Washington Environmental Council

Communications Associate – Job Announcement

Position Summary: The Communications Associate owns our organization’s social media presence, prepares and organizes emails, updates website content, and supports general organizational communications needs. 

WEC and WCV are looking for a savvy and creative new member of our team who is excited about working to better engage the public around health and environmental issues in Washington. Experience with social and email advocacy will be helpful but the successful candidate will have a variety of experience improving engagement with the public and a commitment to our mission to protect Washington’s health and environment for all.

This position reports to the Digital Communications Manager and works closely with the Visual Communications Associate and Communications Director.

Washington Environmental Council (WEC) is a nonprofit, statewide advocacy organization that drives positive change to solve our state’s most pressing environmental challenges. For 50 years, we have been at the forefront of environmental protection in the state, securing laws and policies that safeguard the health of our families and our environment. From bedrock laws like the State Environmental Policy Act, to free electronic waste recycling, to finding solutions that reduce our climate emissions and build our clean energy economy, WEC ensures a healthy future for our state so it remains a great place to live and work.

Washington Conservation Voters (WCV) is the statewide political voice for the environment. We work to elect environmentally responsible candidates to state and local offices. Working with allies in the community, we advocate for strong environmental policies and hold our elected officials accountable during the legislative session. Through our political work, we are strengthening laws that safeguard the health of our communities, the beauty of our state and our economic future.

By effectively combining the policy know-how of WEC with the political expertise of WCV, we have reshaped how environmental protection is achieved in Washington. With one shared CEO, our organizations work in partnership as each pursues its unique mission. Combined, we have a staff of 35 and work in a LEED-certified building in downtown Seattle with a view of Elliott Bay. Given the current pandemic we are working remotely and foresee doing that for an extended period of time. Our teams have access to a variety of online tools and systems that support working remotely. Our expectation is that we will eventually return to some schedule of safely working together in our downtown office.

We offer competitive salaries, good benefits, and the opportunity to make a difference. We are committed to a diverse, socially just, and welcoming work environment and people of color, people with varying abilities, and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are especially encouraged to apply. We continue to advance the application of a racial equity lens to our work, and are led by a CEO who is a woman of color.

Compensation and Benefits

This is a full time, exempt position with a salary range of $45K to $50K depending on experience. We also offer a generous benefits package including medical and dental insurance, 401k plan and organizational match of up to 3% of your annual salary, a flexible spending account, paid vacation and sick leave, ten paid holidays per year, an unlimited ORCA transit pass, and if you work for seven consecutive years you are eligible for a two-month paid sabbatical. We welcome new and diverse people to a great team who together shape environmental protection in Washington.

To Apply

Please submit a cover letter and a resume here. No phone calls or mailed applications please. This position is open until filled.

Washington Environmental Council is an equal opportunity employer committed to dismantling structural racism and creating a welcoming work environment. WEC does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, gender, religion, marital status, veteran’s status, national origin, disability, or sexual orientation. People of color, people with disabilities, and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are especially encouraged to apply.

 

Primary Responsibilities

Content Creation

  • Social Media Management
    • Own the day-to-day social media management on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn, including copy writing, posting, and responding to comments and messages for WEC, WCV, Stand Up To Oil, People For Puget Sound, Climate Alliance for Jobs and Clean Energy, Environmental Priorities Coalition, Living Evergreen, and We Are Puget Sound (not all brands have accounts on each social platform).
    • Come up with new and creative ways to keep followers engaged as well as ways to bring in new people to our organizations’ values and drive them toward advocacy
    • Create content for social, including graphics, short videos, and reposting or amplifying content from others
    • Work closely with Visual Communications Associate to design images and videos, and keep campaigns on-brand
    • Attend events to provide live social coverage
    • Create shared social media toolkits for partners to use and amplify partners’ work across social channels
    • Create and set up ads for social, and track performance and ad spending
    • Track social media presence of all accounts, report back on social media insights, and improve internal understanding of social channels
  • Email and Text Management
    • Set up email campaigns, specialized list targeting, and action page creative for WEC and WCV
    • Set up text campaigns and help to strategize around list targeting and the most effective messaging
    • Help manage the coalition email calendar, assist with email database, and lead in setting up emails for Stand Up To Oil, Power Past Fracked Gas, and Power Past Coal
  • Digital Activist Program
    • Cultivate the Digital Activist program working closely with the Field Team
    • Recruit and sustain Digital Activists
    • Communicate with volunteers, promote events, and develop their skills and capacity
  • Website Management
    • Maintain and improve WEC and WCV WordPress website content, and keep track of website and SEO analytics
    • Work with Communications Team to develop editorial calendar for website content and write new web content, e.g. blog posts and updates, to show the impact of our work
    • Update coalition websites, including Alliance for Jobs and Clean Energy, Stand Up To Oil, and Power Past Coal
  • Print Publication
    • Work as co-editor of the bi-annual publication with Visual Communications Associate

 

Organizational

-          Work with the Communications team to better implement storytelling throughout our communications – interviewing, writing, and disseminating stories from volunteers, members, and partners.

-          Manage organizational feedback and information email account for both WEC and WCV

-          Track mentions of both organizations and staff, hits for legislation and candidates, as well as the issues we advocate in the news media

o   Report back to staff and improve internal understanding of press hits

-          Serve on one of WEC/WCV’s committees on racial equity and incorporate learnings to improve our communications efforts

-          Assist with improving internal and cross-programmatic communications. This could be through sharing updates on communications campaigns with staff and helping to suggest and implement processes for internal communications

-          Assist with fundraising and other organizational events as needed, such as tabling, setting up, cleaning up, etc.

 

Required Skills

●        At least two years of experience with non-profit, political, or advocacy communications

●        Proven ability to break down and explain complex problems so the average person can understand

●        Effective social media campaign experience on a variety of mediums

●        Deadline-driven with an ability to work in a fast paced environment

●        Ability to set priorities and manage multiple short-term and long-term projects simultaneously

●        Proven ability to apply a racial equity and justice lens to your work.

●        Proven ability to work collaboratively with staff across issues, campaigns, and organizations

●        Writing and copy-editing experience

 

Desired Skills

●        Direct experience managing email lists and social media campaign creative

●        Some experience with managing website content, proficiency with Google Analytics, and WordPress

●        Some familiarity with Salesforce, Campaign Monitor, Phone2Action, or Form Assembly

●        Knowledge of environmental issues and/or state politics