Communications Associate

  • Bellingham, WA
  • Apr 02, 2017
Full time Admin Assistant/Environmental Support Advocacy Communication/Public Outreach Environmental Protection

Job Description

While the preferred location for this Communications Associate position is in one of our hub offices in Bellingham, WA, San Francisco, CA, or Vancouver, BC, we will consider outstanding candidates in remote locations.

The Communications Associate will report to the Deputy Director. The ideal candidate is a strategic, critical thinker and communicator who is familiar with environmental issues affecting local and global communities. You should be fueled by a passion to win campaigns by engaging a variety of audiences, including traditional and digital press.  While full-time status is preferable, candidates desiring to be part-time (minimum .75%) will be considered. This position is nonexempt with excellent benefits. Salary is commensurate with experience.

Media Outreach

  • Draft campaign materials including: press releases, blogs, talking points and other documents as required
  • Create press lists and distribute releases 
  • Communicate directly with reporters by phone and social media, building long-term relationships as a trusted source
  • Operate as press liaison during on-the-ground activities and events, serving as spokesperson when needed, as well as ensuring documentation of events through still and video photography
  • Monitor press on our issues and regularly report back to staff on press related to our work and organization
  • Track newsworthy events, campaigns and milestones 

Brand Outreach

  • Build the organization’s brand through writing and managing the production of materials including but not limited to: brochures, fact sheets, annual report and online messaging
  • Secure speaking opportunities for at events and conferences that will further our mission and work in the world

Digital Outreach 

  • Collaborate with digital team to develop and manage content for the website and social media accounts
  • Post releases and blogs on various online platforms (Medium, Huffpo, etc.) 
  • Have working knowledge of Twitter and experience communicating to reporters/new outlets through it
  • Basic understanding of digital operations
  • Create digital media and blogger lists
  • Provide on-the-ground support during actions, including press, photo and video if/when possible
  • Other duties as assigned by the Deputy Director


  • Commitment to and/or strong interest in the mission of
  • 3+ years of experience in communications, public relations, or in a related field at an advocacy organization
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills with experience in: pitching stories and actions to reporters, succinctly conveying complex messages and communicating design and content needs
  • A detailed understanding of the media landscape, including key publications and outlets for environmental and climate change related news
  • Strong copy editing skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to work within dynamic teams
  • Bachelor’s degree 

Desirable, but not required

  • Basic graphic design skills and/or experience working with designers and artists to craft effective, evocative advocacy images
  • Experience working on a team that spans multiple offices in multiple cities
  • Experience in, or knowledge of, community organizing
  • Experience with Meltwater or similar service

Personal Characteristics​

  • Self-awareness, confidence and creativity
  • Enthusiastic and passionate about campaigning and organizing, especially grassroots digital organizing
  • Committed to the values of equity, authentic communication and collaboration
  • Sense of humor

Remember to say you found this opportunity at


Nonprofit- NGO