This position is approved to work in the following locations: DC Metro Area (preferred), Florida, Georgia, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, or South Carolina considered.
Salary Range: $85,000 – $100,000 annually (Note – At TWS, we utilize geographic location as part of our compensation consideration, therefore the estimated starting salary for this position is dependent on the location, as well as the qualifications and experience of the selected candidate.)
Application Deadline: Please submit your cover letter, resume & writing sample that is a 1-2 page (max) letter to an individual that makes a pitch for a specific call to action by October 1st.
Reporting directly to the Deputy Vice President, Giving & Impact Operations and Outreach, the Senior Manager, Giving & Impact Communications is part of a 20-person team charged with securing financial support from major, foundation and legacy donors to The Wilderness Society. In this role, they will be responsible for developing and providing donor-facing communications to appropriately steward all audiences and to provide frontline fundraisers with the collateral materials necessary to execute individualized strategies to connect donors to TWS’ mission. The Senior Manager, Giving & Impact Communications will oversee the Senior Specialist, Giving & Impact Communications and Outreach Specialist, working with the rest of the Giving & Impact Outreach and Operations Team to support TWS donors. They will be responsible for the ensuring the integrity of our messaging framework so that we speak as one organization across multiple channels (e.g., print, virtual and in-person donor events, website) and various donor audiences, including major donors, planned giving donors, corporate and foundation donors, mid-level members, and other special donor types.
TWS has made diversity, equity, and inclusion strategic priorities for the organization. Additionally, the Giving & Impact team has created an Equity Commitment specifically to guide our work with donors. The Senior Manager, Giving & Impact Communications will integrate these priorities throughout their work, ensuring that our communications use inclusive messaging and authentically represent the organization’s progress and aspirations for greater inclusion, equity and racial and ethnic diversity in how, where and with whom we work. Across our team, we aspire to be campaign oriented, nimble, collaborative, innovative, transparent, and supportive of staff – our greatest asset.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities
- Oversees the development and execution of a communication strategy that supports the entire Giving & Impact Team’s needs to deepen relationships with current donors and to bring new donors into the fold.
- Serves as lead writer for all donor communications (both print and digital), including newsletters, Annual Gratitude Report, quarterly stewardship communications, event invitations and programs, donor reports and proposals, program one-pagers, case statements and program reports, fact sheets and other highly personalized stewardship messaging. Updates collateral regularly.
- Serves as project manager for donor communications, establishing production schedules, leading content development meetings, securing input and approval of stories from relevant organization leadership, managing relationships with outside contractors (e.g., writing, design, printing), ensuring projects stay on track and adhere to brand standards.
- Works across departments to ensure open communication between Giving & Impact, External Affairs, and Conservation teams, gathering information about current and upcoming TWS activities as well as external announcements and events relevant to TWS’ work from across the organization and shares it a timely fashion with the Giving & Impact Team.
- Works with Giving & Impact channel leads and President’s Office on “as needed” communications from TWS President to donor audiences around breaking new stories or developments in TWS’ work.
- Supports the Senior Manager, Special Events in developing effective messaging for in-person and virtual events. Crafts appropriate remarks for the President, other staff, and external guests. These events include virtual events for major donors and for mid-level and legacy donors, annual award dinners, major donor salons, etc.
- Manages Outreach Specialist and Senior Specialist, Giving & Impact Communications[AO1] , ensuring coordination of both content creation and content production, as well as making sure the team has the support and resources needed to complete their projects.
- Performs other related duties as assigned.
Experience, Competencies, and Education
- 5-7 years of donor development experience with strong commitment to providing excellent donor experience.
- Excellent writing and editing skills required with ability write quickly and to adapt tone to various signers as needed.
- Excellent project management experience needed with a solid understanding of donor life-cycle and moves management.
- Excellent time management, interpersonal, and organizational skills and strong attention to detail.
- Ability to work independently with limited supervision in a fast-paced environment.
- Track record working successfully in teams representing a rich mix of talent, backgrounds, and perspectives—across race and gender.
- Desire to work as part of a team.
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite.
- Ability to lead and motivate staff.
- Strong customer service mindset. Ability to work with all levels of internal management and staff as well as outside vendors and donors.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; talk or hear. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision.
This job description is intended to convey information essential to understanding the scope of this position and it is not intended to be an exhaustive list of experience, skills, efforts, duties, responsibilities or working conditions associated with the position.
The Wilderness Society offers a competitive salary and benefits package, including: health, dental, vision, life and disability insurance; sick and vacation leave; a sabbatical program; and a retirement plan. TWS is an equal opportunity employer and actively works to ensure fair treatment of our employees and constituents across culture, socioeconomic status, race, marital or family situation, gender, age, ethnicity, religious beliefs, physical ability, veteran status or sexual orientation.
As an organization, we aspire to being inclusive in the work that we do, and in the kind of organization we are. Internally this means working as a team that listens to different points of view, recognizes the contributions of every employee and empowers each employee to bring their whole selves to work every day. Externally this means ensuring that public lands are inclusive and welcoming, so that our shared wildlands can help people and nature to thrive. We are committed to equity throughout our work, which we define as our commitment to realizing the promise of our public lands and ensuring that all can share in their universal benefits.
To learn more about our commitment, please see http://wilderness.org/our-commitment-diversity-equity-and-inclusion-wilderness-society
About The Wilderness Society
The Wilderness Society is the leading American conservation organization working to protect our nation’s shared wildlands. Since 1935, The Wilderness Society has led the effort to permanently protect nearly 110 million acres of wilderness in 44 states. We have been at the forefront of nearly every major public lands victory.
The Wilderness Society's mission is to protect wilderness and inspire Americans to care for our wild places. We contribute to better protection, stewardship and restoration of our public lands, preserving our rich natural legacy for current and future generations.