Washington Environmental Council

Position Summary

The Content Manager is a shared position between Washington Environmental Council (WEC) and Washington Conservation Voters (WCV). The person we seek has a passion and talent for writing, and sees the climate crisis as one of the foremost issues we need to address in the next decade. The core responsibility of the Content Manager is to advance the goals of protecting Washington’s air, water, land, animals and people, while employing a deep racial equity analysis, through writing and managing content for WEC and WCV’s communication channels. This position will need to produce a large volume of written content—the ideal candidate wants to see their talent for writing utilized in ways that protect and preserve Washington’s environment for generations to come. This person is a member of the Communications Team and is supervised by the Communications Director.

About our organizations

Washington Environmental Council (WEC) is a nonprofit, statewide advocacy organization. For over 50 years, WEC has brought people together to solve Washington’s most critical environmental issues. WEC builds power for the environmental movement by building partnerships, mobilizing the public, connecting voters to decision makers, and taking legal action. Our mission is to develop, advocate, and defend policies that ensure environmental progress and justice by centering and amplifying the voices of the most impacted communities. 

Washington Conservation Voters (WCV) ensures Washington’s decision makers keep our environment protected, healthy, and vibrant. Over the last 35 years, we have elected environmental champions, held our elected leaders to the highest standard, and built statewide momentum for environmental campaigns through innovative voter outreach efforts and community organizing. WCV’s mission is to develop, advocate, and defend policies that ensure environmental progress and justice by centering and amplifying the voices of the most impacted communities.

By effectively combining the policy know-how of WEC with the political know-how 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 40 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 representative, socially just, and welcoming work environment – 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 citizen of the Confederated Tribe of Warm Springs, Oregon.

A note from Alyssa Macy, CEO

I came to WEC/WCV with a question – what would it take to transform an historically white-led environmental organization with positionality, power, and access to one that is truly centering the communities most impacted and, what would be the impact? In the past two years we have been living through a global pandemic, economic downturn, racial reckoning, and one of the most consequential elections in our lifetime. This moment in history has facilitated transformation of these organizations in a way that I didn’t anticipate for years – it is both exciting and challenging. We are building something that has never existed before in the state of Washington: a state-level environmental advocacy organization that lifts up community needs and solutions through its work, that upholds tribal treaties and sovereignty through its actions, who values and works with Indigenous and Black leadership in all aspects of our work, and who makes powerful environmental progress in the Evergreen State. With no trail, we are creating our own and this is an exceptional opportunity to be a part of imagining and building the most impactful environmental advocacy organization in Washington with racial justice and environmental justice at its core. –Alyssa Macy, Tribal Affiliation: Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, Oregon

Responsibilities

The ideal candidate for this role has the passion and stamina to be solely responsible for all our written content across different mediums and platforms. They are excited about a role that is all about ideating, drafting, and editing content for our teams.

Writing & Editing:

  • Develops and creates communications assets utilizing race/class narrative and other relevant, important communications theories.
  • Develop and create content for various communication channels and mediums employed by WEC/WCV, including but not limited to: emails, website, blog(s), print publication (Convene bi-annual magazine), organizational marketing materials, policy documents and one-pagers. 
  • Work with Digital Communications Associate to develop and implement a common voice across our social media channels. 
  • Supports development team with content consultation
  • Collaborate with Communications Director on press / media relations content, including press releases and press briefings. 
  • Provide real-time and urgent copy editing expertise on various projects delegated by the Communications Director


Publications/Print Materials:

  • Project manages in collaboration with Visual Communications Manager on Convene, bi-annual print publication, creating project management lists and supporting management of projects, deadlines, and deliverables with Communications Director
  • Works with staff teams on various print materials, including white-papers, marketing materials, one-pagers, policy briefs, etc
  • Organizational Support
  • Works with Digital Communications Associate to develop website and blog editorial calendar.
  • Works with Communications Director on content for speeches and talking points documents
  • Drives strong interview and storytelling, centered on anti-racism and environmental justice, throughout different levels of the organization’s communications channels

Required Skills

  • Strong, demonstrated commitment to analysis and application of racial equity, anti-racism, race-class narrative, and environmental justice principles.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills. 
  • Demonstrated expertise in developing written content for communications and marketing initiatives that support and advance organizational mission and goals. 
  • Ability to set priorities and manage multiple short term and long term projects simultaneously. 
  • Knowledge of and interest in existing and emerging communications strategies, technologies and social media channels. 
  • Understanding of, and experience working with BIPOC populations, specifically communities of color. 
  • Ability to use online web based software to work remotely as needed. 
  • At least 2-4 years of experience with communications in nonprofit, advocacy, political campaigns, or equivalent settings. 
  • Ability to create quality content under pressure of a deadline.

Desirable Skills

  • Knowledge of environmental issues, state political landscape, and a commitment to protect, restore, and sustain Washington’s environment for future generations.
  • Knowledge of Associated Press Stylebook
  • Knowledge of environmental issues and/or state politics

Working Conditions

This job requires frequent sitting. Must be able to conduct business in English, though fluency in other languages is welcomed. For remote work, employees must maintain a workspace with an internet connection where they can reliably perform work during scheduled work hours. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with different abilities to perform functions essential to the duties of the position.

Washington Conservation Voters and Washington Environmental Council is a unionized employer represented by Communications Workers of America Local 7800. This is a represented position.

COVID-19

The organization follows all requirements of local health authorities. We are currently working in hybrid remote mode with some staff coming to the office voluntarily. We maintain strict safety protocols while in our office. All staff who come to the office must be fully immunized against COVID-19.

Compensation and Benefits

This is a full time, exempt position with a salary range of $58,000-$63,000 depending on experience. We also offer a generous benefits package including 100% employer paid 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 Employee Assistance Program, and a wellness benefit. If you work for seven consecutive years you are eligible for an eight week 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 with a priority for applications received by June 24.

Washington Environmental Council and Washington Conservation Voters are equal opportunity employers committed to dismantling structural racism and creating a welcoming work environment. We do 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.