JOB: Communications specialist

The communications department of Ducks Unlimited Inc. seeks an experienced, full-time senior communications specialist. The successful candidate will have excellent command of the English language; strong, proven writing skills; and proficiency with Microsoft Office software. The candidate must be an energetic self-starter who is detail-oriented, with the ability to handle multiple projects concurrently — and meet regular deadlines for each. Excellent communications skills are a must, and the candidate must be able to work as part of a high-level corporate communications team.
Responsibilities and duties:

  • Write and edit speeches, scripts, newsletters, action alerts and other high-level internal communications for senior staff and volunteer officers (a key function).
  • Interact frequently with senior staff and volunteer officers in preparing and finalizing speeches and other communications.
  • Create compelling audiovisual presentations for senior staff and volunteer officers.
  • Coordinate regularly and directly with DU Secretary/COO of Wetlands America Trust (WAT) in communicating with current and prospective board members.
  • Assist with preparation of materials for DU/WAT board meetings and attend meetings as assigned.
  • Assist in the planning, scripting and production of the annual national convention.
  • Write, edit and distribute press releases and other external communications to national, regional, state and local media.
  • Place stories in national media outlets, arrange interviews and support DU’s overall media relations efforts.
  • Represent DU at events and conferences as assigned.
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • Some travel required.

The successful candidate will have a bachelor’s degree in journalism, public relations, communications or a related field with 5-7 years of verifiable experience preferred. Excellent writing skills are mandatory. A high level of creativity and the ability to learn and adapt quickly to Ducks Unlimited’s fast-paced, results-oriented organizational culture will be essential. The ideal candidate will be organized, dependable, flexible, goal-oriented, articulate, courteous and discreet. Strong research and analytical skills are important. The ability to turn complex technical material into accessible and compelling writing is essential. Experience working with top-level executives and volunteers and an understanding of the natural resources/conservation field are a plus. The position is located in Memphis, Tenn., at DU’s national headquarters and reports to the director of communications.
To apply:
Please send resume and cover letter to Deanna McAdory in Human Resources at

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