With world attention on both the environment and the economy, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) is where policymakers and business leaders turn for win-win solutions. By focusing on strong science, uncommon partnerships and market-based approaches, we tackle urgent threats with practical solutions. We are one of the world’s largest environmental organizations, with more than two million members and a staff of approximately 700 scientists, economists, policy experts, and other professionals around the world. We operate in 22 geographies with unique projects running across four programs. You will be part of a vibrant workplace where innovation and results are a way of life.

EDF envisions a world in which people from all backgrounds and experiences feel connected to the environmental challenges we face and are engaged in creating durable, equitable solutions. We seek talented candidates who share our Core Values of Respect, Results, Innovation, Optimism, and Integrity, and support our Commitment to Diversity.  

Remote - US, Austin, Boston, Boulder, New York, San Francisco, Washington, D.C.

Overall Function

The Director of Development Communications serves as a leader within the Development Department and EDF overall on communications strategy and execution for current and prospective donors of at least $100,000. Under the supervision of the senior director of Development Communications, the director manages a group of experienced donor communications professionals to ensure the delivery of high quality general and customized donor communications materials.

The Director partners with institutional, major and principal gift officers, program leadership and other members of the executive team to ensure that the organization’s greatest needs are met. The Director mentors and provides advice to direct reports and others within the Development Communications Team, and identifies and implements new ways to improve quality, efficiency, and productivity. The Director also serves as the Development liaison to the Internal Communications and Crisis Communications Working Groups, partners with colleagues in Marketing and Communications, and produces a variety of high priority deliverables as needed.

This position reports to the Senior Director of Development Communications. Location is flexible, but preferred in any of EDF’s office locations: New York, San Francisco, Washington, DC, Austin, Boston, Boulder, or Raleigh.

Key Responsibilities

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Develop and implement overall communications strategy for current and prospective donors of at least $100,000 in partnership with Senior Director and VP for Development
  • Manage, coach and mentor Development Communications staff members
  • Manage workload and distribution of assignments to team members in partnership with Senior Director
  • Partner with institutional, major and principal gift officers to determine the best way to produce deliverables needed for the donors in their portfolios
  • Provide guidance and editorial direction on the production of board communications, proposals, funding menus, reports, fact sheets, brochures, donor emails, teleconference scripts, PowerPoints and other communications
  • Identify needs for new or revised materials, graphics, photos; create new ways to communicate with high-capacity donors and prospects
  • Maintain a working knowledge of current best practices in fundraising and donor communications
  • Maintain a working knowledge of the philanthropic priorities and activities of the organization’s top donors
  • Work with Program and Development leadership to create communications strategies for EDF’s highest priority funding needs
  • Develop and maintain productive working relationships with program leadership to ensure clear understanding of and work plans to advance shared priorities
  • Make sure that all Development staff have access to the program information they need to fundraise successfully, through the project space, internal emails, in-person updates by program staff, and other means
  • Execute special projects that will add value for the department or the organization
  • Serve as the Development lead on EDF-wide internal communications and crisis communications
  • Participate in advancing EDF DEI goals in which people from all backgrounds and experiences feel connected, included, and empowered to address the environmental and organizational challenges in alignment with EDF values


  • Bachelor’s degree in English/communications/journalism or related field; advanced degree preferred
  • Minimum 10 years’ development/marketing/communications experience
  • Experience in the environmental or nonprofit field; or on a science and policy heavy topic/campaign
  • Experience working in a matrixed organization with multiple internal/external stakeholders and teams and consultants spanning the globe
  • Proven ability to use communications as a tool to achieve goals
  • Strong team management and mentoring skills
  • Superb strategy, writing, editing, and communications skills
  • Demonstrates self-awareness, cultural competency, and inclusivity, and ability to work with colleagues and stakeholders across diverse cultures and backgrounds.

How to Apply
Please submit your Resume and Cover Letter on our careers site at: Director, Development Communications

Environmental Defense Fund is an equal opportunity employer where an applicant's qualifications are considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other basis prohibited by law.

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