Development and Communications Associate- San Diego Audubon Society


San Diego Audubon Society (SDAS), a non-profit organization working to promote the protection and appreciation of birds, other wildlife, and their habitats in San Diego County, seeks a highly motivated individual passionate about our mission to serve as the organization’s Development and Communications Associate. If you’re an excellent writer and editor, super-organized, proficient in web and social media skills, and love planning events, we want to hear from you.

Grants Management (25%)

• Research grant opportunities
• Manage grant tracking system and administer grants
• Prepare grant applications, including writing grant proposals and developing budgets
• Manage interim and final reporting requirements of awarded grants

Appeals and Donor Relations (25%)

• Assist in the implementation of membership, end-of-year appeals, and Birdathon fundraiser
• Support the Executive Director’s major gifts and planned giving programs
• Establish and maintain queries and reports to generate mailing lists, appeals, membership campaigns, and other targeted communications as needed
• Prepare reports and assist in donor correspondence for the Executive Director as requested

Communications (30%)

• Act as Managing Editor of the SDAS print newsletter, Sketches, including coordinating the editorial calendar, coordinating and attending Communications Committee meetings, managing article submissions, proofing layouts, and overseeing printing/dissemination
• Maintain and develop content for social media presences on Facebook and Twitter
• Manage content for the SDAS website to ensure the site provides up-to-date information and supports our programmatic and fundraising goals
• Manage and track yearly website domain, host, and SSL certification updates/renewals
• Work with the SDAS contracted website developer for any web updates that are beyond regular capabilities
• Produce e-newsletter, including coordinating with staff and board committees to develop content

Related Events (20%)

• Manage all development-related events, including planning, budgeting, venue selection and coordination, invitations, communications, registration, and follow-up activities

Desired Skills & Qualifications

• Deep commitment and passion for the conservation of birds, other wildlife, and their habitats
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills
• Very organized and able to set priorities and handle multiple tasks
• Hard working, self-motivated, flexible, and able to work in a team setting
• Professional experience in the development field preferred
• Grant writing and management experience preferred
• Advanced proficiency with office productivity software, including Microsoft Office suite
• Experience managing web content with WordPress or other CMS systems preferred
• Typing speed minimum 50 WPM

Other Job Requirements

• Must have a valid driver’s license, excellent driving record, and reliable transportation
• Must be able to work occasional evenings and weekends as needed to support development events
• Must be able to lift 50 pounds

Salary, Benefits & Terms

This is a 50% time (20 hours per week), non-exempt position. Wage range is $17 to $20 per hour. Benefits include paid vacation, holiday, and sick leave. San Diego Audubon is an equal opportunity employer.

To Apply

Candidates are encouraged to submit a cover letter and resume electronically to No phone calls, please. If materials cannot be sent electronically, hard copies can be submitted to:

Chris Redfern, Executive Director
San Diego Audubon Society
4010 Morena Blvd, Suite 100
San Diego, CA 92117