Media Relations and Development Associate: The Delaware Riverkeeper Network

Description: The Delaware Riverkeeper Network (DRN), a grassroots, regional, nonprofit working to protect and restore the Delaware River is seeking a Media Relations and Development Associate. The successful candidate will join a passionate team working hard to protect the longest undammed river east of the Mississippi. The open position has responsibilities for providing administrative and editorial support to advocacy and legal staff, as well as providing support to the Director of Grants and Operations for all fundraising activities including researching funders and donors, and managing proposal development, writing, submittal, progress tracking, and reporting.

Reports to: Director of Grants and Operations Key responsibilities:

Media Relations (50%)

  • Assists advocacy and legal staff with the drafting, proofreading, pitching, and distributing of media content
  • Ensures all press releases and press statements comply with organizational guidelines
  • Prepares and disseminates organizational information through press releases, press statements, and pitch letters
  • Creates, maintains, and organizes media distribution lists
  • Undertake proactive media outreach to local, national, and regional press and secure coverage of DRN’s work in general as well as for specific programs, projects, and initiatives
  • Builds and maintains relationships with key media contacts
  • Assists with the development of targeted media strategies, email campaigns, and media toolkits

Grant Writing and Development (50%)

  • Helps identify new funders aligned with DRN’s mission and programs, and prospect new grant opportunities
  • Writes letters of intent, assists with writing grant proposals and compiling and submitting materials, and helps write progress reports
  • Manages workflow for proposals, including tracking open application cycles and application due dates, and including updating of a proposal calendar in Fluxx, and contact information and notes in Google suite and Salesforce
  • Engages with advocacy and legal staff to maintain knowledge of DRN’s programs and to collect data and information to support proposals and reports
  • Works in collaboration with Director of Grants and Operations and the Development Team to develop, manage, and execute fundraising strategies, work plans, appeals, and campaigns
  • Creates donor cultivation, solicitation, and acknowledgment correspondence
  • Ensures timely, personalized, and accurate communications with donors, including follow-up calls as needed
  • Participates in DRN-sponsored events as needed

Other duties as assigned


Limited level of travel throughout the watershed is required, and access to reliable transportation is essential. Some evening and weekend work required.


  • Minimum bachelors level degree OR five (5) years of experience in grant writing, grant compliance, or a related field
  • Exceptional English, writing, editing, and proofreading skills
  • Team player capable of working independently with minimal oversight
  • Detail-oriented, organized, efficient, and flexible
  • Ability to work with sensitive and confidential information
  • Ability to multi-task in a high performing environment, expected
  • Innovative thinker and creative problem solver
  • Excellent computer skills, including a high degree of proficiency in a variety of online systems and software and/or ability to learn them (current systems/software used include: Google suite, Office 365 suite; Cision; and Fluxx)
  • Work experience in the nonprofit sector, preferably in the environmental field Salary: Base starts at $45,000, but is negotiable.


  • Insurance: Medical, Dental, Vision, Life, Short & Long Term Disability
  • 401(k) retirement plan with employer match after one year of employment
  • Flexible Spending Accounts: Medical, Dependent Care, Transit & Parking Expenses
  • Standard time-off policies
  • Relaxed work atmosphere and dress code

Location: This is a hybrid position, working remotely and in DRN’s office in Bristol, Bucks County, PA. DRN will arrange a WFH and in-office schedule that fits the organizational duties and the individual.

Application Procedure: Please send email with the required attachments to the attention of Hiring Manager at Email subject line should read, “Media Relations and Development Associate.” No telephone calls.

Required Materials: Cover Letter, Resume, Names and contact information for three references, and at least one writing sample.

Timeline: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Physical Requirements and Demands/Work Environment:

  • Physical ability to perform the essential functions of the job, including some hands-on physical
  • Constantly required to operate standard office equipment, such as a computer, phones, photocopiers, printers, and fax machines. Occasionally required to move files, open filing cabinets and bend or stand as
  • Occasionally required to lift up to 35
  • Work will be primarily indoors, in an office

DRN is an equal opportunity employer. The Delaware Riverkeeper Network is committed to creating an inclusive community of staff and volunteers that is representative of the Watershed we serve. In doing so, we are better able to champion the rights of our communities to a Delaware River and tributary streams that are free- flowing, clean, healthy, and abundant with a diversity of life. We know through experience that different ideas, perspectives, and backgrounds create a stronger voice for the River.