The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is the nation's most effective environmental action organization. We use law, science and the support of 3.1 million members and online activists to protect the planet's wildlife and wild places and to ensure a safe and healthy environment for all living things. NRDC was founded in 1970 and our staff helped write some of America's bedrock environmental laws, including the Clean Water Act, and many of the implementing regulations; our water enforcement cases played a major role shaping current water policy throughout the country. Today, our staff of more than 500 lawyers, scientists, economists, policy and communications experts, and others, work out of offices in New York, Washington, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Bozeman, Montana and Beijing.
This is a unique opportunity for a talented project management professional with experience developing customized trips and excellent writing skills to become part of the development team at one of the nation’s premier environmental organizations. Reporting to the Senior Director of Donor Relations, the Travel and Donor Engagement Manager will be responsible for managing NRDC’s major donor travel program, supporting NRDC’s Global Leadership Council—a group of NRDC’s top philanthropic supporters and advocates—and coordinating other platforms designed to engage and inspire NRDC’s biggest and most influential supporters.
The Travel and Donor Engagement Manager is responsible for delivering on the strategies for NRDC’s donor engagement platforms, including the major donor travel program and Global Leadership Council. This will include project management, budget tracking, administration, and coordination with Special Projects and other teams across the institution. The incumbent will also manage a regular series of virtual events—comprised of conference calls and webinars—and seek other opportunities for meaningful donor engagement.
Manage NRDC’s major donor travel program, including (but not limited to) ensuring trips are designed to support fundraising priorities, identifying and selecting trip operators, securing contracts, developing marketing materials, working with Development leadership and major gift officers to ensure this platform helps maximize philanthropic returns, serving as liaison between donor-travelers and trip operators, designing and delivering pre- and post-trip communications that support strategy and deliver a memorable experience for travelers, ensuring effective internal communications about trip opportunities including creating trip briefings, collaborating with Donor Research to generate bios for travelers on each trip opportunity, and ensuring compliance with the established budget.
Provide exceptional project management for the Global Leadership Council in support of the program lead, the Global Leadership Council Manager, and in collaboration with Special Projects, Program, and other teams across the organization.
Collaborate with Membership and Online Giving teams to design and deliver a series of virtual events, including conference calls and webinars.
Identify vendors and, in collaboration with Communications, oversee design and ordering of swag for engagement activities.
Coordinate closely with Program and Development staff and with others across NRDC to complete projects to strategy and schedule.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Bachelor’s degree required.
At least 4 years of professional work experience in project management, travel, volunteer management, and/or events in a non-profit Development department.
Superior project management skills, including ability to independently manage the timeline and production of multiple activities and supporting communications, often working with numerous partners to achieve a high-caliber final product.
Excellent writing, editing, and verbal communication skills, including the ability to write in a range of voices and styles for varied projects with diverse audiences.
Collegial team player able to work well with diverse internal and external constituencies.
Flexible, responsive, and able to balance a variety of activities while meeting deadlines.
Able to quickly synthesize complex information. Familiarity with environmental issues, conservation, or related sciences preferred.
Strong analytical skills, and experience working with budgets and financial reports.
Able to work effectively and maintain composure under pressure. Good sense of humor helpful!
Commitment to NRDC’s mission to safeguard the Earth.
Fluent in Microsoft Office, with high level of skill in MSWord including editing and formatting. Donor database experience preferred.
NRDC is committed to workplace diversity and inclusion. We are equal opportunity employers and do not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender identity and expression, marital status, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. We offer competitive salaries, excellent benefits, and a pleasant working environment. Salary is based on a nonprofit scale and commensurate with experience. Consistent with the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.
To apply, please visit www.nrdc.org /careers and upload your resume and cover letter through our online portal. We would like you to upload any additional papers or project work that you think would showcase your abilities. Please no phone calls, emails, faxes or in-person resume drop-offs. Please reference where you saw this posting. NRDC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
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About Natural Resources Defense Council
NRDC is the nation's most effective environmental action organization. We use law, science and the support of more than 1 million members and online activists to protect the planet's wildlife and wild places and to ensure a safe and healthy environment for all living things.