Communications Associate

Location: Oakland, CA
Application Deadline: February 21, 2020
Target Start Date: April 1, 2020

Amazon Watch is a dynamic nonprofit organization working to protect the rainforest, advance the rights of indigenous peoples in the Amazon Basin, and halt the advancement of the climate crisis. Amazon Watch is a woman of color-led organization that works in partnership and solidarity with indigenous communities across the Amazon as part of the international climate justice movement. Many of our allies across the Amazon are currently suffering from climate change related catastrophes, the onslaught of extreme far-right regimes, and the expansion of fossil fuel and other extractive industries.

We are seeking a passionate professional to serve as our Communications Associate. This is a position with a variety of work across the Communications department; quick thinking and rapid-response flexibility are as important as a longer-term strategic planning mindset. The ideal candidate will be a communicator who understands the role of storytelling in communications, who is committed to climate justice and indigenous rights, and who is looking to work in movement settings.

Preferred Communications Associate candidates will have at least two years of professional experience working in the fields of media, communications, press, or public relations or in a related field. We are open to candidates that might not have formal communications experience but have relevant movement, program, or organizing experience and who are enthusiastic about learning communications and open to mentorship. The Communications Associate will be primarily responsible for supporting Amazon Watch’s Communcations team, but will also collaborate with the Program and Development teams. The Associate will coordinate and maintain Amazon Watch media assets, support media strategy, provide some desktop publishing support, assist in the production of social media assets, and help maintain the organization's communications calendar to further our campaigns for the advancement of indigenous rights and protection of the Amazon.

This is a full-time position based in our Oakland, CA headquarters.

Responsibilities and Duties

  • Maintain strategic and collaborative communications calendar as determined with Communications team;
  • Help coordinate social media strategies and tactics, including both longer-term efforts and rapid response opportunities;
  • Maintain and update media contact database;
  • Respond to some media, academic and information requests;
  • Assist in the distribution of press releases and media updates;
  • Monitor media coverage on core issues and campaign targets;
  • Use tracking tools to provide metrics and reports as necessary to support campaign and organizational objectives;
  • Coordinate digital archive and assist staff with image and video requests;
  • Work directly with campaign teams to keep talking points up-to-date and accessible;
  • Assist with the updating and maintaining of website content;
  • Campaign materials as determined with Communications Manager and Web Manager;
  • Create and/or edit material for publications, website, and emails in accordance with AW style and as determined with Communications team;
  • Assist in the preparation and production of development materials (annual report, event publications, etc.) as determined with Communications and Development teams;
  • Coordinate flow of original content between creators, online department, and archive;
  • Provide general support and assist Communications department with special projects;
  • Coordinate volunteer requests and help coordinate interns and volunteers.

Required Qualifications

  • Minimum of two years' experience in journalism, public relations, online campaigning, or related communications field;
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills;
  • Ability to draft documents under tight deadlines;
  • Solid copy-editing skills and strong attention to detail;
  • Experience using and coordinating databases;
  • Online campaigning experience; experience using Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and ongoing interest in staying abreast of cutting-edge digital platforms;
  • Working knowledge of Photoshop and InDesign;
  • Familiarity with Google Drive/Google Photos and other online file-sharing programs
  • Effective team player with the ability to work and think independently;
  • Good organizational skills, demonstrated initiative, flexibility and creativity; balance of left and right, brain and heart;
  • Desire to work with indigenous and affected communities and personal passion for our mission.

Desirable Qualifications

  • FinalCut/Adobe Premiere editing skills;
  • Multimedia and website management skills;
  • Spanish language skills;
  • Poruguese language skills.

Salary and benefits:

Mid- to high-$50ks. Full benefits include family health care (including vision and dental), vacation, sabbatical, and employer-matched retirement plan.

To Apply

Amazon Watch is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on race, nationality, ethnicity, religion, political belief, age, gender, sexual orientation or class. We strive to build an organization that is inclusive and representative of our partners and the larger world. To that end, we strongly encourage self-identified people of color, people with disabilities, indigenous, queer and transgender people to apply. All applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States.

Please, no calls. Send résumé, three references, and cover letter explaining why you would like to join our team and why you are the best candidate for the job to Please name and save your attachments with your first and last name in the title, such as: "Ana_Martinez_Cover_Letter.doc" and "Ana_Martinez_Resume.doc." Thank you.



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