Communications Manager

Location: Oakland, CA
Target Start Date: November 1, 2019

Amazon Watch is a dynamic nonprofit organization working to protect the rainforest and advance the rights of indigenous peoples in the Amazon Basin. We work directly with frontline indigenous communities and organizations as part of the international climate justice movement. Many of our allies in Brazil are currently suffering from climate change related catastrophes and from the onslaught of extreme far-right Bolsonaro regime and its international financial backers profiting from Amazon destruction.

We are seeking a passionate professional to serve as our Communications Manager. The communications team is responsible for media relations, publications, digital storytelling, advertising, marketing and messaging for the organization and its campaigns.

Candidates should have a minimum of three years of experience in journalism, public relations, online campaigning, or a related communications field. They should also have a record of success working with print, broadcast, and online media to effectively and proactively frame issues and drive coverage. Proficiency with online campaigning tools and an eagerness to learn and manage systems are essential.

We're looking for someone to whom clear and compelling writing comes naturally and who believes strongly in the importance of our mission to defend the rights of indigenous peoples and protect the Amazon rainforest. Fluency in English and Spanish is required and Portuguese is highly preferred.

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

Roles and Responsibilities

  • The individual in this position will help drive the narrative of our work across multiple communication channels
  • Maintain strategic and collaborative communications calendar
  • Help create and implement online campaign strategies with online team
  • Create and/or edit and distribute, press releases and media updates
  • Create and/or edit material for publications such as blogs reports, infobriefs, etc.
  • Assist in the preparation and production of development materials (annual report, event publications, etc.)
  • Cultivate and manage media relations; maintain media contact database
  • Respond to media, academic, and information requests; serve as spokesperson
  • Develop talking points, statements, and messaging to effectively and proactively frame issues and drive coverage
  • Manage digital archive and respond to image and video requests
  • Manage and strengthen our current social media presence on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, and look to expand our footprints in other channels
  • Manage flow of original content between creators, online department, and organizational archives
  • Develop/implement special projects with Comms team: videos, special reports, etc.
  • Seek outside outlets to publish AW staff content and write and/or edit such content.
  • Monitor media coverage on core issues and campaign targets; use tracking tools to provide metrics and reports to support campaign and organizational objectives
  • Support the writing of communications-specific grants, crowdsourcing, and other relevant funding opportunities

Qualifications

  • Minimum three years of 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; strong attention to detail
  • Experience using and managing databases including Salesforce or other online media database systems
  • Experience using Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and ongoing interest in staying abreast of cutting-edge digital platforms
  • Effective team player with the ability to work and think independently
  • Good organizational skills, demonstrated initiative, flexibility and creativity
  • Desire to work with indigenous and affected communities and personal passion for our mission
  • Bilingual English/Spanish required (Portuguese also highly desirable)

Additional Qualifications

  • Experience developing and implementing online campaign strategies
  • Working knowledge of Photoshop; desktop publishing and video editing skills highly desirable
  • Multimedia and website management skills are highly desirable
  • Familiarity with Dropbox, Google Drive, and online file sharing programs

Salary and benefits:

Commensurate with experience. Full benefits include; family health care (including vision and dental), vacation, sabbatical and employer-matched retirement plan.

To Apply

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  applications@amazonwatch.org. 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.

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. People of color and indigenous people strongly encouraged to apply. All applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States.

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