FT Position - San Francisco - Sustainable Conservation - Development and Communications Manager
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Job Title: Development and Communications Manager
Organization: Sustainable Conservation
Location: San Francisco CA
Salary: $40k to $50k
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.
* 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
REQUIRED EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS
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
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
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
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Organization Web Site: www.suscon.org <http://www.suscon.org/>