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.
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.
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.
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.
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
● 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
● 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.
● 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
● 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
● 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.
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, please submit a resume and thoughtful cover letter.