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COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR - APPLICATIONS DUE JULY 10
Background

CJA’s mission is to forge a socially and economically just transition away from an extractive economy and towards healthy, resilient local communities, to address the root causes of climate change. In 2012, CJA developed the Our Power Campaign engaging 60+ member organizations to create a vision that supports local and national campaign goals rooted in front line, community-based struggles, including those of Indigenous peoples, people of color, new immigrants and working class peoples. The CJA seeks to catalyze a broad-based, scalable campaign for transition away from industries that undermine the well-being of human communities and environmental systems – like dirty energy , industrial-scale manufacturing and agribusiness – and transform local economies into models of sustainability, equity, and resilience. The Campaign supports local organizing through peer-exchange, trainings and direct action, and coalition work to advance policies to end extreme energy and promote climate-protecting jobs.

Job Description – Communications Director

The Communications Director will be responsible for providing visionary strategic and operational communications expertise and leadership to the Climate Justice Alliance. The position requires a high functioning, organized storyteller that deploys communications strategies for maximum impact and linking communications to advocacy to confront industry and government on climate justice. This also requires positioning CJA members and Our Power Communities as the leaders and solutionaries for a Just Transition who hold the remedies to climate change’s root causes. CJA’s Four Year Strategy calls for us to “change the story… shift the dominant culture and change structural power relationships, [by changing] the stories that normalize unjust power structures, mak[ing] fundamental change imaginable, and build[ing] the capacity to narrate the changes underway.” The Communications Director will be the key driver and convener at CJA to make this meta-strategy a reality.

They are responsible for hiring and management CJA’s communication staff and fellows as well as providing strategic communications support, training, and resources to CJA member groups. They report to the Executive Director and work in consultation with other CJA staff, work groups, organizers, policy, research, funder engagement personnel and regional anchor organizations across the nation.

Responsibilities include:

CJA Communications Strategy, Vision & Leadership (40% of time]

  • Develop and implement an integrated, visionary communications strategy and budget to achieve our 2020 goal to “changing the story” and identify short, mid, and long term outcomes to support the programmatic goals of the overall Four Year Strategy. This will be developed and implemented in consultation with CJA staff, Our Power Communities, regional hubs, work groups, funders, and allies.
  • Create a detailed communications plan (both internal and external) to implement that strategy over the next two years, that meets desired outcomes and develop meaningful relationships with targeted external audiences, including the media, public officials, community leaders, key influencers and donors.
  • Develop and execute (or assign and review) copy intended for public consumption, ensuring its alignment with the strategic communications plan and Just Transition policy positions.
  • Develop, write, and execute strategic framing, messages and communications documents for new and existing campaigns and programs, including web content, email messages, action alerts, social media posts, blogs, speeches, presentations and press statements.
  • Work collaboratively with CJA staff, meeting regularly to develop and implement communications strategy for specific events, program areas, and campaigns, such as drafting talking points, drafting op-eds, and pitching stories to advance our goals.
  • Hire and supervise Digital Media and Tech Coordinator (new position to be hired).
  • Supervise consultants and their work products as required.

Training and Leadership Development (25% of time]

  • Develop spokespeople among staff, member groups, community members, and key stakeholders through trainings in media relations and effective communications.
  • Train staff, board and community leaders to be spokespeople for public hearings, press conferences, and interviews.
  • Promote, place, and support speaking engagements for CJA representatives.
  • Develop and implement a new Communications Fellowship Program for CJA members. Hire and supervise Fellows, and ensure successful transition back to their member group upon completion of the Fellowship.

Media and External Relations [20% of time]

  • Lead coordination of all public relations opportunities to include Spokespeople, ED, Steering Committee and members. This will include fielding and assigning requests for speaking events and media interviews.
  • Develop press releases, public statements, talking points, and other communications materials in accordance with the communications strategy and plan.
  • Work with coalition partners and/or elected officials to coordinate press events or direct actions for key campaigns.
  • Cultivate long-term media relationships to advance issue campaigns and public support.
  • Serve as chief wordsmith and copyeditor for organization.
  • Monitor the political and media landscape to stay current on relevant EJ issues at local and federal level.

Organizational Collaboration & Leadership (15% of time]

  • Participate in weekly staff meetings and monthly full membership calls. Help inform and lead agendas.
  • Collaborate and support training opportunities to spread this communications strategy throughout CJA’s national network.
  • Hold regular planning and implementation meetings with CJA policy coordinator to align policy with communications.
  • Work closely with staff to update collaborative implementation plans.
  • Attend Steering Committee gatherings and calls as needed and provide quarterly progress reports
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS
  • Bachelor’s Degree required, and minimum 8 -10 years of experience supporting a national alliance and/or grassroots organization, with at least 2 years in a senior leadership position.
  • 3-5 years experience of working in a media/press team with demonstrated success in managing multiple aspects of media relations, digital media, and branding.
  • At least 2-4 years experience developing and leading an state or national organization in the implementation of formal communications strategic planning.
  • At least five years experience using social media, CRMs, and mass email marketing platforms required.
  • Strong current environmental justice, racial justice, and climate change news understanding and ability to convey complex messages to multiple audiences. Ability to link advocacy strategy with communications strategy.
  • Collaborative and positive attitude and proven team player that is self aware and can communicate deadlines and engage staff creatively and consistently to get results.
  • Strong organizational skills, proven high attention to detail, ability to work with minimal supervision and effectively prioritize tasks.
  • Willing to take risks, apply imagination, think outside the box, and work with multiple sectors and issues.
  • Exceptional administrative, organizational and time management skills; including at least 2-4 years of supervisory and training experience of staff and interns.
  • Excellent professionalism and judgement; Proven ability to identify and resolve problems in a timely manner.
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills.
  • Capacity to maintain confidentiality with high level internal documents.
  • Agreement with and commitment to CJA’s mission and values.
  • National travel required – approximately 2 weeks per quarter.
DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS
  • Strongly preferred experience developing and/or running a communications training/fellowship, and volunteer programs.
  • Strongly preferred experience working WordPress, Powerbase, and/or Adobe Creative Suite.
  • Preferred experience working remotely.
  • Experience with climate policy, environmental justice and social justice issues, as well as concepts pertaining to self-determination, liberation, decolonization, and the political & social conditions of oppression. Experience incorporating this into a communications strategy and approach.
  • Fluency in Spanish (Written and verbal)
  • Experience working in challenging, deadline-driven environments that call for long term strategic planning (not just tactics), delegation of tasks, working with multi-sectors and supporters for added value.
  • Must be able to carry and lift 25 lbs.

CJA is a fiscally-sponsored project of Movement Strategy Center (MSC). CJA is a values-based alliance with a deep commitment to building transformative culture and challenging racism, sexism, homophobia, and oppression in all its forms. CJA is committed to identifying and developing the skills and leadership of people from diverse backgrounds and challenging patterns of political marginalization and oppression.

CJA is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion or belief, disability, gender, nationality, ethnicity, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, or any other status protected by law. People of Color, working-class people, differently-abled people, and LGBTQ persons are strongly encouraged to apply.

Salary range of $57,000 to $65,000 depending on experience and location. Generous benefits package including vacation/sick/personal days and health/dental/vision/life/disability insurance.

Please send a brief cover letter, resume, and three to five references to info@climatejusticealliance.org with the Subject Line: “Application for Communications Director” by COB July 10, 2018. Please send your application as either a Word doc or pdf.

CLIMATE JUSTICE ORGANIZER - APPLICATIONS DUE JULY 10
Background

CJA’s mission is to forge a socially and economically just transition away from an extractive economy and towards healthy, resilient local communities, to address the root causes of climate change. In 2012, CJA developed the Our Power Campaign engaging 40 member organizations to create a vision that supports local and national campaign goals rooted in front line, community-based struggles, including those of Indigenous peoples, people of color, new immigrants and working class peoples. The CJA seeks to catalyze a broad-based, scalable campaign for transition away from industries that undermine the well-being of human communities and environmental systems – like dirty energy , industrial-scale manufacturing and agribusiness – and transform local economies into models of sustainability, equity, and resilience. The Campaign supports local organizing through peer-exchange, trainings and direct action, and coalition work to advance policies to end extreme energy and promote climate-protecting jobs.

Job Description – Climate Justice Organizer

The Climate Justice Organizer is an experienced general organizer with the motivation to step into a more senior leadership role at CJA in the next one to two years. With the Campaigns Director, they are responsible for supporting member groups, partners, and allies to carry out the Our Power Communities Strategy and Implementation plan as described below, including to building out our Just Transition work through Our Power Communities and regional hubs. This will support CJA staff in creating a road map to CJA’s National Convening in January 2019, while also lending their organizing experience to coordinating with our national alliance work, including It Takes Roots. They report to the Campaigns Director and Executive Director and work in consultation with other CJA staff, work groups, communications, policy, research, funder engagement personnel and regional anchor organizations across the nation.

Responsibilities include:

Our Power Communities Campaign Implementation and Expansion [60% of time]

  • Strategically map and recruit more organizations and communities to build up Our Power, and support the development and training of new volunteer leaders and groups in consultation with the membership committee.
  • Support development and implementation of CJA’s Four-Year Strategy, with particular focus on developing regional strategies to support its implementation.
  • Provide support for existing CJA members, Our Power Communities, and regional hubs, identifying opportunities for collaboration or peer learning among members, coordinating calls, convenings and trainings. Support the development and distribution of Just Transition principles, case studies and popular education tools.
  • Support strong systems for internal and external communication, and contribute regularly to social media on local CJA and CJA member work.
  • Maintain active relationships with frontline and Indigenous communities, potential and established allied groups and move collaborative work forward.
  • Work with CJA staff to input local contacts into the CJA database.
  • Provide other campaign support as needed.
  • Organize monthly OPC/regional hub calls and conduct follow up as needed.
  • Help develop and manage new campaigns that overlap with Our Power Communities.

Trainings, Convenings, and National Events Logistics [25% of time]

  • Preparation for two major CJA events: It Takes Roots Solutions and Solidarity Summit (September 2018) and CJA National Convening (January 2018) including:
    • Communicate with and convene organizers from various sectors to build alignment
    • Coordinate local actions and events
    • Hold monthly calls with Our Power Communities and in person meetings as needed

Organizational Collaboration & Leadership [15% of time]

  • Participate in weekly staff meetings and monthly full membership calls. Help inform agendas.
  • Work closely with staff to detail campaign work plans, and submit quarterly reports on work progress.
  • Provide information to and/or attend Steering Committee gatherings and calls as needed.
  • Engage Membership in creative ways that include online and offline organizing leading up to the ITR Summit and the CJA National Convening.
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS
  • Community organizing experience – at least 3-5 year experience with grassroots campaigns and popular education.
  • Non violent direct action experience.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, ability to work with and support organizers and others from local grassroots groups and diverse groups.
  • Familiarity with climate policy, environmental justice and social justice issues as well as concepts pertaining to self determination, liberation, decolonization and the political social conditions of oppression.
  • Time specific results-based project coordination skills (including working with staff in remotely).
  • Organized and attentive to details. Able to work remotely and manage multiple work groups.
  • Experience building consensus among intersectional grassroots groups
  • Experience working as a team and coordinating both logistics and strategic actions
  • Experience with communication and online media for campaigns.
  • Proven ability to identify and resolve problems in a timely manner.
  • Persuasive verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent written communications skills; attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Flexibility and positive attitude. Solution oriented and ability to move forward.
  • Ability to travel locally and nationally – approximately 2 weeks per quarter.
DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS
  • Additionally, prefer at least two years of experience supporting a national alliance.
  • Experience supervising other staff and/or interns.
  • Experience creating and managing budgets.
  • Ability to manage up and set your own priorities.
  • Must be able to lift and carry 25 lbs.

CJA is a fiscally-sponsored project of Movement Strategy Center (MSC). CJA is a values-based alliance with a deep commitment to building transformative culture and challenging racism, sexism, homophobia, and oppression in all its forms. CJA is committed to identifying and developing the skills and leadership of people from diverse backgrounds and challenging patterns of political marginalization and oppression.

CJA is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion or belief, disability, gender, nationality, ethnicity, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, or any other status protected by law. People of Color, working-class people, differently-abled people, and LGBTQ persons are strongly encouraged to apply.

Hourly rate range of $21.65 to $25/hour depending on experience. Generous benefits package including vacation/sick/personal days and health/dental/vision/life/disability insurance.

Please send a brief cover letter, resume, and three to five references to info@climatejusticealliance.org with the Subject Line: “Application for Climate Justice Organizer” by COB July 10, 2018. Please send your application as either a Word doc or pdf.

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