Communications Associate

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Mar 30, 2022

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Job Title: Communications Associate
Department: Washington State Chapter
Location: Seattle, WA. Our office uses a flexible, hybrid model with a combination of remote or office work depending on employee preference.
Reports To: Chapter Director


Context: At the Sierra Club, we believe in the power of togetherness. Together, we remain committed to the fight for a healthy climate built on a foundation of environmental, racial, economic, and gender justice – a future where all people benefit from a healthy, thriving planet and a direct connection to nature. As the climate crisis and deeply entrenched systemic racism all fuel inequity, we will continue to fight for a bold, transformational agenda that recognizes the interconnectedness between our planet, our humanity, and our democracy. By recognizing that our destinies are tied, we continue to name that all things are fundamentally connected, and the overlap between ecology, race, gender, and representative government will move to either advance our collective humanity or to oppress it.

Sierra Club is comprised of staff across the country and a network of local chapters that support our grassroots engagement. We are also proud to be a unionized employer, with two labor unions representing more than half of our employees.


Scope: The Communications Associate is responsible for developing and implementing strategies to advance our mission and priority campaigns in Washington State by more effectively communicating our values and strategic objectives. The position is responsible for earning media coverage, creating written and electronic materials such as fact sheets or blog posts in support of chapter campaigns and priorities, managing the chapter’s social media platforms (including content creation), producing our monthly e-newsletter, and sending emails and action alerts, among other duties. The Communications Associate will also support chapter staff and volunteer leaders with digital tools and tactics, which may include editing, scheduling, and sending emails and action alerts, helping chapter volunteers improve their skills and abilities to use Sierra Club digital systems, and recruiting and onboarding volunteers to provide extra capacity and digital support for grassroots environmental work.


Job activities include but are not limited to:

  1. Coordinate and Execute Media Strategy - Draft, edit, and pitch stories and content to the media to support chapter priority campaigns, including through press releases and statements, blogs, reports, and other content. Monitor news and social media for narrative development and shaping, and maintain a clip report and media list. In collaboration with staff, volunteer leaders, and national Sierra Club campaigns, ensure Sierra Club messaging on priority campaigns is strategic, effective, and supports our campaign objectives and equity principles.
  2. Manage Chapter Social Media - Ensure the Washington State Chapter’s Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts are active and engaging. Explore new media and platforms in the digital space to expand our reach and enhance our visibility and credibility in the environmental movement. Develop shareable content including graphics, videos, images, and social media toolkits to support chapter campaigns.
  3. Coordinate and Execute Digital Engagement Strategies - Work with staff and volunteer leaders to set up email campaigns, action alerts, and text campaigns to mobilize grassroots support for priority campaigns and issues. Coordinate the production of the chapter’s monthly e-newsletter to members and supporters by both creating original content, editing articles written by staff and volunteers, and including event notices and interesting articles. Publish and manage content on the chapter’s website.
  4. Support Local Volunteer Teams - Support the Washington State Chapter’s local volunteer groups in editing, scheduling, and sending emails and alerts to their members and supporters. Develop content for local volunteer teams to amplify statewide priorities in their communications. Work to enhance volunteer skills and capacity to support local or statewide campaigns, priorities, and outreach.
  5. Develop Campaign Materials - As needed, work with the legislative, political, legal, fundraising, and chapter/national teams to produce fact sheets, formal comments, reports, and other types of communications for organizing, lobbying, advocacy, donor stewardship, or other strategic purposes.

The successful candidate must have the following skills and experience:

  • Equity Analysis and Practice. You are aware of your group identities and how they have shaped your life and experiences at work. You have an analysis of how racism and other forms of oppression in society impact relationships, systems and culture. You bring experience and skills for working effectively with colleagues across group identities and position/role.
  • Strong oral and written communications skills. Demonstrated ability to write and edit content across different platforms and audiences and distill complex topics into easily digestible formats, messaging, and media. Exhibits strong interpersonal communication skills to shepherd shared projects through to completion.
  • Demonstrated familiarity with social media engagement strategies. Exhibits knowledge of social media strategies to increase engagement with target audiences. Familiarity with social media analytics and performance metrics. Ability to tailor messaging and voice to different platforms.
  • Project Management Skills. Ability to concurrently manage and coordinate multiple projects, consistently meet deadlines, balance competing demands and make decisions about priorities.
  • Collaborating across teams. Possesses an aptitude for working in a team-oriented setting and ability to effectively communicate with volunteers, staff, and the public.

The strongest candidates will also demonstrate the following experience, skills and competencies:

  • Passion for the environment and familiarity with Washington State Chapter issue areas such as salmon recovery, public lands, transportation, housing, and building electrification.
  • Experience with non-profit, political, or advocacy communications, including a familiarity with environmental advocacy and a working knowledge of how advocates can target agencies and elected officials with digital communications.
  • Excellent media and public relations skills and an ability to communicate well with reporters and editors.
  • Technical proficiency in design software such as Canva, Photoshop, or InDesign and experience creating shareable graphics or designing materials.
  • Proficiency in Drupal and Salesforce Marketing Cloud.
  • Demonstrated success in and enthusiasm for working with volunteers to achieve successful outcomes on shared projects.

Compensation and Benefits


The salary for this position is $65,500.


This position is represented by a collective bargaining unit and is subject to the terms and conditions of the contract between Sierra Club and Progressive Workers Union.


The Sierra Club offers a competitive salary package commensurate with skills and experience plus excellent benefits that include medical, dental, and vision coverage, and a retirement savings 401(k) plan.


This is a category 5 non-exempt, represented position.


Sierra Club is a 501(c)(4) non-profit organization. Sierra Club employees are not eligible to participate in the Federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program.


Sierra Club values the expertise and talents of foreign nationals. Sierra Club sponsors both nonimmigrant and immigrant visas when certain criteria are met, based on immigration laws and organizational needs. Such sponsorship is at the discretion of the Department Head and Sierra Club Human Resources in consultation with the employee’s manager. The Sierra Club cannot guarantee the approval of a visa petition. The Sierra Club is an equal opportunity employer committed to workforce diversity.


To Apply


This position does not have an undergraduate education requirement. If you choose to include your education history, please remove your schools from your resume. You may leave your degree (e.g., “B.A. Philosophy”), but please remove any undergraduate and graduate school names.


This anonymous process is aimed at opening this opportunity to more candidates, reviewing applicants on performance assessments and mitigating bias in the decision-making process.


Lastly, we are intentionally not asking for a cover letter, so please do not send one in with your application.


We are accepting applications until May 6, 2022.


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