Communications Manager – Energy and Climate
The Southern Environmental Law Center is seeking a Communications Manager to work across SELC’s six-state region, with a particular focus on energy and climate issues. The position can be based in our Atlanta, Birmingham, Charlottesville, Chapel Hill, or Washington, DC offices; please state your preference for office location in your cover letter. This individual will join our Communications team and report to our Director of Program Communications.
As a Communications Manager for SELC, you will be an integral part of the communications team working to engage and educate about a full range of environmental issues—climate change, clean air and water, our public lands, coastal protections, and environmental justice. This is an excellent opportunity to join a highly successful, nationally recognized organization that is effectively addressing some of the most pressing and challenging environmental issues throughout the South and the nation.
If you’re up for the challenge of figuring out how communications can advance environmental progress, we want you to be part of our team. You will be responsible for overseeing communications for our regional energy work, including solar and methane gas issues, as well as helping to cover other programmatic issues across our six states. You will work closely with our attorneys, partner groups, and communications team members to plan and execute communications strategies. You will think strategically and creatively about how to message around environmental issues, incorporate storytelling into our content, help shape media coverage on legal and policy developments, and integrate different communications touchpoints to reach target audiences. Your days will involve working with attorneys to develop a messaging platform on a new issue, pitching reporters on a development, collaborating with the digital and creative teams on an online advocacy campaign to advance an issue, and working with partner groups on an op-ed or press event.
We are eager to welcome the next member to our 22-person communications team of strategists, designers, analysts, investigators, ambassadors, and innovators who work closely together to develop comprehensive communications strategies to help SELC meet its programmatic and organizational objectives. We tell the stories, paint the picture, make the information clear, and reach the right people to move the environmental needle.
Our offices reopened in April 2022 and have implemented a hybrid work model of at least 3 in-office working days and 2 at-home working days, per week. We’re requiring all staff to be vaccinated and provide proof of vaccination to work in our offices. Regular travel to other offices is expected, averaging around a trip a month.
Ideally, we are looking for someone who has experience in communicating about climate change as well as a range of energy issues, including solar, gas, and wind.
- Work closely with SELC attorneys and the design, digital, geospatial, and marketing teams to develop and implement communications strategies for state and regional programmatic issues, including solar, wind, methane gas, energy efficiency, and other energy work, as well as climate change initiatives.
- Collaborate with other communications managers to address joint challenges and opportunities, share regional coverage duties, and provide help on coverage in other states and program areas as needed.
- Oversee all phases of outreach, from messaging strategy and materials development to media relations. Responsible for ensuring website content on assigned issues is up to date. Work with digital and design teams to guide News Feed, social media, graphics, advertising, and multimedia content.
- Help lead and coordinate the development and implementation of broader communications campaigns for higher priority issues.
- Act as media point of contact for assigned issues, managing and cultivating press relationships.
- Stay in close communication with the attorneys to stay up-to-date on our work, anticipate upcoming opportunities and needs, and coordinate the review process to ensure our communications efforts are consistent with legal objectives and requirements.
- Establish productive relationships with partner groups to develop strategies, ensure messaging consistency, and coordinate responses and outreach.
- Report to the Director of Program Communications.
- A Bachelor’s degree, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
- A minimum of 5-7 years of communications experience, preferably advocacy-oriented communications.
- Commitment to and knowledge of environmental, climate change, and environmental justice issues. Proven track record and examples of successful efforts in communicating about climate and energy issues is a plus.
- Creative and strategic thinker. You love thinking through strategies of how to reach people and move them to action, and you’re creative in considering new approaches to make change.
- Significant experience working with the media and establishing strong relationships with reporters.
- Excellent communicator and writer. You will play an integral role in crafting messages that engage target audiences and ensure that materials – from web, to social, to email, to ads – adhere to the overarching narrative.As an important voice of the South’s leading environmental organization, you’ll need to be able to package complex legal issues for a range of platforms, moving with ease between talking points, press releases, op-eds, web copy, and digital campaign emails that move people to get more involved.
- Familiarity with a variety of content production and a track record overseeing projects that use video, audio, illustrations, and other kinds of multimedia to advance an issue. You think creatively about how to use different types of content to reach the broadest audiences.
- Strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. You have a genuine interest in and commitment to helping SELC foster a more diverse, inclusive, and equitable workplace. You think about how to infuse commitments to equity into communications strategies and into organizational and campaign planning from the ground up. You engage in ongoing personal learning and are eager to contribute to our organizational efforts to reflect the rich racial and cultural diversity of our region and embed equity and inclusiveness throughout SELC, in our work, and in our collaborative partnerships.
- Highly organized. You are self-driven and have excellent time management skills. You can move from drafting a rapid response press statement, to ensuring digital campaign components are designed and delivered on time, to tracking the budget for a communications project. You feel confident shifting priorities in a fast-paced environment, including managing several communications efforts at once.
- Collegial, collaborative team player. You enjoy learning together with your teammates and helping others to succeed in their work as well. You bring a collaborative attitude to engaging with other team members and external stakeholders alike.
The Southern Environmental Law Center is one of the nation’s most powerful defenders of the environment, rooted in the South. With a long track record, SELC takes on the toughest environmental challenges in court, in government, and in our communities to protect our region’s air, water, climate, wildlife, lands, and people. Nonprofit and nonpartisan, the organization has a staff of over 200, including more than 100 attorneys, and is headquartered in Charlottesville, VA, with offices in Asheville, Atlanta, Birmingham, Chapel Hill, Charleston, Nashville, Richmond, and Washington, DC.
At our core, we are place-based, rooted in our region, and connected with the communities and clients we serve. We believe in an equitable and inclusive workplace that reflects the rich racial and cultural diversity of our region and allows diverse perspectives to come to the forefront. We approach our work with the highest level of integrity, holding ourselves to high standards with an emphasis on honesty, accountability, and thoughtfulness. We value collaboration and camaraderie, realizing we are strongest when we work together and knowing that everyone has a critical role to play. We strive for impact through a strategic, bold, pragmatic, and ambitious outlook that is dedicated to achieving powerful results. We believe in these values and in the power of SELC. We hope you consider joining us. Learn more at www.southernenvironment.org.
SELC offers salaries competitive with other leading environmental nonprofits nationally and provides an excellent benefits package. The starting salary range for this position is $65,000- $80,000, commensurate with experience. For more details about our benefits package, please visit our Careers page.
To apply, click on the ‘Apply Now’ button below to be directed to an online application where you may upload your application materials. Applicants must submit a cover letter and resume. Cover letters should be directed to the Director of Program Communications, Emily Driscoll. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
SELC is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to fostering an inclusive workplace environment. We are eager to welcome new team members who share this commitment. We still have much progress to make, but our goal is to create and maintain a staff that, at every level, reflects the rich racial and culture diversity of the communities where we work and the clients that we serve. Persons of all backgrounds—including people of color, women, people with disabilities, veterans, and LGBTQ candidates—are strongly encouraged to apply.