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Communications Associate, Media Team


ABOUT CLIMATE NEXUS

Climate Nexus is a nonprofit strategic communications group dedicated to changing the conversation on climate change and clean energy solutions in the United States. Climate Nexus was created as a behind-the-scenes connector, ensuring coherent, effective climate communications and to elevate the work of a broad network of partners, including youth groups, leaders from city and state governments, and more. Climate Nexus provides pro bono support to organizations that work on climate change and clean energy and believes the “story” of the climate crisis is the foundation on which meaningful action is built. Our job is to tell that story to as many people as possible in a way that resonates with them.

We strive to create a safe, diverse, and inclusive workplace. We welcome people of all gender identities, races, sexual orientations, physical or mental abilities, ethnicities, nationalities, religions, ages, and perspectives. We believe [1] striving for diversity, equity and inclusion is key to the fight for climate justice and the success of the climate movement itself.

ABOUT THE JOB

The person in this role will work across two teams: 

  • MEDIA TEAM: We serve as core capacity at Climate Nexus, primed to assist all subject-specific teams within Nexus as well as provide communications support to a diverse roster of external partners. We pride ourselves in our technical savvy and journalist relationship building, using the latest comms tools to refine our products. The media team is particularly responsive to evolving media conversations around broad climate issues. This has enabled individual media team members to dive deeper on particular subjects, and helped incubate new work-streams, such as the youth climate movement, environmental justice, flooding impacts, and more.
  • SCIENCE TEAM — CARBON DIOXIDE REMOVAL: Scientists tell us that in addition to a deep and rapid transition away from fossil fuel, in order to keep global warming below two degrees Celsius, we also need to remove carbon from the atmosphere at a massive scale. The Communications Associate will help to carry out a cohesive communications program reaching media, policymakers and key constituencies on carbon dioxide removal (CDR). Our CDR workstream has a particular focus on responsible investment in the development of direct air capture (DAC). 

RESPONSIBILITIES

The Communications Associate will be part of the media team, but also work closely with the science team. With guidance from the managers and support from their teams, the Associate will be responsible for: 

  • Building and maintaining press lists across projects. 
  • Preparing the first draft of media-facing materials, including: bi-monthly background briefs, story pitches, press releases, op-eds, and multi-platform social media language.  
  • Daily earned media monitoring, and analysis of news related to assigned projects.
  • Maintaining an editorial calendar for key moments.
  • Building working relationships with climate reporters, and pitching story ideas and op-eds. 
  • Participating in meetings and calls with partner organizations as needed.
  • Helping coordinate webinars and press conferences.

Your days might include: joining our daily morning editorial meeting, working with the media and science teams to publicize the findings of a major scientific report, writing the first draft of an op-ed or a press release, using Public Relations software and social media to identify relevant journalists for projects, collaborating with partners to share information and create action plans for major media moments, building turnout for a press briefing, working with the digital team to develop infographics or videos to explain complicated subject matter, and sharing pet videos with excited co-workers. 

Climate Nexus values work/life balance. Like all communications jobs, this role may require work on a media schedule–ie some weekends or evenings if the news cycle calls for it. 

ATTRIBUTES

Required

  • Excellent writing, editing, research, and verbal communication skills, and is receptive to feedback on their work. Able to make complex scientific information more accessible. 
  • Some experience working with journalists, or on communications and/or advocacy campaigns 
  • Interest in climate issues. Must be willing to work on technical subject matters that have multiple perspectives. 
  • Exceptional organizational skills and ability to multitask and prioritize many simultaneous projects. Comfortable working with multiple managers, under pressure and tight deadlines.
  • Active interest in engaging in diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) work within Climate Nexus, including ensuring equity is central to team strategy and communications work.

Preferred

  • Expertise in, or willingness to learn Customer Relationship Management and PR software tools such as Cision, Hubspot, Airtable, etc. 
  • Awareness of carbon removal discussions is a plus but not required.
  • Demonstrated cultural competency and ability to communicate across cultural differences; Sensitive to the dynamics of power and privilege in coalition building and policy making. 
  • Believes they have the skills to do the job and thrive at Climate Nexus, even if their ‘on-paper’ qualifications aren’t listed above or they don’t meet all of the above qualifications.

ACCESS

Must be able to work in front of a computer for long periods of time (laptop will be provided by the company, with a small budget for outfitting your workspace to your comfort if you choose to work remotely).  

LOCATION

Flexible. Climate Nexus has Washington, D.C. and New York City offices, although our staff is still fully remote at the moment. The candidate may opt to work from the office, split time between home and the office, or work remotely from anywhere in the 50 states and District of Columbia, provided they are available during East Coast business hours. If based remotely, the position will require occasional travel for company or work events.

COMPENSATION & BENEFITS

  • $55,000-$65,000, commensurate with experience. 
  • Benefits package, including paid personal and sick leave; standard health, dental & vision packages; employer contributions to 401k; commuter transit benefit, parental leave after one year of employment.

TO APPLY

Email your cover letter and resume to jobs@climatenexus.org [2]. Please include your name + “Media Associate” in the subject line of your email.

Interested applicants should submit applications as soon as possible, with a deadline of June 23, 2021

Due to the volume of applications we receive, we cannot reply to all submissions. We will contact applicants directly with requests for interviews. 

Climate Nexus is a fiscally sponsored project of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, Inc., an equal opportunity employer. Climate Nexus is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace and encourages qualified persons of diverse age, sex, ethnicity, religion, disability, sexual orientation or gender identity, or military/veteran status to apply.


  1. https://climatenexus.org/mission-role/
  2. mailto:jobs@climatenexus.org

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