About Us

Big Duck is a worker-owned cooperative that has been developing nonprofit brands, campaigns, and teams for decades. We’ve honed our process and structure to make communications projects manageable for our clients while delivering exceptional results.

Our team helps nonprofits use communications to advance their missions through brand building, fundraising and outreach campaigns, strategic communications plans, and coaching for communications and development teams.

We’re big enough to have deep expertise on our staff—but not so big that you’ll get lost in the fold. When you work with us, you’ll collaborate with a team of researchers, planners, writers, designers, and account managers who are skilled facilitators, strategic thinkers, and creative problem solvers.

As a worker-owned cooperative, Big Duck is owned by our employees. Staff who are member-owners have more power in guiding how Big Duck operates and an equal share in the company’s profits, regardless of their role, seniority, or tenure. We’re proud to be part of a global community of cooperatives working to create fairer and more equitable business structures and practices.

Are we the right partner for you? We’d love to learn more about your organization and discover if we can help. Read more about our team and what we do or tell us more about your project here.

Clients

Our clients change the world, and we love being a part of that. Since 1994, we’ve helped hundreds of nonprofits improve their branding, campaigns, and fundraising efforts. Here’s a list of some of our recent and current clients.

  • Apollo Theater
  • Brooklyn Botanic Garden
  • The Green-Wood Historic Fund
  • Manhattan Theatre Club
  • Newark Museum of Art
  • Project for Public Spaces
  • The Public Theater
  • Queens Botanical Garden
  • Sundance Institute
  • The WNET Group/ALL ARTS
  • Astraea Lesbian Foundation For Justice
  • CFLeads: Community Foundations Leading Change
  • Charles Stewart Mott Foundation
  • Community Foundation of Collier County
  • Fair Labor Association
  • Ms. Foundation for Women
  • National Council of Nonprofits
  • NeighborWorks America
  • The New York Women's Foundation
  • Robin Hood
  • Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust
  • Barnard College
  • Blue Engine
  • Internationals Network for Public Schools
  • The Jewish Theological Seminary
  • The KIPP Foundation
  • Launch Expeditionary Learning Charter School
  • Lycée Français de New York
  • MƒA (Math for America)
  • New York School of Interior Design
  • NYC FIRST
  • Parsons School for Design
  • Per Scholas
  • Bat Conservation International
  • Brooklyn Botanic Garden
  • Climate Central
  • Conservation International
  • GRID Alternatives
  • New York-New Jersey Trail Conference
  • Pasa Sustainable Agriculture
  • Prospect Park Alliance
  • WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society)
  • Urban Green Council
  • American Friends Service Committee (AFSC)
  • Auburn Seminary
  • Covenant House
  • Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles
  • Good Shepherd Services
  • The Jewish Board
  • National Council of Jewish Women
  • Reconstructing Judaism
  • Access Justice Brooklyn
  • Atlanta Community Food Bank
  • Chinese-American Planning Council (CPC)
  • Commonpoint Queens (formerly Samuel Field Y and the Central Queens Y)
  • Change Machine (formerly The Financial Clinic)
  • FAMILYConnections
  • Human Services Campus
  • NYC Department of Youth and Community Development
  • Pet Partners
  • Women’s Transitional Living Center
  • American Parkinson Disease Association
  • Breast Cancer Research Foundation
  • Burke Neurological Institute
  • CaringBridge
  • Fountain House
  • Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation
  • Open Door Family Medical Center
  • Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy
  • Primary Care Development Corporation
  • RWJ University Hospital Foundation
  • TSC Alliance
  • American Jewish World Service
  • Corporate Accountability
  • Global Ties U.S.
  • Health Equity International (formerly St. Boniface Haiti Foundation)
  • HIAS
  • Humanity & Inclusion-US
  • International Planned Parenthood Federation/Western Hemisphere Region
  • IPAS
  • Women and Manual Trades
  • American Civil Liberties Union
  • American Immigration Council
  • Community Change
  • Center for Constitutional Rights
  • Center for Court Innovation
  • Institute for Women's Policy Research
  • John Jay College Institute for Justice and Opportunity (formerly Prisoner Reentry Institute)
  • Keshet: For LGBTQ Equality in Jewish Life
  • National Latina Institute for Reproductive Justice
  • National Employment Law Project
  • Race Forward
  • Shriver Center on Poverty Law
  • True Colors United

Values

Big Duck’s values inform how we run our business, interact with our clients, and work together. These are the values that guide us.

  • Integrity

    We advocate for what’s best, not necessarily what’s best for us.
  • Improvement

    We encourage continuous inquiry, learning, and practice.
  • Pragmatism

    We embrace the realities of any situation to get things done.
  • Candor

    We communicate openly with our clients and each other.
  • Collaboration

    We flourish when we put our minds together.
  • Motivation

    We find inspiration in the people we work with and missions we support.

DEI Commitment

Big Duck proactively works to build our knowledge of and competencies surrounding diversity, equity, inclusion, and antiracism. As we continuously learn and grow, we set explicit intentions and implement practices that apply these lenses to our work with clients and how we run our company. Our in-house equity committee meets biweekly to build our collective capacity and consciousness and leads projects that engage our whole team. We also partner with other consultants who help us infuse inclusion and equity more deeply into Big Duck’s culture and practices.

Team

Big Duck is 100% worker-owned. We are a values-driven business that is actively working to center diversity, equity, inclusion, and antiracism in how we work together as a team, with our clients, and among our partners.

Board

As a worker-owned cooperative, Big Duck is governed by a board of directors, comprised primarily of staff who are member-owners. The board makes decisions and approves policies that benefit the cooperative and all of its members.

Our current board of directors are:

  • Sarah Durham
  • Olivia Freire, Secretary
  • Jennifer Petersen, Interim Vice Chair
  • Elizabeth Ricca, Treasurer
  • Farra Trompeter
  • Sandy Zimmerman, Interim Chair

Jobs

In search of the satisfaction that comes from helping great nonprofits improve communications? You might have what it takes to join our team.

What we're looking for

We’re hiring a Copywriter to join our team of collaborative, passionate nonprofit communications consultants at Big Duck. Copywriters on our team lead and collaborate on branding, campaign, and marketing projects, and generate creative written solutions that reflect an understanding of each nonprofit’s unique context, mission, and capacity.

Here’s some of what the job includes:

  • Writing and editing for a wide range of deliverables, including:
    • Long-form messaging (organizational messaging to help nonprofits communicate their story, boilerplate or “about us” language, vision/mission/values statements, cases for support, website copy, and more)
    • Names (of both nonprofit organizations and their events and programs)
    • Short-form copy (taglines, campaign slogans, elevator pitches, and more)
  • Developing a wide range of creative concepts with compelling language for campaigns, brands, and beyond
  • Collaborating in interdisciplinary project teams (designers, strategists, and account managers)
  • Working on multiple client projects, and successfully steering each one from milestone to milestone towards completion
  • Participating and presenting effectively in client meetings, interviews, and training workshops, with an emphasis on inclusion and equity
  • Engaging with project teams on discovery, research, and process steps to better understand the client’s unique needs
  • Supporting Big Duck’s marketing and new business efforts, which includes creating content (e.g., blog posts, podcasts, and webinars) and participating in presentations to prospective clients
  • Helping build and grow our co-op by participating in team meetings and retreats, contributing to working groups that advance company projects, and providing your input on our company’s priorities and goals
  • Participating in Big Duck’s diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging work by participating in our internal equity committee, engaging in ongoing competency building, and bringing a focus on equity and inclusion to client work and with colleagues.

The Copywriter reports to the Creative Director and is a member of the creative team.

The Copywriter is a full-time, exempt, salaried position. All roles on the Big Duck team are fully remote. Our standard work week is 40 hours, though occasional evening or weekend work or travel may be required.

For the experience level we’re expecting in this Copywriter hire (2–4 years of copywriting experience), we are offering a salary range of $55,000 to $62,500. Big Duck’s salary bands are documented and available for all staff to review.

For job benefits and application instructions, please go to our Workable link. We will be accepting applications through  November 20, 2022. The position will be open until it is filled.

Requirements

Strong candidates for the Copywriter role will have two to four years of relevant experience in copywriting-focused roles. Our ideal hire will have agency or consultancy experience and would have some familiarity with nonprofit communications, marketing, and/or fundraising (in-house, as a freelancer, or through an agency).

Competencies of strong candidates include…

  • Familiarity with nonprofit communications, marketing, and/or fundraising (through agency work or in-house, volunteer, or freelance work with nonprofits)
  • Strong long- and short-form writing skills
  • Capable presentation and training skills
  • Approaches creative projects in fresh ways
  • Collaborates effectively and respectfully in project teams
  • Meeting deadlines and prioritizing workload independently
  • Good communication skills—in person, on the phone, by video, and in writing
  • Close attention to detail
  • Values and fosters learning and growth in themselves and others
  • Recognizes their worldview, communicates effectively with people across cultures and honors the language sensitivities of the various nonprofits we work with.
  • Applies principles of equity and inclusion in their work as a copywriter and on our team
  • Comfortable with adopting new tools and technology, and working in Google Suite, Zoom, Asana, and Slack

Additional requirements

Our standard work hours are Monday through Friday, 9-5 ET / 8-4 PT / 8-4 or 9-5 for folks working Central or Mountain Time. We have a flexible time policy that encourages team members to take breaks and work in ways that support their health and productivity. Workloads are based on a standard 40-hour work week.

Aside from being generally available to work and meet during our standard work hours, qualified candidates must…

  • Have a permanent residence in the continental United States
  • Be available and able to travel occasionally (at least twice a year for team gatherings, and as needed for client projects—primarily domestic travel, but international is possible)
  • Have consistent access to a work environment with a stable internet connection, suitable for participating in video calls with colleagues and clients
  • Be able to participate in and facilitate video calls, including working sessions that can run four hours or more, with breaks built-in

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable candidates or employees with disabilities to perform the job’s essential functions.

Sounds great. How do I apply?

For job benefits and application instructions, please go to our Workable link. We have reviewed initial candidates who submitted by November 20, 2022 and are still accepting applications. The position will be open until it is filled.

Learn more and apply

Big Duck collaborates with talented writers, designers, and strategists at all stages of their careers. Experience with and a passion for working with nonprofit organizations is a plus.

Copywriting:
We’re looking for writers with experience in naming, short-form, and long-form writing.

Design:
We’re looking for designers with experience in logo design, branding & identity systems, art direction, design production, front-end digital design, print layout, and illustration.

Strategists:
We’re looking for researchers and planners with with experience in conducting interviews, developing and analyzing surveys, conducting landscape scans, creating communications plans, and more.

Sounds great. How do I apply?

Please follow the instructions and fill out this form. We will be in touch if we think you’re a good fit. No direct phone calls, please. Thank you for your interest.

Learn more and apply