Associate Development Writer

November 18, 2018
San Francisco, California
Job Type
Contact Name (not public)
Rianna White
50 California St., Suite 500


Earthjustice is the premier nonprofit environmental law organization. We take on the biggest, most precedent-setting cases across the country. We wield the power of law and the strength of partnership to protect people’s health; to preserve magnificent places and wildlife; to advance clean energy; and to combat climate change. We partner with thousands of groups, supporters, individuals, and communities to engage the critical environmental issues of our time, and bring about positive change. We are here because the earth needs a good lawyer.

Founded in 1971, Earthjustice has a distinguished track record of achieving significant, lasting environmental protections. We achieve this by hiring people who share a passion for justice and a healthy environment. Our headquarters are in San Francisco with offices in Anchorage, Juneau, Los Angeles, Tallahassee, Miami, Honolulu, New York, Philadelphia, Denver, Seattle, Bozeman, Chicago, and Washington, D.C.

The Associate Development Writer is a key member of Earthjustice’s Donor Marketing & Engagement team, which is responsible for developing and implementing strategic events, trips, and communications that engage, cultivate, and steward major gift, principal gift, and public support donors of Earthjustice.

Under the guidance and supervision of the Senior Development Writer, the Associate Development Writer is responsible for writing and editing donor materials that are informed, accurate, compelling, and consistent with the Earthjustice brand. These materials support Earthjustice’s ambitious fundraising efforts and convey impact and gratitude to the organization’s supporters. Donor materials may include donor reports, proposals, program updates, event collateral, newsletters, fact sheets, brochures, presentations, invitations, donor trip materials, gift acknowledgements, email messages, talking points, and special web pages.


Writing, Editing, and Research (60%)

  • Under the supervision of the Senior Development Writer, research and review material prepared by frontline Development staff, Earthjustice attorneys, Communications staff, and Foundations officers to produce compelling written content.
  • Stay abreast of developments in program areas to keep written materials current and accurate.
  • Communicate with program staff to obtain complete, up-to-date information on their work and determine what information is appropriate to share with donors.
  • Monitor and meet publication deadlines in coordination with fundraising calendar.
  • Manage a heavy volume of writing and editing assignments on a variety of topics and with tight deadlines.
  • Edit and proofread written materials created by other Development and Communications staff.

Program Knowledge and Communication (25%)

  • Become fluent in the work of Earthjustice regional offices, programs, and campaigns.
  • Track the status of legal cases and programs through program staff briefings, program area email lists, press releases, and other internal information sources.
  • Track daily environmental news reports and keep updated information on a wide array of environmental issues.
  • Develop a working knowledge of Earthjustice’s key past accomplishments and history.
  • Ensure that all produced materials are in line with the Earthjustice brand.

General Responsibilities (15%)

  • Work with the graphic designer to produce attractive and appropriate donor collateral as needed. Make text corrections and help finalize print materials produced with Adobe Creative Suite.
  • Liaise with the Communications department in order to share information and collaborate on cross-departmental initiatives.
  • Attend departmental and organizational retreats for shared planning, team building, and professional development.
  • Additional duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree desired.
  • Three years successful experience as a writer/editor preferred.
  • Familiarity with spreadsheets, databases, and Adobe Creative Suite.
  • Familiarity with project management and workflow tools such as Basecamp, Trello, or Jira preferred.
  • Ability to synthesize complex legal and scientific material, translate it into compelling text, and communicate it clearly and succinctly.
  • Ability to develop and produce successful reports and other materials creatively.
  • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to prioritize work and perform effectively under the pressure of multiple deadlines.
  • Exceptional ability to work and communicate effectively with a wide range of people across the organization.
  • Interest in environmental and public health issues.
  • Journalistic, writing, environmental, and/or scientific background preferred.
  • Demonstrates an awareness and sensitivity to the needs and concerns of individuals from diverse cultures, backgrounds, and orientations.
  • Contributes to the creation of a diverse, equitable, and inclusive work culture that encourages and celebrates differences.

We offer a mission and employee-focused work environment and a competitive compensation package including excellent benefits. Earthjustice is an equal opportunity employer and highly values diversity.

Earthjustice is driven by a passion for justice, partnership and excellence.  Our core values lead us to seek a broad range of perspectives and backgrounds to achieve our mission and to maintain an inclusive environment where all staff are valued and respected.  As an equal opportunity employer, we are committed to employment practices that ensure that employees and applicants for employment are provided with equal opportunities without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, religion, physical or mental disability, medical condition, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information or any other factor that is not related to the position.

For positions located within the City and County of San Francisco:  Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

For positions located within the City of Los Angeles:  We will consider qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring.

How To Apply

Interested candidates should submit a:

  • Resume.
  • A cover letter stating your interest or experience in writing and the environment.
  • Writing sample of no more than 2 pages online via the Jobvite system.

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