Communications Media Relations Specialist Environment and Climate

22 Mar, 2021


Communications Media Relations Specialist Environment and Climate

Bethesda, MD

We are seeking a communications and media

relations expert with 3-5 years of experience in communicating about topics

linked to the environment and climate. Burness, a mission-driven communications

firm committed to helping nonprofits and foundations advance social change

worldwide, is looking for a person with the ability to land media placements in

top tier, trade and other news outlets for a fast-paced, global environmental

campaign environmental campaign requiring outreach on biodiversity, oceans, climate

on as part of on media promotions on deforestation, climate change,

biodiversity, oceans and more. Activities could include generating a statement

in response to headline news of the day, Must provide examples of media

placements and associated press materials.

Basic job requirements include the demonstrated

ability to:


Determine news value

of stories, possible news angles and strategies using your own media analysis

and based on your experience in the field;


Lead, organize and

execute media relations promotions–assessing stories, writing or editing

statements, selecting target journalist list, processing media materials with

client and then rolling out pitches by email, phone and digital channels;


Develop or build on

strong contacts with environmental journalists;


Write short-form

media-related products clearly and concisely (statements, pitches, press

releases, talking points);


Be flexible and able

to move quickly on fast-breaking assignments;


Be a strong verbal

communicator, able to convey complex ideas and thinking clearly and concisely;



Provide strategies for

and execute broader communications strategies — including writing

communications plans, development of key messages, audience research — for

nonprofits, foundations and international agencies.

Familiarity with our work platforms is a plus:

Slack, Asana, Microsoft Office/Sharepoint, Zoom and public relations-specific

resources such as Muckrack. Strong preference for Washington, DC area-based

employee. Additional languages are helpful but not required.

Burness offers a competitive salary and benefits

package. Send resume and cover letter to

Job posted: 2021-03-22