We’re Hiring! Communications Program Director – Climate & Clean Energy

October 13, 2022

About You

You are a communicator who is energized by creating content that connects with your audience in a noisy world — by turning the wonky into the relevant, by the long arcs of narrative work and the fast pace of campaigns. 

You have 4-8 years of experience, are social media savvy and a persuasive writer who relishes crafting sharp visuals and quick videos. You can geek out on climate news, the latest TikTok tool, or researching to find just the right data or social media influencer.

If this sounds like you, join our team! 

About Us

Resource Media is a nonprofit PR firm working in support of social change. We provide communications and creative and digital services to a variety of progressive groups and causes that impact the health of people and the planet, including climate change and clean energy,  social and environmental justice, and sustainable food and farms.

At Resource Media, we know that there is no progress without equity. We embrace and honor differences in age, culture, ethnicity, family or marital status, gender identity and expression, language, national origin, physical and mental ability, race, religion, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, veteran status, and other characteristics that make our employees and partners unique. It’s our moral and strategic imperative to build cultural competence and fight oppression in all its forms, both within our organization and in the work that we do.

We are committed to:

  • Pursue ongoing learning, self-reflection, candor, and transparency about equity and justice in our organization and in our work. 
  • Build relationships and partnerships that dismantle interlocking systems of oppression and shift power to marginalized communities.
  • Evaluate our decision-making and strategy through the lens of equity and justice.
  • Conduct regular and public assessments of our progress and effectiveness on equity issues.
  • Dedicate two percent of all our revenue to an Equity Impact Program that enables us to respond to more opportunities and needs that arise when working in diverse and historically marginalized communities.
  • Strive to bring the practices described in our Workplace Culture Intentions into our day-to-day work with one another and with all our clients, partners and funders. 

About this position

We are looking for a creative communicator who wants to make a difference for progressive social change and racial, economic and environmental justice through savvy strategies and content. This position will be part of a team at Resource Media that focuses mostly on creative and digital content to support climate, clean energy and environmental justice policy work by advocates in numerous states – and also on building and expanding strong public narratives on climate and energy issues long-term. 

We’re looking for someone with sharp instincts and abilities in messaging, visuals, copywriting, video and digital dissemination, and we will provide mentorship, training and ongoing support. Experience in climate and energy issues isn’t a prerequisite, but rather an eagerness and passion to dive into the field, learn the subject matter and campaign for a world without fossil fuel pollution that prioritizes equity and justice in the transition. 

Here’s what this position is responsible for:

Communications support

  • With support from colleagues, brainstorm and develop creative communications tactics and strategies for projects ranging from shorter-term policy-focused campaigns to longer-term narrative building outreach with new audiences. 
  • Produce a wide range of content: social media posts for the full spectrum of platforms, graphics for social media sharing, concepting and guidance for social media influencers, copy for digital ads, short simple videos, web page copy and photo selections, infographic concepting, talking points, blog posts, opinion columns, reporter outreach notes, and backgrounders and fact sheets. 
  • Conduct issue landscape assessments, distill learnings from message testing and social listening analyses, build media and social media influencer lists, cull and package key data from online sources and reports.
  • Support on facilitation and materials development for meetings, workshops, conferences.
  • Stay up-to-date on ever-changing tools and platforms, and share learnings and work products via Resource Media website blogs, staff meetings, and webinars.

Relationship and project management 

  • Help colleagues and partners coordinate on campaigns and projects across multiple platforms to ensure work is on deadline and on budget.
  • Communicate regularly and accurately with Resource Media team members and partners on project status updates, identifying problems or successes.
  • Engage in client- and partner-facing communication, including facilitating portions of meetings, walking partners through work planning conversations with support from colleagues.
  • Hire and oversee contractors, such as graphic designers, video producers, and photographers. 
  • Plan and facilitate meetings, including creating agendas, taking and synthesizing notes and next steps.
  • Assist on grant proposals and reports, and contribute creative thinking and ideas for future work.
  • Facilitate easy and fluid internal communications over Slack, email, phone and video conference to keep projects on course and ensure clarity for everyone on timelines, roles and responsibilities. 
  • Support and participate in equity and inclusion work in the organization, including participation in relevant committees, trainings, and caucuses. 
  • Help foster a collaborative and mutually supportive work atmosphere throughout the organization

These minimum qualifications are essential

  • Four to eight years in communications, public relations, media, nonprofit communications, community-based advocacy, political or election campaign work; OR an equivalent combination of study or lived experience.
  • Basic understanding of public policy and the role of communications in driving campaigns to build power, narrative and support for social change.
  • Demonstrated talent and skills in visual storytelling (e.g. Canva, ESRI story-maps, and basic video editing platforms)
  • Demonstrated skill in persuasive writing for public audiences via the media and online, as well as internal communications with colleagues, partners, clients or funders. 
  • Demonstrated experience in digital media platforms and strategy, from e-newsletters to Instagram.
  • Sufficient technological abilities/aptitude to use software for daily office work and comply with operations processes and procedures.
  • Demonstration of a keen understanding of one’s own race, culture and identity and how it fits into the staff and client environment and landscape, as well as the world at large.

What you will also need to be successful

  • A willingness to learn on the job and be flexible with the fast-paced nature of campaigns and client work.
  • Ability to manage details and track work with multiple teams with shifting priorities and timelines.
  • Comfort with giving and receiving feedback.
  • A commitment to social justice, racial equity, and intersectional practice with experience executing those values through your work.
  • Ability to model a sensitivity toward dynamics between white mainstream audiences and the needs and priorities of diverse communities.
  • Being a self-starter with a sense of initiative who is vocal with their point of view.

It’s a plus if you have one or more of the following

  • Experience in a complementary field, such as organizing and community outreach, political or electoral campaigning, advertising and other creative fields, event management or public affairs.
  • Familiarity with one or more media research tools, such as Sprout Social, Meltwater, and Muck Rack.
  • Ability to write persuasively and creatively in Spanish.
  • Experience with multicultural communications, culturally specific media outlets and digital platforms.

Salary and benefits

This is a full-time, remote, exempt position with a salary range of $70,000-$95,000. Resource Media offers a lively, spirited, intellectually-stimulating, and geographically-diverse workplace and we are committed to the health, well-being, and work-life balance of our team. Our benefits include:

  • Flexible, family-friendly work schedules
  • Generous employer contribution of ~90% to Medical, Dental, Vision, Life and AD&D insurance, Short Term & Long Term Disability.
  • Support for the rest and regeneration with generous paid time off, including 3 weeks of vacation to start; sick days, personal days, 8 holidays, as well as an end-of-the-year winter break
  • Maternity and paternity leave
  • Mobile phone and transit subsidies
  • 403(b) plan with company match
  • Mentoring, coaching, and professional development support
  • Mostly virtual/remote working environment
  • Training and learning opportunities focused on racial justice, trauma, and self-care
  • Leadership opportunities through participation in committees that manage distributed decision-making across the organization

Hiring process and timeline

Please submit your resume + something that communicates your interest in the position. This could be a written cover letter, or it could be a video cover letter or any other format of your choosing. Using the subject line “Program Director – Climate & Clean Energy,” send those materials to jobs@resource-media.org.  

Please include your name in your file(s) attachments. No phone calls, please.

We anticipate reviewing resumes through October and early November, and conducting video conference interviews in November. Those selected to move on in the hiring process after the first round of interviews will then be invited to a second-round interview during the later part of November and early December.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and the position will be open until filled. We would love to have someone start before the end of year!