Director, Donor Communications

With world attention focused on both the environment and the economy, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) is where policymakers and business leaders turn for win-win solutions. This leading green group, with programs from Boston to Beijing, has tripled in size over the past decade by focusing on strong science, uncommon partnerships and market-based approaches. You can be part of a vibrant workplace that welcomes diverse perspectives, talents and contributions, where innovation and a focus on results are a way of life.

Overall Function
Lead the donor communications group in supporting development’s and EDF’s goals. Work with executive team, program and development staff to produce well-articulated, compelling visions designed to inspire large philanthropic investments. Ensure that donors receive regular progress updates on the results achieved with their gifts. Develop a communications plan for prospective donors. Provide leadership, training, management and quality control to donor communications staff of four writers and one coordinator. Identify new ways to improve the quality, efficiency and productivity of the donor communications group’s and development’s work.
Key  Responsibilities
Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
  • Overseeing the production of proposals, funding menus, reports, fact sheets, brochures, donor emails, teleconference scripts, PowerPoints and other communications
  • Identifying needs for new or revised materials; creating new ways to communicate with high-capacity donors and prospects
  • Assigning projects and managing donor communications staff priorities; providing quality control and editing all donor communications; training writers and giving them constructive feedback; pinch-hitting on writing projects as needed
  • Becoming well-versed in all EDF program work and keeping current
  • Developing productive working relationships with program and development staff across the organization, ensuring a clear understanding of the purpose of the donor communications group
  • Making sure that all development staff have access to the program information they need to fundraise successfully, through the project space, internal emails, in-person updates by program staff, and other means
  • Creating and implementing systems improvements that improve the quality, efficiency and productivity of the donor communications group’s and development’s work
  • Carrying out special projects that will add value for the department or the organization.
The ideal candidate will have:
  • A Bachelor’s degree or higher
  • Minimum of 8 years experience with some combination of communications, editing, fundraising, policy or advocacy work
  • Sophisticated, strategic thinking; creativity; energy; intellectual curiosity with the ability "to tell the story" in a compelling and clear fashion
  • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills, including exceptional editing ability
  • Demonstrated ability to collect, analyze and synthesize complex information
  • Strong project management skills; experience at a fast-paced work environment, coming up to speed quickly and juggling multiple assignments on deadline
  • A proven track record of success in managing staff; the motivation to be an inspirational, supportive leader who gives constructive and timely feedback
  • The motivation and skill to develop relationships and work collaboratively across a large organization
  • Familiarity with environmental issues a plus
This position will be located in New York, NY.

Due to the volume of employment applications and queries received, EDF is unable to respond to each application individually. Applicants will be contacted directly if selected as a candidate.
Environmental Defense Fund is an Equal Opportunity Employer
December 9, 2013
Regular Full-Time
New York, NY, United States