Communications / IT Specialist – Consultative Group on Biological Diversity – San Francisco, CA


Position Title: Communications & IT Specialist

Education: Bachelor (BA, BS, etc.)

Type: Part-time position (19 hours); non-exempt

Compensation: DOE + pro-rated benefits

Posted: January 8, 2016

Location: San Francisco, CA (Presidio)

Organizational Overview:

Founded in 1987, the Consultative Group on Biological Diversity (CGBD),, is a professional association of grantmaking foundations with a shared vision of a sustainable, just and healthy future for all life on Earth. The mission of the CGBD is to support and grow a community of biodiversity grantmakers that pursues complementary and collaborative strategies. CGBD’s member-driven programs focus on climate change and clean energy, marine, land and freshwater eco-systems, conservation science, and other international issues of biodiversity conservation and restoration. In addition, two programs focus specifically on the Gulf of California/Mexico and the Andean-Amazon Basin.

Position Overview and Responsibilities

As part of a nine-member staff, this part-time on-site position is designed to help the CGBD communicate effectively with its membership and maintain smooth and effective operations via integrated and robust information systems. The position combines direct communications responsibilities and hands-on IT management in a friendly and motivated non-profit setting.

Key Responsibilities:


Edit HTML tables for formatting member communications in MailChimp that are compatible with older versions of Microsoft Outlook.
Perform color correction, cropping, and enhancing of photos in Adobe Photoshop for member communications.
Layout type and graphics for on-line (and some print materials) in Adobe InDesign and Adobe Illustrator.
Curate content for various media including email newsletters, the website, and social media.
Manage organization of resources, reports, events calendar, member directories, news feeds, etc.
Ensure security of private content for programs and events.
Maintain and enhance CGBD brand through all media and communications channels.
Monitor online community activity to encourage participation and ensure that rules of engagement are observed.
Use Google Analytics, MailChimp, and Survey Monkey to analyze metrics for organizational communications to track the success of current efforts and to inform future strategies.

Information Technology:

Assist with management and maintenance of Salesforce, including working consultants, troubleshooting problems, developing new reports as needed, encouraging staff use of the system, and integrating new applications.
Maintain security patches for WordPress as well as associated themes and plug-ins.
Maintain productive relationships with vendors (website host, broadband service. provider, developers).
Provide technical support for event registration through RegOnline and Google Apps.
Onboarding and training new staff on software specific to the organization, including MailChimp, GoToWebinar, and Salesforce.
Serve as a technical training resource to staff.
Assist with audio visual equipment at CGBD events as needed.
Identify and evaluate IT options to help achieve the organization’s goals and ensure smooth operations.
Support CGBD staff and members with the use of communication technology
(video conferencing, recorded conference calls, webinars, email lists, etc.).
Monitor all IT systems and provide proactive maintenance for security and
privacy (review event logs, monitor firewalls, update security protocols,
troubleshoot system crashes, et al.).
Maintain hardware and software infrastructure of individual computer
workstations and office online connectivity.
Other duties as assigned.

Required qualifications:

Ability to edit HTML tables for email messages that are compatible with older versions of Microsoft Outlook.
Demonstrated skills in Adobe Photoshop and Adobe InDesign.
Proficiency in Microsoft Office for the Macintosh.
Ability to provide technical support to staff with diverse needs and skillsets.
Strong database management skills and familiarity with Salesforce.
Website management experience, including design, content, and metrics.
Excellent written communication and design skills.
Well-organized and detail-oriented, with ability to prioritize and achieve goals on multiple projects in a timely fashion.

Other ideal qualities:

Flexibility and good humor.
Experience working for a small non-profit organization.
Interest in environmental issues.

How to Apply:

Please email your resume, substantive cover letter, and current hourly wage to Please be specific in responding to the required qualifications.

No phone inquiries please.

The Consultative Group on Biological Diversity is an Equal Opportunity Employer and

does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, religion, national origin, gender/gender

identity, sexual orientation, disability or medical condition. The CGBD values diversity.

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