Communications + Development Manager

Job Type

Full Time




PO Box 223702
United States


Communications and Development Manager

Reports to: Executive Director

Status: Non-Exempt, 40 hours/week (includes evening and weekend work)

About​ ​Us:

MEarth is a multi-faceted environmental sustainability education program that inspires youth and adults alike to be better stewards of our selves, our communities, and our environment. Annually, more than 5,500 people participate in one or more of our four programs: ClassroomConnect, NatureConnect, FoodConnect and CommunityConnect.

At the ten-acre Hilton Bialek Habitat, located adjacent to Carmel Middle School (at the mouth of Carmel Valley), we provide hands-on, experiential learning opportunities to schools, county agencies, partner nonprofits, local businesses, and interested citizens from throughout Monterey County.

Our nationally recognized outdoor learning center includes a large meadow, bird habitat, monarch butterfly habitat, a pond, an outdoor amphitheater, a LEED-certified culinary classroom, outdoor kitchen with wood-fired oven, organic vegetable and herb gardens, heirloom fruit orchard, off-grid solar greenhouse, and native plant nursery.

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About the Position: This position plays a key role in advancing MEarth’s storytelling in service of expanding our public profile, marketing our programs, and securing funding for our work. Working closely with the Executive Director, the Communications and Development Manager will manage all communications, marketing and fundraising activities for the organization. The ideal candidate will have experience strategizing, developing and managing a nonprofit’s communication program, while also wanting to be directly engaged in the process of writing, editing and messaging - someone who enjoys both directly and doing the work. A primary and ongoing communications objective for this position is to increasingly establish MEarth as a county/regional source of information related to environmental sustainability (as it pertains to each of us being better stewards of our selves, our communities, and our environment). Finally, this person will work directly with the Executive Director to develop and manage MEarth’s fundraising plan, including foundation grants, individual solicitations, and business recruitment.

Responsibilities (include but are not limited to):

Communications and Marketing

  • Manage all communications, marketing and media efforts in both traditional and digital media for MEarth.
  • In coordination with Executive Director, develop annual communications and marketing plan, with strategies to expand MEarth’s public profile and fundraising efforts in online and print media.
  • Manage implementation of annual communications plan.
  • Work with staff and Board to develop messages that support and advance MEarth’s mission, brand, and programming; support staff and Board in accurately and consistently using messages.
  • Work with staff to develop and sustain “story-based narratives” for communicating brand.
  • Oversee and lead - from design to delivery - the production of all communications, marketing, events and fundraising collateral, in both digital and print formats.
  • Serve as editor, and oversee content development, for newsletters, website, outreach and events materials, annual report, videos, blogs, etc.
  • Lead efforts to secure traditional and digital media coverage in local, regional, and national media.
  • Manage photo library, communications archives,other related databases.
  • Oversee management and consistent use of MEarth brand.
  • Serve as one of MEarth’s lead public spokespeople at public events, and with the media.


  • In coordination with Executive Director, develop fundraising strategies to secure contributions from institutional, individual and business donors (prospecting, cultivating, stewarding, asking).
  • Lead and coordinate efforts to engage staff, Board and external advocates in implementing these fundraising institutional, individual and business donor strategies.
  • Maintain MEarth’s calendar for scheduling, tracking and managing LOIs, proposals and reports.
  • Work with Executive Director and Program Director to [1] develop focus of ask for grant proposals and other “institutional” asks (Rotary clubs, garden clubs, etc.); and [2] write proposals/asks.
  • Work with Executive Director to develop themes for, and write, quarterly appeals and other fundraising letters to individuals and businesses.
  • Work with Executive Director and Community Stewardship Coordinator to identify, design and coordinate fundraising events and other opportunities to steward/solicit individuals and businesses.
  • Oversee all efforts to maintain effective relationships with donors, including thank you letters and other correspondence, managing donor database, monitoring donor activity, etc.

Required Education and Experience:

  • Educational Requirement: B.A. or B.S in related field or commensurate work experience.
  • Experience Required: Minimum two years of work experience in communications and marketing, preferably with some fundraising or public/donor stewardship experience too.
  • Strong writing skills, ability to synthesize complex organization and programs into compelling communications and marketing content.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, ability to work well with organization and business partners, individual and business donors, staff peers, volunteers and interns, clients, etc. in a wide range of situations.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Demonstrated skill and expertise in accomplishing work-related tasks – with accuracy, precision, completeness, neatness, and quantity.
  • Demonstrated knowledge in accomplishing work-related responsibilities, including methods, materials, tools, equipment, and fundamental subject matter.
  • Effective and efficient work habits including organization of work, punctuality and dependability, industry, and good practices of both vehicle and personal safety.
  • Has worked collaboratively in a team setting, as well as worked independently.
  • Has followed and can provide oral and written directions.
  • Established and maintained friendly, cooperative, and effective working relationships with all persons contacted in the course of work.
  • Demonstrated a positive attitude and enthusiasm for work, willingness to conform to job requirements, and ability to adapt to change.
  • Strong communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • Demonstrated good judgment, promptness of action, and sound decision making.
  • Computer skills - Mac preferred.
  • High proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and other software.
  • Proficiency in graphic programs including Adobe Creative Suite highly desired.
  • Strong database skills (desired).

Required Physical Capabilities:

The working environment is subject to bending, crouching, or kneeling to access information and/or to assist students from ground level to 4.5 feet above the ground, pushing, pulling and lifting of instructional equipment and supplies, sitting on chairs or floor, leaning over for prolonged periods of time, reaching in all directions, and working outdoors for prolonged periods of time. Incorporated with one or more of the essential functions of this position are the following essential physical requirements:

  • Ability to see for purposes of reading instructions, labels, and other printed matter and for the safe operation of equipment.
  • Ability to hear and understand speech at normal levels in person and/or on the telephone.
  • Ability to communicate so others will be able to clearly understand a normal conversation in person and/or on the telephone.
  • Ability to operate a computer, typewriter, calculator, copy machine, telephone and other office equipment with dexterity and in a safe and efficient manner.
  • Ability to routinely lift and carry supplies and materials weighing up to 25 pounds.

Hours and Compensation

This is a full time, 40 hour/week, non-exempt position. Hourly wage and paid vacation package is competitive. Presently, no insurance is offered. However, the Board of Directors and new Executive Director have made securing increased funding to provide insurance for all staff a high priority objective for the organization.

To Apply: Please follow the link below to apply. No phone calls please.

Successful completion of the hiring process is contingent on applicant passing a multi-agency live-scan fingerprint/background check. (paid for by MEarth). Women, people of color and LGBT candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. MEarth is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Professional Level

Entry level

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

To Apply: Please follow the link below to apply. No phone calls please.

Successful completion of the hiring process is contingent on applicant passing a multi-agency live-scan fingerprint/background check. (paid for by MEarth). Women, people of color and LGBT candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. MEarth is an Equal Opportunity Employer.