Conservation Colorado is seeking a Communications Director based in Denver who will bring vision, smarts, energy, and passion to their work. The Communications Director will lead all external communications for the organization, ensuring that Conservation Colorado is a prominent voice on conservation and progressive issues in the state. This is a senior-level position responsible for leading a team of talented, highly motivated staff in the Communications Department. The position is based in Denver but will require some travel throughout Colorado.

 

About Conservation Colorado
Conservation Colorado works to protect Colorado’s environment and quality of life by mobilizing people and electing conservation-minded policy makers. We work closely with policy leaders, citizen activists, businesses and other conservation/progressive nonprofits, and have built a reputation as one of the leading conservation advocacy organizations in the state. This coming year we will be engaging in critical work to elect pro-conservation candidates, educate the public and advocate for the protection of Colorado’s rivers, maintain and enhance the protection of our public lands, and increase support for more renewable energy development across the state.
 
Our work to protect and advocate for the environment reflects the organization’s commitment to racial, social, and environmental justice. Engaging communities of color among other key constituencies for the environment is an organizational priority. Within the organization, we aim to create a workplace culture and policies and practices that demonstrate how we value equity and inclusion.

Areas of Responsibility

Job Responsibilities
The Communications Director, who reports to the Deputy Director, is responsible for:

  • Developing external communications strategies that help change the issue environment and drive policy wins.
  • Creating and implementing the organization’s earned media strategy, including developing and maintaining strong working relationships with the media.
  • Developing and refining organizational and campaign messaging.
  • Maintaining relationships and working closely with partner groups.
  • Producing, editing, and overseeing high quality written and visual content.
  • Overseeing digital strategy, growth, and engagement for social media and advertising based on recent trends and application of data analytics.
  • Managing rapid response operations.
  • Managing four staff members in the Communications Department.
  • Highlighting voices of communities who are disproportionately impacted by anti-environmental policies.
  • Actively participating in other organizational priorities as needed, including fundraising.
Requirements/Qualifications
  • We’re seeking a strategic thinker & problem solver who is results-focused, highly-driven, possesses outstanding interpersonal communication skills, and is organized and meticulous.
  • A passion for protecting Colorado’s land, air, water, and people through citizen action.
  • An ability to maintain grace under pressure and meet deadlines in a fast-paced, ever changing environment.
  • A high value on diversity, equity and inclusivity.
  • Experience creating messaging with or organizing racially, ethnically, and/or geographically diverse communities.
  • Excellent writing and speaking skills and ability to present information in creative ways.
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills with the ability to build relationships with including staff, board members, political leaders, allies and more.
  • Strong organization skills and high attention to detail.
  • Professionalism to act as a spokesperson for and representative of Conservation Colorado in myriad situations and circumstances.
  • Ability to navigate difficult conversations with people who don’t agree with us or who have competing priorities.
  • Spanish language, experience with Colorado politics, and understanding of environmental issues are a plus but not required.
Compensation/Benefits

Compensation and Benefits
Compensation depends on experience and is highly competitive. Includes health/dental benefits, retirement with match, paid time off program and sabbatical program.
 
We are committed to building a more diverse and inclusive organization and conservation movement to fully represent and engage all Coloradans and to build as powerful a movement as we can.  Recruiting staff that better reflects Colorado is a priority and we encourage applicants from all cultures, race, ethnicity, geographies, political affiliation, and all other identities represented in Colorado or protected by law.

How To Apply

To Apply
If this job truly speaks to you, please send a cover letter that explains why (not a standard cover letter!) and resume by November 30th, 2017 to Jessica Goad, Deputy Director, at jobs@conservationco.org. Please indicate in your email where you heard about this position.  No phone calls please.

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