Media Specialist for Energy Justice and International Wildlife Issues
Location: Washington, D.C. or Seattle Preferred
General position overview: The Center for Biological Diversity seeks a dynamic, experienced and creative media-relations expert and professional writer to raise the media profile of the Center’s Energy Justice and International programs.
The Center is the leading national voice in the movement to protect animals and plants on the brink of extinction. We’re also working to accelerate the just transition to a renewable and democratic energy future to protect wildlife and people, especially communities of color being disproportionately harmed by the climate emergency.
The ideal candidate will have exceptional writing skills, a strong working knowledge of journalism, and a passion for promoting energy and climate justice and protecting international wildlife, from elephants to sea cucumbers. Please have a strong desire to join a smart, committed, fun team working together to save life on Earth.
The Media Specialist will generate media stories, press releases, op-eds, reports and creative media products that drive local, state, national and international discussions. The specialist will work closely with journalists and Center scientists and attorneys across several time zones, occasionally act as a spokesperson, and drive communications strategies on a daily basis. Please note: Some projects will involve morning work in the Eastern time zone and potential international travel.
- Write and edit compelling press releases, op-eds, white papers, story pitches, blog posts, reports and other material for the Center’s Energy Justice and International programs.
- Lead and execute strategies that produce high-impact print, web and broadcast media coverage of these two programs and their issues.
- Manage, plan and help execute rapid responses to breaking news.
- Provide expert media-relations advice to the directors and staff of the two programs.
- Track local, national and international news that touches on the issues of the two programs and seek ways to become part of the news cycle.
- Cultivate media relationships, pitch stories to reporters and editorial writers, and continually seek out new media opportunities.
- Act as a public spokesperson as needed.
- Provide media training to both programs’ staff, including scientists and legal experts.
- Expand and refine the Center’s existing communications materials, including the website and regular publications.
- Assist with other media-relations work as needed.
This position reports directly to the Media Director and works closely with the directors and teams of the Energy Justice and International programs.
- Exceptional writing ability. Please have a track record of producing clear, concise and compelling copy on tight deadlines.
- Initiative. The ideal candidate keeps an eye out for opportunities, including breaking news in our issue areas, and develops tactics and strategies based on media relations expertise.
- Seasoned news judgment and solid understanding of how journalists work.
- Strong interest in the work of these two programs, which focus on energy and climate justice and international wildlife protection.
- Experience in researching, synthesizing and translating complex scientific, legal and regulatory concepts for a lay audience.
- Ability to thrive in a dynamic environment that often moves at the fast pace of the news cycle.
- Ability to juggle multiple projects and multiple deadlines.
- Penchant for innovative approaches that reach new audiences at a wide variety of media outlets.
- Confident self-starter who also works well with teams.
- Passion for generating media coverage of crucial environmental issues; that passion should be exceeded only by a desire to get the facts and the strategy right.
- Knowledge of AP Style is helpful.
- Fluent Spanish a plus.
- Bachelor’s degree
- Five to 10 years of experience as a professional communicator, including journalism or advocacy work.
Salary: $60,000 - $65,000 DOE
- Paid generous medical, dental, vision, disability and life insurance
- 403(b) plan with opportunity for match
- Generous time-off policies
- Relaxed work atmosphere
Application Process: Please apply via our online application by submitting a cover letter, resume, references and a writing sample. The position will remain open until filled. No telephone calls, please. Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.
The Center for Biological Diversity deeply values, and is committed to sustaining and promoting, both biological and cultural diversity. We welcome, embrace and respect diversity of people, identities and cultures. We are committed to fostering an organizational culture of diversity and inclusion. The Center believes staff and board diversity is critical to saving life on Earth.
We are an equal opportunity employer.