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Senior Director of Program Communications

Company: Earth Justice
Location: San Francisco
Posted on: October 19, 2020

Job Description:

Strategy Development (40%) Provide strategic leadership and guidance in the development, execution, and evaluation of high-impact program communications plans; ensure that communications strategy is integrated at the very outset of major programmatic initiatives Spearhead top-level message development and framing for organizational positioning within the environmental movement and the broader progressive movement; oversee message development and framing for priority issue areas Ensure prioritization and alignment of programmatic goals between Communications, Litigation, and Policy staff; serve as Communications representative in the Program Leadership Team which oversees program alignment and execution throughout organization Partner with Associate Director in integrating regional communication strategies with national communication strategies, and ensuring that regional priorities are appropriately resourced; serve as liaison to managing attorneys and other regional staff to build cross-team partnerships, alignment, and understanding of the role and value of Program Communications Oversee development and execution of national media strategy for priority issue areas; guide the development of organizational thought leadership; lead rapid response efforts during major media moments or crisis situations Work with program staff to develop initiatives aimed at movement-building and expanding our partnership with diverse clients and partners; work with Communications and Development on initiatives to expand our supporter base through our program work Team Management (60%) Partner with Associate Director to foster collaboration between national and regional communications staff, including the formation of cross-cutting teams on high priority projects Work with VP of Communications and Communications Directors to define workflows and processes on content strategy, production, and promotion; promote greater transparency on workflows and processes for partners in Litigation and Policy. Directly manage national strategy team (which includes press secretaries) and the Associate Director of Program Communications who manages regional strategy team Recruit, develop and retain talent who fit position requirements and organizational culture; provide appropriate training and onboarding to new staff Deliver consistent performance feedback to staff --- both positive and constructive --- and act as a coach and mentor; develop staff by identifying and encouraging training and professional development opportunities and creating development plans Lead team meetings and retreats and create other opportunities for teambuilding; foster a learning culture by encouraging innovation, honest feedback, and constructive debriefing after major projects Create a respectful and inclusive work environment; promptly address micro-aggressions and other concerns brought to their attention; resolve interpersonal conflict among team members; ensure all supervisors within Program Communications follow company protocols and management best practices Actively participate in trainings, learning opportunities, initiatives, and conversations on diversity, equity, and inclusion; encourage staff to be equally engaged. Manage Program Communications budget processes, including budget allocations, spending projections, expense tracking, invoicing Manage other administrative functions for the Program Communications team as needed Directly Supervises 6 FTEAssociate Director of Program Communications; National Communications Strategist for Lands, Wildlife & Oceans; National Communications Strategist for Healthy Communities; National Communications Strategist for Climate & Energy; National Communications Strategist for Justice & Partnership Storytelling; National Communications Strategist for Politics & Policy Qualifications Bachelors Degree required. Concentration in communications, marketing, political science, or environmental studies preferred. Experience 10 years of experience managing a large, multi-functional advocacy communications team. Management experience in nonprofit/advocacy organizations, media, and community organizing a plus. Background in environmental issues, environmental law, social justice, and other progressive advocacy preferred. Robust experience leading national advocacy communications efforts; critical thinker; able to see long-term, big picture but still anchor vision to concrete strategies Proven experience overseeing the development of ambitious media plans; deep knowledge of current political and media landscape Strong familiarity with environmental/social justice issues; experience working with legal field preferred Ability to manage up and down; ability to engage key stakeholders in the handling of fast-changing political and legal situations requiring rapid response Excellent verbal and written communication skills with demonstrated experience in public speaking. Ability to speak persuasively and build strong relationships internally and externally

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