Location: Denver (working remotely)
Deadline for submission: September 11, 2020
Work Schedule: Full-time Exempt position
Conservation Colorado is seeking a Strategic Communications Coordinator who will be responsible for ensuring we are communicating effectively on our issues by crafting written communications that are of the highest quality, on-message, and tied to organizational values including diversity, equity, inclusivity, and people power. Key components of the work include media strategy, generation, and tracking; creating programmatic and organizational content; and developing and maintaining messaging that helps win priority campaigns.
About Conservation Colorado
Conservation Colorado is committed to protecting our climate, air, lands, water, and communities. Our work to protect and advocate for the environment reflects our commitment to racial and social justice particularly by ensuring that policy victories are shared by all Coloradans including disproportionately impacted and frontline communities. We achieve these goals by organizing people and electing conservation-minded policymakers. We work closely with policy leaders, citizen activists, businesses and other conservation nonprofits, and have built a reputation as one of the leading conservation advocacy organizations in the region. Within the organization, we aim to create a workplace culture and policies and practices that demonstrate how we value equity and inclusion.
What you’ll do
As the strategic communications coordinator you will be a central part of the communications team, working to craft impactful pitches, messaging and collateral that wins campaigns to protect our air, land, water, wildlife, communities and climate. This is an exciting opportunity to work with conservation leaders on issues throughout the state. In this role you will report directly to the Communications Director while also having the opportunity to work with the organization’s Deputy Director. The primary responsibilities of the role are:
Media Strategy, Generation and Tracking
- Serve as a press assistant to the Communications Director, generating and shaping earned media coverage;
- Compile, track, and send media clips; and,
- Identify and assist in responding to breaking news opportunities.
Content and Messaging
- Work with staff to write a wide range of content, including blog posts, advocacy emails, newsletters, press releases, and other materials as needed;
- Develop campaign-winning messaging that authentically connects with an audience that is racially diverse and spread out across the state based on the latest polling, research, and earned media.
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 equity and inclusivity.
To be successful in this job, you will excel at creating impactful communications that elevate perspectives from people of all backgrounds while operating in a fast-paced, campaign-focused environment that requires flexibility and grace under pressure. More specifically, you will have or be:
- At least two years of experience in either communications, organizing, press relations or writing. While it’s not required, we would love someone with experience pitching earned media stories particularly if that is with Spanish-language media outlets.
- An excellent writer. For us, that means you can digest complex information and turn it into compelling content clearly and concisely.
- You have the attention to detail required to make sure everything going out is accurate, precise and has our look and feel.
- A problem-solving orientation. This is a fast-paced, team environment and we need folks who will bring solutions to the table to solve identified problems.
- In order to help us expand who we work with -- particularly into new parts of the state and into more communities of color -- experience creating content that resonates or working with folks different from yourself is critical.
Bilingual English-Spanish fluency is a skill we value at Conservation Colorado but not a requirement for this position. The position requires a willingness to work some evening and weekend hours as needed.
Compensation and Benefits
This job offers an opportunity to work on some of Colorado’s most important environmental issues alongside 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 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, and parental leave and a sabbatical program. The full-time salary range for this role is between $40,000-45,000, with exact salary depending on experience and new staff rarely starting at the top of the range.
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. Recruiting staff that better reflects Colorado is a priority and we encourage applicants from all cultures, race, ethnicity, genders, geographies, political affiliation, and all other identities represented in Colorado or protected by law.
If this job truly speaks to you please fill out this short questionnaire and send a resume, cover letter, and two writing samples to Garrett Garner-Wells with the subject line “Strategic Communications Coordinator” at firstname.lastname@example.org by Sept 11, 2020. No phone calls please.