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DATE:December 6, 2016 POSITION TITLE:Communications Director ACCOUNTABLE TO:Executive Director JOB STATUS:Full-Time
PRIMARY PURPOSE OF THE POSITION: To manage and take primary responsibility for performing all of Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy’s (MCEA) communications and media work. To develop statewide awareness of environmental issues championed by MCEA and help achieve MCEA’s programmatic and organizational goals through strategic communications. Primary position duties include coordinating an issue-specific fundraising campaign around mining; supporting and marketing the success of MCEA’s programmatic work; support the work of the development team producing of newsletters, annual report, and content for social media and website; and promoting MCEA’s brand identity.
PRIMARY NEEDED SKILLS: Outstanding writing skills and the ability to produce quality written materials appropriately targeted to intended audience, quickly and on deadline. Ability to coordinate workloads in multiple programs, to work with outside coalitions and develop strategic media plans.
MAJOR AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY:
1.Coordinate communications and marketing activities to support fundraising for the Campaign to Save Lake Superior, a three-year campaign targeted towards protecting our waters from sulfide mining in MN.
Work with volunteer campaign committee and MCEA staff to coordinate a $750,000 fundraising effort related to mining for first 12-18 months. This includes working collaboratively to plan special events, cultivate individual prospects, and solicit foundation gifts.
Prepare donor communications, including fundraising materials, website, and social media.
2.MCEA Program Communications
Develop and implement communication strategies to achieve programmatic goals in five program areas (transportation and land use, water quality, mining, natural resources and clean energy). This includes press releases, fact sheets, opinion pieces, letters to the editor, background papers, research reports, social media and other projects.
Cultivate relationships with reporters statewide and solicit opportunities to keep them informed of MCEA program activities, and seek opportunities for program managers to be featured in news stories.
Supervise and appropriately coordinate the communications work load with MCEA’s Development/Communications Associate.
Assist the Development team with production of MCEA’s newsletter (two issues per year), annual report, social media and website content.
Develop and implement strategic plan to promote MCEA’s brand identity.
Develop communications aspects of special events such as news conferences, fundraising events, policy conferences, outreach and legislative events.
Identify and pursue potential opportunities for MCEA staff to present in public forums around the state.
Develop strategies and effectively invest current resources to strengthen environmental policy on behalf of MCEA and Minnesota’s environmental community.
Raise the prominence of critical environmental issues among policy makers, MCEA members and the public.
Work with coalitions to develop and produce communication strategies and materials for environmental issues in Minnesota.
The Communications Director shares supervision of the Communications/Development Associate with the Development Director and may occasionally oversee the work of volunteers, interns or consultants working on communications projects.
OTHER PERFORMANCE CRITERIA:
1.Identifying strategic media and communication opportunities. 2.Understanding environmental issues and policy. 3. Identifying and cultivating individual donor prospects. 4.Simplifying complex environmental issues into understandable and effective messages for a variety of target audiences. 5.Simultaneously managing several tasks and competing priorities. 6.Efficiently preparing written materials for media and MCEA publications. 7.Integrating programmatic goals into communications strategy and reporting. 8.Penetrating new media outlets to improve environmental policy.
College degree, ideally in journalism or communications; and at least 5 years of work in communications area, or equivalent.
Experience managing a public policy campaign.
Innovative, articulate and accomplished writing and editing skills.
Demonstrated ability to produce written materials that effectively communicate complex issues.
Self-motivated and ability to take initiative, as well as the ability to work well as part of a team.
Commitment to MCEA’s mission.
Ability to do some in-state travel and occasionally work odd hours to accommodate demands of earned media and social media.
Knowledge of environmental issues.
Established relationships with Minnesota media and journalists.
Knowledge of the legislative process.
Familiarity with a variety of social media platforms.
Familiarity with non-profit organizations 501 (c) (3).
MCEA IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER. MCEA IS COMMITTED TO RECRUITING AND RETAINING A DIVERSE STAFF. INDIVIDUALS FROM ALL BACKGROUNDS ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO APPLY.
MCEA offers a competitive non-profit salary based on years of relevant experience along with a full benefits package, including vacation and sick leave, a cafeteria plan for health insurance, 401(k) plan, and transportation allowance.
BACKGROUND ON MCEA:
The Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy (MCEA), founded in 1974, is the legal and scientific voice protecting Minnesota’s environment. With 16 staff members and an annual budget of $1.6 million, MCEA’s lawyers and technical experts work in all three branches of government to ensure that Minnesota’s environmental safeguards are enforced and environmental standards maintained.
Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume, writing sample and references to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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