners with Maryland’s leading historic preservation, environmental conservation, and land preservation organizations to help achieve this mission.

The organization’s podcast reaches tens of thousands of listeners annually and has produced over 150 episodes since its launch. Additionally, the organization hosts more than a dozen events, large and small, which provide training, award recognition, and professional development to historic communities and their leaders.

Most recently, the organization became the charitable partner of the National Park Service’s Historic Preservation Training Center. This partnership allows the organization to support the advancement of historic trades training which can open pathways to successful careers for young adults and returning veterans.


The Development Associate reports to the Development Director and provides a wide range of supporting services that raise the funds we need to achieve our goals. The position requires an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university with an academic concentration in business, communications, data management, or a related field.

This is a full-time professional position that requires a minimum of three years of experience. Candidates should have demonstrated practical experience in charitable non-profit fundraising and be adept at constituent relationship management systems. Experience working with Salsa CRM and Salsa Engage is preferred.

Preservation Maryland provides a generous benefits package including health insurance, retirement fund contributions, vacations, holiday pay, and a flexible work schedule. Salary range is $38,000 to $46,000 annually. Compensation will be commensurate with education and experience

The preferred start date for this position is March 2021. The position will remain open until filled.


This position will assist with a broad range of administrative, database, and outreach activities in support of fundraising and development efforts.  Responsibilities include:

  • Process all gifts and maintain accurate constituent records
  • Maintain constituent relationship management database
  • Prepare gift acknowledgments and other development correspondence
  • Generate and prepare fundraising reports
  • Prepare mailing lists for donor communications, including fundraising appeals, newsletters, event invitations
  • Draft fundraising appeals, promotional materials and proposals
  • Research and identify prospective funders
  • Coordinate and write grant applications and required reporting
  • Participate in the execution of organizational fundraising events
  • Participate as needed in meetings with prospective major donors and supporters
  • Provide administrative support for development efforts
  • Other duties as assigned

Preferred Skills & Experience

  • Three years of professional experience in charitable nonprofit fundraising
  • Familiar and adept working with constituent relationship management systems
  • Bachelor’s degree in communications, business, administration, or other
  • Detail-oriented
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Ability to take initiative and work independently
  • Flexibility and agility in problem-solving
  • Passion for Maryland history and culture

To Apply

Preservation Maryland is an inclusive workplace that affirmatively values diversity in all its forms. We strongly encourage all qualified candidates to apply.

Send a cover letter summarizing your professional skills, relevant work experience, and interest in the preservation of Maryland history along with your resume by email to with the subject line DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATE.

Applicants will be notified of the receipt of their cover letter and resume. Selected candidates will be contacted by Preservation Maryland to set up an interview. No phone calls, please. The preferred start date for this position is March 2021. The position will remain open until filled.