Communications Director

Communications Director

Location: Washington, D.C.

Position title:  Communications Director

Location:  Washington, D.C.

Reports to:  Director of Strategic Impact

Target start date:  June 1, 2019

EarthRights International (ERI) is a nonprofit, nongovernmental organization (NGO) with offices in Washington D.C., Thailand, Peru, and Myanmar. ERI combines the power of law and the power of people in defense of human rights and the environment, which we define as “earth rights”. We specialize in fact-finding, legal actions against perpetrators of earth rights abuses, training grassroots and community leaders, and advocacy campaigns. Through these strategies, EarthRights International seeks to end earth rights abuses, to provide real solutions for real people, and to promote and protect human rights and the environment in the communities where we work. For more information about ERI’s programs, visit

Communications Director

EarthRights International (ERI) is seeking a Communications Director to develop, manage, and implement strategic and creative communications for a global human rights and environmental organization.  The director will drive communications in support of ERI programs and strategy.

The Communications Director will support every branch of ERI (legal, training, campaigns and thought leadership) working closely with program directors to drive a strategy that engages partners and supporters.

The Communications Director will be responsible for the public image and voice of the organization overseeing a team producing all media including press releases, published materials, video and narratives  Responsibilities include making cases and reports news-worthy, telling ERI’s story on the website and through social channels, directing rapid response, press relations, publications, event promotion, and digital outreach.

The Communications Director reports to the Director of Strategic Impact and will manage a digital strategist based in Washington, D.C. The director will coordinate with communications officers in ERI’s offices in Peru and Thailand.  The Communications Director will build alignment and collaboration with program directors to implement the strategic plan.

This position is full time and is based in Washington D.C.  Travel is required.

Key Responsibilities

The Communications Director is responsible for working with the Director of Strategic Impact to determine long-term communications strategy, support implementation in the countries where ERI is active, monitor annual and project specific plans, rapid response implementation, campaigns strategy, press and digital outreach, and print and video publications.

 The Communications Director is responsible for:

  • All media programs including voice, video, printed and published material pertaining to the public image and voice of the organization.
  • Internal communications architecture, information management, and communications across departments.
  • Press relations and education, including:
    • Training of ERI staff and partners in communications strategies
    • Gain earned media through pitches to editorial boards, journalists, etc.
    • Develop internal and external communications packages
    • Shepherd drafting and placement of op-eds, letters, and other media commentary
    • Design internal processes to streamline press and public outreach
    • Collaborate with program directors on creation and rehearsal of talking points prior to media interactions
  • Oversee drafting and publication of ERI’s annual report
  • Support the Development team to produce donor facing materials, establish organizational resources for funders, and reporting on media impact.
  • Incorporating media outreach strategies to programs (mainly campaign) and relevant staff

 Required Qualifications

  • No fewer than ten (10) years of experience in a leadership position in communications or integrated marketing
  • Advanced degree in journalism, communications, international relations or related field preferred.
  • Experience designing and implementing multi-pronged communications strategies, using both traditional and digital tactics
  • Strategic mindset and experience leveraging both traditional and creative communications tactics across disciplines (digital, media, profile and brand building, partnerships and community engagement) to meet measurable objectives and long-term goals.
  • Extensive experience in media relations, with proven success in framing and placing stories that deliver against varying organizational needs and target audiences.
  • Respected ability as a supportive leader with the vision and skills to direct and mentor dedicated, forward-thinking communications staff, coordinate cross-department teams, and manage relationships with leadership.
  • Collaborative nature and desire to engage thoughtfully with teams across different cultures and disciplines.
  • The capacity to understand and in turn distill complex policy issues and legal cases.
  • Resourcefulness and initiative; a bias for action and an orientation towards measurable results.
  • Track record of making good judgments about communications priorities and management of resources.
  • A portfolio of relevant relationships with media
  • General knowledge about human rights and environmental justice
  • Basic web skills (HTML, CSS, etc.) and familiarity with content management systems (WordPress) & web analytics
  • Experience working on advocacy campaigns
  • Proficiency in Spanish, Thai or Burmese, preferred but not required
  • International experience, especially working with the global south-north
  • Ideally, s/he will also: be self-motivated; work well in an informal, team-oriented environment; have experience working in a multicultural setting, and have a sense of humor.

Work authorization:

  • United States (Required)

Benefits offered:

  • Paid time off
  • Parental leave
  • Health insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Healthcare spending or reimbursement accounts such as HSAs or FSAs
  • Retirement benefits or accounts
  • Workplace perks such as food/coffee and flexible work schedules

To Apply: Send cover letter, resume, date available, and example of work (print, video, website, or other materials) to:
Subject Line:  Communications Director

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