Policy & Legislation Communications Strategist

Earthjustice is the nation’s premier nonprofit environmental law organization. We take on the biggest, most
precedent-setting cases across the country. We wield the power of law and the strength of partnership to
protect people’s health; to preserve magnificent places and wildlife; to advance clean energy; and to
combat climate change. We partner with thousands of groups, supporters, individuals and communities to
engage the critical environmental issues of our time, and bring about positive change. We are here because
the earth needs a good lawyer.

Founded in 1971, Earthjustice has a distinguished track record of achieving significant, lasting
environmental protections. We achieve this by hiring talented and dedicated attorneys who share a passion
for justice and a healthy environment. Our headquarters are in San Francisco with nine offices across the
U.S.

The Communications Strategist, based in Washington, D.C., works with National Communications
Strategists and the Policy & Legislative Team (PAL) to develop media and campaign strategy for Earthjustice
policy work. This person will also lead on communications and internal coordination of the Access to Justice
(A2J) campaign*, working with staff from the PAL and litigation departments. The Communications
Strategist will pitch stories to national and regional papers, Capitol Hill journalists, magazines and long-form
media outlets, TV and radio stations, and online outlets. This person would identify media opportunities
and pursue them, while building relationships with Capitol Hill journalists who regularly cover the
environmental and/or justice issues.

The Communications Strategist would also help with breaking news and draft press releases on a range of
Earthjustice issues, look for opportunities to establish PAL and A2J staff as experts on their issues. This
includes writing and placing op-eds, blogs, and letters to the editor on behalf of Earthjustice leaders and
clients/partners. This position will participate in coalition efforts, coordinating with PAL, Communications,
and external partners to execute on major policy campaigns. This person also coordinates with the
Associate Director of Program Communications and the Brand Communications team to develop email
action alerts, social media content, factsheets, and digital storytelling content and narratives that advance
our brand. He or she is responsible for hiring and overseeing contractors and managing budgets.

*The Access to Justice Campaign focuses on protecting the public’s right to use the courts to defend
environmental safeguards, civil liberties, and consumer protections.
Responsibilities:
Media Strategy and Pitching (60%)
 Works with Policy and Legislation staff, clients and coalition partners to devise media strategy for key
environmental policy and access to justice issues.
 Writes and distributes press releases and background materials on environmental policy issues to
national, regional, Capitol Hill and web media.
 Develops and maintains media lists and contacts; actively pitches reporters, writers, and producers
at national and regional papers, Capitol Hill publications, magazines, TV and radio shows and
stations, and online media outlets.

 Builds and nurtures relationships between Earthjustice policy staff and key reporters, establishing
our spokespeople as experts and resources for national and regional media, as well as trade and
Capitol Hill press.
 Leads rapid response media efforts on breaking developments on Capitol Hill that impact our priority
issues.
 Identifies and pursues opportunities for enterprise, in-depth feature coverage of core issues.
 Conducts media training for PAL and A2J staff to develop interviewing skills for print, radio and TV.
 Develops talking points for PAL & A2J staff for media interviews.
Campaign Management & Content Development (40%)
 Works with Associate Director of Program Communications and National Communications Strategists
to identify and prioritize storytelling content for major PAL issues and the A2J campaign; works with
Brand Communications team to manage, develop, and promote high-value content, such as blogs,
online features, multimedia content, etc. to a targeted audience.
 Manages all aspects of the A2J campaign’s communications needs in coordination with PAL,
Litigation, and coalition partners; campaign needs may include reports, press events, messaging
points, web content, etc.
 Works with social media staff to craft social media plans around key policy issues, with a particular
emphasis on Capitol Hill influencer engagement on Twitter.
 Manage vendors, contractors, and budgets associated with major policy initiatives.

Qualifications:
• Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism, Communications, Political Science preferred.
• Four to five years of experience in reporting or media relations.
• Media experience with environment, social justice issues and/or media experience for a Member of
Congress preferred.
• Outstanding written and oral communication skills.
• Experience pitching media; prior experience working with the Capitol Hill press corps preferred;
strong relationships with journalists.
• Experience conducting rapid response media efforts; ability to monitor political developments and
quickly shift strategies.
• Politically savvy; knowledge and experience with Congressional processes; prior experience with
legal processes a plus.
• Social media experience and skills, especially Twitter.
• Well organized and able to juggle and prioritize many competing demands.
• Demonstrates an awareness and sensitivity to the needs and concerns of individuals from diverse
cultures, backgrounds and orientations.
• Contributes to the creation of a diverse, equitable and inclusive work culture that encourages and
celebrates differences.
• A team player that enjoys a fast-paced, collaborative work environment.
We offer a mission- and employee-focused work environment and a competitive compensation package,
including excellent benefits. Earthjustice is an equal opportunity employer and highly values diversity.
Women and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

Application Procedure:
Using the Jobvite application tool, please submit:
 Resume.
 One- or two-page cover letter that addresses at least the following subjects: (1) why you are drawn
to Earthjustice’s mission and whether there are particular legal, environmental, or justice issues
that inspire you; and (2) aspects of your background that demonstrate competence to work with
diverse clients and colleagues.

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Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
Please reach out to jobs@earthjustice.org if you are having technical difficulties submitting your
application. No phone calls, drop-ins, or hard copies.
Earthjustice is driven by a passion for justice, partnership and excellence. Our core values lead us to seek a
broad range of perspectives and backgrounds to achieve our mission and to maintain an inclusive
environment where all staff are valued and respected. As an equal opportunity employer, we are committed
to employment practices that ensure that employees and applicants for employment are provided with
equal opportunities without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, religion, physical or
mental disability, medical condition, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender
identity, gender expression, genetic information or any other factor that is not related to the position.

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