Communications Director

Skill Level: Senior Level

Position Type: Full Time

The Alaska Center for the Environment (ACE), the Alaska Conservation Alliance (ACA), and Alaska Youth for Environmental Action (AYEA) are merging into one new organization.

The merged organization is designed to enhance leadership development, statewide strategic planning, communications, and effective community engagement in order to engage and mobilize Alaskans to ensure a clean and healthy environment.

This new organization is a nonprofit and is closely tied with Alaska Conservation Voters and its Political Activity Fund. ACV carries out issue advocacy, lobbying and electoral activities. The Communications Director will spend a percentage of their time working for the Alaska Conservation Voters.

Position Overview:

This position is responsible for working with staff and external groups to develop communications strategies and manage all communications plans to win on priority campaigns and to build power for the organization and our movement. The Communications Director Reports to the Executive Director.

Responsibilities:

An Executive Director is such a key position, we want to help you find someone amazing!Campaign Communications

  • Reframe conservation in Alaska as relevant to what Alaskans people care about.
  • Manage a communications team with partner organizations to develop and implement statewide communications plans to advance collective conservation goals through consistent and targeted messages.
  • Build the communications capacity and infrastructure of the organization and the statewide steering committee, including providing regular training for campaign partners related to effective message development, communications tools, media and press, etc.
  • Ensure that a robust earned media effort is present in each of the priority campaigns.
  • Establish and maintain relationships with print, television, and radio media outlets and editorial boards.
  • Identify opportunities to reach non-traditional allies with campaign messages.
  • Work with advocacy staff to ensure that communication efforts related to organizing efforts and events are planned and implemented strategically to meet campaign goals.
  • Lead the Communications Team and facilitate regular team meetings.

Organizational Branding

  • Working with consultants, lead the effort to launch the organizational brand of the organization, re-invigorating past supporters and connecting with new supporters.
  • Advance the public visibility, perception, and reputation of the organization.
  • Work with development staff to effectively communicate with donors to grow our membership and major donor base.
  • Build and maintain the organization's website and integrate website, social media and email alerts into priority campaigns.

Data driven communications

  • Work with advocacy staff to create a plan for effective data collection, and tracking.
  • Work with advocacy staff to mobilize constituents via email, phone and/or direct mail at the project or campaign level.
  • Evaluate effectiveness of messaging, media presence, and overall communications for reach, cost and ability to meet campaign goals.
  • Stay up to date on public opinion with polling and other means as available.
  • Work with Advocacy Director to regularly evaluate both project specific and broad campaign communications to ensure that resources are used effectively.

Contract work for partner organizations

  • This position will be available for partner organizations to hire on a contract basis for specific communications needs, as capacity allows.

Additional Responsibilities:

Supervise Communications Assistant

  • Develop annual workplan and monthly benchmarks for Communications Assistant.
  • Maintain a positive relationship with Communications Assistant.
  • Communicate daily and meet weekly with Communications Assistant.
  • Conduct regular performance reviews (1 month after hire; 3 months; 6 months; and then annually ongoing).
  • Provide ongoing mentoring and training for Communications Assistant.
  • Work with Leadership Director to identify training and professional skill building opportunities for Communications Assistant.

Evaluation and Innovation

  • Work with your supervisor to create an annual work plan for your position, and ensure that your job description accurately reflects the work you are doing.
  • Provide monthly and 6-month reports to your supervisor.
  • Develop evaluation metrics for your position with your supervisor and regularly evaluate the impact of youth leadership development on the movement.
  • Provide suggestions and recommendations for innovative ways to increase the impact of youth leadership development within the organization.
  • Develop professional development goals for yourself, work with the Leadership Director to seek out relevant opportunities.
  • Maintain professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops; reviewing professional publications; establishing personal networks; etc.

Fundraising

  • Work with your supervisor and the development staff to identify and nurture new funders, sponsors, and partners.
  • Assist the fundraising staff in identifying appropriate grant opportunities and submitting grant proposals and reports.

Qualifications:

Minimum 

  • An Executive Director is such a key position, we want to help you find someone amazing!College degree and 5 or more years related experience.
  • Effective at working in coalition and with diverse individuals and institutions.
  • Self-starter and effective multi-tasker.
  • Strong interpersonal, organizational, and networking skills, excellent written and verbal communication, and the ability to support and lead a team.

Preferred

  • Familiar with grassroots community organizing and advocacy culture.
  • Track record of success pitching journalists.
  • Have an understanding of Alaska's unique rural and urban social and environmental issues.

Compensation: Salary is depending on experience. ACE's benefits package includes medical insurance and generous leave time.

To Apply:

Please click "Apply Now Online!" to submit your cover letter and resume.

Position open until filled. First review of applications will be early January. Start date is immediate.

~ Diverse applicants are encouraged to apply - we are an equal opportunity employer ~

Anchorage, Alaska
2013-02-04
Alaska Conservation Alliance
Human Resources



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