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Job Posting: Director of Policy Communications

Job Posting: Director of Policy Communications

SUMMARY: The director of policy communications leads the development and implementation of all communications strategies for American Forests’ policy program. The strategies are designed to help the organization reach its programmatic and fundraising goals. The director works closely with the entire policy team. The director also leads communications for the Forest-Climate Working Group (FCWG), the only forest sector coalition in the United States that is working to advance climate change solutions. The coalition was created 12 years ago and is currently co-chaired by American Forests and American Forest Foundation. The director works closely with the chairperson of the FCWG Communications Committee, as well as American Forests employees who staff the coalition. 

REQUISITE EDUCATION OR CERTIFICATIONS: Bachelor’s degree is required. A focus in communications is preferred.

QUALIFICATIONS: 7 to 10 years of demonstrated success in conceptualizing, developing and implementing communications strategies. Experience working in communications at a nonprofit conservation organization or for a government entity is a plus. Experience in project management and measuring results. Experience in managing consultants. Critical thinking, problem solving and analytical skills. Working knowledge of government processes is preferred. Ability to work independently and collaboratively. Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously. Excellent written and verbal communications skills. Strong creative thinker and proactive problem solver.

WORKING CONDITIONS: The majority of work is performed in a general office environment, with occasional opportunities to travel. American Forests is located in downtown Washington, D.C., within walking distance of Metro stations on all lines, multiple bus lines, and Capital Bikeshare.

SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES:
1. American Forests Policy Communications (70 percent)

  • Develop a one-year communications strategy for the policy program and, as needed, communications strategies for specific initiatives and campaigns related to the program.
  • Build working relationships with reporters covering issues related to the policy program and pitch stories to them. On occasion, create and disseminate press releases and organize press events.
  • Write or edit statements related to the program.
  • Write content about the program for American Forests’ communications channels (e.g., magazine and website) and third party outlets (e.g., OpEds and guest columns).
  • Develop social media content – text and visuals – for American Forests’ social media channels and create social media toolkits for partners. A design consultant is available to create visuals that cannot be created in-house.
  • Provide input on relevant videos created for the American ReLeaf and Tree Equity programs.
  • Seek out speaking opportunities for policy program staff.
  • Write and design collateral, such as fact sheets, about key issues and legislation relevant to the organization’s policy work.
  • Maintain the Action Center and policy program sections of the American Forests website.
  • As needed, create and place advertisements related to the program.
  • Help manage crisis communications related to the coalition.

2. FCWG Communications (30 percent)

  • Develop a one-year communications strategy for FCWG and, as needed, communications strategies for specific initiatives and campaigns related to the coalition.
  • Build working relationships with reporters covering issues related to FCWG and pitch stories to them. On occasion, create and disseminate press releases and organize press events.
  • Write or edit statements related to FCWG.
  • Write or edit content about FCWG for third party outlets (e.g., OpEds and guest columns).
  • Manage the FCWG website. This includes writing and posting content. Consultants are available to assist with technical issues related to the website.
  • Develop and post social media content – text and visuals – on FCWG social media channels and create social media toolkits for coalition partners.
  • Seek out speaking opportunities for FCWG members.
  • Write and design collateral, such as fact sheets, about key issues and legislation relevant to the coalition.
  • Participate in monthly meetings of the FCWG Communications Committee and Steering Committee.
  • Help manage crisis communications related to the coalition.

TO APPLY:  To apply for this position, please send a cover letter, résumé, and two communications samples to jobs@americanforests.org. The person hired for this position will start working in October 2021.

American Forests is an equal opportunity employer.

August 31st, 2021|Categories: Employment|Tags: , |