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The Environmental Priorities Coalition seeks a Communication Director who will motivate and support others to ensure the success of Environmental Priorities Coalition and its priority campaigns. This position requires a team player with a positive attitude who will have regular and fast-paced interaction with Coalition member executive directors plus government affairs, field organizing, and communications staff. The Communication Director needs to be familiar working with the legislative process and with traditional media avenues, as well as new and emerging web-based communications and outreach tools.

The Environmental Priorities Coalition is a group of 24 leading nonprofit organizations in Washington state that annually provides the state legislature with a list of four "priority" environmental bills it believes are critical to the state. Each year the Coalition picks its four priorities and develops a separate campaign around each one. The groups in the coalition coordinate their work around these campaigns and other emergent legislative issues, employing a range of tactics including lobbying, outreach to allies, grassroots involvement, and media outreach. To date, the coalition has succeeded in moving most of its legislative recommendations forward and having them signed into law.

SUMMARY

The Environmental Priorities Coalition seeks a Communication Director who will motivate and support others to ensure the success of Environmental Priorities Coalition and its priority campaigns. This position requires a team player with a positive attitude who will have regular and fast-paced interaction with Coalition member executive directors plus government affairs, field organizing, and communications staff. The Communication Director needs to be familiar working with the legislative process and with traditional media avenues, as well as new and emerging web-based communications and outreach tools.

RESPONSIBILITIES

The Communication Director will be responsible for developing and implementing communications strategies that will strengthen the coalition as a whole and maximize the available capacity for communications within the coalition. The Communication Director will report to the coalition co-chairs (currently Joan Crooks, executive director of Washington Environmental Council; and Gregg Small, executive director of Climate Solutions) and work closely with communications and field organizing committees made up of staff from various coalition member organizations. The Communication Director will work with the priority campaigns to develop, coordinate and carry out the Coalition's communications strategy each legislative session and during non-legislative months. The Communication Director will develop systems to coordinate the Coalition's communications activities and maximize the available capacity for communications within the Coalition. The Communication Director will be responsible for diversifying and prioritizing the communications tactics and targeting strategies used to promote the four priorities each year, including traditional media avenues as well as written and electronic avenues and new media. The Communication Director will be responsible for measuring the effectiveness of Coalition communications.

Specific duties include:

  • Develop and manage the implementation of communications strategies for the coalition as a whole.
  • Establish and chair a Communications and Field Organizing Committee comprised of Coalition member staff.
  • Develop clear communications guidelines and protocols for the Coalition.
  • Provide strategic communications support to each of the four priority campaigns.
  • Facilitate collaboration and coordination between priority campaign communications, field, and government affairs staff for the Coalition.
  • Make capacity and coordination decisions based on communications plans from each priority campaign.
  • Review materials for the Coalition and each priority campaign and provide guidance to ensure that all communication is consistent and coordinated.
  • Provide assistance to the priority campaigns as they work to identify and assess traditional and new communications tactics that could help them reach their goals.
  • Work with the Communications Committee to improve and maintain the Coalition's website.
  • Act as primary liaison between news media and the Coalition.
  • Manage all aspects of the Coalition’s email alert system including content and timing of alerts and working with outside vendors.
  • Serve as a communications resource hub for all groups in the coalition, including sharing best practices, training opportunities and information on emerging advocacy tools.

 

REQUIREMENTS

  • Bachelor's degree in communications, political science, public relations or related field. Master’s degree preferred.
  • 3-5 years experience creating and implementing communications or campaign plans with a successful track record.
  • Ability to organize, expedite, and manage multiple complex projects simultaneously.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Outstanding strategic planning skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communications skills.
  • Proven writing and editing skills.
  • Proven ability to work with a wide range of diverse audiences and stakeholders in a fast-paced and unpredictable environment.
  • Skilled in the use of a range of technology tools used to communicate with diverse audiences.
  • Experience working in a non-profit setting is strongly preferred. Coalition and campaign work is a big plus.
  • An understanding of the state legislative process and an ability to craft messages that resonate with policymakers.

 

OFFICE LOCATION

The Communication Director will work out of offices located in the Vance Building in downtown Seattle.

COMPENSATION

Competitive non-profit salary, depending on experience and education. Benefits include health, dental, vacation, transit pass, and retirement plan.

TO APPLY

By Sept 13 or until position is filled, please send a cover letter, resume, writing samples, three references, and salary requirements to searchcommittee@environmentalpriorities.org. Please include "Communication Director" in the subject line. Incomplete applications will not be considered. No phone calls please.

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