marketing | Manager of Donor Communications - Washington in Washington, DC

Manager of Donor Communications - Washington

  • OCEANA
  • $123,770.00 - 148,690.00 / Year *
  • 715 Gallatin St NW
  • Washington, DC 20011
  • Full-Time
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Founded in 2001, Oceana is the worlds largest ocean advocacy organization focused solely on restoring the resilience, diversity, and abundance of marine ecosystems to ensure that our oceans are a significant source of wild-caught fish that can help feed the world.

We achieve measurable change by conducting specific, science-based campaigns with fixed deadlines and articulated goals. Our campaigns extend to countries that, combined, govern nearly one-third of the worlds wild-caught fish, including Belize, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, Peru, the Philippines, the United States, Canada and the 27 countries in the European Union.

Oceana uses science, law, economics, grassroots organizing, and communications to win victories using five proven strategies:

  • Protecting habitat
  • Preserving endangered animals
  • Reducing overfishing
  • Increasing transparency
  • Curbing pollution
  • Oceana has won more than 200 significant policy victories and protected over 4.5 million square miles of ocean.

    Oceana seeks an experienced and creative Manager of Donor Communications to join the Major Gifts and Events team in our Washington, DC office.

    The Manager of Donor Communications is a key member of the Major Gifts and Events team. S/he plays a critical role in the success of the teams efforts to maximize philanthropic investments in Oceana and help the organization and its supporters realize Oceanas vision of healthy and abundant oceans. This position is instrumental in shaping messaging that conveys the impact of Oceanas work broadly and through specific campaigns as well as capturing the stories that convey the impact in compelling ways.

    The Manager of Donor Communications will be responsible for leading the development and production of a wide array of impactful donor communications content and messaging that supports the major gifts moves management process and enhances the success of our events and results in sustaining and growing financial support for Oceanas mission. The Manager ensures communications are up-to-date, align with Oceanas overall messaging and support all phases of the major gifts and event cycle.

    The Manager must be able to work independently to determine and satisfy the needs of various stakeholders/customers. The ability to prioritize and manage competing priorities is essential.

    The Manager of Donor Communications will:

  • Write compelling and effective donor communications, including appeals, general operating and campaign- or country-specific proposals, campaign pitches, solicitations, reports, cover and acknowledgement letters and high-touch and other donor communications.
  • Write copy for and manage the flow and production of cultivation and fundraising events copy, including save the dates, invitations, one-pagers, sponsorship solicitations, talking points, program book copy, acknowledgement letters, high-touch event, donor and internal communications.
  • Write or proofread donor and prospect research and writing of prospect and donor profiles and call sheets.
  • Write donor-wide communications about Oceana victories, campaigns and general announcements.
  • Assist with donor and prospect research and write and proofread profiles and call sheets.
  • Write internal fundraising progress updates and reports.
  • Enter donor and prospect communications in Salesforce records and e-files.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
  • The Manager of Donor Communications should possess the following professional qualifications and personal attributes:

  • Possess superior writing and verbal communications skills.
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills and experience working with various levels in an organization.
  • Able to give rigorous attention to detail.
  • Ability to plan and execute on multiple projects and competing priorities simultaneously.
  • Able to anticipate and balance the requirements, expectations and needs of multiple stakeholders and to produce high quality finished products within required time frames with little supervision.
  • Able to handle sensitive information in a confidential manner.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Knowledge of ocean, conservation or environment issues and/or the non-profit community and a passion for the work of Oceana a plus.
  • Bachelors degree, preferably in Communications, Marketing, English or a related discipline.
  • Minimum of 5 years work experience writing in the non-profit sector, preferably in the fundraising function.
  • Editing/proofreading experience.
  • Experience with Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Experience with iWave, LexisNexis and Salesforce a plus.
  • Candidates should submit a cover letter, rsum and two writing samples.


    Associated topics: alumni, alumni relations, annual, donor relations, fundraiser, giving, major gift, membership, raiser, relationship manager


    * The salary listed in the header is an estimate based on salary data for similar jobs in the same area. Salary or compensation data found in the job description is accurate.