Communications Strategist for Rocky Mountain, Northern Rockies, Biodiversity Defense Program

19 Sep, 2021

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Communications Strategist for Rocky Mountain, Northern Rockies, Biodiversity Defense Program

Earthjustice
Denver, CO/New York, NY/Washington, DC/Remote

Earthjustice is the premier nonprofit environmental law organization. We take on the biggest, most precedent-setting cases across the country. We wield the power of law and the strength of partnership to protect people’s health; to preserve magnificent places and wildlife; to advance clean energy; and to combat climate change. We partner with thousands of groups, supporters, individuals, and communities to engage in the critical environmental issues of our time and bring about positive change. We are guided by a passionate, ambitious vision for the future for people and our planet: until justice stands for all, we will never rest. We are here because the earth needs a good lawyer.

Founded in 1971, Earthjustice has a distinguished track record of achieving significant, lasting environmental protections. We achieve this by hiring people who share a passion for justice and a healthy environment. Our headquarters are in San Francisco with offices in Anchorage, Juneau, Los Angeles, Tallahassee, Miami, Honolulu, New York, Philadelphia, Denver, Seattle, Bozeman, Chicago, and Washington, D.C.

In addition to a talented cadre of environmental lawyers and legislative advocates, Earthjustice has an amazing communications department that works in partnership with every other department at the organization. The team is looking for a Regional Communications Strategist dedicated to supporting our Rockies and Northern Rockies legal and policy teams. The Regional Communications Strategist works closely with our Rockies and Northern Rockies Managing Attorneys and develops and implements strategic communications —including dynamic storytelling, media, and public outreach—to support priority litigation and legislative advocacy in our docket and to help build Earthjustice’s profile.

The Strategist also coordinates with National Communications Strategists and other Regional Communications Strategists on priority environmental issues at Earthjustice, adopting consistent framing within the lens of our work.

This role can be located in Denver, CO, preferred, or New York, NY, Washington, D.C. or remote on the east coast.

About the Northern Rockies Regional office

The Northern Rockies region boasts some of our nation’s last great wild places. Its magnificent landscapes provide opportunities for both recreation and solitude; its resources have provided sustenance to human communities for thousands of years. Its intact, healthy ecosystems—the Greater Yellowstone, Crown of the Continent, and Salmon-Selway — are key refuges for wildlife. But they are also under increasing stress from habitat fragmentation, destructive development, and rapid global climate change.

Responding to these challenges is a hallmark of Earthjustice. We take on cases that focus on protecting large, intact ecosystems, and seek to build ecosystem resilience by reducing pressures caused by oil and gas development, logging, road building, and off-road vehicle traffic. We are committed to ensuring that our nation’s irreplaceable wild places and wildlife are preserved for future generations.

About the Rocky Mountain Regional Office

More national parks and monuments are concentrated in the Rocky Mountains and the desert southwest than in any other part of the United States. Among its majestic landscapes are snow-capped peaks and lush forests, fantastically sculpted red rock canyons, and the austere beauty of the Sonoran and Chihuahuan deserts.

The Rocky Mountain office, based in Denver, protects the region’s public lands and unique wildlife, challenges reckless oil and gas development and off-road vehicle use, and safeguards precious water resources. The office represents communities experiencing environmental injustice, including urban communities and tribes.

The Regional Communications Strategist will be engaged in the full range of communications strategies and tactics – such as Communications plans, earned media placements, drafting press and background materials, pitching reporters and editorial boards, finding new opportunities for litigators, honing our social media voice on priority issues, and contributing content to our website, blog and quarterly magazine and cultivating the partnerships we need to support program communications goals. Framing our issues and developing Earthjustice’s messaging in our fights will be pivotal in this work. She/he will potentially work in coordination with coalitions and may work to help strengthen and develop them.

Biodiversity Defense Program

The Earth is facing a global biodiversity crisis.  We’ve entered an era of mass extinction, the sixth our planet has experienced but the first caused by humans, in which roughly a million of the Earth’s estimated eight million species are threatened with extinction.  As many as half of the number of animal individuals that once shared the world with us are already gone.  This hollowing out of animal populations has serious implications for the ecosystem services on which all life depends.

The Biodiversity Defense Program fights to reshape our relationship to lands, water, and wildlife everywhere by confronting the major drivers of the decline in nature, including habitat destruction and over-exploitation of wildlife. There has been no greater or more successful defender of the Endangered Species Act itself than Earthjustice.  Species such as the spotted owl and the grizzly bear have viable chances for the future thanks in part to our work.  Crucial wildlife habitats such as the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and the Tongass National Forest are as healthy as they are due in part to our sustained defense of their integrity.

Responsibilities:

Strategy & Coordination: 35%

  • Works effectively and collaboratively with the Managing Attorneys and key lawyers and policy staff in the Biodiversity Defense Program, Rockies and Northern Rockies regional offices to create and implement communications strategy for Earthjustice’s work.
  • Manages budgets and workflows for media and other contractors.
  • Coordinates with national communications strategists and other regional communications strategists on marquee environmental issues at Earthjustice, adopting consistent framing within the lens of our work.
  • Works with partners and clients in developing coalition strategy and advocacy tactics including traditional and social media efforts. Identifies potential partnerships with other local organizations.
  • Develops strategy documents, timelines, manages budgets, and oversees tracking of tactics to determine effectiveness, ensure accountability, and inform future strategy. Sets achievable measurements of success and strives to meet these goals.
  • Works in collaboration across the Program Communications team to develop and implement comprehensive and creative advocacy media strategies.

Media relations: 30%

  • Works with traditional and new media to ensure coverage of Earthjustice’s work in target print, television, radio and online media; maintains knowledge of and relationships with reporters covering key issues; and coordinates press events and other earned media opportunities.
  • Create creative advocacy comprehensive strategies across earned and paid media.
  • Works with our legal and policy staff to consistently improve and polish their media and social media skills, including spokesperson prep for priority media interviews.

Content creation: 25%

  • Develops innovative, new ways to tell the stories of Earthjustice cases and clients. Develops ways to raise the profile of Earthjustice’s priority issues. Drafts compelling content for the Earthjustice blog, website and print materials. Develops internal message guidance for colleagues.
  • Maintains close fidelity to organizational branding requirements and as lead for Biodiversity Defense Program, Rockies and Northern Rockies communications at Earthjustice, serves as an advisor to colleagues throughout the Communications department and organization on ensuring messages on this work are on-brand and further our goals.
  • Collaborate informally and formally to develop organizational strategy related to key issues in portfolio.

Administrative: 10%

This role will also entail some travel.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism, political science, literature, rhetoric, communications, or environmental fields required. Master’s degree desirable but not necessary.
  • Strong background in social justice movements, politics, or community organizing a plus.
  • 5+ years in communications or journalism, with an emphasis in environmental/nonprofit/advocacy projects. Experience setting strategy, managing projects, writing and producing content, and coordinating team participation in executing projects.
  • Media savvy, with great depth of experience in successfully placing stories, opinion pieces, and narratives, with a history of influencing conversations unfolding in the media.
  • Experience creating compelling storytelling and creative advocacy communications strategies.
  • An independent self-starter who can own our communications work and coordinate multiple projects with a large legal team. Must be adept at rapid response communications work and juggling competing deadlines.
  • Experience working collaboratively within and across teams.
  • Excellent communications strategic sense and an ability to set goals and priorities, managing limited resources for maximum impact.
  • Experience working on environmental or social justice issues such as public lands management, wildlife protections, fossil fuels, environmental justice, toxic air pollution, transportation issues, or pesticides.
  • Understands, connects with and organizes coalitions, and integrates online communications and organizing with offline organizing. Must be social media savvy as well.
  • Works to increase, and has a history of increasing, the diversity of clients and partners within campaigns, media projects and related effort.
  • Thinks of and develops creative new ways to mobilize supporters for strategic impact.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills to coordinate projects across teams and coalitions.
  • Outstanding organizational skills with demonstrated ability to plan and coordinate a variety of detailed outreach projects, sometimes under a very tight deadline.
  • Ability to lead staff and vendors in a team environment and exhibit strong team building/participation skills.
  • Demonstrates an awareness and sensitivity to the needs and concerns of individuals from diverse cultures, backgrounds and orientations.
  • Contributes to the creation of a diverse, equitable and inclusive work culture that encourages and celebrates differences.
  • Spanish-language proficiency preferred.

*Supervisory Responsibilities: managing regional press and campaign contractors and vendors.

Salary is dependent on experience and location.
Salary for Denver, CO: $97,900 – $108,800
Salary for New York, NY: $108,700 – $120,800
Salary for Washington, D.C.: $103,300 – $114,800
Salary for East Coast remote: varies by location

We offer a mission- and employee-focused work environment and a competitive compensation package, including excellent benefits. Earthjustice is an equal opportunity employer and highly values diversity.

To Apply:

Interested candidates should the following via Jobvite:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter

Please reach out to jobs@earthjustice.org if you are having technical difficulties submitting your application.  No phone calls, drop-ins, or hard copies.

Earthjustice is driven by a passion for justice, partnership, and excellence. Our core values lead us to seek a broad range of perspectives and backgrounds to achieve our mission and to maintain an inclusive environment where all staff are valued and respected. As an equal opportunity employer, we are committed to employment practices that ensure that employees and applicants for employment are provided with equal opportunities without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, religion, physical or mental disability, medical condition, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, or any other factor that is not related to the position.

For positions located within the City and County of San Francisco Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment-qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

For positions located within the City of Los Angeles: We will consider qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring.

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Job posted: 2021-09-19