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Communications and Development Director at Quivira Coalition - 11267

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Communications and Development Director
Quivira Coalition
1413 Second Street Suite 1
87505 Santa Fe , NM
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About Quivira Coalition

The Quivira Coalition ( is a Santa Fe-based nonprofit that builds resilience on arid working lands. We foster ecological, economic, and social health through education, innovation, and collaboration. We aim to shift current agricultural and land stewardship practices in ways that produce good food, support meaningful livelihoods in rural places, sustain biodiversity, and remedy the impacts of climate change. We conduct this work through agricultural apprenticeship, land and water restoration, and farmer- and rancher-led knowledge exchange. Knowing that it is critical to the success of our work, Quivira is committed to racial equity and inclusion, and we aspire to build and support a diverse staff team and community, including groups that are traditionally underrepresented among conservation and agricultural support services.

Who we’re looking for

The Communications and Development (C&D) Director is a passionate communications professional versed in conservation and regenerative agriculture, as well as nonprofit communications, development, and data management across several program areas. The C&D Director enjoys working for and with a diverse staff to tell the stories of Quivira’s work in ways that support the organization’s growth. The ideal candidate is a systems thinker who understands the connection between communication, relationship management, and data organization—a tech savvy people person who likes to get their hands dirty.

This person can be as excited about writing an inspiring story as they are about designing a social media strategy, managing donor and member databases, and using technological tools that make all of this possible. The C&D Director has experience and appreciates working directly with farmers and ranchers, communicating about conservation and agriculture, and solving current food, agriculture, and land management system challenges. Finally, this person deeply understands that as climate change collides with our industrial agriculture and land management systems, solutions are found with the people who are developing practical, innovative, and equitable solutions—for communities, for land and water, for the lives and livelihoods of producers, and for the planet—and sees it as their mission in life to amplify this work.

This full-time position may be based out of Quivira’s Santa Fe office or remotely; it is full-time and will require some travel.

Terms of Employment

Quivira Coalition is committed to fostering, cultivating, and preserving a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion in our organization. We embrace and encourage applicants of all ethnicities, national origins, socio-economic statuses, ages, gender identities or expressions, sexual orientations, family or marital statuses, physical and mental abilities, political affiliations, religions, or veteran status.
Reports directly to the Executive Director
Compensation $52,000 to $58,000 depending on experience, paid bi-weekly
40 hours a week, salaried
Due to the pandemic, all employees are currently working from home with access to the office on an as-needed basis.
No relocation compensation
After three months, benefits include health care, dental, vision, simple IRA, paid time off, short- and long-term life insurance, and disability insurance.

Duties & Responsibilities: 

Position Description

This is neither a typical communications nor development position, but includes aspects of both. Quivira takes a shared approach to communications, fundraising, and program development, has a commitment to financial transparency, and endeavors to communicate in ways that invite diverse perspectives to participate in conversation and problem solving. More specifically, this means everyone on staff participates in these activities, and this position will play a role helping to guide them, and in many cases will implement them.

This position is responsible for the following work:

Developing and implementing an integrated communications and development plan and strategy in alignment with current programmatic work (see program descriptions above)
Developing and overseeing a communications and development budget
Developing and producing communications materials (written and graphic) for promotion, fundraising, and community engagement including newsletters, podcasts, grant proposals, reports, technical guides, and promotional materials
Communications support, guidance, and editorial assistance to programs for cohesive branding/messaging across the entire organization
Management, planning, and oversight of Quivira’s website
Oversight and maintenance of member and community databases
Donor and grant management, including scheduling, overseeing delivery and filing grant reports, and thanking donors
Event support in the form of communications and fundraising, specifically support of the annual REGENERATE Conference and of programmatic workshops and other educational materials
Designing and conducting three annual fundraising campaigns—planned giving, membership, and year-end; conducting occasional match campaigns
Working closely with the executive director and program directors to support individual programs and the overall mission of the organization
Supervising communications coordinator or other staff or contractors engaged in communications activities

The Communications and Development Director is a new position at Quivira. The person hired to fill it will play a leading role in shaping the job description going forward. (You won’t be filling the shoes of someone else, you’ll be co-designing the shoes you’ll wear.)

Education & Experience: 

Required Qualifications

Experience with nonprofit fundraising including grant writing, proposal writing, campaign planning and implementation, and donor cultivation and management
Strong professional writing and editing skills, ideally used in a nonprofit setting
Strong organizational skills and ability to coordinate a diverse and busy group of stakeholders
Graphic design skills and high proficiency in Adobe creative suite
Proficiency in WordPress and general website management
Ability to develop promotional materials to support publication, fundraising campaigns, and outreach events
Strong data management skills and familiarity with CRM software
Familiarity with conservation, food systems, regenerative agriculture, natural resource management, and Western land management
Ability to see the big picture and take actionable steps towards achieving strategic goals in order to realize a long-term vision

Desired Qualifications

Existing relationships or involvement with regional ranching and land management communities
Flexible schedule to accommodate weekend, evening, and remote work
Experience with antiracism work in a nonprofit context and familiarity with development of diversity, equity, and inclusion plans
Experience with G Suite (google email, drive, calendar etc.)
Experience with podcast production
Experience with video production
Multi-lingual in Spanish or Native languages

Application Instructions: 

Please use our form on our website to apply online. Please upload a current resume to the form as part of your application. No cover letter is required. Please also attach both a writing sample and a design sample as part of your application, in the form of uploaded PDFs or the URL to a website or shared file. Please have available the names, phone numbers, and email addresses of three professional references.

Send questions to Sarah Wentzel-Fisher sarah@quiviracoalition with the subject line “Communications and Development Director Application.”

Deadline for applications is February 1, 2020 with the intention of a start date in the last week of February or first week of March 2021.

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