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The Center for Biological Diversity is a 501(c)3 nonprofit conservation organization with more than 825,000 members and online activists dedicated to the protection of endangered species and wild places. We have nearly 100 staff in offices in Arizona, California, New Mexico, Oregon, Vermont and Washington, D.C. It is the policy of the Center for Biological Diversity to provide equal employment opportunity to all individuals without regard to race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, age, marital status, disability, political affiliation, family responsibility, matriculation, personal appearance or economic background, or any other legally protected status. Candidates with diverse backgrounds encouraged to apply.

We are accepting applications for the following positions:

Communications Associate
Major Gifts Officer

Membership Assistant — Donation Processing and Database Support
Population Organizer
Scientist and Communications Specialist — Environmental Health
Senior Food Campaigner — Population and Sustainability Program
Staff Attorney — Environmental Health Program
Staff Attorney — Protection of Amphibians and Reptiles
Staff Scientist  — Climate Law Institute
Staff Scientist — Oceans

INTERNSHIPS

ABOUT THE CENTER

 

Communications Associate
Tucson, Arizona
Full time

General position overview:

The Center for Biological Diversity seeks a hard-working, detail-oriented and organized self-starter for our communications team. This rapid-response position supports our endangered species work as well as email outreach to a growing network of 825,000 supporters and online activists. The job requires excellent writing and attention to style; proven computer skills and experience with web design; the ability to learn new programs and databases; management of short and long-term projects; and a motivated, creative personality that works well independently and in a team environment.

The Communications Associate will be managed by the Communications Director and work collaboratively with other staff.

Main duties:

  • Helping write and edit daily action alerts to the Center’s network of supporters.
  • Formatting and distributing our weekly e-newsletter Endangered Earth Online.
  • (Re)designing email templates and pages throughout our website.
  • Assisting with ongoing maintenance and updating of website content, including text on pages.
  • Troubleshooting technical issues on website and in activism database.
  • Solving code problems and providing technical backup to Center webmaster.
  • Tracking trends in communications and suggesting improvements and changes.
  • Assisting staff administratively in reaching out to activists and decision-makers .

 Essential qualities, qualifications and skills:

  • Minimum bachelor’s degree, plus two to four years’ work experience related to environmental activism, organizing, writing or communications.
  • Strong understanding of web design, programming languages like HTML (Dreamweaver helpful); experience with mass-email platforms helpful.
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills; experience with editing and proofing, preferred.
  • Solid grasp of issues related to the Center’s work and demonstrated personal interest in the environment and activism.
  • Demonstrated ability to balance multiple tasks and deadlines in a busy environment
  • Proven project-management experience with short- and long-term assignments.
  • An ability to work independently and thrive in a team environment.

Salary is commensurate with experience and comparable to that of other nonprofits. The Center offers an excellent benefits package, including employer-paid medical, dental, vision and disability insurance, as well as a 403(b) retirement savings plan with employer match.

Application process: To apply, please send a resumé and thoughtful cover letter, as well as two short writing samples and any links to show experience with web design, to Communications@biologicaldiversity.org with “Communications Associate” in the subject line. No calls, please. Only candidates considered for an interview will be contacted. Position open until filled.

 

Major Gifts Officer
Full Time
San Francisco, California

General position overview:
This is an outstanding career opportunity with the Center for Biological Diversity for a creative, savvy, self-motivated, fearless, articulate, energetic and effective Major Gifts Officer (MGO). The ideal candidate will have five to seven years of fundraising experience in the environmental movement and close ties to funders in the San Francisco Bay Area and along the West Coast. The position will be based at the Center’s San Francisco office and report to the Director of Development. The MGO will be a key player on the Center’s Development team and significantly contribute to the organization’s revenue goals.

Responsibilities include:

  • Build up and maintain a portfolio of 100–150 donors and prospective donors. Plan and maintain an aggressive schedule of face-to-face visits with some current and mainly prospective donors.
  • Create a prospect list of new potential major donors to support Center’s work.
  • Manage necessary research, qualification and cultivation of prospective donors.
  • Establish new relationships; draft individualized prospect strategies, letters and proposals leading to asks and closes for new gifts of $100K and greater.
  • Develop philanthropic affinity groups to segment by demographics, geographic location and program interests.  
  • Work with and leverage Executive Director, Director of Development, key program staff and select volunteers to develop solicitation strategies and include in direct solicitations, as appropriate.
  • Collaborate with donor relations team to identify and upgrade high-capacity and recurring annual mid-level $1K-$25K donors to major gift level.
  • Work as part of team with senior leadership to develop plan, set and meet seven-figure annual revenue targets for Major Gifts program that include both restricted and unrestricted annual, multi-year and integrated multi-tiered gifts.
  • Attend and, with support of Development team, organize occasional small “friendraiser/fundraiser” gatherings with donors and prospects.
  • Actively utilize ability and willingness to work independently and productively in separate location from Development team. Position will be located in Center’s downtown SF office.
  • Record and track progress in existing databases in a timely fashion.

Essential qualities, qualifications and skills:

  • Ideally five to seven years of fundraising and direct-solicitation experience.
  • Proven track record of personally closing high five-, six-, and seven-plus-figure gifts, utilizing moves management.
  • Familiarity, ties and contacts with Bay Area, California and national environmental movement funders.
  • Experience including in working with foundations, philanthropic individuals, local political scene and peer organizations.
  • Knowledge of endangered species issues and top environmental threats is strongly preferred.
  • Planned giving/endowment experience a plus, though not required.
  • Availability for significant West Coast travel.
  • Superior interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills.
  • Fewer years of experience acceptable if candidate possesses proven abilities as outlined, necessary knowledge of environmental movement and track record as a rainmaker.

Salary is commensurate with experience and comparable to that of other nonprofits. The Center offers an excellent benefits package, including employer-paid medical, dental, vision, life and disability insurance, as well as a 403(b) retirement savings plan with employer match.

Application process: 
To apply please send a résumé and thoughtful cover letter outlining your interest in the position to MGO@biologicaldiversity.org; include “Major Gifts Officer” in the subject line. Due to the volume of applicants, only those considered for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls, please. The position will remain open until filled.

 

Membership Assistant — Donation Processing and Database Support
Full Time
Tucson, Arizona

The Center for Biological Diversity seeks an entry-level development professional to join a dynamic, successful fundraising team while advancing the organization’s mission. The Membership Assistant will primarily support our Membership Program by processing gifts, entering and updating information in our member databases, and providing excellent customer service to our 50,000 members. The Membership Assistant will report to the Senior Membership Associate, and work closely with the Membership Director and with other development, senior leadership, conservation and communications staff.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Daily opening, sorting and processing of membership mail (including donations).
  • Reconciling gifts entered in the member database and preparing daily and weekly cash and check deposit for the Finance Department.
  • Follow-up with incomplete donations through phone calls, email and/or mail.
  • Processing general member information updates to the member and activist databases.
  • Providing support for online membership systems.
  • Preparing and mailing merchandise orders.

Duties to include:

  • Entering member information and donations in membership and activist databases.
  • Daily reviewing and verification of donations in membership database.
  • Electronically depositing checks daily.
  • Troubleshoot and support, entry and database management of member information and donations.
  • Answering and making phone calls and responding to emails, mostly related to member preferences, donations or updating contact information.
  • Preparing and mailing special correspondence.
  • Providing general administrative support to the Membership and Development programs.
  • Helping organize and table at local events.
  • Handling finance requests for specific deposit reports.
  • Filing and other basic office tasks.
  • Helping with occasional errands.
  • Maintaining organization of office workspace.

Essential qualities, qualifications and skills:

  • Exceptional attention to detail, organizational skills, and accuracy in completing complex tasks.  
  • Solid knowledge of the Microsoft Office suite, spreadsheets and mail-merge functions.
  • Experience with Microsoft Access or other fundraising databases preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to complete detail-oriented work with high level of accuracy while handling stress and deadlines in good humor.
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent relevant work experience.
  • Enthusiasm and ability to be creative and problem-solve issues as they arise.
  • Excellent verbal, interpersonal and written communication skills.
  • Reliable, consistent, and self-motivated.
  • Interest in endangered species protection and conservation work is desirable.
  • Experience working with volunteers is a plus.
  • Ability to retain high level of donor confidentiality and practice good judgment.

Salary is commensurate with experience and comparable to that of other nonprofits. The Center offers an excellent benefits package, including medical, dental, vision, life and disability insurance, as well as, a 403(b) retirement savings plan with employer match.

Application process:
To apply, please send a résumé and thoughtful cover letter outlining your interest in the position to membershipassistant@biologicaldiversity.org and include ‘Membership Assistant’ in the subject line. Due to the volume of applicants, only those considered for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please. Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.

 

Population Organizer
Full Time
Tucson, Arizona, preferred; other locations considered

General position overview:
The Center for Biological Diversity seeks a highly motivated, dynamic, detail-oriented organizer to create and manage creative campaigns, outreach projects and educational materials to raise awareness about the impact of runaway population growth on wildlife and the planet. The Organizer will be part of our groundbreaking Population and Sustainability program, and will run our innovative Endangered Species Condoms project, lead campus outreach and organizing efforts, and use online and offline tactics to organize supporters and allies around population and overconsumption issues.

The Population Organizer will work closely with the population and sustainability team, as well as other organizing, communications, conservation and development staff. The Organizer must have excellent communication and organizational skills; strong people skills; experience organizing individuals online and offline to take action; data management and tracking experience; an ability to think creatively and strategically; knowledge of population, sustainability and environmental issues and politics; and the ability to work well independently and collaboratively.

Main duties:

  • Develop and execute new initiatives to raise public awareness about population growth and its impact on wildlife, and to drive online and offline actions to inspire a growing group of population and sustainability activists.
  • Manage the Endangered Species Condoms project, including developing and implementing strategies for nationally distributing condoms, producing related materials, event planning, tracking distributions, and cultivating and coordinating thousands of volunteer distributors.
  • Drive the program’s organizing effort to rally other environmental groups and individuals around population issues; network and build relationships across movements; and build grassroots support to effect change.
  • Develop and oversee campus outreach efforts around population and sustainability issues.
  • Create and implement short- and long-range education, outreach and action campaigns that connect population and overconsumption with endangered species impacts.
  • Generate volunteer communications, web materials, social media content, research, reports, press releases and op-eds, as well as working with the media in general.

 Essential qualities, qualifications and skills:

  • Three to five years’ organizing experience — national-level organizing preferred.
  • Two to four years’ work related to population, reproductive rights, social justice, sustainability, environmental activism, organizing and/or communications.
  • Proven experience motivating and organizing individuals and groups to advocate and take action. Campus organizing experience a plus.
  • Experience working with diverse groups of people.
  • Exceptional written and verbal communications skills.
  • Experience working with the media, giving interviews and writing press releases.
  • Proven management experience with projects, volunteers and activists.
  • A solid grasp of issues related to population, reproductive rights, social justice, sustainable living, overconsumption, endangered species and climate change, and knowledge of the current political and cultural context related to these and other major environmental issues.
  • Strong organization, planning and time-management skills.
  • A demonstrated ability to work both independently and with a team. 
  • An ability to track and successfully deliver quality products or information regarding multiple tasks while meeting deadlines in a fast-paced, busy environment.
  • Minimum associate’s or bachelor’s degree preferred.
  • Nonprofit experience preferred.

Salary is commensurate with experience and comparable to that of other nonprofits. The Center offers an excellent benefits package, including employer-paid medical, dental, vision and disability insurance and a 403(b) retirement savings plan with employer match. The preferred location for this position is Tucson, Arizona, but others are negotiable.

Application process: 
To apply, please send a résumé and thoughtful cover letter outlining your organizing experience and interest in the position via email (no paper) to PopOrganizer@biologicaldiversity.org; include “Population Organizer” in the subject line. The position will remain open until filled. No telephone calls, please. Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.

 

Scientist and Communications Specialist — Environmental Health
Full Time
Portland or San Francisco Bay Area Preferred

General position overview:

The Center for Biological Diversity seeks a dynamic, experienced and motivated person who combines the skills of both a scientist and an expert communicator to join our work to protect wildlife, people and our environment from the effects of toxics. The Center’s new Environmental Health program will play a leading role in helping the public understand the inextricable link between human health and the health of all other species. Our Environmental Health team uses cutting-edge legal and advocacy strategies to tackle key threats such as pesticides, rodenticides, lead, mining, industrial pollutants, and air and water pollution. The right candidate for this position combines excellent scientific research and writing abilities with proven media outreach and communication skills. Specific tasks will include researching the impacts of toxic substances on imperiled communities and species; providing expertise to support legal advocacy; preparing Endangered Species Act listing petitions; generating positive media stories, op-eds, editorials and creative media products that drive the national discussion about environmental health; and playing an integral role in raising the Center’s national profile and work on this critical issue. This position reports to the Environmental Health Director.

The ideal candidate for this position must be able to: 

  • Act as a public spokesperson and engage the public, scientists and opinion leaders on toxics issues through outreach and public speaking.
  • Produce compelling press releases and effective statements to reporters, story pitches, blog posts, factsheets, op-eds and other written material.
  • Analyze scientific literature to inform science-based advocacy work, including support for policy, litigation, legislation, organizing and outreach.
  • Write comments, white papers, reports and listing petitions.
  • Develop and execute strategic communications plans.
  • Track news stories pertaining to core areas of programmatic focus and establish new ways to become part of the news cycle.
  • Cultivate media relationships, pitch stories to reporters and editorial writers, and continually seek out new media opportunities.
  • Periodically read, research and synthesize environmental health–related science for lay audience materials.
  • Expand and refine the Center’s existing Environmental Health communications materials, including website content and print publications to help inform and activate the Center’s 825,000-plus supporters and activists.
  • Identify and act on political opportunities, especially regarding the media, to shift the national debate in our favor.

Essential qualities, qualifications and skills:

  • Completion of a master’s degree in a relevant scientific field, such as conservation biology, environmental studies, ecology, earth sciences, ecotoxicology, chemistry, or public health. Candidates with exceptional communications experience or master’s degrees in other relevant fields, such as journalism, will be considered if they have a bachelor’s degree in an earth science or related field.
  • Scientific literacy and familiarity with toxics issues such as pesticides, rodenticides, lead, mining, industrial pollution, and air and water pollution.
  • Excellent research, analytical and writing skills.
  • Excellent communication skills, including public speaking skills.
  • Ability to research, synthesize and translate complex scientific concepts for a lay audience.
  • A strong work ethic and good time-management skills.
  • A demonstrated commitment to environmental protection.
  • Dynamic and confident self-starter who can work effectively independently and with a team.
  • The ability to produce clear, concise, persuasive and powerful writing on tight deadlines.
  • A solid working knowledge of environmental issues and politics.
  • Experience working with the media.
  • The ability to thrive in a dynamic, fast-paced environment.
  • The ability to juggle multiple projects on both long- and short-term timelines.
  • The ability to communicate in different styles, depending on the forum, product and audience.
  • A strategic mindset that grasps opportunities in both short-term and long-term contexts.
  • A passion for the Center’s work, and for the work of our Environmental Health program in particular.

Salary is commensurate with skills and experience and comparable to other nonprofits. The Center offers an excellent benefits package, including vacation time; employer-paid medical, dental, vision, life and disability insurance; as well as a 403(b) retirement savings plan with employer match.

Application process: To apply, please email a thoughtful cover letter, short résumé and references to scientist_comms_ehp@biologicaldiversity.org, “Attn: Scientist and Communications Specialist.” Please make sure to attach all application materials as Adobe PDF documents and use your name as the beginning of the file name. The position will remain open until filled. The desired start date is as soon as possible. Only applicants selected for interviews will be contacted. No telephone calls, please.

 

Staff Attorney — Environmental Health Program
Full Time
Portland, Oregon, or San Francisco Bay Area Preferred

General position overview:
The Center for Biological Diversityseeks a dynamic and experienced staff attorney for our new Environmental Health program. The Staff Attorney will work as part of a team using law and advocacy to stop or reform toxic practices that are imperiling humans and other species. Core areas of focus will be pesticides, rodenticides, lead, mining, industrial pollutants, and air and water pollution. The staff attorney will be supervised by the Environmental Health Director and will work closely with other program staff.

Main duties:

  • Develop cases to further the goals of the Center’s Environmental Health program.
  • Engage in administrative advocacy, such as commenting on proposed plans, projects, and rulemakings and the preparation of petitions for rulemaking.
  • Engage in analysis of and advocacy regarding pending state and federal legislation.
  • Litigate cases in state and federal court that will protect both imperiled species and humans throughout the United States.
  • Prepare communications such as press releases, factsheets and white papers; deliver effective messages to reporters; and give talks at relevant conferences.

Essential qualities, qualifications and skills:

  • Minimum two years of litigation experience, environmental law preferred.
  • Familiarity with key laws such as the Administrative Procedure Act; Endangered Species Act; Clean Water Act; National Environmental Policy Act; the Federal Insecticide, Rodenticide and Fungicide Act; the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act; and the Toxic Substances Control Act.
  • Excellent writing, communication, research and oral advocacy skills.
  • A proven ability to develop cases and manage a busy docket.
  • Experience consistently meeting internal and external deadlines and producing excellent finished products in a timely manner.
  • Member of a state bar.
  • Experience participating in environmental or advocacy campaigns.
  • A strong work ethic and time management skills.
  • A dynamic and assertive personality.
  • Self-starter with the ability to work independently and as a part of a team.
  • Proficiency in environmental health issues, scientific literacy, and a deep commitment to environmental protection.

Salary is commensurate with skills and experience and comparable to other nonprofits. The Center offers an excellent benefits package, including vacation time; employer-paid medical, dental, vision, life and disability insurance; as well as a 403(b) retirement savings plan with employer match.

Application process: To apply, please send a cover letter, a résumé, references and a writing sample to attorney_ehp@biologicaldiversity.org, with “Environmental Health Staff Attorney” in the subject line. The position will remain open until filled. No telephone calls, please. Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.

 
Staff Attorney — Protection of Amphibians and Reptiles
Full Time
St. Petersburg, Florida (other locations considered)

General position overview:
This position will involve using applicable laws, including the Endangered Species Act, National Environmental Policy Act, Administrative Procedures Act and others to protect amphibian and reptile species from the many threats they face. This will require a dynamic, dedicated individual with a background in law, advocacy and biology.  

Main duties:

  • Expand the Center’s amphibian and reptile conservation work.
  • Identify and carry out opportunities to protect imperiled amphibians and reptiles from urban sprawl, pollution, logging, livestock grazing and other threats through litigation.
  • Prepare petitions to list amphibians and reptiles under the Endangered Species Act.
  • Develop detailed knowledge of the status of North American amphibians and reptiles.
  • Build relationships with key scientists studying amphibians and reptiles.
  • Utilize litigation and media campaigns to highlight the threats to imperiled amphibians and reptiles.
  • Advocate for comprehensive protection of amphibians and reptiles as a response to litigation and other pressure.

Essential qualities, qualifications and skills desired:

  • At least two years experience as an environmental attorney.
  • Experience litigating under the Endangered Species Act.
  • Knowledge of the status, biology of, and threats to North American amphibians and reptiles.
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills.
  • Background in leading litigation projects and working collaboratively with peers.
  • Dynamic and assertive personality.

Salary is commensurate with experience. The Center offers an excellent benefits package, including employer-paid medical, dental, vision and disability insurance, as well as a 403(b) retirement savings plan with employer match.

The Center has offices in Tucson; San Francisco; Portland, Oregon; St. Petersburg, Florida; Minneapolis; Denver; Richmond, Vermont; and Washington, D.C. The preferred location for this position is St. Petersburg, Florida, or Washington, D.C., but others are negotiable.

Application process:
Please send a cover letter, a résumé, references and a writing sample via email (no paper) to endangered_species_attorney@biologicaldiversity.org, “Attn: Attorney Job.” The position will remain open until filled. No telephone calls, please. Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.

 

Staff Scientist — Climate Law Institute
Full time
San Francisco, California

General position overview: The Center for Biological Diversity seeks a full-time Staff Scientist based in our Climate Law Institute to focus on energy policy and greenhouse gas mitigation. The Center is dedicated to protecting endangered species and wild places through science, policy, education and environmental law. The Climate Law Institute wages innovative legal and public-pressure campaigns to limit global warming pollution, shift to a clean energy future, and protect species and ecosystems threatened by climate change.

The Staff Scientist will work as part of a dynamic team to provide scientific support for litigation, policy advocacy, grassroots organizing and media outreach. The position will focus on supporting our work to apply the Clean Air Act and other environmental laws to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and our campaigns to challenge fracking, oil trains and other forms of fossil-fuel extraction and transport.

The Staff Scientist will assist in the analysis of the greenhouse gas footprint of different energy policy choices, and will analyze the impacts of fossil fuel extraction, including lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions and the consequences for public health, air quality, water resources and wildlife.

Main duties:

  • Analysis of scientific literature and policy to inform our science-based advocacy work, including support for litigation, legislation, organizing and outreach.
  • Extensive scientific and policy writing.
  • Preparing public outreach materials such as press releases, op-eds, factsheets, and white papers.
  • Engagement with media for interviews.
  • Outreach and presentations to the public and scientists.
  • Scientist organizing.

Essential qualities, qualifications and skills:

  • Completion of a master’s or PhD in a relevant scientific field such as energy systems, climate science, earth science, environmental studies, public health, and toxicology.
  • Scientific literacy and familiarity with the scientific literature on climate change is essential; familiarity with the scientific literature on energy policy is preferred.
  • Excellent research, analytical and writing skills.
  • Excellent communication skills, including public speaking skills.
  • An ability to work well independently and with others as a part of a team.
  • A demonstrated commitment to vigorous environmental protection.

Salary is commensurate with other nonprofit organizations and includes an excellent vacation and benefits package. This position is located in San Francisco.

Application process:
Please send a cover letter, a résumé, references, and a writing sample via email (no paper) to StaffScientist@biologicaldiversity.org. The position will remain open until filled. No telephone calls, please. Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.

 

Staff Scientist — Oceans
Full Time
Position locations: San Francisco, California, or Anchorage, Alaska

General position overview: The Center for Biological Diversity seeks a Staff Scientist for its Oceans program. The aim of the position is to advocate for the protection of marine life from threats including climate change, ocean acidification, plastic pollution, offshore oil development, and overfishing. This position will also support our Arctic and Alaska conservation work on land and at sea. Science forms the basis of our advocacy work and is integral to our legal strategies, policy advocacy and public education.
The staff scientist will work as part of a dynamic team to provide scientific support for our administrative and policy advocacy, litigation, and grassroots and media outreach.  The staff scientist’s work will focus on improving the management of endangered sealife, marine habitats and Alaska wildlife. We foster a collaborative team spirit in achieving this important mission.

Main duties:

  • Lead scientific and advocacy efforts to protect marine species.
  • Analyze scientific literature to inform science-based advocacy work, including support for policy, litigation, legislation, organizing and outreach.
  • Write comments and reports on policy and management proposals (the position will require extensive scientific and policy writing and periodic public testimony).
  • Media advocacy, including writing press releases, media outreach and delivering effective statements to reporters.
  • Engage the public, scientists, and opinion leaders on marine issues through outreach and public speaking.
  • Build scientific and conservation coalitions and partnerships on ocean conservation initiatives.

Essential qualities, qualifications and skills:

  • Completion of a master’s or PhD in a relevant scientific field such as marine biology, oceanography, conservation biology, ecology, environmental studies, climate science or other earth science.
  • Scientific literacy and familiarity with marine conservation literature is essential; familiarity with ocean acidification science or ocean chemistry is preferred.
  • Excellent research, analytical and writing skills.
  • Excellent communication skills, including public speaking skills.
  • An ability to work well independently and with others as a part of a team.
  • Strong work ethic and time management skills.
  • A demonstrated commitment to environmental protection.

Salary is commensurate with experience and comparable to that of other nonprofits. The Center offers an excellent benefits package, including employer-paid medical, dental, vision, life and disability insurance, as well as a 403(b) retirement savings plan with employer match.

Application process:
Please send a cover letter, a résumé, references, and a writing sample to oceans@biologicaldiversity.org. The position will remain open until filled. No telephone calls, please. Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.

 

Senior Food Campaigner — Population and Sustainability Program
Full Time
Location flexible; Portland, Tucson, San Francisco or Washington, D.C., preferred

General position overview:
The Center for Biological Diversity seeks an experienced, creative and highly motivated  campaigner to lead our sustainable food initiatives, including our innovative Take Extinction Off Your Plate campaign, which highlights the environmental devastation caused by meat production and encourages people to reduce their meat consumption as a critical part of reducing their environmental footprint. The Senior Food Campaigner will be part of our groundbreaking Population and Sustainability program and will drive the program’s Earth-friendly Diet initiatives related to meat production and consumption, industrial agriculture, overconsumption and population growth, and the impact of our food systems on wildlife and the planet.

The Senior Food Campaigner will work closely with the population and sustainability team, as well as other organizing, communications and conservation staff. The Campaigner must have excellent communication and organizational skills, an ability to think creatively and strategically, online and offline organizing experience, expertise and working knowledge of food systems, sustainability trends and agricultural policy in the United States, and the ability to work well independently and collaboratively.

Main duties:

  • Develop and execute campaigns, initiatives, outreach and online and offline actions to raise public awareness about the connection between industrial agriculture — particularly meat production — and the environment, and encourage people to reduce their meat consumption.
  • Launch corporate and government policy campaigns that support the goal of reducing meat consumption in the United States and reducing threats to wildlife from industrial agriculture.
  • Develop the program’s messaging, positions and presence on sustainable food-related issues to become a national leader and voice on meat consumption, food production and population issues for media, policymakers, allies and Center supporters.
  • Create outreach materials and resources for Take Extinction Off Your Plate, including new and updated webpages, factsheets, research, reports, op-eds and social media content.
  • Generate press releases and work with the media.
  • Track, analyze and comment on news, trends and science related to meat production and consumption and its impact on the environment.
  • Network and build relationships with environmental, animal-protection, food-safety, health and justice organizations working on similar issues.
  • Work with the program director on strategic planning for continuing to expand the scope and reach of the Earth-friendly Diet campaign.

Essential qualities, qualifications and skills:

  • Five to seven years’ organizing experience —national-level organizing in food, environmental and/or animal protection issues preferred.
  • Proven experience motivating and organizing individuals and groups to take action online and offline.
  • Exceptional written and verbal communications skills.
  • Experience working with the media, giving interviews and writing press releases.
    Proven management experience with short-term and long-term projects.
  • A solid grasp of issues related to animal agriculture, food-system trends, sustainable living, consumer choices and behavior change, overconsumption, population, endangered species and climate change, and knowledge of the current political and cultural context related to these issues.
  • Strong organization, planning and time-management skills.
  • A demonstrated ability to work both independently and with a team. 
  • Minimum associate’s or bachelor’s degree preferred.
  • Nonprofit experience preferred.

Salary is commensurate with experience and comparable to that of other nonprofits. The Center offers an excellent benefits package, including employer-paid medical, dental, vision and disability insurance and a 403(b) retirement savings plan with employer match. The location of this job is flexible, although Portland, Tucson, San Francisco or Washington, D.C. offices are preferred.

Application process: 
To apply, please send a résumé and thoughtful cover letter outlining your organizing experience and interest in the position via email (no paper) to FoodCampaigner@biologicaldiversity.org; include “Senior Food Campaigner” in the subject line. The position will remain open until filled. No telephone calls, please. Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.

 

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