Communications Director

  • Washington Environmental Council
  • Seattle, WA 98101, USA
  • Jun 10, 2018
Full time Advocacy and Policy Communication - Public Outreach Management

Job Description

Do you thrive in dynamic, team-oriented work environments? What would it mean to you to shape strategic communication for environmental protection for all Washingtonians?  The Communications Director is a shared position between Washington Environmental Council and Washington Conservation Voters. The core responsibility of the Communications Director is to advance both organizations’ missions and strengthen our brands by using a strategic mix of communications channels, tactics, and tools. The Communications Director works with the CEO, staff Executive Team, and program staff to develop and implement long-term communications goals and project-specific communications plans.

The Communications Director oversees a team of three communications staff to raise the profile of the organizations, build the number of contacts we reach, and communicate with people in ways that motivate them to help advance the work of WEC and WCV. The Communications Director works with the development team to ensure our outreach to donors is strong and on message; with our field team to build the universe of people we are able to reach and engage; and with program, government affairs, and political staff to ensure our messages, materials, and media coverage support our long-term goals. The Communications Director reports to the CEO and is a member of the staff Executive Team.

Compensation and Benefits

This is a full time, exempt position with a minimum salary of $75K with the potential for higher salary depending on experience. We also offer a generous benefits package including medical and dental insurance, 401k plan and organizational match of up to 3% of your annual salary, a flexible spending account, paid vacation and sick leave, ten paid holidays per year, an unlimited ORCA transit pass, and if you work for seven consecutive years you are eligible for a two-month paid sabbatical. We welcome new and diverse people to a great team who together shape environmental protection in Washington.

 To Apply

Please submit a cover letter and a resume online here.  No phone calls or mailed applications please.

Washington Environmental Council is an equal opportunity employer committed to dismantling structural racism and creating a welcoming work environment. WEC does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, creed, gender, religion, marital status, veteran’s status, national origin, disability, or sexual orientation. People of color, people with disabilities, and people of all gender identities are encouraged to apply. 

Responsibilities

Strategy and Planning

  • Develops and executes communications plans designed to advance the programmatic and organizational goals of the WEC and WCV Strategic Plans. This includes developing an overarching communications plan for each organization with sub-plans for specific programs or projects.
  • Develops common language to use to connect traditional environmental issues and racial and environmental justice. Works with staff to incorporate this language into organizational communications.
  • Works with both Boards of Directors to build organizational profile. Informs board members of progress and provides talking points and other tools so they are well-equipped to be effective ambassadors for both organizations. 

Media Relations

  • Ensures WEC and WCV build and maintain organizational media presence, visibility, and credibility, proactively seeking out and securing earned media coverage.
  • Collaborates with communications and program staff to build and cultivate relationships with key media outlets. Prepares press materials and organizes press events as necessary.
  • Maintains positive working relationships with key communications staff in the environmental and larger progressive community. 

Program Communications

  • Determines how the organizations’ can best bring our communications expertise and resources to key coalition efforts. This includes shaping WEC and WCV’s role and determining staff involvement.
  • Works with each program lead to identify communications opportunities to advance programmatic goals and prioritizes competing needs appropriately. This includes mapping out strategies, messages, and tools.
  • Manages most public opinion research including identifying needs, working with consultants, and ensuring that results and recommendations are incorporated into our communications work.
  • Develops and helps identify resources for occasional paid media campaigns. 

Outreach

  • Ensures that WEC and WCV have effective email programs. This includes working with communications staff to set benchmarks and measure progress and collaborating with members of the development and field teams and program staff.
  • Ensures that WEC and WCV have strong and effective social media programs by working with and supporting the Digital Communications Manager.
  • Supervises the creation of printed communications materials. This includes assisting communications staff with project management and working with some outside vendors. Products include: a tri-annual newsletter, impact reports, legislative accountability products, and campaign and project communications collateral.
  • Ensures communications follow guidelines and best practices for 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) organizations. 

Fund Development

  • Collaborates with development team on events and messaging to ensure that WEC and WCV’s organizational narratives are clear and compelling. This includes shaping verbal and visual content at events and producing supporting materials.
  • Oversees and participates in creation of organizational materials – ensures they are representative of work and mission, as well as created within budget constraints.
  • Works with CEO and Development Director to cultivate and maintain relationships with funders who prioritize communications work. 

Organizational Management

  • Supervises a team of three or more communications staff.
  • Works with Administrative Director to ensure that WEC and WCV have the correct technological tools in place for internal and external organizational communications.
  • Serves on the staff Executive Team to help guide both organizations.

Qualifications

Required Skills, Experience and Abilities

  • Knowledge of environmental issues and state political landscape, and a commitment to protect, restore, and sustain Washington’s environment for all.
  • Strong commitment to racial equity and environmental justice.
  • Expertise in developing strategic communications and marketing initiatives to advance organizational goals.
  • Ability to lead communications efforts on legislative and policy campaigns.
  • Ability to set priorities and manage multiple short-term and long-term projects simultaneously.
  • Proven ability to work collaboratively with other organizations or entities and form strong working partnerships.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Knowledge of and interest in existing and emerging communications technologies and social media channels. 

Desired Skills, Experience and Abilities

  • At least 5-7 years of experience with communications in non-profit, advocacy, political campaign, or equivalent settings.
  • Good working relationships with state and local media.
  • Understanding of politics and advocacy

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Sector

Nonprofit- NGO

Salary

Minimum salary of $75K with the potential for higher salary depending on experience