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The Center for Biological Diversity is a 501(c)3 nonprofit conservation organization with more than 625,000 members and online activists dedicated to the protection of endangered species and wild places. We have more than 60 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:

California Anti-fracking Campaigner – Climate Law Institute
Chief Financial Officer
Communications Associate – Population and Sustainability Program
Data Manager

Energy Policy Analyst – Population and Sustainability Program

Major Gifts Officer

Online Fundraising Director
Staff Attorney – Oceans Program


INTERNSHIPS

ABOUT THE CENTER

 

California Anti-fracking Campaigner – Climate Law Institute
Full Time
San Francisco, California

General position overview:
To prevent catastrophic climate disruption, we must leave more than 80 percent of proven fossil fuel reserves in the ground. Fracking takes us in the opposite direction, opening up vast new deposits of fossil fuels — while also bringing intensified local harms, including industrial development, habitat fragmentation, serious air pollution, chemical threats and water contamination. The Center’s Climate Law Institute seeks a California Anti-fracking Campaigner whose primary focus will be to support our California statewide effort to ban fracking, in addition to supporting local communities working to stop fracking in their city or county. 

Main duties:

  • Support our work to broaden, expand and help coordinate Californians Against Fracking, the statewide coalition of more than 150 organizations to ban fracking.
  • Work with a wide range of constituent groups to advance measures to stop fracking in California.
  • Organize and promote attendance at hearings, rallies and protests across the state. 
  • Expand engagement of Center supporters around the state in actions ranging from letters-to-the-editor campaigns to meetings with elected officials.
  • Support community efforts to stop fracking locally.
  • Assist with efforts to pass state legislation ending fracking in California, including participating in lobby visits and testifying at legislative hearings.  
  • Support the Center’s efforts to maintain the moratorium on new oil and gas leasing on California public lands.  
  • Support our campaign to halt offshore fracking.
  • Represent the Center in statewide and national anti-fracking coalitions.

Essential qualities, qualifications and skills:

·  Minimum five years experience with nonprofit organizing and campaigning strongly preferred.
·  Knowledge of climate, oil and gas, and fracking issues strongly preferred.
·  Demonstrated analytic and organizational skills.
·  Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
·  Demonstrated ability to work both independently and with a team.
·  Ability to balance multiple tasks and deadlines in a busy environment.
·  Proven project-management experience with short- and long-term assignments, including creation and implementation of advocacy campaigns, preferred.
·  Experience with media outreach and interviews preferred.

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

 

Chief Financial Officer
Full Time
Tucson, Arizona

General position overview:
The Chief Financial Officer (CFO) will manage the Center for Biological Diversity’s finance and accounting department.  The Center for Biological Diversity is a rapidly growing nonprofit with an annual budget of approaching $10 million, a staff of nearly 90  and 50,000 members.  The CFO will also work with and advise the Executive Director on all financial issues as needed. The CFO will report directly to the Executive Director, work closely with the Director of Operations and be part of the Leadership Team.

Main duties:

  • Direct all aspects of the financial operations, including budgeting, financial reporting, keeping of the general ledger, managing accounts payable and receivable, and banking. Work with external audit team.
  • Work with Human Resources Director to manage payroll, staff benefits, insurance policies and perform other key functions.
  • Work with Director of Operations to implement needs of Development Department. 
  • Coordinate organization's financial activities to fund operations, maximize cash reserves and increase efficiency.
  • Analyze operations to help determine areas of potential cost reduction, increased accountability and overall efficiency.
  • Review all externally prepared financial reports, including audited financial statements, IRS forms 990 and all relevant state and local filings. Coordinate with auditors/tax-preparation team to ensure timely filing of all forms and reports.
  • Work with Development Director to prepare financials for grant proposals and track expense for periodic reports to grantors as necessary.
  • Maintain and/or develop internal control policies, guidelines, and procedures for activities such as budget administration, cash and credit management, and accounting.
  • Maintain current knowledge of organizational policies and procedures, federal and state policies and directives, and current accounting standards.
  • Negotiate or approve contracts or agreements with vendors, federal or state agencies, and/or other organizational entities.
  • Maintain up-to-date registration for nonprofit fundraising at state and federal level.
  • Effectively communicate and present critical financial matters to the board of directors.

Essential qualities, qualifications and skills:

  • Minimum seven years nonprofit financial management experience through position as Finance Director or Chief Financial Officer.
  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance or related field; MBA or CPA preferred.
  • Deep knowledge of accounting and other financial software, especially Peachtree.
  • Experience working with senior leaders from diverse programs.
  • Experience managing office needs and functions.
  • Proven knowledge in nonprofit budgeting, accounting and strategic planning.
  • Superior interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work well independently and with others as part of an effective team.
  • Be a systems thinker.

Salary is commensurate with experience. The Center offers an excellent benefits package, including vacation time; employer-paid medical, dental, vision, life and disability insurance; and 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 cfo@biologicaldiversity.org; include “Chief Financial 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. Desired start date is April 2014.

 

Communications Associate – Population and Sustainability Program
Full Time
Tucson, Arizona, preferred; other locations considered

General position overview:
The Center for Biological Diversity, the nation’s leading endangered species organization, seeks an experienced, hard-working writer and copy editor to join our Population and Sustainability Program. This rapid-response, detail-oriented and self-starter position will support the environmental movement’s most innovative campaign to raise awareness about the links between rampant human population growth, overconsumption and consumer choices, and species extinction due to resource depletion and environmental degradation. This fast-paced job requires excellent writing and copy-editing skills, with attention paid to tone and style; strong e-communication and organizational skills; social media savvy; proven ability to juggle multiple tasks and deadlines simultaneously; proven computer skills; management of short and long-term projects; interest in population, sustainability and wildlife issues; and a motivated, creative personality that works well in a team environment as well as independently.

The Communications Associate will report to the Population and Sustainability Director and work collaboratively with the communications team and other staff.

Main duties:

  • Write, edit and proof outreach materials, including but not limited to Web content, factsheets, reports, emails, action alerts and creative media.
  • Produce materials for offline distribution, such as flyers and posters.
  • Provide communications support for various campaigns, as assigned by Director.
  • Work collaboratively with program staff on strategy and management of multiple social media accounts.
  • Write and distribute press releases; occasionally interact with media, as needed.
  • Create and implement short- and long-range communications plans.
  • Proactively follow population and sustainability wildlife news and trends for the program.
  • Track e-communications and advocacy trends, suggesting innovative campaign and outreach ideas.
  • Regularly review the program’s websites, suggesting updates and new content.
  • Identify opportunities for and author op-eds and letters to the editor.
  • Identify opportunities for, and assist in, producing engaging action alerts and other program e-communications.
  • Assist in writing and production of monthly Pop X e-newsletter, and occasionally write for the Center’s weekly e-newsletter.
  • Assist program director and other staff with projects as needed.

Essential qualities, qualifications and skills:

  • Minimum bachelor’s degree; master’s desirable.
  • Minimum two years work experience related to environmental activism, organizing, advocacy writing and/or communications.
  • Proven experience with Web-based communications and email platforms.
  • Exceptional written and verbal e-communications skills.
  • Experience producing and distributing advocacy communications.
  • Demonstrated excellence in editing and proofing.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of multiple social media platforms and interest in emerging social media trends.
  • Highest standard of excellence for being organized and managing details for short- and long-term deliverables.
  • Ability to quickly learn and apply newly acquired skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently and with a team.
  • Excellent ability to balance multiple tasks and deadlines in a busy environment.
  • Proven project-management experience with short- and long-term assignments, including creation and implementation of advocacy campaigns, preferred.
  • Demonstrated personal interest in online communications, social networking and activism.
  • Familiarity with national issues related to human population, overconsumption, sustainable living, diet choices, endangered species and environmental impacts.
  • Online organizing experience preferred.
  • Basic graphic design skills desirable.
  • Media-outreach experience desirable.
  • Knowledge and experience of HTML desirable.

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, disability and life insurance and a 403(b) retirement savings plan with employer match.

Application process:

To apply please send a résumé and thoughtful cover letter to CommunicationsPopulation@biologicaldiversity.org; include “Communications Associate” in the subject line. Due to the volume of applicants, only candidates considered for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls, please. Position is open until filled. Desired start date: May 2014.

 

Data Manager
Full Time
Tucson, Arizona, preferred; other locations considered

General position overview:
The Center for Biological Diversity, the nation’s leading endangered species organization, seeks an experienced Data Manager to design, populate, migrate, maintain, and upgrade numerous online and offline databases related to endangered species, communications, membership and other topics. The Data Manager will also analyze and report data trends and create systems allowing trained but nontechnical users to add, edit, query and analyze data. Managed databases will include large, permanent systems (both commercial and created) as well as small, temporary systems for short-term use. The Data Manager will also advise/help staff in the development and maintenance of their own databases.

Main duties:

  • Implement analytic directives from senior staff and develop written reports as needed.
  • Assemble, clean up and analyze data from multiples sources and in a wide variety of formats.
  • Develop and implement data collection, analysis and quality-control protocols.
  • Track data collection and storage efficiencies and identify process improvement opportunities.
  • Evaluate and improve in-house data sharing techniques among staff and assist in Center projects that involve online data publishing.
  • Analyze user-reported database problems to determine corrective action.
  • Identify, analyze and interpret trends and/or patterns in large and complex data sets.
  • Optimize query performance.
  • Conduct structured testing to confirm functionality and performance.
  • Shares duties with IT department as needed.

Essential qualities, qualifications and skills:

  • Minimum bachelor’s degree in relevant fields. Master’s degree preferred.
  • Four years or more experience working in data analysis and database design.
  • Expertise using Microsoft Access and Excel.
  • Extensive experience using structured query language.
  • Experience with data-mining software and techniques.
  • Demonstrated analytic and organizational skills.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Demonstrated experience with object-oriented programming and scripting languages, such as VBA or Visual Basic.
  • Proven experience consolidating information and statistics to produce concise reports, tables and figures from large raw datasets.
  • Experience with online data publishing.
  • Passion for and experience with data analysis within the context of environmental protection.
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently and with a team.
  • Ability to balance multiple tasks and deadlines in a busy environment.

Starting salary $40,000 - $50,000. The Center offers an excellent benefits package, including employer-paid medical, dental, vision, life and disability insurance, and 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 datamanager@biologicaldiversity.org; include “Data Manager” 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. Desired start date is April 2014.

 

Energy Policy Analyst – Population and Sustainability Program
Full Time
Tucson, Arizona, or Washington, D.C., preferred; other locations considered

General position overview:
The Center for Biological Diversity, the nation’s leading endangered species organization, seeks an experienced policy analyst to lead campaigns on energy issues connected to unsustainable human population growth, overconsumption and the extinction crisis. This is an opportunity to help expand and lead the environmental movement’s most innovative campaign to raise awareness about the links between rampant human population growth, overconsumption and consumer choices, and species extinction due to resource depletion and environmental degradation. The ideal candidate for this position will be charismatic, driven and familiar with environmental and human population issues, as well as with assessing and calculating environmental impacts and degradation. The Energy Policy Analyst will be a national energy policy leader as part of our groundbreaking Population and Sustainability program, reporting to the Population and Sustainability Director and working closely with conservation, organizing and communications staff.

Main duties:

  • Play a key role in helping the Population and Sustainability program emerge as a national leader and voice on population, consumption and energy issues for media, policymakers, allies and Center supporters.
  • Serve as the program’s public expert on energy issues, including generating press releases, reports and op-eds; giving interviews; and otherwise working with the media.  
  • Research current status and trends of energy extraction, production, use and efficiency standards in the United States to develop reports and press and advocacy strategies in support of our program’s mission.
  • Help develop our vision for America’s energy future with key Center staff, addressing renewable energy, fossil fuels and other key forms of energy production, conservation and use.
  • Develop and execute policy initiatives related to energy, population and sustainability.
  • Track national and international science, communications and trends on human population growth, energy production and use, sustainability issues and the environment.
  • Draft and produce materials for the program website, e-newsletter and social media pages regarding the energy campaign, including policy positions and sustainable-lifestyle information.
  • Create and implement short- and long-range public education and action campaigns to connect population growth, energy and overconsumption with endangered species impacts.
  • Work with program and communications staff to engage and activate allies and supporters through creative media, action alerts and other tools in support of a sustainable energy future.

Essential qualities, qualifications and skills:

  • Minimum bachelor’s degree in relevant fields. Master's or doctoral degree preferred.
  • Five years or more experience working in energy policy, preferably at the national level.
  • Desire and ability to be a national leader on energy and sustainability issues.
  • Demonstrated project leadership and organizational skills.
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills.
  • Passion for and experience with working on the effects of energy policy on the environment and endangered species.
  • Proven experience working with the media and in public speaking, including but not limited to: giving interviews, participating in panels and other presentations, acting as spokesperson and writing press releases.
  • Familiarity with national issues related to human population, overconsumption, sustainable living, diet choices, endangered species and environmental effects — as well as a working knowledge of the current political and cultural context related to these issues.
  • Experience consolidating information and statistics to produce research documents.
  • Excellent analytical abilities, including the ability to translate complex policy into clear advocacy opportunities.
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently and with a team.
  • Ability to balance multiple tasks and deadlines in a busy environment.
  • 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, life and disability insurance, and 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 EnergyPolicyAnalyst@biologicaldiversity.org; include “Energy Policy Analyst” 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. Desired start date is May 2014.

 

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 three to five 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 three to five 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.

 

Online Fundraising Director
Full Time
Tucson, Arizona; telecommuting or working from the Center's San Francisco, Portland or DC offices may be an option

General position overview:
The Online Fundraising Director will be responsible for increasing the growth and revenues of the Center for Biological Diversity's online membership program, managing online member acquisition, engagingwith member and converting members to donors. The Online Fundraising Director will work with leadership and the development/membership team to achieve this through innovative campaigns leveraging our databases, acquisition tools, social media, program staff and other resources. The ideal candidate will be a dynamic writer; have a background in environmental advocacy; be strategic; have strong tracking, reporting and analytical skills; be nimble and able to interpret the news cycle to create winning appeals; and have five to seven years’ experience in online fundraising. The Online Fundraising Director will ideally be based at the Center's Tucson office and report to the Membership Director in the Development Department, while also working closely with our Communications Department and programs, including the Population and Sustainability program.

Main duties:

  • Work with other directors, including those of Membership, IT, Communications and  Development, as well as with the Executive Director, program directors and other team members to create a comprehensive online membership fundraising strategy.
  • Create, manage and implement online appeals, solicitations and acquisition campaigns, leveraging member databases in conjunction with online, mobile, email and social media marketing tools; incorporate emerging technologies into this work.
  • Develop and oversee a comprehensive mail testing and tracking performance system for all online fundraising campaigns (including acquisition and house lists).
  • Manage the Online Organizer.
  • Draft creative copy for online fundraising communications, edits copy, and routes materials through vetting process as needed.
  • As needed, work in conjunction with the major-gifts and planned-giving teams to identify new prospects from the online pool; implement online aspects of development campaigns.

Essential qualities, qualifications and skills:

  • Education with a college degree.
  • Work experience: 5-7 years of demonstrable success in online fundraising and member engagement in nonprofit or similar environment. 
  • Superior writing skills.
  • Experience with eCRM databases like Salsa, Convio; e-acquisition tools such as Care2, Change.org, etc.; peer-to-peer and or crowd-funding experience a plus.
  • Proficient in MS Office, Excel, donation-management tools and databases.
  • Ability to integrate with membership, development, program and communication teams.
  • Flexible and adaptable to learning and understanding new technologies.
  • A passion for new media, including mobile marketing.
  • Ability to plan and prioritize workload across short-term and long-term needs.
  • Knowledge of and experience in environmental advocacy, endangered species issues and top environmental threats is strongly 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, 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 
OFD@biologicaldiversity.org; include "Online Fundraising Director" 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.

 

Staff Attorney – Oceans Program
Full time
San Francisco, California

General position overview:
The Center for Biological Diversity, a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the protection of imperiled plants, animals and wild places, seeks a full-time experienced attorney for our Oceans program. The emphasis of the position will be to advocate for the protection of marine life from threats including climate change, ocean acidification, plastic pollution, offshore oil drilling and overfishing. The staff attorney will work as part of a team using law and advocacy toward reforming destructive practices that are imperiling our oceans. The staff attorney will be supervised by the Oceans Program Director and will work closely with oceans program, conservation and communications staff.

Main duties:

  • Litigate cases to gain results that will protect marine species and habitats throughout the United States.
  • Develop cases and campaigns aimed to further the goals of the Center’s Oceans program.
  • Advocate for administrative and legislative policies for marine conservation through scientific and legal comments, oral testimony, policy analysis, petitions for rulemaking, and effective communications.
  • Conduct media advocacy, including writing press releases, media strategy and outreach, and delivering effective statements to reporters.
  • Engage Center supporters, the public and opinion leaders to protect the oceans through campaign activities such as public speaking, rallies, action alerts, opinion editorials and direct outreach.

Essential qualities, qualifications and skills:

  • Minimum five years civil litigation experience, environmental law preferred.
  • Familiarity with environmental laws such as the Endangered Species Act, Clean Water Act, National Environmental Policy Act, Marine Mammal Protection Act, Magnuson-Stevens Act.
  • Excellent writing, communication, research, and oral advocacy skills.
  • Proven ability to develop cases and manage a docket of several matters.
  • Experience consistently meeting internal and external deadlines and producing finished products in a timely manner.
  • Experience planning and implementing environmental or advocacy campaigns.
  • Strong work ethic and time management skills.
  • Ability to work independently and as a part of an effective team.
  • Scientific literacy and background in marine or environmental science is preferred.
  • A demonstrated commitment to environmental protection.

Salary is commensurate with 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 oceans@biologicaldiversity.org, with “Oceans Staff Attorney” in the subject line. The position will remain open until filled. Desired start date is March 2014. No telephone calls, please. Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted. Learn more about the Center’s Oceans Program.

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