Development Writer

Development Administration San Francisco, California Remote, Telecommute

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 Development Writer is responsible for writing and editing donor materials that are informed, accurate, and consistent with the Earthjustice brand. These materials support the organization’s ambitious fundraising goals and play a critical role in the cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of all Earthjustice supporters. Reporting to the Donor Communications Manager, the Development Writer works closely with program VPs, attorneys, Communications and Marketing staff, and the entire Development team to craft effective donor-facing messages and engaging stories with a particular focus on major gift fundraising. Materials the Development Writer will produce include the annual report, donor reports and proposals, events and trip collateral, newsletters, fact sheets, brochures, invitations, program updates, cover letters, email messages, and website text.

This role can be located in San Francisco, CA (preferred) or remote.

We will also consider remote candidates, ideally from the below locations where we have an established business location: Anchorage, Chicago, Juneau, Los Angeles, Tallahassee, Miami, Honolulu, New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, Denver, Seattle, and Bozeman. Other locations may be subject to agreement as long as Earthjustice can operate as a business in the new area.


Writing, Research, and Content Production (75%)

  • Work closely with the Donor Communications Manager and Development staff to identify writing needs.
  • Develop compelling and appropriate messaging for individual donors and prospects, and donor recognition societies.
  • Carry out a heavy volume of writing assignments on a variety of topics and with tight deadlines including major and principal gift proposals, program reports, stewardship updates, concept papers, talking points, fact sheets, newsletter stories, event and travel collateral, and annual report content.
  • Interview VPs, managing attorneys, staff attorneys, and PAL and Communications staff to develop narratives.
  • Work with the Donor Communications Manager and team writers to coordinate with the Communications department on content strategy in order to share information, collaborate on cross-departmental initiatives, and ensure consistency of organizational messaging and materials.
  • Research and review material prepared by frontline Development staff, Foundation Officers, Earthjustice attorneys, and Communications and Marketing staff to develop and produce creative, compelling written content.
  • Collaborate with the graphic design team to produce attractive and appropriate designed collateral.
  • Monitor and meet publication deadlines in coordination with fundraising calendar.
  • Edit and proofread written materials created by other Development and Communications staff.
  • Collaborate with DME team members and Development staff to develop new message framing, collateral types, and communication vehicles as needed.

Program Knowledge (15%)

  • Become fluent in the work of Earthjustice regional offices, programs, and campaigns. Develop a working knowledge of Earthjustice’s key past accomplishments and history.
  • Stay abreast of updates in program areas to keep written materials current and accurate by participating in program staff briefings and program area email lists, interviewing program staff, and monitoring website updates and press releases.
  • Track daily environmental news reports and keep updated information on a wide array of environmental issues.

Continued Learning (10%)

  • Attend departmental and organizational retreats for shared planning, team building, and professional development.
  • Participate in organization-wide initiatives and trainings that contribute to the creation of a diverse, equitable, and inclusive work culture that encourages and celebrates differences.
  • Utilize internal and external resources to support a personal and professional development journey that increases awareness and sensitivity to the needs and concerns of individuals from diverse cultures, backgrounds, and orientations.
  • Identify and participate in professional development opportunities (e.g. conferences, webinars, seminars, etc.) to enhance storytelling and communications skills and techniques, and stay abreast of new and emerging communications tools.


  • Bachelor’s degree and five or more years successful experience as a writer/editor
  • Journalistic, writing, environmental, and/or scientific background preferred.
  • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to synthesize complex legal and scientific material, translate it into compelling text, and communicate it clearly and succinctly.
  • Ability to develop successful reports, proposals, and other materials creatively.
  • Ability to prioritize work and to 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 concerns.
  • Demonstrate an awareness and sensitivity to the needs and concerns of individuals from diverse cultures, backgrounds, and orientations.
  • Contribute to the creation of a diverse, equitable and inclusive work culture that encourages and celebrates differences.

Salary is based on experience and location. 

Salary range in San Francisco, CA: $77,000 - $85,600

Salary range for remote locations varies. Please note in your cover letter where you are located if remote.

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.

Interested candidates must submit the following via Jobvite:

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter - stating your interest or experience in writing and the environment, and your location if remote
  • Writing sample of no more than 2 pages

Please reach out to if you are having technical difficulties submitting your application.  No phone calls, drop-ins, or hard copies.

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.