Communications Director

30 Sep, 2020

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Communications Director

Rewiring America
Remote (DC)

About This Role

Rewiring America’s mission is two-fold: 1) demonstrating that rapid electrification of all aspects of the American economy is the key to combating climate change; and 2) designing and promoting practical policies to accomplish it. While most approaches to climate policy begin with the question of, “What is politically feasible?”, we began our analysis by asking “what is technologically necessary?” And the results are compelling: decarbonization through the rapid electrification of the US economy is not only possible, but economically advantageous as well, both in terms of household savings and millions of jobs created.

Using today’s technologies, we demonstrate that we can deliver $1,000 – $2,000 per year in savings to the average American household while reducing our nation’s GHG emissions by 85% in 15 years. In the process, we’ll create 25 million net new jobs in the near term and 5 million net new jobs over the long term. Given the savings on fuel costs (the wind blows and the sun shines without our paying them to), we can afford to make sure these new jobs are good-paying, life-enriching jobs. What’s more, these jobs are necessarily local, as much of the work to be done is at the household level as we upgrade and replace the infrastructure of our homes and buildings.

As Communications Director, you have the opportunity to drive and lead our efforts to tell this story to the world and to those in a position to make it a reality. In addition, you will have the opportunity to help build our organization from the ground floor. We are looking for a strong candidate with experience guiding media rollouts and targeted communications with key policy makers. You’ll work directly with our Executive Director to develop and execute communications plans that elevate our policy ideas and give a voice to our public campaigns. Whether it’s helping launch a book, a podcast series, or planning a campaign in service of achieving our policy goals, you’ll help us accelerate the decarbonization of the country by serving as our voice.

Rewiring America is a new initiative dedicated to decarbonizing the US in 15 years, and is founded by Alex Laskey (formerly co-founder and President of Opower) and Saul Griffith (founder of Otherlab and recipient of MacArthur Grant).  Read more about our work at rewiringamerica.org/newsroom. 

What You’ll do

  • Plan and oversee the organization’s messaging, media, and overall communications strategy

  • Coordinate messaging and outreach with the organization’s policy and data analytical teams

  • Manage other members of the team and external partners to ensure ongoing successful execution of the organization’s communication strategy

  • Manage the relationship of and develop frequent and consistent outreach to reporters and columnists covering topics relevant to our work

  • Collaborate with partners in industry and nonprofits to advance our message and mission

  • Identify and prioritize response to developing news stories

  • Draft press releases, media advisories, and op-eds

  • Support earned media outreach, including direct pitches and relationship building with national and local reporters

  • Develop social media strategy and products like podcasts or video series that will elevate ideas outside of traditional media

  • Collaborate with colleagues in ongoing monitoring and evaluation of impact

Who You Are

  • Bachelor degree required

  • Minimum of 5 years of experience working in the communications field in a high-paced environment

  • A proven track record in managing successful communications campaigns across multiple platforms

  • A deep understanding of paid, earned, and social media

  • Experience in managing both internal and external partners in achieving an organization’s communication’s goals

  • Ability to multitask and work under tight deadlines in a fast-paced environment

  • Extremely well organized, detail-oriented, and analytical

  • Entrepreneurial spirit, strong problem-solving skills, and creative thinking skills

  • Flexibility and an openness to evolving responsibilities

Rewiring America is a project of Windward Fund, a 501(c)(3) public charity that incubates new and innovative public-interest projects and grant-making programs. Windward Fund is committed to attracting, developing and retaining exceptional people, and to creating a work environment that is dynamic, rewarding and enables each of us to realize our potential. Windward Fund ‘s work environment is safe and open to all employees and partners, respecting the full spectrum of race, color, religious creed, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, political affiliation, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, and all other classifications protected by law in the locality and/or state in which you are working. 


Think you’re a good fit? Send us your resume at jobs@rewiringamerica.org

Job posted: 2020-09-30