Development & Operations Associate

The Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust works to steward a landscape that stretches nearly 100 miles from the shores of Puget Sound, across the Cascade Mountains, to Central Washington. The Greenway Trust also coordinates the Mountains to Sound Greenway National Heritage Area, which honors the historical and cultural significance of this place and helps to preserve and celebrate its living heritage.

The Development & Operations Associate works at the intersection of the Greenway Trust Development and Operations teams, adding critical capacity to the work of funding and running a regional conservation organization. This role is an excellent entry-level opportunity to explore the behind-the-scenes work of a nonprofit and gain valuable professional development for a career trajectory in either fundraising or operations. The selected candidate will develop skills in data management and analysis, basic accounting principles, donor relations, and nonprofit administration.

The successful candidate is detail-oriented and can process a large volume of donor and financial information with accuracy and discretion. They will be comfortable with a regular routine of computer-based administrative tasks, some of which will be performed on a weekly basis in the Seattle office. 

The Associate should have strong organizational skills and personal initiative, and the ability to independently manage overlapping projects and successfully meet deadlines as part of a team. The strongest candidates will have an eagerness to learn and build their skillset, and an interest in organizational technology systems and tools.

In addition to the above, every Greenway Trust employee is expected to play an active part in carrying out our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion within our organization and beyond. Candidates should expect to discuss their experience or interest in incorporating diversity, equity, and inclusion principles into their work or personal ethic.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Database Administration (Salesforce): Record donations and payments in online database; acknowledge donations in a timely manner; manage data quality and ensure records are accurate; pull and optimize donation reports 
  • Finance & Accounting Tasks: Process received gifts and payments; coordinate bill payments and prepare invoices; pull and optimize finance data reports 
  • General Operations Support: Monitor and respond to requests coming into the general inbox and phone line; provide administrative support to development and operations teams (pulling fundraising and accounting reports, donor mailings, online giving forms and resources, periodic event support) 
  • Online Systems/Tools Support & Administration: Assist in managing and optimizing online systems/software tools that Greenway Trust staff use for internal communication and collaboration, and to interact with our external audiences (web forms and resources) 
  • Special Projects: This role also provides an opportunity to take on additional projects that further the Greenway mission, depending on the interests and skills of the Associate. Examples may include event support, Geographic Information Systems mapping, technology support, writing, photography, etc.

Desired Qualifications

  • Education, training, and/or experience that qualifies you for this role 
  • Interest in or experience with database management 
  • Interest in or experience with bookkeeping and basic accounting principles 
  • Interest and willingness to learn new technology systems (Microsoft Office, Salesforce, QuickBooks, Click and Pledge giving platform, FormAssembly webform builder, WordPress, Zoom, various online tools)

To Apply: Send a resumé and cover letter to In your cover letter, please describe your interest in working at the Greenway Trust and any relevant experience that qualifies you for this role. Finalists will be asked to provide references.

Reports To: Operations Manager

Compensation: Salary is $22.12 to $25.48 hourly ($46,000 to $53,000 annually) depending on experience. The Greenway Trust offers a generous benefits package including medical, dental and vision plans, paid vacation and sick leave, retirement plan, ORCA metro transit pass, and more.

Schedule: The Development & Operations Associate is a full-time, non-exempt position, who typically works Monday to Friday with occasional evening and weekend events.

Location: As a result of the COVID pandemic, Greenway Trust employees are currently working remotely with occasional in-person meetings. However, the organization will be moving to a hybrid model that combines both remote and in-office work as COVID numbers continue to decline. When that happens, this position will be based at the Greenway Trust’s Seattle office (2701 First Avenue, Suite 240, Seattle, WA 98121) with the expectation of a schedule of both in-office and remote work days. The position includes occasional travel to on-site meetings and events throughout the Mountains to Sound Greenway National Heritage Area, most frequently to our field office at Lake Sammamish State Park in Issaquah, WA. The Greenway Trust provides a work laptop computer and cell phone to employees.

COVID Requirements: Vaccination requirements are in place for Greenway Trust staff and volunteers.

About the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust: The Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust leads and inspires action to conserve and enhance the landscape from Seattle across the Cascade Mountains to Central Washington, ensuring a long-term balance between people and nature. We believe that when we are connected to nature, our lives are better. We are healthier, happier, and our communities are stronger. We are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion at the Greenway Trust because we want to better reflect the communities that make up the Greenway National Heritage Area, because we believe that equity and inclusion are vital to our mission, and because we want to do our part to create a more just society.

Equal Opportunity Provider: The Greenway Trust is committed to providing equal opportunity for all employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, creed, national origin, sex, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, ancestry, genetic information, use of a service animal, honorably discharged veteran, military status, political ideology, personal appearance, family responsibilities, or any other characteristic protected under federal, state or local law. Each person is evaluated on the basis of personal aptitude and merit.