World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the world’s leading conservation organization, seeks a Senior Director, Strategic Communications and Stewardship at our Washington, DC office. WWF aims to better leverage organizational relationships with individual donors, Board and National Council members, foundations, private-sector corporations, US government institutions, and bi- and multilateral institutions to raise resources at the scale that our mission demands.
Working collaboratively with senior staff and across the organization, the Senior Director is responsible for the overall coordination, implementation and monitoring of an integrated funding plan and related fundraising campaigns, consistent with defined strategy and goals.
Develops an overall strategic plan for an integrated resource mobilization model that supports the mission of the organization involving resources and program (“goal”) staff and volunteer leadership in the strategic development process, to utilize their expertise and cultivate their support.
Establishes vision and strategic direction for donor/funder/influencer communications and messaging, particularly in support of WWF’s conservation priorities and resource mobilization campaigns.
Direct supervision for WWF’s Development communications and stewardship strategies in support of fundraising goals. Provides internal communications leadership and support for Development. Creates communications platforms for various donor audiences. Directs the benefits programs for Annual Giving (Partners in Conservation) and Gift Planning (WWF Legacy Circle). Manages a team that supports Development’s cultivation, solicitation and stewardship efforts, including production of fundraising collateral, case statements, donor proposals, stewardship reports, and programmatic materials. Responsible for the Donor Communications budget.
As the leader of the Resource Mobilization Core Team, works directly with the Fundraising Steering Committee and the office of the Chief Conservation Officer to plan and coordinate the preparation for a significant resource mobilization effort across the organization. Integrate this work across Influence and Programmatic teams in service of priority initiatives.
Donor Communications: . Develops and oversees the integrated communications framework for priority initiatives and fundraising campaigns. Creates messaging strategies for the Development program and oversees all Development communications.
Stewardship and Recognition: Works with Strategic/Regional Philanthropy, Annual and Planned Giving to establish and implement stewardship and recognition guidelines.
Internal Communications: Supports the department’s internal communication needs and serves as a repository for organizational information.
Development Systems: Works with Development’s Systems Specialist and other partners to ensure core WWF systems meet Development’s communications and stewardship needs. Helps craft Development policies and processes.
Develops and manages Donor Communications expense budget.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Directly oversees the selection, performance and evaluation of staff of the Donor Communications and Stewardship team (seven FTEs). Hires and trains new staff, outlines and communicates job requirements and other expectations, and reviews and evaluates the quality of work.
Education/Experience: Position requires a BA and 10 years demonstrated success in the conceptualization, development, implementation and management of communications to support the achievement of an organization’s revenue goals. Candidate must have demonstrated success developing, managing and overseeing marketing and fundraising activities. Experience with mission-oriented brand marketing, and success as a creative and effective manager essential.
Skills and Abilities
As an EOE/AA employer, WWF will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, or protected Veteran status.