The Nature Conservancy Associate Director of Donor Communications (Location Negotiable) in District Of Columbia


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The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working to make a positive impact for people and nature around the world in 69 countries, all 50 United States, major US cities and in your neighborhood. Founded in 1951, the mission of The Nature Conservancy is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. One of our core values is our commitment to diversity. Therefore, we are committed to a globally diverse and culturally competent workforce. Visit to learn more.

The Nature Conservancy offers competitive compensation, 401k or savings-plan matching for eligible employees, excellent benefits, flexible work policies and a collaborative work environment. We also provide professional development opportunities and promote from within. As a result, you will find a culture that supports and inspires conservation achievement and personal development, both within the workplace and beyond.


The Associate Director of Donor Communications is responsible for directing all aspects of a subset of the Donor Communications Team and supporting the Director as needed in management and direction of the entire team. The Associate Director oversees, manages and participates in the development and production ofcommunications materials for The Nature Conservancy’s principal gift donors in support of the organization’s highest priorities. The position reports to the Director of Donor Communications.


The Associate Director of Donor Communications works towards meeting the strategic priorities of the Donor Communications Team by developing and managing plans and strategies and overseeing production of communications materials to engage, solicit and steward individual and institutional donors and prospects with the capacity to give at the $5 million+ level.

The Associate Director of Donor Communications manages a subset of the Donor Communications Team and advises and supports all team members. They provide direct oversight, training and professional development to a team tasked with helping achieve the organization’s fundraising goals. They support the Director regarding strategy, project management, organizational training and team outreach. The Associate Director is responsible, along with the Director, for ensuring a collaborative and well-integrated donor communications effort within the Development Division and across the organization, including marketing and internal communications. They lead the development and dissemination of key organizational messages, and provides advice, guidance and training related to donor communications and stewardship to a wide range of colleagues across the organization.

The Associate Director of Donor Communications is responsible for overseeing and cultivating close relationships with leadership of the Donor Engagement and Stewardship Team and other senior Development staff, as well as closely aligned teams in Marketing, Strategic Communications, Conservation, Legal and Finance, to ensure consistency of organizational messaging and materials and to foster greater organizational collaboration. They support Executive Team fundraising by maintaining close relationships with, and offering guidance to, global conservation leadership and other Executive Team members as they engage with the organization’s top donors.


  • Broad management responsibility for four or more Donor Communications Team staff, including training, professional development, establishing clear directions, setting “stretch” objectives, and overseeing the execution of day-to-day work.
  • Commit actions and resources in a way that affects public image, and binds the organization financially or legally.
  • Develop and administer budget, evaluate results and develop corrective strategies as needed.
  • Ensure that programmatic commitments, TNC policies and procedures, and financial standards are met and managed for ethical compliance.
  • Implement and direct multiple projects across and beyond Donor Communications Team, directing work of staff, managing budget, setting deadlines, and ensuring accountability.
  • Lead new programs/initiatives that will ensure department and organization-wide goals and strategies are achieved.
  • Maintain confidentiality of frequently sensitive and emotionally charged information.
  • Manage strategic initiatives through collaboration with stakeholders in order to enhance performance in accordance with short and long-term objectives.
  • Maximum opportunity to act independently, resolves complex issues regarding donor communications organization-wide.
  • May direct or participate in negotiations for complex, high profile or sensitive agreements.
  • Minimize legal risk to the Conservancy and ensure legal compliance with applicable state and local regulations.
  • Responsibility and accountability for meeting strategic goals and objectives.
  • Travel frequently and on short notice, and work long hours and weekends, as needed.
  • Work environment involves only infrequent exposure to disagreeable elements and minor physical exertion and/or strain.


  • Bachelor’s degree and 7 years of experience related to donor communications, writing and editing.
  • Experience in planning and delivering budgetary responsibilities.
  • Supervisory experience.
  • Experience developing, managing and implementing multiple projects and strategic goals.
  • Experience working across complex organizations.
  • Experience working with cross-functional teams across multiple organizational levels.
  • Experience and training in principles, practices, and procedures of donor communications.


  • Experience managing a geographically dispersed, multi-disciplinary team.
  • Expert knowledge of current and evolving trends in fundraising and donor communications.
  • Effective training skills.
  • Understanding of best practices in non-profit management.
  • Effectively communicates via presentations, conversations and documents.
  • Proficiency in synthesizing materials from multiple sources into a coherent and accurate summary.
  • Proficiency in working independently as well as jointly with colleagues on a team.
  • Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross cultural experience are appreciated.


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The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Our commitment to diversity includes the recognition that our conservation mission is best advanced by the leadership and contributions of men and women of diverse backgrounds, beliefs and culture. Recruiting and mentoring staff to create an inclusive organization that reflects our global character is a priority and we encourage applicants from all cultures, races, colors, religions, sexes, national or regional origins, ages, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity, military, protected veteran status or other status protected by law.

The successful applicant must meet the requirements of *The Nature Conservancy’s background screening process.*

Job Title: Associate Director of Donor Communications (Location Negotiable)

Location: DC Metro Area

Job ID: 45375

Regular/Temporary: Regular

Full/Part Time: Full-Time