Development/Communications Associate

US-CA-Los Angeles
Type
Regular, Full-Time
Job Category
Development/Fundraising
ID
2017-3420
Los Angeles
CA

Overview

Now in its second century, Audubon is dedicated to protecting birds and other wildlife and the habitat that supports them. Audubon’s mission is engaging people in bird conservation on a hemispheric scale through science, policy, education and on-the-ground conservation action.  By mobilizing and aligning its network of Chapters, Centers, State and Important Bird Area programs in the four major migratory flyways in the Americas, the organization will bring the full power of Audubon to bear on protecting common and threatened bird species and the critical habitat they need to survive.  And as part of BirdLife International, Audubon will join people in over 100 in-country organizations all working to protect a network of Important Bird Areas around the world, leveraging the impact of actions they take at a local level.  What defines Audubon’s unique value is a powerful grassroots network of nearly 500 local chapters, 23 state offices, 41 Audubon Centers, Important Bird Area Programs in 50 states, and 700 staff across the country.  Audubon is a federal contractor and an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).

 


 

Position Summary

The Development Communications Associate will help ensure the success of Audubon Center at Debs Park’s fundraising and donor stewardship programs. The Development Communications Associate will develop a wide range of materials across web and print to share with donors the need for and impact of their gifts.  S/he should possess familiarity with development best practices. The position requires strong writing and project management skills, ability to work under multiple deadlines, and proven success in planning and accomplishing goals.

The ideal candidate will be an entrepreneurial, organized, energetic and thoughtful development communications professional interested in conservation of California’s birds and environment.

Essential Functions

  • Create a wide range of donor solicitation, stewardship and engagement materials for distribution across a variety of platforms and for a diverse audience, with the goal of building support for Audubon priorities
  • Execute donor and prospect communications as planned for the year
  • Synthesize information from multiple sources and write copy for communications and fundraising materials. Examples include articles for website, donor newsletter, and e-mail communications; funder proposals and reports; appeal letters; brochures and fliers; board communications
  • Gather stories, pictures, and video from program managers, chapters, volunteers and field staff and create donor stewardship/communications content that is adaptable for multiple channels and purposes
  • Develop and recommend improved ways to increase effectiveness of social media to attract new donors
  • Support stewardship strategy by providing recommendations for mid-level donors
  • Write and distribute strategic communications to key media contacts
  • Assist with a wide variety of development activities, including reporting, solicitation, and event planning
  • Assist in annual mailings to individual and institutional donors
  • Process gift transmittals for donations received at the location and enter information into Audubon’s donor database and salesforce for team members.  Create and distribute report information
  • Manage earned revenue accounts for the center as well as facility partnerships
  • Assist Center Director with basic technical and logistical needs, such as travel & expense reconciliation, printing and preparing materials, and fundraising mailings.
  • Set up internal and external meetings; help plan staff workshops and cultivation events, order catering, and collaborate with other support staff as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in communications, English, fundraising, or related field highly preferred. Equivalent combination of education and experience also considered.
  • 3+ years’ professional experience in a development position that includes donor communications preferred.
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish a must, ability to read and write in Spanish at a proficient level.
  • Exceptional writing, editing and proofreading skills. Must write quickly and well under pressure.
  • Must be well-organized, able to handle details while pursuing overall goals, consistently meet deadlines, and able to adapt quickly to a new organization.
  • Experience developing engaging print and online communications materials for a wide range of audiences.
  • Familiarity with basic fundraising principles and best practices.
  • Ability to connect with people from a wide range of backgrounds including donors at the four figure level and above.  Excellent in-person (face-to-face) skills and telephone etiquette.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently as well as a member of a team, and with volunteers and partners.
  • Experience with donor database systems, specifically Salesforce, and other contact databases strongly preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to handle confidential information in a discrete and professional manner.
  • Photography, sound, and video recording and editing experience a plus but not required.
  • Previous online fundraising or annual fund experience a plus.
  • Must be willing to travel, as well as commit to some evening and weekend work as needed.
  • Valid driver’s license required

 

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