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Part-Time Development Specialist

The Cazenovia Preservation Foundation, Inc. (CPF) is seeking a temporary part-time Development & Communications Specialist to assist the organization in upgrading its constituent data management system and improving communications and outreach to members and the general public in accordance with strategic objectives outlined in the Cazenovia Preservation Foundation Strategic Organizational Plan 2019-2023. The project, which is funded by a 2020 New York State Conservation Partnership Program Grant, encompasses four major tasks: 1) upgrade donor and prospects data management system, 2) create an annual communications plan, 3) contract with a graphic design professional to upgrade the organization’s marketing materials, and 4) conduct ongoing outreach and communications tasks utilizing the upgraded database and marketing materials to refine systems.

The Development & Communications Specialist will:

  • Collaborate with the Executive Director to research database software programs and make recommendations to the Executive Committee.
  • Collaborate with members of the Development & Community Engagement Committee and Executive Director to determine CRM features and capabilities needed
  • Function as the primary point of contact with the database design consultant to implement the new system, assisting with building database structure and function, data migration, and data quality control, as appropriate, and will serve as first-line in-house technical support for other CPF staff and board end-users.
  • Collaborate with the Executive Director, graphic design consultant and Development & Community Engagement Committee to develop the brand and style sheet for review and approval by the Board and utilize the style sheet/templates provided by the graphic design consultant to develop other CPF marketing materials, bringing printed and online materials into better alignment.
  • Assist the Geospatial Information System (GIS) consultant with updates to the CPF properties and trails maps and bring those materials into better alignment with other CPF materials, as appropriate.
  • Oversee the production of revised marketing materials which have been reviewed and approved by the Board.
  • Assist with ongoing communications (print materials, website updates, social media, e-news blasts, etc.).
  • Assist with project tracking and grant reporting.

The successful candidate will possess the following skills and experience:

  • At least 2 years of experience in development, marketing and/or communications fields;
  • Database and CRM experience; preference to those with database design or management experience;
  • Comfortable using social media platforms (FaceBook, Twitter and Instagram) and experience with content development for a business/organization;
  • Website design/editing experience (Wordpress);
  • Graphic design skills and/or experience using Adobe Creative Suite (Illustrator, InDesign);
  • Attention to detail;
  • Excellent writing and communication skills.

The project will begin in February 2021 and will run for approximately 12 months. During the first six months of the project, a commitment of approximately 10 hours/week will be expected. Thereafter, the need for ongoing support is anticipated to be approximately 20 hours/month.

Flexible scheduling.  Work can be conducted remotely.

Pay commensurate with experience.

Interested candidates may send a cover letter and resume to Jen Wong, CPF Executive Director, at

CPF is a private, non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization protecting important historic, agricultural and natural resources in and around the Cazenovia community in Central New York. CPF protects nearly 2,700 acres of farmland and scenic landscapes through conservation easements and owns over 400 acres of open space with thirteen miles of public-use trails.  CPF also holds seven historic structure easements that help maintain the character of the historic village center. In 2018, CPF was awarded accreditation from the Land Trust Alliance signifying that the organization has demonstrated fiscal accountability, organizational leadership, sound transaction practices and diligent stewardship of the lands it conserves.

This project is supported with funding from the New York State Conservation Partnership Program and New York’s Environmental Protection Fund (EPF).  The New York State Conservation Partnership Program is administered by the Land Trust Alliance, in coordination with the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation.