Senior Director, Communications

Mighty Earth, a global environmental campaign organization, seeks applications for a Senior Director of Communications to drive international media coverage and coordinate international communications campaigns.

Who we are:
Mighty Earth is a global advocacy organization working to defend a living planet. We are obsessed with impact: Our goal is to protect half of Earth for Nature and secure a climate that allows life to flourish.

Through our proven “perfect storm” model of driving change, we have played a leading role in persuading the world’s largest food and agriculture companies to act against deforestation land-grabbing, human rights abuse, and driven the adoption of multi-billion-dollar shifts to clean energy. e work to support Indigenous communities, communities of color, and low-income communities through these efforts. We aspire to be the most effective environmental organization in the world.

Read more about our approach and our campaign in the following resources.

Fomenting a “Perfect Storm” to push companies to change (Mongabay).
How Pressuring Corporations Can Save the Amazon from Destruction (Yale Environment 360)

Outstanding strategic communications have been and will continue to be at the center of Mighty Earth’s success and identity. We are a communications-forward organization, and we take pride in that. While the role is broader than just media relations, that has always been an area where we have excelled, and we are looking to build on and extend that strength while cultivating a comprehensive approach to communications.

Background on the position:

The Senior Director of Communications will manage all media relationship building and strategy, organizational communications, and branding activities for Mighty Earth. Building on our established global network of media connections, this person will enhance the organization by driving domestic and international media coverage in our focus areas, including throughout Europe, Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the United States.

Your responsibilities will include:

    • Media Relations: Oversees all media campaigns and builds strong relationships with domestic and international reporters to advance Mighty Earth’s campaigns and the organization. You will live and breathe pitching, emailing, texting, DMing, lunching with, and all in all wowing journalists. You will be a top go-to trusted person for coverage of our areas by journalists around the world. You will see and jump on breaking news opportunities and marshal rapid, compelling responses. You will drive an astounding amount of media coverage. You will also work directly with staff and our many partners in our focus campaign regions to help them build strong media relations in their markets. Important to have an understanding of global south issues/media/campaigns/journalists.

    • Communications Planning & Message Development: Empower Mighty Earth’s Campaign Directors to develop comprehensive and strategic campaign communications plans, messaging, and creative communications tactics to achieve desired outcomes by using a collaborative approach. Working with senior leadership, identify and respond quickly to global events that intersect with our campaigns and can enhance the organization. As needed, assist Campaign Directors with planning and executing live events as appropriate, such as grassroots actions and social media events.

    • Advance our Digital Footprint: Oversee the Mighty Earth’s Digital team including the Digital Director and numerous consultants to ensure integration with Mighty Earth’s overall communications plan and consistency of message and adherence to branding standards and ensure integration of digital assets into campaigns.

    • Organization Building: Develop and implement organizational communications and plans to enhance the organization and grow our name recognition. Develop and implement new internal systems to enhance rapid response, clarity, and consistency of our message and operational standards for public communication.

    • Writing & Editing: Write and edit a variety of internal and external organizational communications materials and publications, both internal and external, including press releases, reporter briefs, blog posts, social media, fundraising materials, talking points, and Mighty Earth’s Annual Report. Working with Campaign Directors and content experts, guiding the design, production, and review of collateral materials and multimedia assets, including reports, videos, infographics, campaign materials (leave-behinds and live event props), and other public-facing materials.

    • Organizational Communications. You will work with the CEO, Deputy Director, and Senior Director of Development to advance communications that increase the brand and profile of Mighty Earth.

Required qualifications:

    • You wake up thinking about ideas to drive astonishing levels of media coverage, cultivate new journalist relationships, and create strategic breakthroughs through communications.

    • You have 8+ years of experience in media relations and organizational communication strategy, with a preference for experience in a public affairs or public relations agency or a nonprofit.

    • You have existing relationships with U.S. and/or international reporters and a desire to cultivate and build relationships with reporters.

    • You have experience integrating digital content into organizational communications and an understanding of the importance of digital campaigning and communications to the success of an organization.

    • You have a background or interest in the U.S. and global environmental, climate, energy issues, and social justice issues.

    • You get up to speed quickly on complex issues and can manage multiple simultaneous projects with many moving pieces. You have a facility for synthesizing complex issues into engaging and creative communications.

    • You have grit and resilience. You drive projects to completion and accomplish your goals but are also able to pivot easily to address emerging issues and seize opportunities.

    • You have experience with brand development and discipline, organizational communications, and the production of marketing materials.

    • You have excellent written and verbal communications skills.

    • You have experience managing a team working on multiple campaigns with multiple functions. You believe managing staff is integral to your success and that creating a cohesive and functioning team is a key to success.

    • You work well in a cross-team setting; you know how to collaborate and when to work independently. You are a good listener who connects with people; you know how to “manage up” and can work with a variety of management styles.

    • You pay attention to details.

Preferred qualifications:

  • You have experience working on environmental issues and campaigns.

  • You have experience with digital campaigns.

  • You speak Spanish, Portuguese, French, or another language in addition to English.

  • You have an international orientation and ideally, have experience working with international campaign teams and colleagues.

  • You have a bachelor’s degree in a related field.

More about our team:
Mighty Earth is made up of people from various backgrounds with different experience levels, including people from non-profit organizations, election campaigns, government, the private sector, and legislative offices. We have staff and consultants based in countries across the globe who bring cultural diversity and varied perspectives. We pride ourselves on being a welcoming place for people of color, members of the LGBTQ+ community, parents, empty-nesters, and more.

This is a full-time position with a preference for candidates based in Washington, DC. We are open to candidates based in other U.S. locations, with a preference for eastern time zone locations, and open to a candidate based in Europe. The position involves international travel. During the coronavirus pandemic, our staff just recently resumed travel in a more limited capacity. You will report to our Deputy Director and work closely with our CEO, Board of Directors, and Strategic Advisors.

Interview process:
Our interview process involves a phone interview, two video interviews, a candidate exercise, and reference calls for candidates advancing in our process. We have adjusted our interview process and are holding video interviews in place of in-person interviews during the pandemic.

Compensation and benefits:
The hiring salary range for this position is $96K – $127K, depending on experience. We have a generous benefits package including group health insurance, dental benefits, unlimited vacation time, paid holidays, and a 401(k) plan.

To apply:
Please click on the “Apply” button below to submit a resume and a thoughtful cover letter that demonstrates your writing abilities, and please tell us how you learned about the job. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, and the job will remain posted on our website until it is filled. 

If you require reasonable accommodations in completing this application, interviewing, completing any pre-employment testing, or otherwise participating in the employee selection process, please contact Aliya at [email protected]. Applications should be submitted through our application link and not sent to this email.

Mighty Earth is an equal opportunity employer; we strictly prohibit discrimination against any employee or applicant based on race, creed, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation, disability, gender identity or expression, and other characteristics protected by law. Women, people of color, members of the LGBTQ community, and other historically marginalized communities are strongly encouraged to apply.