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Communications Director

Communications Director
Organization: Brightline Defense
Location: San Francisco, CA
Date Posted: 11/20/2023


Established in 2005 in San Francisco, Brightline Defense is an environmental justice nonprofit that bridges policy advocacy and on-the-ground partnerships to promote sustainability and opportunity in frontline communities. We are committed to reshaping the environmental landscape to ensure that all communities, particularly those who have been historically marginalized, enjoy the benefits of a cleaner, more sustainable, and inclusive future.

Brightline’s current efforts focus on:

Policy Development & Advocacy (30%)

Engaging frontline communities in advocating for environmental and workforce policies.

On-the-Ground Partnerships

Sharing knowledge, training, and building coalitions empowering frontline communities.

Meaningful Connections

Acting as a bridge between community members and policymakers, regulators, and industry.


Brightline Defense is seeking an entrepreneurial Communications Director to advance our mission of shaping a more equitable and sustainable future. The Communications Director will convey the significance of our initiatives and campaigns, including renewable energy, green asset development (e.g., battery storage), and the implementation of local hiring policies that directly benefit environmental justice communities.

Key responsibilities include:

Communications & Thought Leadership Strategy (30%)

Develop and execute a comprehensive communication strategy aligned with Brightline’s goals.

Ensure a clear, compelling, and consistent brand image and message across all platforms.

Develop messaging architecture and talking points tailored for various audiences.

Identify opportunities to enhance the organization’s position in the landscape.

Serve as a key spokesperson and lead on media relations.

Content Creation (50%)

Serve as lead creator of compelling content for emails, social media, website, speeches, and advocacy materials.

Develop and maintain an editorial calendar of targeted correspondence.

Oversee the maintenance and continual improvement of Brightline’s website and social media.

Lead the development of published reports, data visualization, and other storytelling tools.

Support the Executive Director in preparing for public speaking engagements and media interviews.

Organizational Leadership & Strategy (20%)

Serve as a member of the organizational leadership team.

Lead, coach, and mentor communications staff and consultants.

Determine and manage the communications budget.

Develop dashboards to track progress, produce reports and analyses of campaigns.


The incoming Communications Director is driven by their belief in and commitment to Brightline’s vision of frontline communities creating and prospecting from sustainable development.

Core Qualifications:

Strong commitment to the mission and goals of Brightline Defense.

At least 5 years of increasing responsibility in communications.

At least 2 years of experience as an intentional leader and manager.

Demonstrated experience working across lines of race, class, gender, and geography.

Outstanding relationship-building skills with diverse external constituencies.

Social media savvy with understanding of how to integrate social into communications strategies.

Exceptional project management skills and a high degree of emotional intelligence.

Preferred Qualifications:

Background in journalism, public relations, public affairs, and/or campaign communications experience.

Background in environmental, climate, energy, or civil rights.


Brightline is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from people of color, women, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ, veterans, and other historically marginalized communities.


The salary range for this position is $125,000 – $140,000, based on experience and qualifications. Brightline offers a year-end bonus, comprehensive health care, 3% retirement match, and a generous offering of paid holidays, vacation, and sick leave.


Send your resume, a brief writing sample, and cover email or letter to with “Communications Director” in the subject line. Include your motivation for climate and environmental justice and share a communications campaign you played a key role in. Preferred format: combined PDF or Microsoft Word file. Open until filled; reviewed on a rolling basis.

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