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Director of Development and Communication Wildlife Justice Commission

For her client, Wildlife Justice Commission, Dux International is searching a:


Director of Development and Communication


Wildlife Justice Commission:
Law enforcement and legal experts fighting transnational organised wildlife crime.


The Mission

The Wildlife Justice Commission is an innovative, young, mission–driven organisation leveraging the rule of law and the power of investigation to stop the extinction of our wildlife. Our mission is to disrupt and dismantle the transnational, criminal networks trading in wildlife, timber and fish by collecting evidence and turning it into accountability.


The Wildlife Justice Commission is an international foundation set up in 2015 with headquarters in The Hague.

The Role

This position is an exciting opportunity to help a nimble, highly-respected international non-profit achieve significant growth in its financial and stakeholder support. The Director of Development and Communication will report to the Executive Director. S/he will be a member of the Management Team of four, involved in the organisation’s overall strategizing and stewardship. S/he directs a fundraising team and a communication team. The Director of Development and Communication will also help recruit remaining team members, including a Major Donors Officer.


In the coming years the Wildlife Justice Commission seeks to expand its activities around the globe and substantially grow its budget. The Director of Development and Communication will increase the Wildlife Justice Commission’s annual budget (currently at about EUR 3.36 million and growing) by expanding its base of foundation funders with the support of excellent communications. S/he will create and execute the annual fundraising plan and continue to put in place fundraising best practices, systems and structures and support other fundraising efforts as needed. Closely linked to the funding program, s/he outlines the communication vision for all target groups of the organisation. In collaboration with the communication team, this vision is further elaborated in a strategy to build the reputation and enhance the outcomes of the Wildlife Justice Commission.


Tasks & Responsibilities


  • Assist with strategic positioning of programs and mission, and play an active role in organisational strategic planning, organisational development and priority setting;
  • Lead the entire organisation to excel in donor/funder cultivation and stewardship and work closely with colleagues across program areas to maximize organisational and fundraising effectiveness;
  • In close coordination with the Finance team, prepare budgets and forecasts related to all fundraising and communication activities (should be comfortable with setting annual fundraising goals and have systems in place to benchmark and track activities and progress).



  • Develop and implement the Wildlife Justice Commission’s annual fundraising and communication strategy and plan;
  • Mentor and build the Development and Communication teams for professional development to contribute and achieve sustained growth of the organisation;
  • Strengthen Development and Communication infrastructure and systems;
  • Manage integration between the Development and Communication team;
  • Be an internal advocate for the Fundraising and Communication team to ensure the team can implement the organisational strategic vision;
  • Report regularly to the Executive Director on fundraising and communication progress against stated goals.


Fundraising Activities

  • Oversee research to continually build the pipeline of foundations and other prospects, including in the US through the organisation’s US charity and donor cultivation events;
  • Build a Major Donors program;
  • Draft and coordinate the preparation of proposals and reports in close collaboration with the Program and Finance teams; ensure timely submission of acknowledgements, reports and proposals;
  • Ensure regular communication with donors and oversee donor cultivation events.


Communication Activities

  • Work with the Communication team and other colleagues to develop appropriate messages and communication channels for various donor audiences;
  • Lead the Communication team to build the brand and strengthen the organisational narrative and positioning with key audiences;
  • Develop and maintain a powerful brand story across a range of stakeholder groups and audiences;
  • Create powerful strategic communications to enhance and support the outcomes of operational and policy efforts;
  • Build on and roll out global media relationships;
  • Implement effective crisis communication protocols and messaging;
  • Oversee on an ongoing basis the preparations of press releases, opinion pieces, presentations and editorial content, including oversight of multi-media content for social media, online and traditional media outlets.


Role Requirements

  • Relevant university degree, diploma or equivalent. MBA or other advanced degree desirable;
  • A minimum of 6 years of managing a team in a non-profit organisation, focused on institutional fundraising and communication. Experience with Major Donor fundraising desirable;
  • Established international network in the area of fundraising;
  • Strong understanding of the current media landscape including new and emerging technologies, streaming, social and citizen reporting;
  • Strong ability to cultivate (media) relationships across varied regional/national markets;
  • Excellent written and oral communication and presentation skills in English (preferably native speaker) and preferably in one other major world language; Dutch is a plus;
  • Experience with organisational and program budgets;
  • Anticipatory and strategic thinker able to work independently;
  • Hands-on approach and flexible multi-tasker;
  • Systematic approach to tasks and overall development operation;
  • Excellent time management skills, and attention to detail. Ability to manage a complex workload and work tight deadlines;
  • Commitment to the vision, mission and values of the Wildlife Justice Commission;
    Excellent interpersonal and team-building skills, team player;
  • Ability to work effectively with colleagues based around the world in different time zones;
  • Ability to maintain effective working relationships with people from diverse backgrounds;
  • Ability to maintain high standards of ethics, integrity, and professionalism, and to handle sensitive and proprietary information. Demonstrated discretion in dealing with sensitive information;
  • Computer skills: Microsoft Office, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, knowledge of and facility with donor management databases (including salesforce);
  • The position is based at the Wildlife Justice Commission’s headquarters in The Hague. Willingness and ability to travel on occasion is required.


We offer you

  • A contract for 40 hours per week for a period of 12 months with the intention of prolonging the contract;
  • A competitive salary package including holiday allowance and pension;
  • An international environment, working in English;
  • A chance to make a real difference ensuring justice for wildlife.


In order to apply, please submit an updated curriculum vitae and motivation letter (in WORD format please) before Monday 8th  February. Applications can be directed to to the attention of Victorine van Manen stating ‘Director of Development and Communication’ in the subject line.


The WJC workforce consists of many diverse nationalities, cultures, languages and opinions. The WJC seeks to sustain and strengthen this diversity and to ensure equal opportunities as well as an inclusive working environment for its entire workforce. Applications are encouraged from all qualified candidates without distinction on grounds of race, colour, sex, national origin, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation and gender identity.