Climate Communication Specialist

  • Boulder County
  • Boulder County, CO, USA
  • Dec 07, 2019
Full time Air Quality Climate Change/ Resiliency Communication - Public Outreach

Job Description

The Climate Communications Specialist will play a vital role in leading communications on sustainability and climate action in Boulder County and Colorado by representing Boulder County and Boulder County Public Health on the issues of air quality, sustainability, and climate change. The position will develop creative and effective climate campaigns/social mobilization, manage climate communication campaigns, oversee contractors in developing materials, represent the county in presentations to community partners, work with the media, and unify climate and sustainability communications across county departments. The Specialist should use best practices for choosing the latest communications platforms to create high-impact, innovative messaging. We're looking for someone with experience in innovative communications – traditional marketing and media will be minimal.

This is a full time position with Boulder County.  Work hours are Monday - Friday from 8:30am - 4:30pm.  Under FSLA guidelines this position is Exempt. 
Hiring salary range: $66,600.00 - $95,964.00 Annually
Classification salary range:  $66,600.00 - $95,964.00 Annually

Examples of Duties

  • Strategic development of climate-related public engagement including campaigns and communications, using best available research on what motivates climate action as well as best available research, strategies, and platforms related to communications more broadly
  • Project management of communications efforts including coordination and communications with multiple departments and partners, management of consultants as needed, and management of support positions
  • Creates a two-way dialogue with the community, especially including community member story-telling; also acts as a storyteller for Boulder County's sustainability and climate action plans
  • Works closely with public health and sustainability experts to effectively communicate the human health and welfare reasoning behind climate action
  • Acts as the first point-of-contact for Boulder County sustainability, air quality, and climate efforts by responding to public and media inquiries
  • Creates community engagement strategies around climate action that prioritize frontline communities (communities of color and low-income communities that are most vulnerable to the consequences of climate change), ensuring a focus on climate justice and health equity
  • Participates in relevant communication workgroups and action to ensure messages are consistent throughout county departments and with partner organizations
  • Participates in relevant regional and statewide local government and health collaborations to disseminate climate awareness and action strategies and to support effective policy
  • Supports county programs in designing and implementing effective persuasion campaigns about climate action
  • Supports staff in writing and submitting comments and content on local, state, and national sustainability, air quality, and climate actions and policy
  • Identifies and facilitates outreach opportunities that will strengthen relationships or create new partnerships with stakeholders and grassroots organizations (e.g. businesses, policy-makers, communities of color and the underserved, the LGBTQ community, other jurisdictions etc.)
  • Develops and maintains social media plans and messages to drive sustainability and climate action
  • Gathers information, writes, and designs reports and policy briefs
  • Drafts press releases and pitches stories to the media to promote sustainability, air quality, and climate actions and policy
  • Performs other duties, as assigned
  • May be reassigned in an emergency

Required Qualifications

PLEASE NOTE: When submitting your application be sure to include all relevant education and experience, as applications are screened based on the qualifications listed in this position announcement. Applications that do not appear to meet minimum qualifications, as outlined below, will not be considered. Resumes are not accepted in lieu of completed applications.


  • A bachelor's degree in communications, marketing, journalism, or related field, plus two years of related, professional experience, OR
  • Six years of communications campaign related, professional experience reflecting increasing responsibility, OR
  • Any equivalent combination of experience and education


  • Must include a cover letter with application


  • Must have a valid driver's license

Supplemental Information


  • Bilingual in Spanish and English
  • Working knowledge of the impacts of climate changes issues as they affect frontline communities as well as climate justice issues
  • Demonstrated understanding of effective graphic and presentation design in current and emerging media
  • Demonstrated desktop publishing and graphic design capabilities
  • Experience using Adobe Creative Suite software preferred


  • Mastery of the principles of persuasive communication, campaigns, community based social marketing, public relations, and policy communication
  • Experience designing social mobilization or advocacy campaigns
  • Ability to make communication connections within a larger system regarding sustainability and climate action
  • Ability to be proactive and solution-focused
  • Experience identifying audience perceptions and applying insights to messages and tactics
  • Advanced project management skills, with strong ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously
  • Experience creating and managing content for the web and social media
  • Experience building and implementing social media plans
  • Excellent writing, editing, and presentation skills
  • Demonstrated experience writing press releases, pitching story ideas, and managing media relationships
  • Experience overseeing the creation of publications (print and digital)
  • Ability to work effectively with other employees, the public, and representatives of governmental and partner organizations
  • Ability to exhibit cultural sensitivity in working with a diverse population
  • Must be extremely functional working autonomously, or in situations with individuals and groups of disparate interests

Boulder County is a family-friendly workplace dedicated to fostering a diverse, inclusive, and respectful environment for all employees. We prohibit unlawful discrimination against applicants and employees on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, genetic information, or any other status protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.

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$66,600.00 - $95,964.00 Annually