Staff Writer

Summary

The Staff Writer has primary responsibility for creating, coordinating and managing NFWF’s content for the website and publications; writing and editing across multiple channels and formats; branding and messaging; adjunct publications management; and coordination with and management of external contractors. S/he works with the Communications Team, and assists program leads and senior management, on all communication-related issues.
 
The Staff Writer works collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders on program initiatives and website content, and serves as the writer on internal and external communications including, but not limited to the NFWF website, annual reports, reports, presentations, brochures, newsletters and press releases. 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Serves as staff writer and editor for a broad array of organizational communications including, but not limited to, the NFWF website, annual reports, press releases, staff newsletter, brochures, and presentations.
  • Creates, edits, and posts online content, including news releases, program descriptions, feature stories, photo galleries, etc. Works closely with the Manager, Web Services to ensure that nfwf.org is a key resource for initiative efforts with high-quality, relevant, timely, brand-consistent and fresh content.
  • In-house graphic design for staff newsletter, reports, Board meeting materials, advertisements, and other materials as requested.
  • At the direction of the Executive Vice President, External Affairs, manages external contractors for annual report and other major graphic design projects as needed.
  • Reviews and contributes writing and editing for internal reports, PowerPoint presentations, and other NFWF products as requested.
  • Coordinates all aspects of production for NFWF print materials, including design and printing.
  • Recommends and creates print and web products and content for targeted audiences.
  • Collaborates with the Communications Team to create additional content as requested, which may include event collateral, video scripts, slideshows and other media.
  • Participates in regular team meetings to review progress and deliverables.
  • Develops and maintains standards for logo use, branding and message consistency for Foundation materials.
  • Maintains repository of communications materials on the NFWF Communications portal and assists staff members in their use.

SECONDARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • At the direction of Director, Communications assists with social media, including, but not limited to, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.
  • Edits external press releases that mention NFWF and coordinates with staff to collect quotes from senior leadership.
  • Works with the Director, Communications to create and post press releases and with Foundation partners to coordinate announcements, press events, etc. Works with external stakeholders to update and create their NFWF web content.
  • Assists with compilation of daily news as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS (EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, SKILLS)

  • Bachelor’s degree in Journalism, English, or related field from an accredited college or university and 3 or more years of experience in the field required, or equivalent combination.
  • Ability to understand, interpret, and write about scientific information for the general public.
  • Exceptional and versatile writer and editor who can work on a wide variety of projects, ranging from web content to press releases to executive speeches.
  • Proven verbal communication skills, including communicating with others, listening effectively, interviewing and gathering information from sources at all levels in the organization.
  • Ability to coordinate multiple projects with several variables, set realistic deadlines, manage a timeline, and work within a budget.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office, especially PowerPoint, is required.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft SharePoint, Adobe InDesign, and Adobe Photoshop a plus.
  • Strong attention to detail and ability to edit and proofread.
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills.
  • Ability to respond quickly and accurately to requests for information.
  • Flexibility in a rapidly changing environment.
  • Strong analytical skills.
  • Positive attitude and ability to work in a team, as well as independently without requiring detailed management review of general work.
  • Willingness and ability to learn in both formal and informal settings.
  • Exceptional graphic sense and intuitive understanding of design principles.

Compensation

Commensurate with experience.

Location

Washington, DC

Application Information

To apply, please send an e-mail, with attachments in Word or PDF format, containing your cover letter describing your interest and qualifications, resume, three professional references and your salary requirements to Marla Carter, Human Resources Manager, at HR6@nfwf.org. National Fish and Wildlife Foundation is an equal opportunity employer.

 
Equal Opportunity Statement - The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. The Foundation does not discriminate against any employee, applicant, director, officer, contractor, or any other person with whom it deals because of race, creed, color, disability, age, sex, veteran status, religion or political affiliation. The Foundation complies with all federal and local statutes prohibiting discrimination in employment.
Disclaimer - The statements contained herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work to be performed by the employees in these positions. The statements are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of a person in each position. Other responsibilities, duties, and skills may be assigned and management retains the right to add or change the responsibilities, duties, and skills at any time.