JOIN OUR TEAM: JOBS AND INTERNSHIPS

The Center for Biological Diversity is a 501(c)3 nonprofit conservation organization with more than 1 million members and online activists dedicated to the protection of endangered species and wild places. We have more than 100 staff in offices in Arizona; California; Colorado; Florida;, New Mexico; Oregon; 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.


DIVERSITY, EQUITY AND INCLUSION STATEMENT


We're accepting applications for the following positions:

Grant Writer
Major Gifts Officer
Membership Assistant — Donation and Database Support
Membership Director
Program Assistant/Office Manager
Staff or Senior Attorney — Southeast Endangered Species

INTERNSHIPS

ABOUT THE CENTER

 

 

Grant Writer
Full Time
Tucson, Arizona, or Oakland, California

General position overview:
The Center seeks a detail-oriented, motivated and highly effective communicator to join our development team as Grant Writer. Under direction of the Chief Development Officer — and in conjunction with other members of the team, including the Major Gifts Officer and another Grant Writer — the Grant Writer will aid our efforts to increase foundation funding revenues. The Grant Writer will seek dedicated funding for the Center’s programs from private foundations and other sources by researching and devising approaches, including calls and visits to prospective funders. The Grant Writer will work with program staff to draft persuasive grant proposals, letters of inquiry and reports and ensure timely submission to funders; manage grants-related administrative tasks, recordkeeping and correspondence; maintain current data on and keep abreast of the Center’s work as background information for proposals and reports; research funding opportunities; and maintain a tracking system to monitor the status of grant proposals and reports, including submissions, responses, renewals   and reporting requirements.

Qualifications: 
• Experience writing grant proposals, reports, donor correspondence and/or marketing materials in a nonprofit environment, particularly within the environmental conservation funder community.
• Excellent writing, editing and proofreading skills.
• Strong organizational and time-management skills with exceptional attention to detail and accuracy.
• A professional and resourceful style with the ability to work independently and as a team player, to take initiative and to manage multiple tasks and projects at a time.
• The ability to quickly comprehend, analyze and synthesize information.
• The ability to communicate well and in a professional manner with a variety of co-workers and foundation personnel.
• Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel and Access.
• A demonstrated interest in and knowledge of environmental conservation issues.
• A bachelor’s degree.

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

To apply, send resume, cover letter, and writing sample via email only to grantjob@biologicaldiversity.org. This position is available immediately and will remain open until filled. No telephone calls, please.

 

Major Gifts Officer
Full Time
Tucson, Arizona

The Center for Biological Diversity is offering an outstanding career opportunity for a creative, savvy, driven, self-motivated, fearless, articulate, energetic and effective Major Gifts Officer (MGO). The ideal candidate will have 5–7 years of fundraising experience in the environmental movement and close ties to funders throughout the Rockies and Intermountain West, from Montana to Arizona and/or surrounding states. The position will be based in the Center’s Tucson office and report to the Chief Development Officer. The MGO will be a key player on the Center’s Development team and significantly contribute to the revenue goals of the organization.
Responsibilities include:

  • Build up and maintain a portfolio of 100–150 donors and prospects. Plan and maintain an aggressive schedule of face-to-face visits with some current and mainly prospective donors.
  • Identify a prospect list of new potential major donors — both individuals and foundations — to support the 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 $100,000 and above.
  • Develop philanthropic affinity groups to segment by demographics, geographic location and program interests.  
  • Work with and leverage the Executive Director, the Chief Development Officer, key program staff and select volunteers to develop solicitation strategies and include in direct solicitations, as appropriate.
  • Collaborate with the donor-relations team to identify and upgrade high-capacity and recurring annual mid-level ($1,000– $25,000) donors to major-gift levels.
  • Work as part of team with senior leadership to develop, plan, set and meet seven-figure annual revenue targets for the Major Gifts program that include both restricted and unrestricted annual, multi-year and integrated multi-tiered gifts.
  • Attend and — with the support of the Development team — organize occasional small “friendraiser/fundraiser” gatherings with donors and prospects.
  • 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.
  • A proven track record of personally closing high five-, six- and seven-plus-figure gifts, utilizing moves management.
  • Familiarity, ties and contacts with Arizona and national environmental movement funders.
  • Past experience including working with foundations, philanthropic individuals, local political scene and peer organizations.
  • Knowledge of endangered species issues and top environmental threats strongly preferred.
  • Planned giving/endowment experience a plus, though not required. 
  • Significant Southwest and West Coast travel required.
  • Superior interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills.
  • Fewer years of experience acceptable if candidate possesses proven abilities as outlined above, as well as necessary knowledge of the environmental movement and a solid 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, 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 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 and Database Support
Full Time
Tucson, Arizona


The Membership Assistant role is a highly organized, detail-oriented, data-driven position for the Center for Biological Diversity’s Membership department, which serves more than 50,000 members and 900,000 online supporters. This is a full-time position in the Tucson office, and is directly supervised by the Senior Membership Associate. This assistant position will work closely w/the Membership Director as well as the rest of the development team, senior leadership, conservation and communications staff.

Primary responsibilities:

  • Daily opening, sorting and processing of membership mail & online donations.
  • Follow up with incomplete donations through phone calls, emails and or mail.
  • Processing general member information updates to the member and activist databases.
  • Preparing and mailing merchandise orders.
  • Providing support for online membership systems and other development staff.

Other duties and responsibilities:

  • Troubleshoot and support entry and database management of member information and donations.
  • Provide general administrative support to the Membership and Development program such as processing donations, answering membership calls, emails and other requests.
  • Filing and other basic office tasks
  • Event organization and outreach with support of other Development staff
  • Maintain organization of office workspace.

Essential qualities, qualifications and skills:

  • Exceptional attention to detail, organizational skills, and accuracy in completing complex tasks.  
  • Knowledge of the Microsoft Office suite, spreadsheets and mail-merge functions.
  • 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.
  • Experience with Microsoft Access or other fundraising databases preferred.
  • 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 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 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.

 

Membership Director
Full Time
Tucson, Arizona

General position overview:
The Center for Biological Diversity seeks a motivated, high-energy, people-focused fundraising Membership Director based in Tucson, Arizona. The Membership Director will be responsible for overseeing membership fundraising — both online and offline — including the acquisition, conversion, cultivation, solicitation, upgrade, stewardship, retention and win-back of the Center’s grassroots base of supporters and members. While supervising the Online Fundraising Director, the Membership Director will also oversee the drafting of appeals and must be an exceptionally strong writer and thinker, as well as being issue savvy. An aptitude for tracking and reporting data and a deep appreciation for, and understanding of, the metrics of success is essential. This position manages two direct reports and a total staff of seven, and reports directly to the Chief Development Officer. The Membership Director also works closely with program directors, the major gifts and donor relations team and the Executive Director.

Essential duties and responsibilities:

  • Work with the Online Fundraising Director, communications team, Chief Development Officer, Executive Director and fundraising consultants to develop and implement creative, high-revenue-producing, targeted digital and direct-mail advocacy-based fundraising campaign appeals to multiple segments of our supporter base.
  • Develop annual and long-term strategic plans with goals designed to consistently increase the total number of members and fundraising revenues for the program.
  • Must have a sharp eye for numbers and superb data-tracking skills to determine the ongoing success of the program in real time. Keep eyes fixed on bottom line, communicate with management clear explanations regarding the overall health of programs, spot any weaknesses as they arise and propose how to fix them.
  • Working closely with membership staff and the finance department, produce regular reports for the Chief Development Officer and Executive Director to track and analyze the true costs of the membership program, income and trends.
  • Supervise the membership team, lead regular meetings and facilitate brainstorming and implementation of accepted ideas. Coach and mentor staff to encourage professional development.
  • Foster a productive and member-focused program that emphasizes efficient data management, tracking and gift processing; oversees and improves upon strong thanking and acknowledgment systems; and delivers high-touch, personalized, informative member services and communications.
  • Serve as the liaison between the membership program and the Center’s communications and conservation programs. Help identify opportunities in Center’s conservation work for local, regional and national membership fundraising.
  • Work with the communications program to draft and finalize our print and email newsletters.
  • Ensure that online fundraising campaigns are hard-hitting, innovative activism and revenue generators, and that they are influential, while leveraging our strong social media presence.
  • Working with the online fundraising and digital communications staff to expand social media presence so that it aligns with current and future giving goals.
  • Identify and target members with the ability and inclination to upgrade to higher giving levels. Personally manage a portfolio of 100-plus Fast Track members with potential to upgrade, personally communicate with them, facilitate their engagement, and work closely with the Chief Development Officer  and major gifts team to pass on high-capacity leads where they exist.
  • Field phone, email and in-person inquiries from the staff and public regarding conservation- and donation-related questions.
  • Oversee Center merchandise production/distribution; assist with event planning and the volunteer program.
  • Directly manage two staff: the Online Fundraising Director and the Senior Membership Associate; oversee a total of seven or more additional staff, interns and volunteers.
  • Supervisory responsibilities include interviewing, hiring and training employees; planning, assigning and directing work; ensuring that staff’s time is recorded accurately on timesheets and sent to Finance for payroll; routine staff reviews; appraising performance; addressing complaints and resolving problems.

 Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree (master’s preferred).
  • Strong understanding of environmental issues and nonprofit administration.
  • Five to seven years of nonprofit membership/fundraising experience desired. At least three years of experience working with online digital fundraising, social media and communication streams.
  • Proven track record of achieving revenue targets and managing and analyzing data.
  • Demonstrated supervisory, leadership and teamwork capabilities.
  • Exceptional written and verbal communications skills, including for email and mailed appeals, annual reports and newsletters.
  • The ability to work efficiently with remotely based team members utilizing technology.
  • The propensity to work with high energy, a high degree of initiative and from a positive perspective while maintaining flexibility and attention to detail.
  • Excellent computer skills and knowledge of donation-management tools and database programs.

A strong familiarity with donor/member management databases like ROI/Salesforce or Raiser’s Edge; advocacy/fundraising tools such as Democracy in Action/Salsa/Convio. Experience with community based e-acquisition tools such as Care2, Change.org, etc.; peer-to-peer and/or crowd-funding experience a plus.

The Center offers an excellent benefits package, including medical, dental, vision and disability insurance and a 403(b) retirement savings plan with employer match.

Application process: To apply, please send a thoughtful cover letter and résumé via email to MembershipDirector@biologicaldiversity.org, "Attn: Membership Director.” 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.

 

Program Assistant/Office Manager
Full Time
Portland, Oregon

General position overview:
The Center for Biological Diversity seeks a mature, experienced, full-time Program Assistant and Office Manager to facilitate the day-to-day operations of our Portland office and aid our program staff.  The Program Assistant/Office Manager will join the busy, dynamic Portland office (currently in the process of expanding and moving) and perform essential duties in support of the Center’s mission by providing administrative and operational support and enabling fellow employees to function effectively and efficiently. This position requires exceptional multitasking skills, excellent judgment and a good sense of humor. This is not an entry-level scientist, attorney or environmental activist position. We are seeking an experienced administrative professional ready to commit to our team long-term who is passionate about a career as a program assistant and office manager.

The Program Assistant/Office Manager will be responsible for general office administration and facilities management, including logistical operations, reception, phone and mail services, accounts and expenses, interactions with building management and outside vendors, and staff and office oversight (including arranging and coordinating internal office moves and meetings). In the  “Program Assistant” role, this position will provide administrative assistant support to three busy Center programs — Endangered Species, Environmental Health, and Population and Sustainability — reporting to the Endangered Species Director. This is an excellent opportunity for an administrative professional to dedicate his or her skills and talents to furthering the mission of a leading conservation organization.

Primary work breakdown:

  • 25 percent office management
  • 25 percent Endangered Species Program administrative support
  • 20 percent Environmental Health Program administrative support
  • 20 percent Population and Sustainability Program administrative support
  • 10 percent Freedom of Information Act administrative support

Main duties:

  • Spearhead administrative responsibilities for the office and designated programs, including logistics associated with an office move such as coordinating with contractors, selecting office furnishings and ensuring a smooth transition.
  • Assist with timesheets, schedules, calendars, filings, travel bookings and reservations, events, and retreats.
  • Coordinate schedules and appointments for programs, use of rooms and equipment, as well as other staff activities.
  • Oversee, order and organize all office-related supplies and equipment and serve as the liaison with building management and office-related contractors and vendors.
  • Assist with Freedom of Information Act data management and related administrative tasks.
  • Participate as needed in special projects and assignments.
  • Promote a happy, safe and secure working environment.

Desired qualities, qualifications and skills:

  • Administrative assistant and office-management experience
  • An engaging, mature, and warm professional demeanor
  • The ability to gracefully navigate diverse needs across multiple busy programs
  • A highly organized and logistical personality
  • A proactive attitude and enthusiasm for helping others in a variety of ways
  • The characteristics of a dynamic self-starter who can manage diverse activities and personal interactions, and who can prioritize and meet both short- and longer-term deadlines
  • Strong project management skills and willingness to run or assist with special projects as requested
  • A passion for protecting biodiversity on Earth
  • Comfort working in an office environment in the presence of canine companions
  • Notable computer skills and knowledge of office software packages

Compensation: Salary is commensurate with skill and 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.

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

 

Staff or Senior Attorney — Southeast Endangered Species
Full Time
St. Petersburg, Florida

General position overview:
The Center for Biological Diversity seeks an experienced attorney to advocate for the conservation of Southeast endangered species utilizing administrative and legal tools. The position will involve using applicable laws, including the Endangered Species Act, National Environmental Policy Act, Administrative Procedures Act and others, to protect the increasing number of endangered species in the Southeast 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 work to protect endangered species in Florida and the Southeast.
  • Identify and carry out opportunities to protect endangered species from urban sprawl, pollution, logging, agriculture and other threats through litigation and other advocacy.  
  • Develop detailed knowledge of the status of endangered species.
  • Build relationships with key scientists.
  • Utilize litigation and media campaigns to highlight the threats to imperiled wildlife.
  • Advocate for comprehensive protection of endangered species 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 of, biology of, and threats to endangered species.
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills.
  • A background in leading litigation projects and working collaboratively with peers.
  • A dynamic and assertive personality.

Compensation: Salary is commensurate with experience. 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 Center for Biological Diversity deeply values, and is committed to sustaining and promoting, diversity both in the workplace and the world. We believe there is not only an intrinsic link between protecting the diversity of the Earth's cultures, languages, plants and animals, but between that work and having a staff diverse in gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity and socioeconomic background. Applicants from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

Application process:
Please send a cover letter, a résumé, references and a writing sample via email (no paper) to southeast_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.

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