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Communications Director, U.S. Climate Alliance

Position Overview

The U.S. Climate Alliance is a bipartisan coalition of governors committed to upholding the goals of the Paris Agreement. The U.S. Climate Alliance secretariat provides strategic, convening, analytical and other functions to support Alliance states in making progress on their climate priorities. For more information on the on the Alliance, please visit www.usclimatealliance.org.

The Communications Director works with the Executive Director of the U.S. Climate Alliance Secretariat in formulating and executing strategy to support Alliance states in developing and implementing climate policy. The Communications Director will set and guide the strategy for all communications, website, and public relations messages and collateral to consistently articulate the Alliance mission.   Your typical day may include working with governors’ press shops to find creative ways to promote a new policy, having coffee with a print reporter to pitch a story, meeting with policy team members to develop op-ed ideas or joint statements, writing a press release on a new policy paper, planning a press conference and crafting a high-level event to showcase the achievements of Alliance governors.

The Communications Director reports to the U.S. Climate Alliance Secretariat Executive Director in support of Alliance states and will be expected to work as part of broader teams that include Alliance states, consultants and external partners. The Communications Director supports and responds to state-led initiatives and works with the Energy and Climate team at the United Nations Foundation, which houses the U.S. Climate Alliance Secretariat.

This position is located in Washington, D.C. 

Essential Functions

  • Serve as an articulate brand ambassador for the organization.
  • Develop communications goals, strategies, tactics and campaigns to enhance policy impact.
  • Think creatively about how to promote state climate leadership, working with policy teams to shape messaging that resonates with constituents.
  • Speak to reporters and other members of the news media about Alliance state policy work.
  • Write press releases, op-eds, handouts, marketing collateral, pitches, social media posts, scripts, speeches, letters and memos.
  • Stay on top of the latest trends in all aspects of the shifting media landscape and media relations.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Selection Criteria

  • 5 years previous communications experience, preferably in support of a government agency or political leader, or in a policy-oriented organization.
  • Demonstrated track record of success in developing an effective, multi-faceted communications strategy and achieving communication impact goals.
  • Demonstrated ability to think critically, creatively and innovatively.
  • Ability to maintain composure and think clearly in a fast-paced, dynamic work environment.
  • Good networking skills, active press contacts and a strong ability to build relationships with reporters, editors, producers and bookers.
  • Ability to use personal discretion in handling sensitive information.
  • A sense of humor and ability to turn (sometimes boring) policy into messages that resonate with various audiences.

Benefits & Compensation 

For full-time, benefit eligible employees, UNF offers an excellent range of benefits, including:

  • a choice between two health plans through UnitedHealthcare (PPO or HDHP with HSA)
  • dental insurance
  • vision insurance
  • flexible spending accounts
  • 403b retirement savings plan with a generous matching contribution
  • group term and supplemental life insurance
  • short-term disability
  • long-term disability
  • health club discounts
  • commuter subsidy
  • back-up care
  • employee assistance program

Additionally, all benefit eligible employees have 12 paid holidays, 20 vacation days, 10 sick days, 3 personal days, and 8 weeks of family leave care.

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