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).
As a key member of a fast-paced Development team, the Development Communications manager will work closely with fundraising and program staff at all levels to create persuasive proposals, stewardship reports, PowerPoint presentations, and other communications to engage Principal and Major donors. This highly collaborative role requires a seasoned professional with a good understanding of what information is most important to funders—and the ability to sift through material and ask the right questions in order to get it. S/he will often play a key role in shaping the overall framing and messaging for how we present Audubon’s work to funders, and must be creative, thoughtful, resourceful, and strategic as well as a very strong writer.
S/he will be responsible for managing projects from start to finish, including strategy development; securing needed information from program staff; writing, revising, and editing copy; and managing Audubon graphic design staff and vendors to produce polished, attractive materials that Audubon Senior Staff, including the CEO, will share with existing and current funders.
While the primary focus for this position will be Principal and Major Gifts fundraising efforts, the successful candidate will also provide grant writing and other support for Institutional Giving and other Audubon staff and departments as needed.