Overview

ABOUT RAN

For more than 30 years, Rainforest Action Network (RAN) has campaigned to preserve

forests, protect the climate and uphold human rights by challenging corporate power

and systemic injustice through research, education, partnerships, peaceful direct action,

grassroots organizing, strategic campaigns and communications. We are committed to

working with Indigenous and frontline communities directly impacted by profit-driven

systems of injustice. In partnership with allies from around the world, RAN challenges

corporations to stop destructive operations, respect human rights, and adopt policies

that reduce their contributions to climate change.

RACIAL JUSTICE

RAN strives to integrate values of equity and fairness into our work, which includes

bringing an intentional racial justice analysis to our programmatic work and

organizational structure. We are seeking candidates who have a commitment to engage

in this ongoing process and work with us to create a just and inclusive work

environment and world.

EQUAL ACCESS

RAN provides all people with equal employment and volunteer opportunities while also

staying committed to providing accommodations to applicants and employees with

disabilities. We encourage applicants of color and other historically excluded identities

to apply for this position.

THE POSITION

Rainforest Action Network is seeking a Communications Manager to help shape and

execute the communications strategy for our Climate and Energy Program.

Over the past two decades, RAN has become one of the global leaders in developing

and implementing some of the most effective strategies to challenge the fossil fuel

industry and deforestation practices, two of the biggest drivers of climate change, by

cutting off the supply of capital and insurance to these destructive sectors. We expose

and directly confront the major financiers and insurers of destructive industries,

challenging their social and market license to continue supporting disastrous projects

that threaten and destroy communities. RAN’s campaigns have succeeded in pushing

leading banks like Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Citi and Royal Bank of Canada to

pass policies that curb investments in companies that contribute to climate change,

deforestation and human rights abuses. The program has had incredible success calling

on the leading financiers of the coal industry, such as Bank of America, to end their

underwriting of coal completely.

 

The successful candidate will be able to produce compelling, high quality,

detail-intensive work often on tight deadlines, and will possess excellent judgment, be

adaptable to rapidly shifting programmatic developments, and eager to seize media

opportunities. Exceptionally strong writing skills and an ability to pinpoint effective

messages are critical. Experience working with traditional news media and a track

record of taking projects to successful completion are also highly desired.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Under supervision of the Senior Communications Strategist and in collaboration with

members of the Climate and Energy team, the Communications Manager will be

responsible for leading communications for RAN’s Climate and Energy Program. This

position is tasked with coordinating, developing and executing the messaging strategy

for the Climate and Energy Program and the production process for related

communication materials as well as pitching and placing stories, building relationships

with journalists and producers. The ideal candidate should also be able to serve as a

spokesperson on related campaigns when appropriate. In particular the job duties

include:

● Work with Climate and Energy Program staff to develop and implement strategic,

media-worthy campaign events. Crafting long-term strategic vehicles for

promoting RAN and program messages and stories.

● Handle rapid response communication, developing messages, and writing

op-eds, letters to the editor, talking points and other media materials.

● Train and coach staff, volunteers and constituents on messaging, public speaking

and media relations; act as media liaison during media events.

● Cultivate relationships with vendors and other strategic allies who can help in

furthering promotion of the program.

● Spearhead and manage production of creative print and online collateral,

including but not limited to high-impact ads, compelling videos, and shareable

social media content.

● Conduct target- and market-specific media research as necessary to support

campaign objectives.

● Write and copy-edit material for RAN publications, RAN.org, RAN social media

channels and activist emails.

● Contribute to staff-wide strategy meetings, and stay current on developments in

energy, finance and climate issues.

● Create press lists and keep media contact database current.

● Draft potential social media content for RAN’s social media channels.

● Some travel may be required when safe travel returns.

QUALIFICATIONS

● Demonstrable enthusiasm for and understanding of RAN’s mission, programs

and strategies, including the use of peaceful direct action as a core strategy.

● Excellent writing skills.

● Knowledge of issues associated with climate change, clean and renewable

energy, investment and finance community, and/or social change movements.

● A strong and demonstrable racial justice and anti-oppression analysis.

● Demonstrable experience in media relations and/or public relations.

● Excellent oral and written communications skills that are adaptable to various

offline and online media as well as public settings, organizational meetings, and

one-on-one interactions.

● Experience working with a broad range of activists, communities, partners and

allies, including grassroots communities. Experience partnering with Indigenous

and other frontline and fenceline communities is highly desired.

● Strong framing and messaging skills.

● Demonstrable experience with online promotion and/or communications.

● Ability to flourish in a fast-paced, activist-oriented environment.

● Strong judgment assessing tactics and campaigns successful in attracting media

attention.

● Solid copy-editing skills and familiarity with AP Style.

● Demonstrated ability to set priorities effectively in a heavy workload and

coordinate complex projects.

● Demonstrated initiative, flexibility and creativity.

COMPENSATION

This is a full-time position with an anticipated starting salary range from $70k to $80k,

commensurate with experience. RAN staff are eligible to work remotely from anywhere

they choose, or to work out of RAN’s office in San Francisco.

Benefits include 100% RAN-paid health, dental and vision insurance for the employee

and their partner/family, 4 weeks PTO (increases to 5 weeks after 2 years) as well as a

paid winter break, and a retirement plan with a 3% employer match. Additionally, after

each 5 years of service, staff are eligible for a 12 week fully-paid sabbatical.

TO APPLY

To apply, please submit a resume and thoughtful cover letter.

APPLICATION LINK:

https://rainforest-action-network.breezy.hr/p/8ce8968a03c1-communications-manager-climate-energy 

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