Associate Director of Donor Communications
Posted on: February 22, 2021
Associate Director of Donor Communications San Francisco, CA or
Remote Earthjustice is the premier nonprofit environmental law
organization. We take on the biggest, most precedent-setting cases
across the country. We wield the power of law and the strength of
partnership to protect people's health; to preserve magnificent
places and wildlife; to advance clean energy; and to combat climate
change. We partner with thousands of groups, supporters,
individuals, and communities to engage the critical environmental
issues of our time and bring about positive change. We are here
because the earth needs a good lawyer. Founded in 1971,
Earthjustice has a distinguished track record of achieving
significant, lasting environmental protections. We achieve this by
hiring people who share a passion for justice and a healthy
environment. Our headquarters are in San Francisco, with offices in
Anchorage, Juneau, Los Angeles, Miami, Tallahassee, Honolulu, New
York, Philadelphia, Denver, Seattle, Bozeman, Chicago, and
Washington, DC. The Associate Director of Donor Communications
leads a team of talented Development Writers who craft compelling
written materials that inform and inspire Earthjustice's donors and
potential donors. The team is responsible for producing general and
highly customized engagement, cultivation, solicitation, and
stewardship communications for individuals giving at the middle,
major, and principal gift levels, including the Earthjustice annual
report, and provides editing support for the organization's direct
mail and email communications. The Associate Director of Donor
Communications sets the overall direction and expectations for the
team and ensures the team is structured and deployed in a manner
that best supports the organization's donor communications needs.
They work closely with the president, vice presidents, program
leadership, and Development directors and fundraisers to identify
needs and create and implement a comprehensive donor communications
strategy, and to develop impact metrics and other measures that
demonstrate the value of donors' investments in the work of the
organization. The Associate Director will also work closely with
Development, Marketing, and Communications staff to ensure
alignment between donor communications and organizational
messaging, and to develop a shared repository of photos, graphics,
infographics, and writing to help streamline the production of
collateral and other communications across the organization. The
Associate Director is responsible for managing the writing team
budget and for developing an annual writing team plan that supports
the donor marketing and engagement team strategic plan. The
Associate Director reports to the Director of Donor Marketing &
Engagement. Responsibilities Program Management and Strategic
- Create and manage an annual writing team work plan that
supports the Donor Marketing and Engagement team and the
Development Department strategic plans.
- Create qualitative and quantitative metrics by which to
evaluate the performance of the writing team and program. Evaluate
progress against metrics and make strategy changes as needed.
- Build and manage an annual budget for the writing team.
- Collaborate with Development staff on communications and
collateral for donor cultivation activities, site visits, and
special events; share program information with Development staff as
- Work with Development and Communications staff to identify
writing and editing needs for the different donor audiences (public
support, online, mid-level, major, and principal) and create an
annual donor communications calendar.
- Liaise with the Communications Department and the Foundations
team in order to share information, maintain consistent messaging
across the organization, and collaborate on cross-departmental
- Oversee the development and production of written content for
the annual report, including scoping, assigning, writing, editing,
and providing input on photos, graphics, and other design
- Develop resources and tools to enhance the writing team's
ability to produce high-quality materials within deadline
constraints. Program Knowledge: (20%)
- Be fluent in the work of Earthjustice regional offices,
programs, and campaigns, and develop a working knowledge of
Earthjustice's key past accomplishments and history.
- Keep apprised of the top cases for each of Earthjustice's
program areas in order to keep written materials current and
accurate; attend briefings and maintain ongoing conversations with
VPs, managing attorneys, staff attorneys, Policy & Litigation and
- Track daily environmental news reports provided by the
Communications team to prioritize the cases and news of most
importance to Earthjustice donors. Team Management and Staff
- Supervise individual writing team members, establish clear
direction and create annual work plans with goals and
- Provide staff with performance feedback, and promote growth and
learning through career development opportunities with appropriate
training, mentorship, encouragement, and supervision.
- Review writing and editing requests to assess and prioritize
projects. Assign projects in consultation with the writing team
- Assist writing team members with managing competing priorities
under a very heavy workload and adjust the team's workload under
constantly changing conditions.
- Work with Stewardship Officer and Donor Marketing and
Engagement Associate to coordinate multiple stakeholders in the
production and design of collateral for all Development teams,
including proposals and stewardship reports, fact sheets, yearly
calendar, brochures, mailers, collateral for events and donor
trips, website text, and other stewardship materials.
- Review, edit, and provide feedback on materials produced by
writing team members; ensure that it is accurate, meets
Earthjustice standards, and is consistent with the organization's
brand. Management (Essential Functions):
- Percentage of time assumes dedication of approximately 10% of
time for each direct report.
- Recruits and hires qualified candidates who fit position
requirements and the work environment.
- Promotes change in terms of the expected benefits, as well as
removing or lowering the impact of potential obstacles.
- Sets clear team direction that aligns with Earthjustice
strategy, mission, and vision.
- Develops staff by identifying and encouraging training and
professional development opportunities appropriate to role and
creating development plans for all staff.
- Provides staff with consistent performance feedback - both
positive and constructive -- and acts as a coach and mentor.
- Creates a learning culture, by encouraging debriefing after
completion of significant stages of projects.
- Ensures that any direct reports who have supervisory
responsibility are properly executing those functions.
- Creates a respectful and inclusive work environment for team
and models respectful and inclusive behavior.
- Promptly addresses micro-aggressions and other concerns brought
to their attention.
- Resolves interpersonal conflict among team members and brings
in outside facilitators as needed.
- Communicates regularly with existing employees and encourages
staff to raise concerns and to provide ongoing feedback.
- Creates or identifies strategic opportunities for team building
and individual and overall staff engagement with one another in
order to strengthen teamwork, interaction and collaboration.
- Values and uses individual differences and talents to improve
employee satisfaction and the quality of collective work.--
- Celebrates successes and helps team members to understand and
manage setbacks. *Supervisory Responsibilities: Three Direct
- Participate in organization-wide initiatives and trainings that
contribute to the creation of a diverse, equitable, and inclusive
work culture that encourages and celebrates differences.
- Utilize internal and external resources to support a personal
and professional development journey that increases awareness and
sensitivity to the needs and concerns of individuals from diverse
cultures, backgrounds, and orientations.
- Attend departmental and organizational retreats for shared
planning, team building, and professional development.
- Seven years successful experience as a writer and editor.
- Experience supervising staff.
- Experience with project management systems, including a variety
of tools to facilitate project scheduling and collaboration.
- Legal, environmental, and/or scientific background
- Outstanding verbal and written communication skills.
- Demonstrated understanding of current trends in fundraising and
- Ability to prioritize work and to perform effectively under the
pressure of multiple deadlines. Experience managing multiple
projects at once.
- Ability to work and communicate effectively with a wide range
of people, including the public and in-house staff.
- Ability to distill complex legal text and translate it into
simple and compelling messaging.
- Ability to develop successful reports, proposals, and other
- Interest in environmental and public health concerns.
- Demonstrates an awareness and sensitivity to the needs and
concerns of individuals from diverse cultures, backgrounds, and
- Contributes to recruiting, hiring, developing and retaining a
diverse and inclusive workforce.
- Ability to effectively manage and lead a diverse team with
emotional intelligence (self-awareness and understating of the
impact of their behavior) and cultural humility (an understanding
of the need for additional learning about different cultures,
backgrounds and orientation and implementation of that learning
daily management practices).
- Ability to give and receive regular formal and informal
feedback in a timely, constructive, respectful, and consistent
manner and to incorporate debriefing into the team's
- Strong team mentorship and communication skills.
- Understands the individual and team strengths and areas for
development and develops plans accordingly.
- Commitment to and experience in developing team skills and
talents to meet the evolving needs of an organization. We offer a
competitive salary and excellent benefits that are comprehensive
and competitive. We also offer an extremely congenial work
environment and a casual dress code. Salary is dependent on
experience and location. Salary range in San Francisco, CA and New
York, NY: $98,400 to $109,300 Salary range in other locations:
$83,700 to $103,900 No phone calls, drop-ins, or hard copies.
Earthjustice is driven by a passion for justice, partnership, and
excellence. Our core values lead us to seek a broad range of
perspectives and backgrounds to achieve our mission and to maintain
an inclusive environment where all staff are valued and respected.
As an equal opportunity employer, we are committed to employment
practices that ensure that employees and applicants for employment
are provided with equal opportunities without regard to race,
color, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, religion, physical or
mental disability, medical condition, veteran status, marital
status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender
expression, genetic information, or any other factor that is not
related to the position. For positions located within the City and
County of San Francisco Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance
Ordinance, we will consider for employment-qualified applicants
with arrest and conviction records. For positions located within
the City of Los Angeles:We will consider qualified applicants with
criminal histories in a manner consistent with the Los Angeles Fair
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