Oregon Communications Manager
Office location
Portland

Climate Solutions seeks a smart, nimble, and collaborative communicator to support the organization’s storytelling and policy campaign communications work for our programs in Oregon. The person in this job works with organizational program staff to determine priority audiences for specific campaigns in Oregon, develop storytelling arcs and best framing of an issue, conduct media outreach, organize press events, package materials for quality education and engagement, and collaborate with external partners to maximize the strength of the broader movement working to protect our climate and accelerate the transition to clean energy in Oregon.

A Northwest-based nonprofit, Climate Solutions' mission is to accelerate clean energy solutions to the climate crisis. Since 1998, Climate Solutions has the vision of a thriving, equitable Northwest, powered by clean energy, inspiring the transition to sustainable prosperity across the country and beyond. Climate Solutions advances local, regional, and state action on climate and clean energy through championing transformational policies and market-based innovations; catalyzing powerful partnerships and a diverse movement for action and accountability; and communicating a bold vision for solutions at the scale required by climate science. For more information about Climate Solutions, visit www.climatesolutions.org.

This is a full-time, exempt position open to candidates based anywhere in Oregon. Travel will be required within Oregon at least monthly and 4-5 times per year regionally, pending COVID-19 safety precautions. 

The position is supervised by the Director of Communications and Engagement who is based in Seattle. The position is part of the regional Communications and Engagement team with close collaboration with the Oregon State Director and Oregon policy team, as well as with the development team in support of organizational fundraising.  We have a Portland, OR office and several staff based in the Portland metro region.   

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Develop and implement strategic and compelling communications to reach priority audiences.
  • Conduct regular media outreach, including pitch calls, execute on rapid responses, opinion pieces, story cultivation with regional and national outlets, and news conferences and other media events.
  • Help draft and edit and publish communications (e.g., explainers, updates, alerts) on Climate Solutions channels (email, text, website, blogs and social media) to support the Oregon programs.
  • Cultivate and nurture key partnerships, coalitions, and relationships with priority constituencies, especially organized working families and BIPOC and lower income communities for storytelling and program support.
  • Participate in and identify opportunities for public opinion research in Oregon as needed.
  • Work with the rest of the communications and engagement team in support of organizational storytelling and climate communications, including resourcing specific products with content and Climate Solutions channels regularly, including ClimateCast, our bi-weekly news summary.
  • Collaborate with the rest of the communications and engagement team, especially the database staff, on how to build and further learn about our digital audience for Climate Solutions in Oregon.
  • Incorporate Climate Solutions’ Equity, Diversity and Inclusion commitments, Commitment to Leading our Work with a Racial Equity Lens, and Climate Solutions’ values into all aspects of the job.
  • Meet staff reporting deadlines for program, development, and administrative tasks.
  • Additional duties may be assigned within the course of the work.

DEMONSTRATED COMPETENCIES:

  • Conducting public outreach to educate and engage specific audiences, with experience working in partnership.
  • Writing and editing of news releases, opinion pieces, pitch memos, email action alerts, blog and social media posts, 1-pagers, and talking points on deadline.
  • Editing, posting, and managing website and digital content (could include design experience).
  • Conducting direct outreach and pitch calls to reporters and editors, relationship cultivation, crafting timely pitches, and approaching reporters on story ideas.
  • Flexibility and desire to work in a campaign environment both with a team and independently.
  • Setting priorities and managing multiple short‐term and long‐term projects simultaneously.
  • Being collaborative and equitable in your approach to your work and in your relationships with your colleagues.
  • Strong commitment to the mission and vision of Climate Solutions.
  • Strong understanding of and commitment to racial equity.
  • Strong writing, editing, presentation, verbal, and analytic skills.
  • Ability to operate desktop computer and Microsoft Windows and Office software, including Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, and specialized software applications in a network environment.

EDUCATION, TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE:

  • Minimum of 2-3 years of experience with communications or outreach and engagement, ideally in the nonprofit or public policy sectors.
  • Demonstrated commitment to equity work with colleagues and as part of work in the community.
  • Strong writing, editing, presentation, verbal, and analytic skills.

REMUNERATION:

This position is offered with a salary range starting at $77,000 annually.

Climate Solutions cares about you as a whole person so we provide the following benefits to support your ability to be successful in the position and your health and well-being:

  • Insurance premiums fully paid for the employee:
    • Medical
    • Vision
    • Dental, including orthodontia
    • Disability and Life Insurance
  • Flexible Spending Account for medical, childcare, and commuter expenses
  • 30 days of Paid Time Off accrued annually
  • 14 annual flexible holidays, including birthday leave
  • 401K starting after 3 months of employment with a 5% contribution by CS
  • Flexible work policy
  • A work environment that recognizes your family and community responsibilities
  • A commitment to professional development, including both funds and time
  • Paid time dedicated to work on equity and inclusion with a racial equity lens
  • Annual performance reviews and ongoing feedback to support your development
  • A strong commitment to successful onboarding and retention

TO APPLY:

What excites you about working for Climate Solutions in this role, and how do your experiences and perspectives make you a great candidate for this position?

  • Please put OREGON Communications MANAGER as the subject line of the email.
  • In the body of the email, please let us know how you found out about the position.
  • The position will remain open until filled, with a priority review for applicants who apply by July 12, 2022.

 

Climate Solutions recognizes that institutional racism, including systems and behaviors that maintain white power and privilege, exists within our organization, the broader climate and environmental movement, and throughout society. We also recognize that the impacts of the climate crisis, pollution from fossil fuels, and the costs of proposed solutions fall disproportionately on communities of color, low income, Tribal Nations, and frontline communities, both in our region and across the world. This is a barrier to a more equitable future and our ability to achieve our mission.

Climate Solutions has chosen to lead our work with a racial equity lens as a strategy to address all forms of oppression. Climate Solutions is committed to equal opportunity in employment and promotion for all qualified persons without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, military or veteran status, the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability, pregnancy and childbirth, family responsibilities, or any other basis protected by applicable laws, regulations, or guidelines relating to discrimination in employment.

Climate Solutions is committed to equal opportunity in employment for all qualified persons without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, military or veteran status, the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability, pregnancy and childbirth, family responsibilities, or any other basis protected by applicable laws, regulations, or guidelines relating to discrimination in employment.

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