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Looking to join the American Battlefield Trust team? Explore our open full-time positions and part-time internship opportunities below. Find out more about the benefits and highlights of working at the Trust on our career page.

Open Positions

Chief Financial Officer

The American Battlefield Trust, the nation’s premier historic land preservation nonprofit organization, seeks an experienced Chief Financial Officer. The Trust preserves America’s hallowed battlegrounds and educates the public about what happened there and why it matters.

The Chief Financial Officer will direct and oversee the financial activities of the organization, prepare financial reports and summaries, and oversee the accounting, budget preparation, and audit functions, working with other department heads to monitor each department and make recommendations for improvement.

Location: Washington, DC
Reports To: President/CEO
Job Classification: Full-Time; Exempt

Required Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • At least 10 years of direct professional experience, including managing the finance and accounting functions of a $20 million to $50 million organization
  • Bachelor’s degree (MA/MBA highly preferred), ideally in Business, Management, or Finance
  • CPA license strongly preferred
  • Experience creating and driving the analytic framework for planning and managing organizational change in a small but highly entrepreneurial organization
  • Extensive knowledge of MS Excel and Quickbooks or other accounting software

Ideal Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • Excellent interpersonal skills, with experience collaborating in a multidisciplinary, diverse, and dynamic team
  • Demonstrated experience in non-profit financial management and accounting 
  • Experience should include legal, audit, compliance, budget, grant management, and resource development, with experience in complex real estate transactions being a plus
  • Demonstrated resourcefulness in setting priorities, and proposing new ways of creating efficiencies
  • Proven effectiveness leading professionals in finance and business management
  • Technologically savvy, with an ability to point to examples of having worked with staff to develop and implement new processes and systems that increased efficiency and visibility in a fast-moving environment
  • Flexible and a self-starter; able to multitask while also being highly detail oriented
  • Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, sense of humor, and a commitment to the preservation and education mission of the American Battlefield Trust.
  • Preference given to non-profit experience

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Business Development: 
    • Provides analytical support and financial recommendations for new business proposals
    • Works closely with the President and Executive Team to develop profit/loss forecasts and controls
  • Leadership:
    • Responsible for all aspects of the organization’s financial management including: managing unrestricted and restricted cash, managing and reporting financial performance, and setting priorities
    • Works closely with the President, Executive Team and the Board to identify their financial information needs and provide clear, useful financial analysis and information to help them meet their responsibilities for financial oversight
    • Responsible for recruiting and retaining a highly competent staff or vendors to fulfill additional needs
    • Identifies tools to improve the efficiency and quality of the organization’s financial management, including new technology or workflows
    • Fosters a culture of transparency and ethical conduct
    • Other leadership duties as assigned by the President
  • Budgeting:
    • Oversees the preparation of the annual cash budget and its incorporation into the Trust’s financial systems, working collaboratively with the President and Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) to engage other members of the Executive Team, with a focus on setting priorities, directing the allocation of resources based on those priorities, and bringing together the right teams of people to resolve issues
    • S/he and the CAO will work together to monitor the budget and engage the Executive Team to initiate whatever changes are necessary to keep the budget balanced
    • Responsible for the development of reports for management and Board review that are transparent, understandable, that raise any issues clearly and understandably, and that propose solutions to issues as they arise
  • Finance/Accounting:
    • Immediately reports any financial concerns, along with specific recommendations to address the concerns, to the President and Executive Team (and the Board, when appropriate)
    • Provides timely, accurate, and transparent financial reports to management and the Board
    • Participates in long-range planning efforts, providing financial analysis and forecasts to support this work
    • Oversees tax return planning and preparation for the Trust and works with external tax preparer to complete the annual tax returns on time
    • Manages the Trust’s relationship with all financial institutions including banks, custodians, depository accounts, and investment accounts
    • Obtains Board approval for and negotiates/secures capital financing, including bond financing and lines or letters of credit, as needed. Oversees debt obligations and fulfills all covenant requirements imposed by lenders
    • Works to ensure that the Trust has appropriate insurance coverage
    • Staffs the Finance Committee and the Audit Committee of the Board including preparation of agenda, minutes, reports, and other materials requested by the Committees
  • Audit:
    • Works with the Audit Committee, President, and others in the development and completion of internal audits including reporting results to the Audit Committee and implementing recommendations
    • Maintains systems of internal controls to safeguard the financial assets of the Trust
    • Works with the President and others to periodically report to the Audit Committee on the Trust’s potential financial, operational, and reputational risks
    • Assists the Audit Committee in hiring external financial auditors and coordinates the annual financial audits, including Uniform Guidance audits and employee benefit plan audits
    • Ensures that the Trust is in compliance with all 501c(3) 401(a) and 403(b) requirements, that the Trust’s financial statements are GAAP compliant, and the Trust is complying with all applicable federal, state, and local regulatory laws and rules for financial and tax reporting

At the American Battlefield Trust, we build parks and tell stories — the narrative threads that make up the rich tapestry of our nation. Our culture calls for hardworking, entrepreneurial individuals that take calculated, intelligent risks and are always looking for opportunities to learn and improve. Our staff is united by a commitment to excellence and a passion for keeping American history alive. 

Since 1987, the Trust has saved more than 53,000 acres of hallowed battlefield land from the Revolutionary War through the Civil War. We have reached millions of students and other life-long learners through our education programs.  As our nation heads toward the 250th anniversary of its birth, we are looking to grow even more and build upon our previous successes.  

How to apply

To apply for the position, please send resume, cover letter, salary requirements, and references to finance@battlefields.org.  No calls, please.

 

State and Local Relations Vacancy

The American Battlefield Trust, the nation’s premier historic land preservation nonprofit organization, seeks a politically savvy government relations professional. The Trust preserves America’s hallowed battlegrounds and educates the public about what happened there and why it matters.

Location: Washington, DC
Reports To: Chief Policy & Communications Officer
Job Classification: Full-Time; Exempt

Major Duties and Responsibilities

  • Promote historic battlefield preservation and heritage tourism initiatives among state and local officials
  • Develop strategic partnerships with national and regional nonprofit organizations that help support the Trust’s mission

Required Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • Bachelor's degree
  • 3-4 years of relevant professional experience
  • Strong communication, interpersonal, and writing skills
  • Experience in politics, grassroots advocacy, and/or public relations
  • Demonstrated interest in American history and/or land conservation

At the American Battlefield Trust, we build parks and tell stories — the narrative threads that make up the rich tapestry of our nation. Our culture calls for hardworking, entrepreneurial individuals that take calculated, intelligent risks and are always looking for opportunities to learn and improve. Our staff is united by a commitment to excellence and a passion for keeping American history alive. 

Since 1987, the Trust has saved more than 53,000 acres of hallowed battlefield land from the Revolutionary War through the Civil War. We have reached millions of students and other life-long learners through our education programs.  As our nation heads toward the 250th anniversary of its birth, we are looking to grow even more and build upon our previous successes.  

How to apply

To apply for the position, please send resume, cover letter, salary requirements, and references to policyresumes@battlefields.org.  No calls, please.

 

Executive Assistant to the President

Location: Washington, DC
Reports To: President/CEO
Job Classification: Full-Time; Exempt

Major Duties and Responsibilities

  • Conserves president’s time by reading, researching, and routing correspondence; drafting letters and documents; collecting and analyzing information; and initiating communications
  • Maintains president’s appointment schedule by planning and scheduling meetings, teleconferences, and travel
  • Plays a key role in communication and coordination with the Board of Trustees, partner organizations, public officials, members, and donors
  • Supports Board & donor events, including taking meeting minutes and providing logistical support for Board of Trustees meetings
  • Provides on-call administrative support to the American Battlefield Trust’s operating departments to further our mission of battlefield land preservation and education

Required Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • At least three years of experience in an administrative, managerial, or other relevant capacity
  • Outstanding organizational, time management, interpersonal, and verbal & written communication skills  
  • Flexible and a self-starter; able to multitask while also being highly detail oriented
  • Excellent MS Office knowledge
  • High School degree (Bachelor’s degree preferred)
  • Personal qualities of integrity, discretion/confidentiality, sense of humor, and a commitment to the preservation and education mission of the American Battlefield Trust

At the American Battlefield Trust, we seek to be “the best in the world” at what we do. Our culture calls for hardworking, entrepreneurial individuals that take calculated, intelligent risks and are always looking for opportunities to learn and improve. Our staff is united by a commitment to excellence and a passion for keeping American history alive. 

Since 1987, the Trust has saved more than 53,000 acres of hallowed battlefield land from the Revolutionary War through the Civil War from destruction due to inappropriate development.  We have reached millions of students and other life-long learners through our education programs.  As our nation heads toward the 250th anniversary of its birth, we are looking to grow even more and build upon our previous successes.  

How to apply

To apply for the position, please send a resume and cover letter to: executiveassistant@battlefields.org.  No calls, please.

 

Internship Opportunities

Please note: Though the American Battlefield Trust is accepting resumes at this time, our internship openings are subject to change as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to develop. Job seekers are welcome to submit their application and reach out to interns@battlefields.org to confirm openings.

The American Battlefield Trust provides students interested in history and conservation with outstanding opportunities to work on meaningful projects and gain perspective on the dynamics of an efficient, top-rated nonprofit organization.

The Trust offers paid part-time internships in our Washington, D.C. office, up to 30 hours per week, as needed throughout the year. Successful candidates may be able to arrange for varied tenures, depending on availability. While we strive to accommodate the schedules of qualified candidates, the selection process is competitive and organizational staffing needs are consideration criteria.

We are currently accepting applications for the following department(s). Please see the department descriptions below:

  • Development​ (Fall)
  • Digital Media (Fall)

Successful candidates will be contacted by a staff member directly. As part of the selection process, candidates may be asked to participate in an interview, either in person or over the phone. We regret that due to the volume of submissions, we may not be able to respond personally to all applicants. No calls, please.

Candidates must specify the department (first and second choices are welcome) for which they wish to be considered. Application packages containing a cover letter, resume and two writing samples (no more than five pages; excerpts welcome). Please submit applications specifically for the Development internship to developmentresumes@battlefields.org, and all other departments to interns@battlefields.org, or:

American Battlefield Trust
ATTN: Intern Coordinator
1156 15th Street NW, Suite 900
Washington, D.C. 20005

Internship applicants can expect the following per department:

Development:

Interns will learn the mechanics of the nonprofit industry, including event planning, prospect research and donor and member cultivation and management.

Education:

These internships entail a wide variety of Civil War and Revolutionary War research, writing, content creation and image or video editing in support of our education programs on our web site, at American Battlefield Trust events and in print. These are just some of the opportunities available to you as an intern for the American Battlefield Trust Education Department. For motivated History majors, who are looking to hone and develop their public history and program management skills, this internship is for you.

Government & Public Relations:

Interns assist with multimedia advocacy and outreach efforts; planning, preparing for and executing select special events; drafting and distributing news releases; and supporting a wide variety of government and public relations initiatives throughout the year.  

Land Preservation:

Interns will work on land acquisition projects that may include the review of land records, transaction documentation and grant tracking — a perfect fit for detail-oriented law students.

Digital Media:

Interns assist with social media, marketing, digital video editing, and web publishing to help 19th-century history meet 21st-century technology.

More opportunities

If you’re interested in bringing your experience and passion to the Trust, but we don’t have the right position available right now, please email our HR Manager at cgaluska@battlefields.org with your resume and contact information, and we’ll reach out if we ever have an opportunity that we think might be a good fit.  

The American Battlefield Trust is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer.