EPIC Job: Director of Communications and Development

Employment Opportunity


Position title: Director of Communications and Development

Reports to: Executive Director

Position type: Full time, salary ($35-40K), benefits

Location: Arcata, California

Application deadline: December 1, 2016

The Director of Communications and Development is responsible to the planning, implementation and management of a comprehensive fundraising and marketing programs that build public awareness and support the organization’s mission, help achieve fundraising goals, and acquire and retain new members. The position reports to the Executive Director.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Director of Communications and Development develops and implements strategic, creative and effective marketing and communications programs to inform and engage members, stakeholders and other audiences; support fundraising; and grow the organization’s membership base—all to advance the organization’s conservation objectives. Specific responsibilities include:

Donor Relations

Planning, implementation and oversight of a comprehensive membership program, to achieve specific and ambitious goals in new membership acquisition, including major donor cultivation and planned giving, and member retention through direct mail, face-to-face meetings, and online appeals.

Train board members and others for solicitations, and facilitate solicitations for board leadership.

Enter and receipt contributions, maintenance of member/donor database, Salsa, and generation of reports and queries.

 Event Management

Lead, plan and implement annual Fall Celebration, donor events, house parties, screenings, and other cultivation events throughout the year.


Lead, manage and expand foundation support. Write grant proposals, reports, and other correspondence. Oversee grant expenditures, program evaluation and progress in coordination with Executive Director, and professional grant writer.

Communications & Public Relations

Production of EPIC’s bi-monthly digital newsletter, including management of editorial content, design and publication.

Production of other printed materials used in marketing, communications, membership, and development, such as the annual report.

Work with leadership team to develop the strategic content development for WildCalifornia.org, and other online platforms.

Planning and oversight of EPIC’s external communications, including media relations, and placement of article in industry publications and external media.

Develop speaking and fundraising opportunities for EPIC’s Executive Director and program staff, including civic clubs, Cal Poly Humboldt, radio interview, etc.

Knowledge and Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree and at least two years experience in non-profit fundraising.

Excellent oral and written communication skills including proficiency in grammar, editing and proofreading.

Ability to synthesize programmatic information and translate it into written prose.

Highly organized, detail oriented, high level of initiative, and ability to work independently and collaboratively.

Ability to multitask and manage multiple projects simultaneously.

Ability to build and maintain long-term relationships with fundraising constituents.

Collegial, upbeat, personable team-oriented working style, and able to thrive in a small office environment.

Knowledge of social media platforms and strategies.

Experience working with WordPress, Microsoft Office, and Adobe Creative Suite, and Salsa.

The successful candidate will be a hard worker, and creative problem solver.

Ability and willingness to work some evenings and infrequent weekends due to attendance at special events, and travel occasionally required.

Must embrace EPIC’s mission and programs to protect and restore the forests of northwest California.

To Apply:

E-mail a cover letter and resume to Natalynne@wildcalifornia.org. Position open until filled. No phone calls please.