Communications and Development Associate

TITLE:                        Communications and Development Associate
REPORTS TO:           Director of Marketing & Communications/Director of Development
LOCATION:                C&O Canal National Historical Park Headquarters, Hagerstown, MD
DURATION:               Permanent employee
HOURS:                      20 hours a week

The C&O Canal Trust seeks an enthusiastic, detail-oriented Communications and Development Associate to assist the communications and development departments with promotional and fundraising activities. The Communications and Development Associate will join a small—but quickly growing!—nonprofit that supports the C&O Canal National Historical Park.


Essential duties and responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

Marketing and Communications

  • Write a variety of content, including blog posts, newsletter articles, press releases
  • Create content for, and manage, social media feeds (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn)
  • Create content for, and manage, email marketing campaigns through Constant Contact
  • Update website
  • Track evaluation metrics to assess success of digital strategies
  • Post events to community online calendars
  • Manage monthly photo contest and photo database
  • Fulfill merchandise orders, track inventory


  • Process donor gifts and produce acknowledgement letters
  • Maintain and update donor database, run reports as needed
  • Manage peer-to-peer and text-to-give website platform
  • Manage all aspects of silent auction and supply list for major Park After Dark fundraising event


  • Bachelor’s degree preferred but not required with relevant experience
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Proficient with computers, including Microsoft Office (required) and Adobe Creative Suite (preferred)
  • Familiarity with customer relationship management (CRM) databases like eTapestry
  • Familiarity with content management systems (CMS) for updating websites and databases
  • Organized, with excellent time-management skills
  • Ability to work independently, but also be a team player
  • Ability to handle sensitive donor and financial information
  • Passion for the C&O Canal National Historical Park, history, preservation, conservation, and/or local tourism


This position is a part-time, hourly position. Hourly rate expected to be $17-$19/hour. The position is based in the C&O Canal Trust office in Hagerstown, MD. Most of your 20 hours will be worked between 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday-Friday, although 4-5 weekends a year are expected to support special events. There are no benefits offered with this position, but we offer a flexible schedule and the chance to spend time in the beautiful C&O Canal National Historical Park.

The C&O Canal Trust is committed to providing equal employment opportunity for all persons regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, marital status, political affiliation, sexual orientation or gender identity, disability, sex, or age.


Entry level


Submit resume, cover letter, and writing sample to Director of Marketing and Communications Heidi Schlag at [email protected] by March 8, 2019 for consideration.