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FT Position - San Francisco - Sustainable Conservation - Development and Communications Manager

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  • asha.weinstein@sjsu.edu
    ... Job Title: Development and Communications Manager Organization: Sustainable Conservation Location: San Francisco CA Salary: $40k to $50k FT Regular Job
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 14, 2005

      ----- Forwarded by Asha Weinstein/SJSU on 06/14/2005 07:56 AM -----

      Job Title: Development and Communications Manager
      Organization: Sustainable Conservation
      Location: San Francisco CA
      Salary: $40k to $50k
      FT  Regular

      Job Description:
      Sustainable Conservation, a nonprofit environmental organization based in
      San Francisco’s SOMA District, builds bridges across the private, public and
      nonprofit sectors to solve critical environmental problems.  These sectors
      typically don’t work together, instead fighting each other in the courtroom
      and in the legislature.  Sustainable Conservation brings stakeholders
      together to collaboratively develop and implement innovative solutions that
      are pro-business and pro-environment.   We are currently leading
      partnerships in the agricultural, horticulture and auto industries.

      We are seeking an excellent writer to 1) raise funds through corporate and
      foundation grantwriting, 2) gain more visibility for the organization and
      our projects among several target audiences, and 3) keep our stakeholders
      and donors informed and energized about our work.   Reporting to the
      Director of Development and Communications, the Development and
      Communications Manager is responsible for creating and conducting a
      comprehensive grantwriting program in partnership with the Project Mangers,
      other staff and the Board Development Committee.  The Development and
      Communications Manager is also responsible for implementing the organization
      ’s Communications and Marketing Plan, in partnership with the Project
      Managers, other staff and the Board Marketing Committee.


      I.  Foundation/Corporation Grantwriting
      * Strategy:  For each Sustainable Conservation project, understand one- to
      three-year fundraising goals and develop a foundation/corporation
      fundraising strategy for each project.
      * Research:  Conduct research on potential new foundation/corporation
      * Relationship Building:  Working closely with the Executive Director and
      the Director of Development and Communications, build strong relationships
      with foundation and corporation program officers.  Take the lead on
      developing new relationships as appropriate.
      * Proposals:  Write high-quality letters of intent and grant proposals,
      working collaboratively with Project Managers.
      * Progress Reports:  Working closely with Project Mangers, oversee the
      submission of timely, informative grant progress reports.
      * Manage a tracking system for submission deadlines for all non-governmental
      grants and progress reports.
      * Fundraising: Support the Director of Development and Communications in all
      aspects of the organization’s development efforts. Carry out a variety of
      tasks to support the fundraising program, such as developing the annual
      fundraising plan, assisting with events, editing fund appeal copy and
      providing input on major donor efforts.

      II.  Communications
      * Media relations:  Develop editorial calendar incorporating all the
      Projects. Develop relationships with high-priority media contacts. Develop
      online media kit. For individual story opportunities, define story angles,
      media targets, timing, spokespeople, supporting documents; write and
      distribute press releases; pitch media; monitor coverage. On an ongoing
      basis, maintain positive relationships with media contacts and monitor news
      to identify opportunities for coverage.
      * Outreach materials: Write, edit and manage production of quarterly
      newsletter, annual report and donor updates, as well as other print
      * Website: Develop and regularly update content for the website, working
      closely with Operations Manager, Project Managers and other staff.
      * Engage the Board Marketing Committee and staff members in communications
      and outreach on an ongoing basis, leveraging their expertise and
      incorporating outreach into their normal work flow.
      * Events: Manage outreach and publicity and other tasks for conferences and
      * Represent the organization effectively and enthusiastically in writing, on
      the phone, at events and in any personal contacts with partners and

      Ideal candidate will be an effective, persuasive writer who can work in a
      variety of formats and voices.  Excellent writing skills and demonstrated
      ability to influence others to take action to support and further
      Sustainable Conservation’s mission.  Writing samples that show ability to
      write in a compelling manner that will capture funding and attract media.

      Previous development and grantwriting experience a plus, including
      demonstrated success in researching foundation and corporation funding
      sources, developing positive relationships with funders and writing
      effective proposals.

      Excellent communications skills, both written and oral, including the
      ability to synthesize complicated projects into clear messaging.

      Experience writing marketing communications materials such as brochures, web
      content and annual reports. Ability to shape content, edit copy, manage team
      involvement, proofread documents and supervise all aspects of production to
      meet deadlines and quality standards.  Ability to manage media database.

      Previous media experience ideally including  environmental, agricultural,
      business or public policy issues. Experience should include demonstrated
      success in developing story ideas and placing positive, on-message stories,
      based on writing persuasive press releases, developing a network of press
      contacts, and capitalizing on media opportunities.

      Strong interpersonal skills, ability to interact with major donors and
      coordinate a Board committee.

      Excellent computer skills, including word processing, and basic spreadsheet

      Employment or volunteer experience with an environmental organization,
      regulatory agency or business.

      Self-starter, able to prioritize workload, initiate projects and follow
      through consistently.

      Ability to work in team environment to engage all staff in implementing
      communications strategy, with flexibility to adapt to ever-changing

      How to Apply:
      Send resume and cover letter by June 24th to Kim Collins, Sustainable
      Conservation,  kcollins@...
      =&type=x>  (subject line: Development and Communications Manager), fax:
      (415) 977-0381.

      Organization Web Site:  www.suscon.org <http://www.suscon.org/>
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