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Communications Manager or Senior Communications Manager

Job Location

Western Region

Remote

Type of Job

Full-Time

Salary

$70,000-$95,000

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Published Date

Dec 20, 2022

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Western Resource Advocates (WRA) is seeking a strategic relationship builder to join our team as a Communications or Senior Communications Manager. The Communications Manager/Senior Communications Manager will support communications efforts and strategy across the organization and its programs. The Communications Manager/Senior Communications Manager will report to the Director of Marketing and Communications and will be an integral part of the Marketing and Communications Team that works to uphold the organizational brand while increasing WRA’s ability influence decision makers, donors, partners, reporters, and others to accomplish the organization’s mission and objectives. The Communications Manager/Senior Communications Manager will primarily responsible for guiding and executing a broad range of public relations activities targeted to key audiences across WRA’s programs and states that advance specific organizational and programmatic priorities.

ABOUT WESTERN RESOURCE ADVOCATES

WRA fights climate change and its impacts to sustain the environment, economy, and people of the West. We respect the different needs of diverse people and partner with them to develop a shared vision for progress—one that advances communities while protecting biodiversity.

Our team of policy experts, scientists, economists, and attorneys has a 30-year history of working where decisions are made, sweating the details, creating evidence-based solutions, and holding decisionmakers accountable. This on the ground work with policymakers and other advocates advances clean energy, protects air, land, water, and wildlife—and sustains the lives and livelihoods of the West.

LOCATION

This position has the option to work remotely anywhere within our seven-state region, or from one of WRA’s six offices; or a hybrid of the two with easy access to a major airport as travel (10%) is required. Our seven-state region includes Arizona, Colorado, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming. WRA has offices located in Boulder, CO; Carson City, NV; Denver, CO; Phoenix, AZ; Salt Lake City, UT; and Santa Fe, NM. Some occasional travel within WRA’s region will be required for collaboration with WRA staff and stakeholders.

RESPONSIBILITIES AND ACTIVITIES

Programmatic Communications

  • Work closely with program and Government Affairs staff to develop and execute communications campaigns related to specific WRA priorities, and utilize communications strategies and tactics to achieve policy and advocacy objectives.
  • Create targeted communications materials, including messaging, press releases, and op-eds in coordination with staff to shape narratives, influence decision makers, and advance policy priorities.
  • Collaborate with partnering organizations and coalitions throughout the region to shape and implement successful shared strategies.

Branding

  • Act as a WRA brand ambassador internally and externally to educate staff and create buy in around the brand’s importance and the organization’s overall marketing and communications efforts.
  • Collaborate with marketing staff to support the development of messaging in digital communications, such as blogs, emails and advocacy actions, as well as print collateral around specific priorities.
  • Support program and Government Affairs staff with developing talking points, fact sheets, public comments, articles for publication, grant materials, and other content, as requested.
  • Support the President and Development team with storytelling and donor communications efforts, as requested.

Earned Media

  • Facilitate earned media opportunities in collaboration with program staff and provide interview coaching, messaging guidance, and logistics support, when needed.
  • Contribute story ideas, opportunities, ideas, content, and feedback that illustrate the impact of WRA’s work for broader marketing and communication efforts.
  • Maintain relationships with key reporters across WRA’s states and keep up-to-date media lists.

Miscellaneous

  • Travel throughout the region and to regional offices for meetings, conferences, retreats and reporter meetings. (10%)

SENIOR COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER
A Senior Communications Manager will have the above responsibilities and can perform these activities with minimal supervision.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • An understanding of or a willingness to learn the politics and landscape surrounding the issues WRA works on at the national level and across our seven-state region.
  • Cultivate and maintain relationships with key reporters across WRA’s states and keep up-to-date media lists.
  • Facilitate earned media opportunities in collaboration with program staff and provide interview coaching, messaging guidance, and logistics support, when needed.
  • Contribute story ideas, opportunities, ideas, content, and feedback that illustrate the impact of WRA’s work for broader marketing and communication efforts.
  • Exceptional communication skills – written, verbal, interpersonal and presentation skills, including the ability to communicate articulately, persuasively, and effectively with varied audiences.
  • Aptitude for translating complicated technical concepts into accessible written and spoken content.
  • Ability to build relationships and collaborate effectively with a variety of internal and external stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated success in garnering earned media coverage and cultivating long-lasting relationships with journalists.
  • Experience working effectively and diplomatically with coalitions and partner organizations to advance shared objectives.
  • Strong organizational and prioritization skills, with excellent attention to detail and follow through.
  • Ability to stay nimble and organized while managing multiple projects and competing priorities.
  • Interest in continuing to build WRA’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion work into our communication practices.
  • Multilingual skills a plus.
  • Genuine passion for the mission and work of WRA.
  • A Communications Manager will typically have 3-10 years of relevant experience.

SENIOR COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER

Senior Communications Managers will typically have at least 10 or more years of relevant experience. To be considered for Senior Communication Manager, in addition to the above qualifications, a candidate should demonstrate at least two of the following:

  • Experience integrating a variety of communications strategies and tactics to persuade and influence diverse audiences on complex subjects.
  • Strong relationships with key local and regional reporters who cover conservation and climate.
  • General knowledge and understanding of climate change, conservation, environmental, and water issues in the West.
  • Exceptional ability to independently manage multiple projects with varying timelines.
  • Experience creating and executing successful communications plans and advocacy campaigns across an organization and with coalitions.
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