Staff Writer at the Center for International Environmental Law

CIEL seeks a Staff Writer to support a multi-faceted fundraising and communications strategy designed to strengthen CIEL as a leader in defending the right to a healthy planet. The writer assists CIEL fundraising and communications team in drafting, editing, and proofing 1) fundraising initiatives, such as grant proposals, renewals, and reports and individual donor materials (approx. 60%), and 2) programmatic reports, briefing notes, press releases, and online content (approx. 40%). This position is designed for an exceptional writer and strategic thinker with strong attention to detail and the ability to master a broad range of subject matter. The Staff Writer will work with the Vice President and senior staff to: grow CIEL’s profile, reputation, and revenue for current and future programs; frame CIEL’s message; develop and maintain a consistent organizational voice across content and platforms; and support engagement with both online and traditional media.

This is a great position for a young professional with a passion for and demonstrated ability to transforming dense, jargon-heavy material into strategic, engaging narratives in order to advance environmental justice and human rights around the globe. Read the full position description here.

This is a full-time, exempt position based in Washington, DC that reports to the Vice President. In light of the current health crisis, we will support this new team member in working remotely until we can all work together in our DC office again. Salary is commensurate with experience and competitive with similar non-profit positions. CIEL offers an excellent benefits package, including employer-paid medical, dental, vision, and a 403(b) retirement savings plan with employer match.

Application Deadline: Accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interviews. Desired start date is as soon as possible.

To apply, please send a cover letter, résumé, short relevant writing sample, and a one-paragraph answer to“Why are human rights important in the context of the environment?” in a single PDF via email to with the title “Staff Writer: Your Name.”

About CIEL: CIEL’s dynamic team of international attorneys and experts work together in a collaborative and supportive work environment to tackle some of the most interesting and challenging issues facing people and the planet. CIEL is actively committed to the principles of multiculturalism, equal employment opportunity, and to building an organization that is as diverse as the communities we serve around the world. CIEL encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, family responsibilities, religion, disability, or veteran status.

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