Communications Content Writer

Washington, DC 20036 Defenders of Wildlife Full-time

Job Description:

JOB TITLE: Communications Content Writer

CLASSIFICATION: Professional 3

SALARY: $64,000 - $68,000

FLSA: Exempt

DEPARTMENT: Communications

LOCATION:Washington, DC

REPORTS TO: VP, Communications

LAST REVISED: April 2021


We are seeking an experienced Communications and Content Writer to join our growing Communications Department at Defenders of Wildlife. We are a group that is disrupting “business as usual” in communications through creative strategy and tactics focused entirely on results-driven storytelling. Our work deals with exciting national-level conservation issues, including endangered species, public lands conservation, climate change, and many others. Our team is creative, ambitious, collaborative, competitive, demanding, and fun.

To be part of this team, you will integrate closely with day-to-day communications staff, working with our conservation programs teams to shape our blog, “Wild Without End” and craft and implement engaging copy for critical external audiences on our website. You will develop creative and proactive content while helping to measure its success. As part of the Communications Department, you will have an important role in conveying the stories we have to tell about wildlife, conservation experts, policies and other pressing environmental issues.


  • Editorial content planning, managing timelines, working cross-departmentally on scheduling and promotion.
  • Editing writing from across the organization for a variety of audiences and platforms, ensuring a consistent voice, accurate scientific content, and engaging educational content. Also enforcing online writing style guide and Defenders’ branding guidelines.
  • Provide assistance on (digital) storytelling to staff, guest authors, and stakeholders.
  • Drafting outlines, ghostwriting, writing blogs for campaign requests, writing web copy
  • Manage review and approval of written blog and web content.
  • Tracking performance of blogs and website pages using google analytics and Medium stats, considering trends, reporting, using analytics to inform content strategy.
  • Manage accuracy of current portfolio of web pages, respond to requests for edits and troubleshooting, strategize new content for website, plan layout, execute formatting
  • Manage website best practices for other website users.
  • Perform other duties as needed.
  • Experience developing a wide variety of written copy, including blog posts, articles, presentations, website content and more;
  • Experience managing website content using content management systems such as Drupal, Magento, etc.;
  • A knack for translating complex, dense, or otherwise challenging issues into clear, concise, messages for varied audiences;
  • An aptitude for working with a wide variety of staff to help shape and revise digital communications products as needed;
  • The ability to manage competing project deadlines and deliverables on tight timelines;
  • A healthy appetite for news and information, especially related to environmental and wildlife trends, issues, politics, and policy;
  • The desire to work with a cross-functional, integrated team to deliver excellence;
  • A commitment to uphold and defend the highest levels of ethical conduct;
  • Experience in the digital world and affinity to new technologies is a plus;
  • Experience with photography or graphic design is a plus;
  • A desire to work in a fun, fluid, and fast-paced organization;


Education: Bachelor’s (B.A./B.S.) degree or equivalent

Experience: 4 years of relevant experience

A minimum of 4 years of experience creating content in both traditional and digital environments;

An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed above.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities for Professional 3


  • Ability to accurately maintain electronic and physical records
  • Anticipate and meet the needs of internal and/or external stakeholders delivering excellent service


  • Ability to clearly and accurately communicate with internal and external stakeholders
  • Ability to articulate complex ideas clearly, accurately and concisely
  • Ability to convey effective messages to broad and diverse constituencies
  • Ability and willingness to effectively represent Defenders’ interests in external environments
  • Ability to exert influence and build consensus with internal and external stakeholders

Critical Thinking

  • Ability to handle sensitive and confidential matters with discretion
  • Strong research and data analysis skills, including ability to gather and synthesize information from multiple sources to produce high quality work products in a consistent, efficient, accurate, and timely manner
  • Creative problem-solving and troubleshooting skills with willingness to experiment and innovate new methods.
  • Facilitate and promote the integration of diversity, equity and inclusion strategies into Defenders’ work
  • Ability to independently exercise appropriate judgment in response to complex and/or fluid environments
  • Strategic thinker with the ability to take high-level strategy and translate into relatable points and action steps.

Project Management

  • Ability to work well under pressure and tight deadlines while balancing competing assignments
  • Ability to remain flexible and adaptable to shifting priorities while remaining responsive to urgent requests
  • Ability to take ownership of a project or process and to use problem solving skills to resolve issues
  • Ability to manage deadlines on multiple cross-functional projects in a dynamic environment
  • Demonstrated ability in managing competing interests on complex issues
  • Ability to independently initiate project and initiative ideas; managing projects and initiatives through to completion

Coalition and Community Engagement

  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to form effective working relationships with diverse constituencies including federal/state agencies; elected officials and their staff; Defenders’ members and donors; private landowners; hunters and anglers; community leaders; religious, scientific, and academic communities; and /or the general public.
  • Ability to lead diverse stakeholders in collaborative activities, to anticipate policy issues impacting wildlife and make recommendations within Defenders, other organizations, and coalitions.
  • Networking skills to engage with leaders in the conservation community, federal and state agencies, NGOs, and other organizations.

Conservation Knowledge (if applicable)

  • Expert-level knowledge of Defenders’ legal, scientific, and/or political issues
  • Expert-level knowledge of national and regional social, political, and ecological landscapes

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All employees are required to satisfactorily perform the essential duties and responsibilities of their positions. The essential duties and responsibilities listed above are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.

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