Building Equity and Alignment for Environmental Justice (BEA)’s mission is to foster authentic cross-sector relationships to advance the progress of the environmental movement towards a just transition. We shift power and resources from institutions to grassroots leadership to transform the environmental movement. BEA generates courageous collaborations and open communication by bringing together grassroots organizations, national organizations, and philanthropy. BEA also manages the BEA Fund, which aims to model inclusive and equitable grantmaking practices by using a participatory grantmaking process and providing grassroots organizations with flexible, core support grants.
BEA is a BIPOC-led, growing, remote team who work in close collaboration with BEA members and partners to elevate the grassroots solutions that are key to our collective survival and wellbeing.
ABOUT THE POSITION
The Communications Director will advance two critical areas of work for BEA:
- They will develop systems and tools, and facilitate processes that build BEA’s internal and external communications capabilities and infrastructure (e.g. website development, brand guidelines, newsletters, etc). We anticipate that significant time (70%-80%) in the Director’s first year will be dedicated to this area.
- They will develop and implement BEA’s communications strategy in alignment with our overall strategic priorities: building the capacity of current and future environmental justice leaders and champions, and making the case for grassroots-centered policies and funding. As part of this effort, we expect that the Director will spearhead communications that amplify our members’ and grantees’ successes and solutions.
The ideal candidate will be fluent in English and Spanish. They can effectively tell the story of grassroots and frontline efforts and are knowledgeable about environmental and climate justice issues. The Director is a sophisticated communications professional who enjoys executing on a broad range of communications activities and is demonstrably skilled at engaging diverse audiences. They have previous experience working as a solo communications practitioner within an organization and enjoy working in small teams. The most competitive candidates have a strong eye for strategic vision and a deep understanding of the communications building blocks to make that vision a reality.
WHAT YOU’LL DO
- Identify and implement necessary tools, processes, and practices to streamline internal, member-facing, and external communications processes.
- Develop and execute a comprehensive communications strategy that is aligned to BEA’s overall mission, values, and strategic plan. Identify key audiences, goals, and metrics to ensure BEA’s communications strategy effectively enhances our reach and impact.
- Draft compelling content including articles, op-eds, blog posts, social media posts, newsletters, talking points, earned media pitches, and press releases adapting voice and tone to appropriate platform and audience.
- Collaborate with BEA team members on content development and provide editorial oversight and guidance.
- Create and manage a comprehensive editorial calendar integrating all platforms to ensure timely and effective messaging.
- Manage all communications channels, including website, social media, email lists, e-blast schedule.
- Engage grantees and partners to develop stories and data that highlight their work and document successes.
- Lead the implementation strategy for the ongoing rebranding effort, including website redesign, ensuring accessibility needs are centered.
- Act as an effective spokesperson for BEA.
- Oversee communications consultants as needed.
- Actively participate in BEA’s work to integrate justice and equity into all facets of BEA.
The ideal candidate will have most of the following professional experience and skills:
- People who are Black, Brown, Indigenous, and/or people of color and with lived experience in communities disproportionately impacted by racism and environmental injustice are strongly encouraged to apply.
- Fluent in English and Spanish.
- 3-4 years of experience in a senior communications role in the nonprofit sector, with a focus on environmental and/or climate justice issues.
- At least 7 years experience in journalism, communications, public relations, or a related field.
- Strong writing and storytelling skills. Ability to build trust with audiences and bring contextual political analysis that advances BEA’s reputation in the field.
- Comfortable working in a small and nimble team; thrives in a leadership role that involves both setting strategy and implementation.
- High level of self-organization, detail-oriented, and ability to manage competing deadlines.
- Ability to work independently, ask questions, and seek support when needed.
- Alignment with BEA’s vision and commitment to advancing grassroots leadership in the environmental movement.
- Comfortable working with HubSpot or similar CRMs.
DETAILS AT A GLANCE
This is a full-time, remote position with a flexible schedule with a salary of $127,000 per year. Benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance, 4 weeks of paid time off, 5 weeks of office closures, a home office stipend, 4 months of fully paid Parental Leave, and more –a full breakdown will be provided to all finalists–. This job will require travel to meetings a few times a year.
In order to uphold internal parity and counter pay inequality, salaries and benefits are non-negotiable for new and current employees. Candidates can be assured BEA will always offer the best salary and benefits possible for any position.
HOW TO APPLY
Please use this form to submit a cover letter and CV to us. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis so applicants are encouraged to apply early. We expect this position to start in early 2024.
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BEA 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. BEA provides all people with equal employment and volunteer opportunities while also staying committed to providing accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. We strongly encourage applicants of color, in all their diversity, to apply for this position.