Assistant Director for Development and Communications

Prescott College Kino Bay Center for Cultural and Ecological Studies | Bahia de Kino, Mexico


The Prescott College Kino Bay Center for Cultural and Ecological Studies seeks a motivated and talented individual to provide leadership and support for the Center's regional conservation, community and education work. Prescott College is a private liberal arts institution of higher learning in Arizona offering B.A., B.S., M.A. and Ph.D. degrees. The Kino Bay Center for Cultural and Ecological Studies is Prescott College's field station on the central shores of the Gulf of California in Sonora, Mexico. The Center's mission is to protect priority species and habitats through the integrated application of science, education, information exchange, and community participation. The Center promotes and models collaborations between people from different cultures and institutions to co-create solutions to complex conservation challenges.

Job Summary

The AD works with the Director in a variety of areas that include, but are not limited to, development, internal and external communication, administrative support and leadership. The Center is seeking someone who has a strong interest in learning about all aspects of non-profit management and will be proactive in finding ways to assist the director in making the Center run efficiently and effectively. The successful applicant will have demonstrated skills in the areas of problem solving, attention to detail and organization. The roles and responsibilities of this position are likely to adapt as needed, therefore the candidate needs a high level of flexibility and the ability to prioritize and work on a wide range of tasks concurrently. The AD is based at the Kino Bay Center in Bahia de Kino, Mexico and travels regularly between the Center and Prescott College in Arizona and occasionally to other locations.

Reports To

Director, Lorayne Meltzer


Development (50%) responsibilities include:

  1. Assist the Director with grant management and grant writing, taking the lead in many aspects
  2. Lead fundraising initiatives, which include managing a crowdfunding campaign, creating donor outreach plans and assisting with donor cultivation and appreciation
  3. Represent the Center in meetings and correspondences with potential donors and collaborators
  4. Manage mailing list, donation and communication records and reports through Sales Force
  5. Assist the Director in recruiting and planning for high school and college groups
  6. Act as a liaison between the Center and the Advancement and Marketing Departments at Prescott College

Administration (10%) responsibilities include:

  1. Work with the Field Station Manager to assist the Director in logistics, meeting facilitation, organization, calendar development and management;
  2. Assist the Director in record keeping and correspondence
  3. Work with Director to facilitate advisory council communication

Communication (40%) responsibilities include:

  1. Provide participant leadership for team building and cultivation of a positive living/learning environment
  2. Act as a liaison between the Director and staff in certain situations and provide leadership in absence of Director and Station Manager
  3. Implement the Center's Strategic Communications Plan and oversee the Media and Communications Fellow
  4. Provide leadership and co-collaborate in the development of bilingual newsletters, outreach materials, social media, website content management, displays, art, communicating science, information management and more)
  5. Take a lead role in producing the Center's annual report
  6. Communicate with visiting groups before and after visits; participate in on-site orientations for arriving groups
  7. Participate in the Center's research and outreach activities as possible


Required Skills:

  • Bachelor's degree in a field related to the mission of the Kino Bay Center
  • Demonstrated high levels of organization, attention to detail, ability to problem solve and often work independently
  • Demonstrated success in fundraising and outreach efforts
  • Excellent writing and editing skills; professional level English required;
  • Advanced Spanish language skills
  • Information management skills (file management and use of Google Drive and Drop Box)
  • Some prior experience using Salesforce database or other CMS program or the demonstrated ability to learn  new programs quickly
  • Ability to work and live as a part of a bilingual team in a remote communal field station in a small fishing village in northwestern Mexico
  • Willingness to pitch in beyond project work to creating a functional and positive field station atmosphere
  • Ability to design appealing print and web-based material
  • Ability to multi-task and interest in being involved in many facets of NGO administration and direction

Desirable Skills:

  • Experience with CC Suite (InDesign), Microsoft Excel, Word and Adobe Acrobat
  • Excellent visual media skills (photography, video, graphic design, slideshows, etc.)
  • Experience managing public social media accounts such as Facebook and Instagram
  • Willingness/desire to participate in projects conducted through the Center
  • Working knowledge of ecology, conservation issues and culture of NW Mexico and/or coastal and marine regions in general
  • Photo and bibliographic database mgt. skills


Housing, competitive entry-level salary, project expenses and partial reimbursement of travel expenses will be provided.

How to Apply

Please direct inquiries and applications to Lorayne Meltzer ( ) with the subject AD applicant. To apply please send a resume, contact information for 3 references, and a cover letter addressing your interest in the position and your relevant experience and skills (see above). Search will remain open until filled; start date is September 5, 2019. For more information please visit our website:

Prescott College Kino Bay Center for Cultural and Ecological Studies