Job Announcement: Communications Director (Takoma Park/DC)

Remote option available during COVID-19 pandemic

The Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN) is seeking a Communications Director to oversee communications strategy, message development, media outreach, and digital growth for our organization’s justice-centered movement for climate and clean energy solutions. 

About Us

For nearly 20 years, CCAN has been dedicated to building a powerful movement for bold climate solutions in the Chesapeake region of Maryland, Virginia and Washington, DC. We are committed to taking on big fights and pushing the envelope of what’s “politically possible,” using every tool available – from organizing and lobbying to the law and direct action.  

CCAN has a proven track record of winning, including our recent victories in passing strong clean electricity laws in DC, MD and VA. In Maryland we passed a ban on fracking, and in Virginia we recently defeated the boondoggle fracked-gas pipeline known as the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. These are just a few of the exciting campaigns CCAN is undertaking. In all our work, we focus on movement-building because we believe that people are at the center of change and that solving climate change means fighting for justice.   

About You

The ideal candidate will have a proven track record of generating media coverage, experience using a variety of communications tools to mobilize support for campaigns, and strong writing and editing skills. They should be comfortable using a range of technology tools and working in a fast-paced environment while successfully juggling multiple campaign deadlines and demands. The position offers an opportunity to shape media and online strategies that will drive concrete change — from passing cutting-edge state legislation to stopping dirty energy projects. This position is deeply involved in each and every campaign that CCAN pursues.

Key Job Responsibilities

The Communications Director reports to the Executive Director and manages a full-time Digital Campaigns Coordinator. The Communications Director’s key responsibilities are varied, including:

  • Communications Strategy: Work with CCAN’s state-based campaign teams and the Digital Campaigns Coordinator to plan and oversee all of the communications aspects of our campaigns, including message development, media outreach, social media, website updates, and email list outreach and management.
  • Media Outreach: Maintain CCAN’s media lists and relationships with reporters across the region, and lead the pitching of news stories, events and op-eds to advance our campaigns.
  • Digital Outreach & Growth: Coordinate with the Digital Campaigns Coordinator, campaign staff, and consultants (when needed) to maintain and update CCAN’s website, email action list, and social media channels, with the dual goals of advancing our campaigns and growing our base of supporters.
  • Organization and Staff Management: Advise and oversee efforts related to branding, online fundraising, and communications priorities; manage and support the professional development of the Digital Campaigns Coordinator; coach other staff in communications skills and best practices.
  • Coalition Collaboration: Bring communications skills and strategy to bear within CCAN’s various coalitions, which include climate, social justice, environmental, business, civil rights, and other allies.

Qualifications

We’re seeking candidates who excel in writing and editing, have experience shaping successful communications strategies, and have strong judgment and project management skills. You should have:

  • 4+ years of experience in the communications field, including working with reporters, writing for a variety of audiences, and/or developing campaign messaging.
  • Commitment to the mission of fighting climate change
  • Proven ability to write clearly and persuasively for multiple audiences and the media, and to edit others’ writing for clarity, tone and grammar.
  • A track record of generating quality media coverage and building relationships with reporters.
  • Broad knowledge of digital organizing tools, and comfort using and/or learning a variety of tech platforms — i.e. you don’t need to be an expert coder but you should be comfortable using a supporter management system (we use Engaging Networks) and keeping up with best practices and strategies.
  • Staff management experience
  • Proven ability to juggle multiple projects and deadlines, while setting priorities and maintaining strong attention to detail.

Salary and Location

Salary is commensurate with experience with a range of $50-65k. We provide a generous benefits package including health care, dental coverage, a 401(k) and four weeks of paid vacation.

This position is based in CCAN’s Takoma Park, MD office, which borders Washington, D.C. and is a short walk from the Takoma metro station. Candidate needs to be willing and able to relocate to the DC metro area. However, all CCAN staff are currently working from home due to the pandemic.

How to Apply

Please fill out the Google form application, where we will ask that you answer a few short questions and submit a cover letter, resume and a relevant 1-2 page writing sample.

We are accepting applications on a rolling basis, with the hopes of the new Communications Director beginning in early November.

CCAN is an equal opportunity employer, committed to a diverse workforce. We value bringing a diversity of backgrounds and perspectives on staff because it makes us smarter and more effective at what we do and, ultimately, we want our staff and supporters to reflect the communities we organize. We encourage individuals from underrepresented groups to apply for this position.

Job Announcement: Virginia Director (Richmond, VA )

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*Remote option available during COVID-19 pandemic*

The Chesapeake Climate Action Network is seeking a talented Virginia Director to lead our justice-centered movement — in the streets and in the halls of the state legislature — toward clean energy. A dream job for the right candidate, you’ll live in the dynamic city of Richmond while moving a Southern coal state toward a climate policy revolution.

Join our Winning Team

Step into a leadership role in the climate movement in the increasingly progressive state of Virginia where you will have the opportunity to play an integral role in crafting legislation and building grassroots strategy to build off of huge climate wins in 2020. Work with our diverse and committed supporters as part of a cutting-edge group that Bill McKibben calls “the best grassroots regional climate organization in the world.”  The Virginia Director will be joining CCAN at a critical time – a time where poor leadership and systemic inequities have worsened the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic, especially in our most vulnerable communities. We need bold action to get us out of this crisis —  the same kind of ambitious action needed to solve the climate crisis.

About Us 

The Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN) is the only group in the Chesapeake region of Maryland, Virginia and Washington D.C. dedicated exclusively to building a powerful grassroots movement to fight climate change. We envision an equitable energy future where truly clean sources of power — efficiency, solar and wind — sustain every aspect of our lives, and dirty fossil fuels are phased out.

In Virginia, we fight for solutions that match the scale of the climate crisis the state is facing. Never has our work been more important as we continue to face the dismantling of our climate and environmental protections at the national level. For over a decade, we have been pushing the envelope of what’s “politically possible” in Virginia, using every tool available – from organizing to lobbying to the law. We helped stop an $8 billion pipeline, weakening one of the nation’s most powerful polluters (Dominion Energy), and we are standing in the way of two other fracked gas pipelines. In 2020, we led the charge towards the first 100% clean electricity mandate in the south. 

About the Position 

The Virginia Director will have the skills, passion and commitment to step up as a statewide leader on one of the biggest problems facing our planet in a state newly committed to tackling it. We are looking for a resilient, creative, and strategic problem-solver to join our team. The ideal candidate will see opportunities to build relationships, inspire mobilization, and urge faster and more equitable change to address the climate crisis. They are energized by building coalitions, crafting bold and ambitious long term strategies centered in community organizing, and motivating the team.  Due to the coronavirus pandemic, this position will initially have to rely on digital tools to build relationships and meet with legislators. 

What You Will Do

The primary responsibilities of the position include: 

  • Campaign Development and Management: CCAN’s VA Director will strategically shape and lead CCAN’s campaigns in Virginia. This includes goal and strategy development, translating that work into ambitious concrete plans, and work with CCAN’s field staff to map out the grassroots components. 
  • Policy Development and Issue Expertise: You will be CCAN’s primary lobbyist in the General Assembly, building relationships with elected officials and lobbying them to support our policy priorities.
  • Field Management: The Director will manage and develop field staff, who in turn will build a network of volunteers and community partners throughout the region who are committed to overcoming the power of Virginia’s top polluters and winning climate victories.
  • Coalition Collaboration: The Director is the lead liaison with climate, justice, environmental, business, military and other allies in Virginia to build a broad and powerful climate movement and win shared climate victories.

Qualifications 

In addition to a commitment to the mission of fighting climate change and promoting environmental justice, qualified candidates will display the following capabilities and qualities: 

  • At least 5 years experience in a leadership role
  • Demonstrated experience building relationships through organizing racially diverse audiences; experience organizing in Virginia is a plus  
  • Demonstrated lobbying experience and policy expertise; preferably in climate policy and/or environmental justice
  • Demonstrated experience in leading strategic campaign planning, and leading coalitions; media outreach a plus  
  • At least 2 years of staff management experience
  • Proven ability to be self-driven, while working effectively with a team 
  • Proven ability to multitask, while prioritizing measurable results 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Problem-solver; someone who thinks of solutions more than barriers  
  • Willing to travel as needed, a valid driver’s license and car, a satisfactory driving record and auto insurance 

The Details

The Virginia Director position is based in Richmond, Virginia and, though initially remote, will eventually involve frequent travel within the state and periodic travel within the region. The Virginia Director reports to the Executive Director.

Salary is commensurate with experience with a range of $60k – $75k. We provide a generous benefits package including health care, dental and vision coverage and 4 weeks’ paid vacation. 

How to Apply: 

Please fill out the Google form application, you will be prompted to answer a series of short questions and asked to submit a resume. A writing sample is optional.

We are accepting applications on a rolling basis. CCAN is an equal opportunity employer, committed to a diverse workforce. We value bringing a diversity of backgrounds and perspectives on staff because it makes us smarter and more effective at what we do and, ultimately, we want our staff and supporters to reflect the communities we organize. We are seeking to recruit individuals from underrepresented groups to apply for this position.