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20 Dec 2023

Full-Time Communications Strategist II

Climate Jobs National Resource Center – Posted by CJNRC Anywhere

Job Description

About Climate Jobs National Resource Center

The Climate Jobs National Resource Center (CJNRC) is a labor-led organization at the forefront of the fight to combat the climate crisis and reverse racial and economic inequality. CJNRC is the hub of a growing network of union-led, state-based climate jobs coalitions, providing unions with the information, support, and expertise to lead on climate action. The coalitions we support are organizing to build a clean energy economy at the scale and pace that climate science demands, create and expand access to good union jobs in under-resourced communities, and advance equity.

CJNRC and our network are at the leading edge of both workers’ rights and climate action, two defining issues of our time. Climate jobs coalitions have helped pass the nation’s most ambitious climate policies, won the strongest labor and equity standards for clean energy workers in the country, and built winning campaigns for worker-centered and equity-focused climate investments and good union jobs that will transform the future of the US economy.

About the job

CJNRC is seeking a Communications Strategist II to join our Communications Department. The Communications Strategist II will support the development and implementation of strategic communications plans that advance a pro-worker narrative on climate and promote union-led climate jobs campaigns, perspectives, and priorities. The Communications Strategist II will work closely with CJNRC’s campaigns, legal, and policy departments to support campaign communication strategies and tactics with a nationwide network of unions and state-based climate jobs coalitions, identifying opportunities to secure strategic coverage and amplifying the voices of workers leading the charge to build a clean energy economy powered by union jobs. The ideal candidate is an experienced campaign communicator with a deep commitment to building the labor movement and fighting the climate crisis.

The Communications Strategist II will play a critical role in CJNRC’s Communications Department and will work closely and collaboratively with state-based climate jobs coalition staff and leadership.

This position reports to the Deputy Communications Director.

Description of Duties, including but not limited to:

  • Support implementation of communications strategies and tactics in collaboration with campaign staff and coalitions to win pro-worker, pro-climate policies at the state and local levels;
  • Serve as a resource and partner to state coalition leadership and staff, providing ongoing communications support;
  • Write and distribute communications materials, including press releases, advisories, op-eds and letters to the editor, memos, social media copy, backgrounders, messaging guidance, and other communications materials for campaigns, often translating dense policy concepts into digestible messaging that resonates with press and the general public; 
  • Support state-coalitions with pitching stories to reporters, producers, and editors to secure favorable coverage (TV, radio, online and print);
  • Prepare climate jobs spokespeople for interviews and public appearances, including drafting talking points and providing formal media training and informal prep sessions prior to each interview or event;
  • Develop social media plans and content, including video and graphics;
  • Monitor relevant trends and developments in media and culture, and identify opportunities and suggest strategies for positioning unions and climate jobs coalitions in the field;
  • Perform other duties and special projects as needed;
  • Occasional travel for events and campaigns.

Experience and Qualifications

  • A strong commitment to progressive social change, racial justice, a familiarity with the issues that are central to CJNRC’s work and vision;
  • Three years of experience as a communicator, preferably for a labor union or allied advocacy organization;
  • Campaign communications experience, familiarity with working collaboratively with field, campaigns, policy, and legal in developing and executing communications strategies and tactics; 
  • Experience working with the media including print, broadcast and digital;
  • Familiarity with digital organizing and social media, including live-streaming and video content creation;
  • Strong interpersonal, leadership, and problem-solving skills, and the ability to operate professionally in a team environment;  
  • Exceptional writing, editing, messaging, and verbal communication skills with sharp attention to detail;
  • Strong verbal communication skills and ability to communicate effectively;
  • Proficiency with databases and PR software such as Meltwater and Cision;
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to manage large volumes of projects, tasks, and files;
  • Self-starter, can work independently and remotely, set and reach individual goals, and handle a variety of personalities in collaborative environments;
  • Willingness to work outside of standard work hours when breaking news occurs;
  • Experience with WordPress or other content management systems a plus;
  • Fluency or proficiency in Spanish a plus.

Working conditions:
This is a full-time, remote position. Long hours will be required on occasion. The position will require some travel. CJNRC will follow public health guidance related to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The salary range for this position is $90,000 – $98,200. CJNRC offers an excellent benefits package that includes employer-paid medical and dental plans for full-time staff and their qualified dependents, life insurance, a dependent care assistance program, and time off.

How to Apply

To Apply: Send your application with a cover letter, resume, and links to at least three examples of campaign communications materials (press clips you helped pitch, ghostwritten op-eds, links to compelling social media or video content) that you helped create to [email protected], with the subject line “Communications Strategist II”.

This position is open until filled. Job descriptions do not cover or contain a comprehensive listing of every activity or responsibility that is required.

CJNRC is committed to equal opportunity, and encourages applicants of all ages, races, sexual orientations, genders, national origins, ethnicities, religions, and veteran status. We encourage people from diverse backgrounds and experiences related to our core organizational values and objectives to apply.

Job Categories: Climate Change. Job Types: Full-Time. Salaries: 80,000 - 100,000.

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