About Us

Big Duck has been developing the voices of determined nonprofits for decades, so we’ve honed our process and structure to make communications projects manageable for our clients while delivering exceptional results.

We’re big enough to have deep expertise on our staff—but not so big that you’ll get lost in the fold or assigned a team that lacks experience. Our optimal size, skill sets, and processes ensure that we forge ahead on your projects reliably and efficiently no matter what.

Our team is actively helping nonprofits navigate the COVID-19 crisis through fundraising campaigns, materials development, and communications consulting.

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
  • The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
  • Manhattan Theatre Club
  • Newark Museum of Art
  • Project for Public Spaces
  • The Public Theater
  • Queens Botanical Garden
  • Sundance Institute
  • CFLeads: Community Foundations Leading Change
  • Charles Stewart Mott Foundation
  • Coast Guard Foundation
  • Community Foundation of Collier County
  • Fair Labor Association
  • Ms. Foundation for Women
  • NeighborWorks America
  • The New York Women's Foundation
  • Robin Hood
  • Women Donors Network
  • Barnard College
  • Hannah Senesh Community Day School
  • 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
  • American Wind Energy Association
  • 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)
  • ADL
  • American Friends Service Committee (AFSC)
  • Auburn Seminary
  • Covenant House
  • Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles
  • Good Shepherd Services
  • Hillel International
  • Israel Policy Forum
  • The Jewish Board
  • Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan
  • Reconstructing Judaism
  • Atlanta Community Food Bank
  • Chinese-American Planning Council (CPC)
  • Commonpoint Queens (formerly Samuel Field Y and the Central Queens Y)
  • Community Service Society
  • FAMILYConnections
  • Change Machine (formerly The Financial Clinic)
  • Girls on the Run NYC
  • Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles
  • PGA REACH
  • NYC Department of Youth and Community Development
  • United Way for Greater Austin
  • Wayfinder Family Services
  • American Association for Thoracic Surgery
  • American Parkinson Disease Association
  • Breast Cancer Research Foundation
  • Burke Neurological Institute
  • CaringBridge
  • Fountain House
  • Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation
  • Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy
  • Pathfinder International
  • Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance
  • American Jewish World Service
  • Corporate Accountability
  • Friends of UNFPA
  • Global Ties U.S.
  • Health Equity International (formerly St. Boniface Haiti Foundation)
  • HIAS
  • Humanity & Inclusion-US
  • International Planned Parenthood Federation/Western Hemisphere Region
  • Masa Israel Journey
  • Women and Manual Trades
  • American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
  • 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
  • New York Civil Liberties Union
  • Race Forward
  • Shriver Center on Poverty Law

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 improve our diversity, equity, and inclusion knowledge and abilities because doing so is critical to the success of Big Duck and of our clients’ missions. As we continuously learn and grow, we apply these lenses to our work and to how we run our company. As part of this effort, all Big Duck employees participate in a daylong training on racial equity led by Race Forward. Our in-house equity committee (that all staff take part in) meets monthly to build our collective capacity and consciousness and leads projects that embed equity into our work. We also partner with other consultants who help us infuse equity more deeply into Big Duck’s culture and practices.

Team

Big Duck is a values-driven and certified woman-owned business (WBE). We celebrate equity, diversity, and inclusiveness on our team, with our clients, and among our partners.

Jobs

In search of the satisfaction that comes from helping great nonprofits improve their communications? Know how to balance hard work with good fun? More than okay with occasional visits from one or two adorable office dogs? You might have what it takes to join our team.

What we're looking for

We’re hiring a Strategist to join Big Duck. Our new team member will join a collaborative, equity-focused team of nonprofit communications consultants. They will lead and collaborate on communications projects for our nonprofit clients including marketing and fundraising planning, branding, and campaigns. The Strategist will conduct research, formulate insights, and generate recommendations that reflect an understanding of each client’s unique context, mission, and capacity.

What does the Strategist do?

Here’s some of what the job includes:

  • Crafting communications, marketing, and donor communications plans that provide strategic and tactical direction.
  • Conducting research to inform communications strategies with an emphasis on equitable and inclusive research design.
  • Developing strategy for campaign communications, including capital/major donor campaigns, digital fundraising campaigns, recruitment/participation campaigns, and other targeted efforts with a communications focus.
  • Developing brand strategy recommendations and bringing a strategic perspective to the development of brand assets, such as messaging and visual identities, in collaboration with our writers, designers, and account managers.
  • Leading and participating in client meetings, intensive sessions, and training workshops with an emphasis on inclusion.
  • Supporting Big Duck’s new business development, which includes periodically drafting or reviewing proposal content, participating in presentations with prospects, and contributing to Big Duck’s content marketing (e.g., by writing blog posts, recording podcasts, co-leading webinars, and beyond).
  • Advancing Big Duck’s antiracist commitments by engaging in ongoing racial justice competency building workshops, participating in internal equity meetings, and bringing a focus on antiracism to client work and with colleagues.

The Strategist reports to the Director of Strategy.

Requirements

All Big Duck staff are currently working remotely as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and we don’t yet know if we will re-establish a centralized office (our office was formerly located in DUMBO, Brooklyn). Either way, throughout 2021, we’ll be working on our long-term policies to support remote work. For this hire, we are seeking applications from candidates who are interested in working remotely anywhere in the continental United States. Once it is safe to travel and meet in person, periodic travel to NYC and elsewhere in the US for client meetings will be required.

We’re looking for someone with a commitment to antiracism as well as with competencies to advance racial justice and equity in their work. Our new hire will have some experience in nonprofit communications, marketing, and/or fundraising (in-house, as a freelancer, or through an agency) or a closely related area of work.

Competencies of strong candidates include…

  • Knowledge and experience in nonprofit communications, marketing, and/or fundraising
  • Comfortable executing big-picture communications strategy and detailed tactical plans, and moving between these levels
  • Ability to conduct research to inform communications strategies with an emphasis on equitable and inclusive research design—facilitating interviews and focus groups, designing and analyzing surveys, assessing materials and data, evaluating peers, and surfacing findings and insights relevant to each client and project.
  • Presentation, training, and facilitation skills with a particular emphasis on inclusion and equity
  • Ability to implement scopes of work pragmatically and adaptively
  • Ability to collaborate clearly and effectively with colleagues in support of client needs
  • Ability to meet deadlines and manage a large workload independently
  • Communication skills—in person, on the phone, by video, and in writing
  • Values and fosters learning and growth in themselves and others
  • Actively advances equity in their day-to-day work and contributes to Big Duck’s antiracist commitments
  • Comfortable with Microsoft Office, Keynote, Google Workspace, and Asana

Big Duck is a woman-owned business that celebrates equity, diversity, and inclusiveness on our team, with our clients, and among our partners. We strongly encourage candidates who identify as people of color, people with disabilities, LGBTQ, and/or gender non-conforming to apply.

Sounds great. How do I apply?

For job benefits and application instructions, please go to our Workable link. Application deadline is January 22, 2021

Learn more and apply

Big Duck collaborates with talented writers and designers 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.

Sounds great. How do I apply?

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

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