Deadline for submission: October 31st, 2018
Work Schedule: Full-time, Exempt Position
Conservation Colorado seeks a Communications Director based in Denver who will bring vision, smarts, energy, and passion to their work. The Communications Director will lead press, messaging, content creation, and research for the organization, ensuring that Conservation Colorado is a prominent voice on conservation and progressive issues in the state. This is a senior-level position responsible for leading a team of talented, highly motivated staff in the Communications Department. The position is based in Denver but will require some travel throughout Colorado.
About Conservation Colorado
Conservation Colorado works to protect Colorado’s environment and quality of life by mobilizing people and electing conservation-minded policy makers. We work closely with policy leaders, citizen activists, businesses and other conservation/progressive nonprofits, and have built a reputation as one of the leading conservation advocacy organizations in the state. This coming year we will be engaging in critical work to elect pro-conservation candidates as well as educate the public and mobilizing the public to advocate for the protection of Colorado’s rivers, maintaining and enhancing protection of our public lands, and increase support for more renewable energy development across the state.
Our work to protect and advocate for the environment reflects the organization’s commitment to racial, social, and environmental justice. Engaging communities of color and other key constituencies for the environment is an organizational priority. Within the organization, we aim to create a workplace culture and policies and practices that demonstrate how we value equity and inclusion.
As Conservation Colorado has grown in size and stature, developing strong press relations; creating compelling written, visual, and digital content; and the ability to quickly respond to and engage a changing political landscape has become vital to fulfilling our mission. This position will be primarily responsible for creating and implementing the communications strategy for the organization and managing the communications team.
This role can evolve over time, but the primary areas of responsibility are:
1. Earned Media
● Create and implement the organization’s earned media strategy.
● Develop and maintain strong working relationships with the press.
● Manage rapid response operations.
● Develop and build a research program.
2. Message Development & Content Creation
● Develop communications strategies that mobilize and educate Coloradans to help drive policy wins.
● Develop and refine organizational and campaign messaging.
● Lead on polling and public opinion research.
● Edit, oversee, and create high-quality written, visual, and video content.
● Work with staff across the organization to build our digital capacity and expand the reach of our channels.
● Ensure that we are highlighting voices of communities who are disproportionately impacted by anti-environmental policies.
3. Team Management and Leadership
● Manage a staff of 2-4 on the Communications Team.
● Liaise and partner with members of the executive team and senior staff on campaign strategy and development.
● Represent Conservation Colorado in high-level meetings with decision-makers.
In addition to your regular responsibilities, all staff are expected to participate at some level in organizational priorities including helping in certain fundraising efforts, taking part in our election-related activities, and committing to our organizational efforts around diversity, equity & inclusivity.
To be successful in this job, you will demonstrate the strategic thinking and problem solving ability it takes to work well with our team. Fundamentally, the Communications Director should be results-focused and a highly driven individual who understands how a communications strategy can build our power to win on our issues.
More specifically, you will have or be most or all of the following:
● Strong written & spoken communication skills: Have the ability to present information in creative ways; the professionalism to act as a spokesperson for the organization in myriad situations; and the interpersonal skills necessary to build relationships with staff and board members, political leaders, press, partner groups, and others is critical, particularly the ability to navigate difficult conversations with people who don’t agree with us.
● Fast-paced & detail oriented: Be able to maintain grace under pressure and meet deadlines in an ever changing environment while maintaining 100% accuracy and a no-balls-dropped mentality.
● Enjoy working in politics: Possess a desire to participate in politics and believe in the power of people to influence decision makers; having experience with Colorado politics, power building, and environmental issues are a bonus.
● Experience creating messaging: Be able to develop narratives that help us build power and build campaigns, particular having experience in working with communities of color is something we are very interested in.
● At least 2-4 years experience working with press: Pitching stories, developing relationships with reporters and the media, and speaking on the record.
● Share our commitment to increasing racial diversity in our movement and organization: Possessing a willingness to do the personal and organizational work around diversity, equity, and inclusivity is vital.
Spanish/English bilingual is a skill we value, but it is not a requirement. Prior management experience is a bonus.
Compensation and Benefits
Compensation depends on experience and is highly competitive. We provide high-quality, zero-deductible health insurance and a strong benefits package that includes a SIMPLE IRA retirement plan with match, at least 28 days of paid time off in your first year, parental leave, and a sabbatical program. This job offers an opportunity to engage people to find solutions to some of the most important environmental issues in Colorado and work with a great team that is committed to a better, more equitable future. It will be challenging, inspiring, and sometimes frustrating, but you’ll be making a big difference.
We are committed to building a more diverse and inclusive organization and conservation movement to fully represent and engage all Coloradans and to build as powerful a movement as we can. Recruiting staff that better reflects Colorado is a priority and we encourage applicants from all cultures, race, ethnicity, geographies, political affiliation, and all other identities represented in Colorado or protected by law.
Minimum Education Required
How To Apply
If this job truly speaks to you, please do the following two things to submit your application:
- Please fill out this short questionnaire
- Send a cover letter and resume by October 31st, 2018 to Jessica Goad, Deputy Director with the subject line “Communications Director” to firstname.lastname@example.org.
No phone calls please.