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The Center for Biological Diversity is a 501(c)3 nonprofit conservation organization with more than 800,000 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:

Human Resources Director
Media Specialist — Oceans

Major Gifts Officer

Staff Attorney — Protection of Amphibians and Reptiles
Staff Scientist  — Climate Law Institute


INTERNSHIPS

ABOUT THE CENTER

 

Human Resources Director
Full Time
Tucson, Arizona

General position overview:
We seek an outstanding, big-picture yet detail-oriented people-person to serve as Human Resources Director for our national nonprofit endangered species protection group. The Director will have overall responsibility for the Human Resources (HR) function for the Center’s 96-person staff of scientists, attorneys, activists and administrators.This includes employee relations; hiring, discipline and termination; compensation and benefits administration; development, implementation and administration of Center’s wellness programs and employment policies; personnel record-keeping; organization insurance coverage; workers compensation; training and workforce development; and compliance with HR laws and regulations. The Human Resources Director reports to the Director of Operations, and works closely with the Chief Financial Officer to administer the Center’s benefits program and oversee third-party administrators.

Responsibilities include:

  • Oversee and implement all aspects of benefits administration for employees and the Center, including medical, dental, life and disability insurance, 403(b), and D&O, automobile, umbrella and liability coverage.
  • Analyze benefits options and cost alternatives for providing employee benefits; recommend benefits program modifications and implement approved benefits modifications.
  • Prepare and maintain accurate records, files and reports, including responsibility for maintaining personnel records and tracking time sheets.
  • Coordinate and work with the Accounting Department for timely and accurate payroll.
  • Communicate effectively verbally and in writing to all levels of staff and management, outside officials and agencies, and the public, expressing ideas and instructions clearly and concisely.
  • Organize and work independently on multiple assigned tasks/projects and complete assignments within specified deadlines.
  • Maintain up-to-date registration for nonprofit fundraising at the state and federal level.
  • Research and ensure Center is in compliance with all laws and regulations and demonstrates "best practices" in regard to personnel information management.
  • Advise on employment statutes, rules, regulations and policies affecting team members.
  • Oversee organizational employee development and training function, and serve as a resource for team leaders in handling employee issues, conducting evaluations, staff training, problem-solving and consensus-building.
  • Assist in all aspects of hiring, including work with hiring managers developing job descriptions and job advertisements, screening and interviewing candidates, and archiving job openings when filled.
  • Oversee handling of employment-related inquiries, such as employment verification requests and unemployment compensation inquiries and proceedings.
  • Recommend, develop, interpret and clarify personnel procedures and policies.
  • Demonstrate skills in consensus-building and mediation in order to constructively address employee conflicts.
  • Demonstrate skills critical for managerial success; including leadership; decisiveness; flexibility; sound business judgment; and highly developed personal, analytical, customer service and communication skills.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Director of Operations, Executive Director or other senior management.

Essential qualities, qualifications and skills:

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent in Human Resources, nonprofit management, business administration or other related discipline is required. HR certification, e.g., SPHR, is preferred.
  • At least five years of professional experience across all HR disciplines, including employment, benefits, compensation, employee relations, training and development, workers compensation and conflict resolution.
  • Experience working with a national, decentralized and diverse workforce.
  • Position may require extended hours including evenings and weekends, and infrequent travel to multiple offices.
  • Prior experience working with a nonprofit, member-supported organization a plus.

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 HumanResourcesDirector2014@biologicaldiversity.org; include “Human Resources 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.

 

Media Specialist — Oceans
Full Time
San Francisco Bay Area

General position overview:
The Center for Biological Diversity seeks a dynamic, experienced, creative and media-savvy communicator for our work to protect oceans and sea life. The Center is a leading voice in ocean protection and is responsible for the majority of protections for marine mammals and their habitats under the Endangered Species Act in the past 15 years. Our highly motivated Oceans team uses cutting-edge legal and advocacy strategies to tackle the key threats to our oceans, from climate change and plastic pollution to offshore drilling and habitat destruction. The Media Specialist will produce high-impact communications on every platform aimed at addressing the issues facing our oceans; generate positive media stories, op-eds, editorials and creative media products that drive the national discussion about ocean protection; and play an integral role in maintaining the Center’s national profile and work on this critical issue. This position reports directly to the Communications Director and works closely with our Oceans program, communications program and the leadership team.

Main duties:

  • Produce compelling press releases, white papers, story pitches, blog posts, factsheets, op-eds and other written material.
  • Heighten public knowledge of the threats facing our oceans and solutions.
  • Work closely with Communications and Oceans staff to develop and execute long-term and near-term strategic communications plans.
  • Organize and execute editorial drives.
  • Track national and international news on oceans and seek out strategic 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.
  • Act as a public spokesperson as needed.
  • Integrate oceans-related materials into other Center communications.
  • Periodically read, research and synthesize ocean-related science for lay audience materials.
  • Expand and refine the Center’s existing communications materials, including the website and regular publications.
  • Provide educational and persuasive outreach to members of Congress and other decision makers.
  • Assist with outreach to the Center’s 775,000-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:

  • The ability to produce clear, concise, persuasive and powerful writing on tight deadlines.
  • Exceptional writing, editing and verbal skills.
  • A deep working knowledge of environmental issues and politics.
  • An understanding of media cycles and the ability to consistently work with them.
  • The ability to thrive in a dynamic, fast-paced environment.
  • The ability to juggle multiple projects and multiple deadlines.
  • The ability to communicate in different styles, depending on the forum, product and audience.
  • A strategic mindset that grasps short-term and long-term media opportunities and an ability to execute those opportunities.
  • Ability to research, synthesize and translate complex scientific concepts for a lay audience.
  • A penchant for innovative approaches to reaching new audiences.
  • A confident self-starter who also works well in a team environment.
  • A passion for oceans, sea life and saving all wildlife from extinction.

Qualifications:

  • A bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications, public relations or a related field.
  • A minimum of five years of demonstrated success as a professional communicator, including journalism or nonprofit advocacy.
  • A proven track record in strategic communications work.

Application process:
To apply, please send a thoughtful cover letter and résumé via email to mediaspecialist@biologicaldiversity.org, “Attn: Oceans.” 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.

 

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.

 

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.

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 the Climate Law Institute. 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 and protect species threatened with extinction from climate change.

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 animals and plants, supporting the implementation of existing laws to reduce greenhouse pollution and speed the transition to a clean energy future, and supporting the development of new science-based and equitable laws and policies. We foster a collaborative team spirit in achieving this important mission.

Main duties:

  • Analysis of scientific literature to inform our science-based advocacy work, including support for policy, litigation, legislation, organizing, and outreach.
  • Extensive scientific and policy writing.
  • Preparing public outreach materials such as press releases, op-eds, fact sheets, 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 conservation biology, ecology, environmental studies, climate science, or other atmospheric/earth science.
  • 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 environmental protection.
  • GIS proficiency preferred.

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.

 

 

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