Communications Manager

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Published 20 days ago

The Institute for Sustainable Communities (ISC) is a growing international climate organization building a team of passionate individuals working on solutions centered in equity. Founded in 1991, ISC’s mission is to unleash the power of communities and local leaders to respond to interconnected environmental, economic and social challenges to build a better future shaped and shared by all. For the past 30 years ISC has driven innovative and transformative solutions to climate change, from helping factories in Asia reduce greenhouse gas emissions to preparing for rising sea levels in Florida and building community resilience in U.S. cities, ISC’s programs create collaborative solutions that embed equity in the transition to a green, low-emission economy. 

ISC is searching for a Communications Manager to lead strategic, integrated communications for U.S. Programs in alignment with ISC’s organizational priorities. The successful candidate will be an experienced communications professional capable of advancing communications strategies that convey the intersectional nature of racial equity, environmental, and climate change impacts. Recognizing that structural racism undermines efforts to build strong, climate resilient communities, this role demands creative thinking, close partnership with peers at all levels of the organization, and a comprehensive understanding of the ISC’s work, messaging, strategic priorities, and overall mission. 

The Communications Manager will be responsible for collaborating with U.S. Program staff and partners, developing and executing communications plans that support a diverse program portfolio, increasing the visibility and reach of U.S. Program work, and developing a wide range of approaches to convey compelling equity-centered narratives about the U.S. Program work. The Communications Manager will bring a passion for ISC’s mission; strong strategic thinking; a high-level understanding of audience segmentation and messaging; creativity; excellent work ethic; outstanding writing, editing, social media, media relations expertise; project management skills; and the ability to thrive as part of a team while working independently.

This position joins our growing team at a time of pivotal transformation for the organization. As ISC celebrates its 30th anniversary, we welcomed a new president, Deeohn Ferris, and are refreshing our strategic plan with a renewed commitment to addressing the structural racism and income inequality in the U.S. and Asia that undermine efforts to build strong communities and regions as they respond to climate change. The ideal candidate will hold, and have demonstrated actions, illustrating the same commitment and values.

Key Responsibilities

  • Leads the development of and implementation of strategic communications plans for the portfolio of U.S. Programs that support overarching ISC communications objectives. 
  • Manages the execution of measurable, audience-centric outreach strategies and tactical plans designed to connect external stakeholders to the respective programs and ISC’s mission. 
  • In partnership with the program team, other communications staff, and vendors, develops content and manages creative execution to provide consistent, targeted, and impactful messaging for all U.S. Program communications deliverables.
  • Centers and advances racial equity in all U.S. communications activities.
  • Develops and integrates thoughtful, earned media tactics into communications plans; advances strategies to grow the U.S. Programs relationships with media through placement of articles, staff and program partners interviews, stories, etc.
  • Leads the development of content for newsletters, tools, announcements, blogs, etc., and tracks metrics and engagement.
  • Working with U.S. Program staff, proactively identifies opportunities for ISC leadership to participate in relevant events.
  • Makes recommendations on opportunities to produce OpEds, blogs, articles, etc. 
  • Advises program staff on outreach and communications approaches that will help achieve programmatic goals within budget and time constraints.
  • Provides recommendations for communications tactics to U.S. Program partners in alignment with goals; supports partners in the development and maintenance of recommended tactics.
  • Manages relationships, timelines, and strategic approach for external communications consultants (e.g. copyediting, strategic communications planning, etc.)
  • Provides writing and research support for projects to help tell ISC’s story.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Understanding and appreciation of ISC’s mission and the capacity to tailor and communicate the unique aims and values of the organization and our partners to a wide range of audiences
  • Knowledge of and experience in working with communities of color and those most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, to lift-up their work, leadership, and experiences
  • Ability to utilize an equity analysis/lens on all communications outputs
  • Integrated strategic communications expertise; the ability to design holistic communications plans and outreach efforts that are fresh and innovative, using the right channels to support the way in which people engage with and consume information
  • Ability to work productively with diverse individuals from differing backgrounds (government, private sector, advocacy, nonprofit organizations, and community-based organizations)
  • Experience executing social media outreach campaigns
  • Excellent analytical, problem-solving, and strategic thinking skills
  • Videography and photography skills a plus


  • Bachelor’s degree, or equivalent experience, in a related area of expertise
  • 10 - 12 years of professional experience in communications, outreach, marketing, or public relations, or other related field, including nonprofit experience, at least two of which have been in diverse environments working with content that reflects equity as a journalistic value
  • Direct education or experience in communications supporting urban policy issues relevant to ISC's mission and program areas, including climate change, environmental justice, sustainability, housing, urban planning, equity, or transportation
  • Bilingual English/Spanish preferred
  • Commitment to the ISC mission and goals

Position Scope

This position will work from a fully virtual/home office. Some domestic travel is required (up to 15%). All travel currently on hold due to Covid-19. 

ISC is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to a diverse workplace. People from diverse racial, ethnic and cultural backgrounds, women, LGBTQ+ individuals, and persons with disabilities are highly encouraged to apply.

The Institute for Sustainable Communities (ISC) is a growing international climate organization building a team of passionate individuals working on solutions centered in equity. Founded in 1991, ISC’s mission is to unleash the power of…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule


Work may be performed anywhere in United States
Associated Location
Washington, DC, USA

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