Senior Associate, Development Communications

Job Locations
US-NY-New York | US-NY
Regular, Full-Time
Job Category
New York
Additional Location : State/Province


The National Audubon Society is a nonprofit conservation organization that protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow. We work throughout the Americas using science, advocacy, education, and on-the-ground conservation. Audubon’s state, regional, national, and international programs, nature centers, and chapters have an unparalleled wingspan that reaches millions of people each year to inform, inspire, and unite diverse communities in conservation action. As a sentinel species, we recognize that the fate of birds is inextricably tied to the fate of us all.


Audubon has more than 700 staff working across the United States and seven countries in 17 state and regional offices, 41 nature centers, and 23 wildlife sanctuaries. Together as one Audubon, we aspire to alter the course of climate change and habitat loss, leading to healthier bird populations and reversing current trends in biodiversity loss.


Audubon is committed to a culture of workplace excellence, where our talented and diverse staff are deeply engaged, with a strong sense of belonging. The birds Audubon pledges to protect differ in color, size, behavior, geographical preference, and countless other ways. By honoring and celebrating the equally remarkable diversity of the human species, Audubon will bring new creativity, effectiveness, and leadership to our work throughout the hemisphere.

Position Summary

As a member of the Audubon’s Development Communications team, the Senior Associate, Development Communications, will collaborate with other members of Audubon’s National Development team as well as program staff to create fundraising project summaries, funding proposals, and other written materials for current and potential funders.


Under the direction of the Senior Director and reporting directly to Senior Director of development Communications, the Senior Associate, Development Communications serves as writer, editor, and project manager for a wide variety of print and electronic projects.

Essential Functions

  • Develop a deep understanding of Audubon’s mission, projects, and strategic priorities.
  • Craft compelling written materials for use in cultivating, stewarding, and soliciting individual and institutional donors.
  • Print and electronic projects include funding proposals for donors and prospects; interim and final project reports; event communication; and other correspondence as needed.
  • Coordinate and collaborate with multi-disciplinary teams, including frontline fundraisers and the creative/design team to ensure timely completion of deadline-driven projects.
  • Project manage the input of several stakeholders to develop a successful submission.
  • Support internal and external development of communications materials that articulates Audubon’s mission and showcases its impact and accomplishments
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Chief Development & Communications Officer.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree required; minimum 3-5 years in non-profit, business or technical writing communications, or related field. Development writing preferred.
  • Excellent writing, editing, research, organizational skills, and ability to convey complex information in a clear and persuasive manner.
  • Strong project management skills.
  • Comfortable prioritizing multiple projects and deadlines.
  • A command of effective storytelling.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of team, including on deadline-driven projects and occasional tight timelines.
  • Familiarity with non-profit fundraising strongly desired.
  • Team-oriented, flexible, and self-driven; committed to professional growth; comfortable working in a rapidly evolving, mission-driven environment; a creative approach to solving problems and completing projects.
  • Clear enthusiasm for development, communications, and Audubon’s mission.

This position is represented by the Communications Workers of America (CWA).

EEO Statement

The National Audubon Society is a federal contractor and an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. We are committed to a policy of nondiscrimination, inclusion and equal opportunity and actively seek a diverse pool of candidates in this search.

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COVID Policy

All new hires must be fully vaccinated prior to their start of employment unless they are pre-qualified by HR for exemption.


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