The Chesapeake Bay Trust (the Trust) seeks a Development Assistant to play a critical role in accomplishing the Trust’s evolving development and fundraising goals.

About the Trust

Established in 1985, the Chesapeake Bay Trust is a nonprofit organization that leverages grantmaking as a method to promote community-based participation in the restoration and protection of the natural resources of Maryland and the Chesapeake Bay region.  In the past fifteen years, the Trust has doubled its grant-making five times through new revenue from a wide range of partners, with current annual grant-making of approximately $25 million.  The Trust currently allocates these grant funds through 350-400 awards per year to entities who apply through open, competitive calls for proposals as well as programs such as the Chesapeake Conservation and Climate Corps.

Position Background:

The Development Assistant plays a key role on a 33-person staff and provides support for a variety of the Trust’s development operations and fundraising initiatives. The person in the position reports to the Vice President for Development and works closely with Communications and Marketing staff. Given plans for additional growth within the Trust’s development objectives, this position has growth opportunities, and the person in the role has potential for advancement.

This full-time salary position (40 hours per week) requires at least 50% in-person/on-site work (the rest can be remote), some additional travel (mostly but not exclusively within Maryland), and some evening and weekend hours. The Chesapeake Bay Trust office is located in Annapolis, Maryland.


The range for this position is $45,000 – $50,000, commensurate with experience. A successful candidate meeting only the minimum requirements listed above will be offered a starting salary at the lower end of this range.  A successful candidate will be considered at a higher starting salary level based on the number of preferred qualifications met from the list identified above.  The Trust also offers potential for merit-based bonuses, an excellent benefits package, professional development opportunities, and opportunities for advancement.

Application Instructions and Deadline:                               

The position will remain open until filled.  Please submit your resume and cover letter.  In your cover letter, please address your ability, based on your skills and experience, to accomplish the specific duties of the position as outlined above. Your cover letter is the most important piece of your application: In your cover letter, please address your ability to accomplish the duties of the position as listed above. Please do not simply list your previous experience. Your cover letter should describe what makes you a strong match specifically for this position, and why this position is a match for you.


The Chesapeake Bay Trust provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, or disability in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws.   We encourage applications from people of color. Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis. The Trust does not participate in programs that require sponsorship for work visas.