Communication Manager – Climate & Energy

Rainforest Action Network challenges corporate practices that threaten our forests and our climate, protects the rights of communities that depend on these resources, and promotes forward thinking strategies to preserve our planet. A core principle in that effort is our commitment to finding systemic solutions that challenge systems of oppression or injustice.

ABOUT THE POSITION:

Rainforest Action Network is seeking a Communications Manager to help shape and execute the communications strategy for our Climate and Energy Program.

RAN’s Climate and Energy Program has a very successful history of challenging some of the biggest drivers of climate change and extreme fossil fuel extraction. RAN’s campaigns have succeeded in pushing leading banks like Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Citi and Royal Bank of Canada to pass policies that curb investments in companies that contribute to climate change, deforestation and human rights abuses. The program has had incredible success calling on the leading financiers of the coal industry, such as Bank of America, to end their underwriting of coal completely.

The successful candidate will be deeply committed to fighting climate change, ending deforestation, and upholding human rights. They will possess excellent judgment, be adaptable to rapidly shifting programmatic developments, and eager to seize media opportunities.

The ideal candidate will be able to produce compelling, high quality, detail-intensive work often on tight deadlines. Exceptionally strong writing skills and an ability to pinpoint effective messages are critical. Experience working with traditional news media and a track record of taking projects to successful completion are also highly desired.

RESPONSIBILITIES: The Communications Manager will be responsible for leading communications for RAN’s Climate and Energy Program. The Communications Manager is primarily responsible for developing communications materials, pitching and placing stories, building relationships with journalists and producers, as well as serving as a spokesperson on related campaigns. In addition, this position is tasked with coordinating, developing and executing the messaging strategy for the Climate and Energy Program and the production process for related communication materials. In particular the job duties include:

• Work with Climate and Energy Program staff to develop and implement strategic, media-worthy campaign events. Crafting long-term strategic vehicles for promoting RAN and program messages and stories.

• Handle rapid response communication, developing messages, and writing op-eds, letters to the editor, talking points and other media materials.

• Train and coach staff, volunteers and constituents for media availabilities; act as media liaison during media events.

• Cultivate relationships with vendors and other strategic allies who can help in furthering promotion of the program.

• Spearhead and manage production of creative print and online collateral, including high-impact ads and clever web videos, shareable social media content, etc.

• Conduct target- and market-specific media research as necessary to support campaign objectives.

• Write and copy-edit material for RAN publications, RAN.org, RAN social media channels and activist emails.

• Contribute to staff-wide strategy meetings, and stay current on developments in energy, finance and climate issues.

• Create press lists and keep media contact database current.

• Regularly draft and post content for RAN’s social media channels, specifically Facebook and Twitter.

• Some travel required.

Qualifications

• Demonstrable enthusiasm for and understanding of RAN’s mission, programs and strategies, including the use of non-violent direct action as a core strategy.

• Excellent writing skills.

• Knowledge of issues associated with climate change, clean and renewable energy, investment and finance community, and/or social change movements.

• Demonstrable experience in media relations and/or public relations — a journalism background alone does not meet the qualifications for this job.

• Excellent oral and written communications skills that are adaptable to various offline and online media as well as public settings, organizational meetings, and one-on-one interactions. • Strong framing and messaging skills. • Demonstrable experience with online promotion and/or communications.

• Ability to flourish in a fast-paced, activist-oriented environment.

• Strong judgment assessing tactics and campaigns successful in attracting media attention.

• Solid copy-editing skills and familiarity with AP Style.

• Demonstrated ability to set priorities effectively in a heavy workload and coordinate complex projects.

• Demonstrated initiative, flexibility and creativity.

• A strong anti-oppression analysis and ability to work with Indigenous and affected communities.

Highly Desirable

• Experience working within a racial justice and racial equity framework.

• 2 years prior experience as a media liaison or journalist in related areas.

• Prior experience with online promotion.

• Proven ability to build relationships with reporters (existing relationships with environment, climate, business and/or finance reporters and bloggers especially desired).

• Proven ability to work with advertisers and designers to develop creative offline and online content.

• Familiarity with media database technology, ideally Meltwater.

The Climate and Energy Communications Manager will be a member of the Communications Team while also embedded within the Climate and Energy Team. This position will be supervised by the Senior Communications Strategist.

Salary: Salary is competitive and benefits include health, vision & dental insurance, 4 weeks vacation, and a 401K-type program.

RAN 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. RAN provides all people with equal employment and volunteer opportunities. We encourage applicants of color to apply for this position.

Salary is competitive for the Northern California non-profit market. Benefits include full medical (employer funded Health Savings Account) coverage, VSP & dental insurance, 4 weeks PTO (increases to 5 weeks after 2 years), and a Simple IRA retirement plan with a 3% fully vesting employer match. Additionally, after 5 years, employees are eligible for a 3 month fully paid sabbatical.

Please send resume and letter of interest to resumes@ran.org with job title and your name in the subject line. If possible please include online portfolio, personal website, LinkedIn page or any other online resume you update. No phone calls, please.

Supervisor: Campaign Communication Strategist

Status: FTE, Benefitted

Location: San Francisco

Digital Engagement Director

Digital Engagement Director

For 30 years, Rainforest Action Network (RAN) has campaigned for the forests, their inhabitants and the natural systems that sustain life. In coalition with Indigenous communities and allies from around the world, RAN uses non-violent direct action, grassroots organizing, education, and strategic communications to challenge corporations to stop destructive operations, respect human rights, and adopt comprehensive policies that reduce their contributions to global warming.

The ideal candidate has a visionary and compelling approach to engagement strategies in advocacy campaigning and possesses the management skills necessary to implement those strategies. They see technology as a creative tool for social change and are passionate about and experienced in working at the intersection of digital, advocacy, and membership-based organizing. This is a highly collaborative position, working closely with programs, their campaigns, and communication and development departments. The ideal candidate will thrive at coordinating inter-departmental teams, being able to work across differences, and can gracefully manage multiple priorities in a fast-paced campaigning environment.

Position Responsibilities
The Digital Engagement Director will serve on the Leadership Team of the organization and report to the Deputy Executive Director. This leadership position supports the organization across all departments advancing campaigns and driving organizational identity and growth.

The Director will be responsible for the following:

  • Management of Staff: Oversee a 7-person digital department, any outsourced technology contractors by providing strong leadership, cohesion, capacity building, professional development.
  • Management of Digital Assets: Oversee all components of the organization’s digital presence, including website, blog, social media accounts, online advocacy tools, CRM, and email program. Drive the evolution of the digital engagement department by identify/pursue new and innovative digital tools and strategies, while maintaining a balanced sustainable workload for the digital team.
  • Organizational Leadership: Serve on RAN’s Leadership Team—representing the digital team’s vision and collaborating on setting organizational priorities.
  • Analytics/Data: Lead the department and organization in implementing a data-driven culture. Develop performance metrics and strategies ensuring data-driven decisions across all digital channels.
  • Membership List Growth: Implement plans to continually grow and optimally engage RAN supporter base.
  • Drive Online Fundraising: Collaborate with the Development team to ensure a positive return on investment from a diversified and robust online fundraising program.
  • Strategic Guidance: Collaborate with program-based forest, climate, and corporate accountability campaigns to provide guidance on organizational goals and strategies for digital engagement.
  • Change Making: Possess a strong grasp of social movement theory, and RAN’s approach to securing systemic reforms in the marketplace.
  • Manage digital department’s budget and vendors.

Qualifications

The most compelling candidate will have strong organizational and team management skills and a deep knowledge of innovations in digital and offline supporter engagement, particularly in the nonprofit sector. Knowledge of climate issues, environmental justice, corporate accountability, human rights, and nonviolent direct action strategies, are useful.

Experience and skills required:

  • Experience managing a digital team or department
  • The ability to lead organization-wide initiatives
  • Proven experience overseeing websites, digital data management, campaign tools, and outreach initiatives.
  • Demonstrated ability to support staff in curating creative, effective multimedia content for web, mobile and social media platforms
  • Experience developing campaigns that integrate online and offline strategies
  • Ability to manage both the big picture and the details required in a technological department.
  • Strong background managing an online ads program that is goal and metrics driven.
  • Ability to work fast and smart, with exceptional time management and prioritization skills.
  • An energetic, entrepreneurial nature that combines curiosity and creativity with a learning attitude, analytical skills and technological savvy
  • The ability to share knowledge, successfully communicate ideas and collaborate with diverse teams.
  • Experience with story-based strategies.

RAN is committed to advancing equity and justice, educates staff on issues including privilege and oppression, and integrates these values into our work. We are in the process of building out our racial justice lens and are seeking candidates who have a commitment to engage in this process and work with us to create a just and inclusive work environment and world.  RAN provides all people with equal employment and volunteer opportunities.

Compensation

The salary for this position is competitive for the non-profit San Francisco Bay Area market.  Benefits include full health coverage for the employee and their partner/family (plus an employer funded HSA), VSP & dental insurance, 4 weeks PTO (increases to 5 weeks after 2 years), and a Simple IRA retirement plan with a 3% fully vesting employer match.  Additionally, after 5 years, staff are eligible for a 3 month fully paid sabbatical.

Application Process

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to digitaldirector@ran.org. We will be conducting interviews on a rolling basis so you are encouraged to apply as soon as you are able.

 

Climate and Energy Program Director

Rainforest Action Network challenges corporate practices that threaten our forests and our climate, protects the rights of communities that depend on these resources, and promotes forward thinking strategies to preserve our planet. A core principle in that effort is our commitment to finding systemic solutions that challenge systems of oppression or injustice.

The Climate and Energy Program Director is responsible for the overall vision and day-to-day management of  RAN’s climate and energy program to keep fossil fuels in the ground and persuade corporate targets — including the world’s largest banks — to develop and implement comprehensive climate, environmental and human rights policies to guide their lending. At a time when we know that the global climate agreement reached in Paris is insufficient to ensure a livable planet, and we know that in the United States there is a need to prepare for attempts to weaken existing climate programs, this position will drive the Climate and Energy team forward while ensuring our work is aligned with that of our frontline and grassroots partners. RAN is committed to: pushing back against corporate power, challenging bad public policy on climate & energy, and continuing to punch above our weight.

This is a highly collaborative position, working closely with communication, digital and development departments. The ideal candidate will thrive at coordinating inter-departmental teams,  managing multiple priorities in a fast-paced campaigning environment, and listening to and incorporating feedback from our frontline partners. The Climate and Energy Program Director will serve on the Leadership Team of the organization and will be managed by the Executive Director.

Position Responsibilities

  • Supervise and coach the campaigners, organizers, and researchers on the Climate and Energy Program Team;
  • Ensure foundation and donor support covers the majority of  Climate and Energy program expenses, in collaboration with the Development team;
  • Oversee annual planning for the Climate and Energy campaign staff;
  • Develop & administer an annual program budget of roughly $1 million;
  • Lead work planning for the Climate and Energy team, oversee project plans and ensure campaign activities are well coordinated with other departments at RAN;
  • Serve as strategic lead for energy campaigns and ensure RAN’s campaign strategies are aligned with RAN’s mission, vision and strategic plan;
  • Assume campaign director duties as necessary;
  • Serve on RAN’s leadership team, which includes acting as an organizational leader in administrative, programmatic, and management capacities.;
  • Support the Executive Director and team with necessary written and verbal communications as needed for negotiations with corporate targets, media interviews and donor meetings;
  • Oversee integration of racial justice work into campaign plans and team projects;
  • Maintain relationships with close coalition partners and allies through organizing, outreach, and collaboration;
  • Help campaign staff prepare campaign materials, including reports, website, fact sheets, action alerts, communications to members, etc;
  • Represent RAN at external events and provide motivation and tools to grassroots constituencies;
  • Act as a public and media spokesperson for RAN;
  • Share office responsibilities to maintain a healthy and safe workplace;
  • Report to Executive Director regularly on accomplishments and plans of action for RAN’s Climate and Energy campaigns;
  • Report similarly to the Board of Directors on a quarterly basis;
  • Organize annual performance reviews for directly-reporting staff.

Qualifications

  • 8-10 years running advocacy campaigns, ideally corporate campaigns;
  • Demonstrated experience with offline and digital campaigning tactics and a demonstrated ability to get results from entrenched targets;
  • 5 or more years in a management position and commitment to coaching and mentoring team members;
  • Successful track record of cultivating funders and writing approved foundation grants;
  • Commitment and experience working toward racial justice;
  • Experience working with Indigenous and frontline communities;
  • Demonstrated understanding of grassroots organizing, movement building and nonviolent direct action;
  • Experience in leading corporate negotiations;
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills that are adaptable to various offline and digital mediums, in particular, in the form of corporate letters, blogs post and op-eds, online email blasts as well as fundraising proposals;
  • Ability to travel frequently;
  • Ability to work in the US.
  • Campaign experience in some or all of the following areas: climate change, human rights, Indigenous rights, energy policy, specific fossil fuel sectors, finance, corporate social responsibility;
  • Relationships with frontline allies, energy and climate related organizations and leaders in the U.S. and internationally;
  • Experience leading research projects.

RAN works 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. RAN provides all people with equal employment and volunteer opportunities. We encourage applicants of color to apply for this position.

The salary for this position is competitive for the small to medium non-profit San Francisco Bay Area market.  Benefits include full health coverage for the employee and their partner/family (plus an employer funded HSA), VSP & dental insurance, 4 weeks PTO (increases to 5 weeks after 2 years), and a Simple IRA retirement plan with a 3% fully vesting employer match.  Additionally, after 5 years, staff are eligible for a 3 month fully paid sabbatical.

To apply, please send resume and letter of interest to climatedirector@ran.org with job title and your name in the subject line.  If possible please include online portfolio, personal website, LinkedIn page or any other online resume you update. No phone calls, please.

Building Equity and Alignment for Impact (BEA) Seeks National Coordinator

Rainforest Action Network is part of the Building Equity & Alignment for Impact initiative (BEA) that seeks to breakdown historic inequities and barriers between large green groups, grassroots groups and those in philanthropy. As a participating organization, we are posting this position which is not a position at RAN. If you are interested please reach out directly to the BEA.

 

Objective/Purpose:

Social & Environmental Entrepreneurs, fiscal sponsor for BEA for Impact, seeks innovative general coordinator to provide internal support to the Initiative working closely with the Weaver Group (Steering Committee), Thematic Work Group Co-Chairs, contractors, and the full body.   This request for proposals applies both to individual consultants and organizations. The overall purpose is to align implementation and internal communication with the larger strategic plan and the leadership bodies.  This person/organization will: a) coordinate internal communication and coordination between Weavers, WG Co-chairs, and WG Contractors, adding capacity to implement the agreed upon objectives, tasks, and activities to allow us move work quickly and thoroughly in line with goals and the BEAI mission, b) maintain the initiative’s knowledge base, internal communication, collective agreements, and integrity of the Initiative with the guidance of the Weavers, during the transition of work group chairs, fiscal sponsors, new strategy plans, c) work with the fiscal sponsor, Funder Engagement Work Group and contractors to track GOE, income, and budget. For the right person or organization, working with BEA for Impact could be a great opportunity to plug into a real movement-building effort during this historic time of utmost urgency; the first “de-siloed” effort of its kind to effectively address disparities of resources and access among the philanthropic, “big green” and grassroots sectors.

 

BEA for Impact Background:

Building Equity and Alignment for Impact (BEA for Impact) is a grassroots-led entity launched in July 2013, converging around a shared future vision for a more inclusive, connective, winning environmental movement. This vision is one in which organizations and networks authentically collaborate in an ever-growing web of equitable relationships, one in which the movement has broadened to include social justice, economic justice and other progressive values, where silos no longer exist, and a win for one is a win for all. BEA depends upon the active and equitable participation of large and mid-size "green groups," funders, and the grassroots organizing sector. The "impact" BEA seeks comes from more equitably resourcing the grassroots and from supporting better partnerships among the sectors. BEA’s current focus, dictated by the full participant group’s strategic plan and work plan, includes robust research and data collection, tri-sector alignment meetings, funder organizing and communications work to elevate the grassroots voice. As of this writing, the “full participant group” includes over 60 individuals connected to hundreds of groups and networks spanning the environment, climate justice and progressive movement.

Three main goals of BEA for Impact, as written by the grassroots-led, tri-sector participant group, are as follows:

• To expand the pool of resources available to environmental and overlapping progressive issues and shift that growing pool of resources to more equitably service the grassroots organizing sector;

• To break down historic barriers among big green, grassroots and funding sectors, building authentic relationships toward greater alignment and solidarity;

• To support philanthropic efforts toward a base-building, bottom-up, collaborative approach, and away from a funder-driven, top-down approach. 

These goals are intended to reverse problems that have increasingly hobbled the progress of the environmental movement, such as: an inability to connect people power with financial power across the movement, a distracting competition among groups who could make much greater impact if working in collaboration, and a lack of readiness to jointly identify key legislative opportunities, stand in solidarity, and effectively leverage them as a united group.

 

Responsibilities:

Strategy Development, Implementation and Evaluation

  • Provide leadership in strategic planning and evaluation processes, which – for the BEA – means deep engagement with Weavers and participant body members
  •  Facilitate alignment of work group objectives and activities with the strategic plan
  • Support work group co-chairs in implementation of work group objectives and monitor/track their efforts to attaining these objectives
  • Quarterly review and evaluation of the strategy plan with Weavers

Representation and Relationship Building

  • Monitor and track Weaver decision-making  
  • Maintain regular communication with the full body via the google group and provide changes to the list-serve as participants transition in and out
  • Represent the BEA, with Weavers, in spaces (convenings, conferences, etc.) that advance the vision and goals of the initiative

Fiscal Sponsor and Financial Management

  • Work with Budget Subcommittee and Funder Engagement Work Group to develop, track, and integrate BEAI work group budgets, and monitor the overall BEAI budget
  • Overall BEAI budget and contract development and tracking in coordination with Fiscal Sponsor and the Weavers Budget Subcommittee
  •  Liaise with the fiscal agent, following protocols, fulfilling requests and developing contracts

Coordination

  • Help facilitate Weaver intra-group communication and work group co-chair transitions
  • Maintain a calendar of Movement Moments, and Alignment Opportunities and coordinate BEAI’s presence in these events.
  • Work with Co-Chairs to set schedules and develop timelines for reviewing and updating BEAI protocols to link principles and practice
  • Oversee logistics for BEAI full body meeting, events, and conferences
  • Coordination with Weavers and Work Groups of the Weaver monthly calls and full body quarterly calls

Information, Communication, Learning

  • Ensure that BEA is maintaining a coordinated and agreed upon information exchange, internally and externally
  • Ensure that key documents (internal documents, notes and information developed by work groups and Weavers) are organized, integrated and shared in a timely manner with appropriate audiences
  • Ensure that communications infrastructure – created by the Communications Work Group – is consistently carried out

Requirements:

  •  5+ years experience with non-profits or grassroots community based organizations
  • A strong commitment and collective process required
  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills
  • Advanced experience with computer programs and social media technology
  •  Working knowledge of GAAP principles
  • Attention to detail and strong organizational skills required

Rate and Benefits

  • While the specific contract will be determined at the time of hire, BEA is able to offer a range, $62,000-$72,000  including benefits, in addition to travel as deemed necessary. 
  • Tuition, travel and accommodation support to attend Rockwood leadership training (up to $10,000)

Key Dates: Start ASAP, or February 1st, 2017

Submission Guidelines: Please send resume, statement of purpose and examples of past work by January 20th, 2017 to hmthiry@gmail.com, BEA Internal Support

 

SEE is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion or belief, disability, gender, nationality, ethnicity, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, or any other status protected by law.