Communications Associate, Oil & Gas and EDF+Biz

  • Environmental Defense Fund
  • Austin, TX, USA
  • Feb 27, 2018
Full time Advocacy and Policy Conservation/ Natural Resources

Job Description

Overall Function

The Communications Associate is a vital member of the Oil and Gas Marketing Communications team, primarily supporting external opportunities related to EDF's corporate methane work. Core responsibilities include conducting media and events research, coordinating project timelines, and helping to execute on marketing communications plans. He/she will also draft and edit marketing content for a variety of owned and earned channels. In this role, you'll be part of a tight-knit team, reporting to the Senior Communications Manager while working closely with colleagues in the oil and gas program, EDF+Biz, and brand communications.

Key Responsibilities

  • Support implementation of marketing communications plans and report out on results
  • Draft media pitches, reporter backgrounders, press releases, letters to the editor, etc

  • Maintain campaign trackers and timelines for major upcoming projects

  • Manage and update all oil and gas media lists

  • Pitch stories to reporters and develop media relationships at industry trade publications

  • Prepare media tip sheets for program experts in advance of interviews

  • Conduct periodic media audits for emerging topics of interest to business audiences

  • Expand reach of our industry communications work through media and event research

  • Keep informed of new coverage and thought leadership opportunities affiliated with top-tier media outlets

  • Track relevant communications activities of the companies working on methane

  • Identify and maintain a list of issue validators that can speak to the business community

  • Coordinate various kinds of audience research, with guidance from project managers

  • Identify all opportunities for reaching target audiences with existing content 

  • Identify ways to update existing content for new distribution or audiences

  • Help curate a library of  human interest stories from across the oil and gas program

  • Support corporate partnerships-related oil and gas communications work by scheduling team meetings, tracking action items, and sending notes and/or follow-up emails

  • Take on special projects as needed


  • Bachelor’s degree in Public Relations, Marketing, Journalism, or Communications, or equivalent work experience
  • Comfortable with both creative and analytical approaches to work

  • Excellent attention to detail and strong organization skills

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including writing media pitches to expand the reach of our work

  • Ability to plan, prioritize, and organize a varied workload, while adjusting to periodic changes to account for new opportunities

  • Excels in work both as an independent contributor and as a collaborator who is part of a team in a fast-paced, dynamic, and entrepreneurial environment

  • Proactive self-starter with a strong ability to anticipate logistical needs, quickly resolve issues or conflicts, and to think ahead to meet the needs of staff for successful results

  • Strong research skills

  • Ability to oversee, coordinate, and execute projects with a high level of accuracy

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Outlook, Excel, Word, Power Point) and Adobe software programs

  • Interest in the non-profit sector, environmental issues, and media communications preferred

  • Multilingual skills is a plus

    Environmental Defense Fund is an equal opportunity employer where an applicant’s qualifications are considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other basis prohibited by law.

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