Communications Officer

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Institute for Sustainable Communities

Published 25 days ago

ISC is a leading organization helping neighborhoods, cities, and regions across the United States to accelerate effective and equitable climate solutions. The U.S. Communications Officer supports the U.S. Programs Communications Manager and the U.S. Program Team on a wide range of communications, outreach, and marketing needs for a diverse portfolio of programs and audiences, in close partnership with ISC’s central communications team. The successful candidate will be motivated by the organization’s mission, that of its partners, and by embedding racial equity and inclusion in ISC’s U.S. programs. The successful candidate will also bring prior experience working on issues of climate change; creativity; strong work ethic; outstanding writing, editing, social media and project management skills; and the ability to thrive both in a team and independently. 

Position Scope

This position will work from a fully virtual/home office. Some domestic travel (10%-15%) within the U.S. is required. All travel currently on hold due to Covid-19. 

More specifically, the Communications Officer will:

  • Support the development and implementation of a U.S. Program strategic communications plan in line with ISC’s overarching communications strategy and deliverables.
  • In collaboration with the U.S. Programs Communications Manager and program team, develop content and support creative execution to provide a consistent, targeted, and impactful message for all U.S. program communications deliverables.
  • Utilizing a racial equity lens, support implementation of strategies and practices that advance equity in all U.S. Program communications activities.
  • Serve as a thought partner in the development, distribution, and growth of the U.S. Program newsletters, tools, announcements, blogs, etc., to a wide variety of audiences including partners, past event attendees, funders, and others. Support engagement metrics tracking and analysis.
  • Develop interview protocols and conduct interviews with ISC stakeholders for the development of articles, blogs, stories, etc.
  • Support U.S. Program leadership and ISC’s President in the development of talking points, Op-eds, blogs, articles, publications, etc.
  • Advise program staff on outreach and communications approaches that will help programs succeed within budget and time constraints.
  • Support the development and maintenance of project-specific websites.
  • Develop content for and manage social media accounts (Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram) in close collaboration with ISC’s central communications team.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Undergraduate or higher degree in a relevant field
  • Three to five years of professional experience in communications, outreach, marketing, or public relations, 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 a plus
  • 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
  • Ability to apply an equity analysis/lens to all communications outputs
  • Outstanding writing and editing skills, in particular the ability to convey complex topics clearly and concisely
  • Ability to work productively with diverse individuals from differing backgrounds (government, private sector, advocacy, nonprofit organizations, and community-based organizations)
  • 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
  • Experience executing social media outreach campaigns
  • Excellent analytical, problem-solving, and strategic thinking skills
  • Videography and photography skills a plus
  • Commitment to the ISC mission and goals

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.

ISC is a leading organization helping neighborhoods, cities, and regions across the United States to accelerate effective and equitable climate solutions. The U.S. Communications Officer supports the U.S. Programs Communications Manager…

Details at a glance

  • Remote Possible
  • Full Time Schedule


Washington, DC

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