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Communications Coordinator

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Defenders of Wildlife

Washington, DC

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Vice President of Communications


The communications coordinator will be expected to develop a strong knowledge of current issues of importance to the organization and first and foremost provide administrative support to communications staff on various matters relating to those issues. The communications coordinator will monitor press coverage, conduct research, respond to requests for materials and assist the vice president of communications on various projects, in addition to serving as an administrative assistant to the entire communications department, including its publications division. The coordinator will also film and edit short videos and manage the photo and video library and may occasionally write content for Defenders of Wildlife’s blog and other publications.


General Duties: Serve as administrative assistant for the entire communications and publications department. Process key paperwork for department, including contracts and budget/expenses; organize and maintain an inventory of Defenders’ publications; respond to requests for past articles and publications from public and staff; manage the online digital asset management system (DAM) that house Defenders photo and video archives; and perform other department administrative duties as assigned by communications department staff

Media Work:  Develop and maintain tracking mechanisms for analytics in Trendkite; upload press clips to website; manage and update “news” webpage on Intranet; respond to requests for information on media requests and/or publication information;  conduct research on press coverage daily and provide daily “in the news” report to staff; create and manage reporter lists in Muckrack; monitor and manage

account and distribute requests accordingly and in a timely fashion.

Video Production: Conduct interviews, produce and edit video footage; train staff in use of equipment; and work with program and communications staff to determine creative ways to use video to promote Defenders’ agenda.

Write, edit and review materials including, but not limited to, blogs, press releases, magazine articles and social media posts.

Advertising: Work with communications team and outlets to place advertising for high priority issues.

Assist vice president of communications on special projects, including the Annual Awards Dinner and other events.

Trouble-shoot problems with computers in conjunction with the IT department; create and maintain databases.



: Bachelor's Degree or equivalent in related discipline


Office administrative experience and/or training, familiarity with the workings of a communications office

Communications, media, environmental experience or interest

Video production skills

Interest in photography and ability to photograph products

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


Ability to effectively manage several tasks at once, use sound judgment and follow up on prioritized assignments

Strong written and verbal communication skills

Knowledge of programs including Excel, Power Point, MS Word and Adobe Premiere Pro and Photoshop

Research skills

Spanish language skills a plus


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk, hear and type at a computer.

Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability by to adjust focus.


General office working conditions, the noise level in the work environment is usually quiet.


$40,000 - $43,000 Annually 


Interested applicants please reference Communications Coordinator

position in your subject line and submit a letter of interest, along with your resume and salary history to us via e-mail at:

It is the policy of Defenders of Wildlife to provide equal employment opportunity to all qualified individuals without regard to their race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity (including gender expression), sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, family/parental status, or any other characteristic protected by law, in all personnel actions.

Defenders of Wildlife is a national, non-profit membership organization dedicated to the protection of all native wild animals and plants in their natural communities. Our employees work in an environment that is inclusive and honors each of our unique perspectives and backgrounds. We believe that the conservation of biological diversity is best advanced by the contributions of people of diverse backgrounds, experiences, beliefs and cultures.  We strive toward a collective goal of including all people in the conservation of our Nation’s wildlife and wild places.

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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