Overview

About Climate Nexus

Climate Nexus is a nonprofit strategic communications group dedicated to changing the conversation on climate change and clean energy solutions in the United States. It was created to be the behind-the-scenes connector to ensure coherent, effective climate communications and to elevate the work of a broad network of partners, including youth groups, environmental justice allies, state and local leaders, and more. 

Climate Nexus provides pro bono support to organizations that work on climate change and clean energy and believes the “story” of climate change is the foundation on which meaningful action is built. Our job is to tell that story to as many people as possible.

Why work with us 

There has never been a more important time to be working on climate change; both the public will and the urgent need for action, especially intersectional action that centers equity, are high. We need the help of talented, committed, and racial justice-oriented individuals to seize this opportunity for climate action. 

ABOUT THE ROLE

Climate Nexus is seeking a conscientious leader and experienced advocacy communicator as our next Director, Communications for the Climate Nexus Campaigns & Strategies team. This person will lead our work to advance equitable building electrification and end fossil gas use in buildings for heating and cooking across the United States.


The Campaigns & Strategies team leads campaigns to change public perception and accelerate the transition away from fossil fuels. We specialize in media outreach and messaging, government affairs and politics, research and polling, coalition management, and opposition strategy.

RESPONSIBILITIES 

  • Lead Climate Nexus’ communications work to advance building electrification initiatives across the United States and increase awareness of fossil gas as dirty and a key driver of climate change.
  • Ensure racial justice, equity, and just transition strategy for impacted workers and communities are reflected and centered in campaign communications and campaign priorities.
  • Lead communications, media and digital strategy, message development, and partner engagement to advance building electrification and discredit gas industry opposition.
  • Actively engage in diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) work within Climate Nexus, including ensuring equity is central to team strategy and communications work, as well as external partnerships.
  • Coordinate across Climate Nexus teams, and work and network with senior communications and campaign leaders from partner organizations, campaign coalitions, and funding organizations to develop, coordinate, and execute communications strategies and visible campaigns to achieve policy wins at all levels of government. 
  • Translate research, data, and policy materials into compelling communications products to influence public opinion, policy debates, and media coverage.
  • Engage and build relationships with journalists who cover beats related to climate change, environmental justice, and energy, and expand and influence coverage by non-climate/energy beat reporters.

ATTRIBUTES

REQUIRED

  • Seven years experience in advocacy communications campaigns, with experience in climate or environmental fights preferred, and understanding of how to make a change in complex systems. Knowledge of building electrification is a nice to have, not a need to have.
  • Demonstrated general cultural competency and ability to respectfully communicate across cultural differences. Recognizes how the existence of systemic racism and historic injustice manifest in the climate movement and environmental work, centers equity in all communications strategies and exhibits this understanding in interactions with direct reports/teams and external stakeholders.
  • Creative, imaginative, and strategic thinker. Entrepreneur in campaign tactics and strategic communications approaches across media platforms (print, broadcast, web, social/digital).
  • Strong stakeholder and coalition management skills with the ability to work effectively within complex environments.  
  • Persuasive communicator with outstanding interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills. Able to guide others to create and deliver effective content. 
  • Demonstrates strong proactive leadership and an inclusive management style. Delegates appropriately while remaining flexible and willing to pitch in to achieve goals and meet deadlines. 

Climate Nexus is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace and considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to age, sex, ethnicity, religion, disability, sexual orientation or gender identity, military/veteran status, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

LOCATION

Flexible. Climate Nexus has teams in Washington, D.C., New York City, and the San Francisco area, although our staff is currently fully remote. Travel to our New York and D.C. offices will occasionally be required when it is safe. 

Due to the nature of news, this role will occasionally require evening and/or weekend work. 

SALARY RANGE

$111,000-125,000, commensurate with experience. Climate Nexus offers a generous benefits package, including paid vacation, personal and sick leave; standard health, dental, and vision packages; generous employer contributions to 401k retirement accounts; parental leave; commuter transit benefits.

Applicants should submit a resume and cover letter to jobs@climatenexus.org, with “Director, Communications” in the subject line. Climate Nexus is a fiscally sponsored project of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, Inc., an equal opportunity employer. 

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