Wilderness society hiring a communications manager

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The Wilderness Society (TWS), a national non-profit membership organization devoted to preserving wilderness and inspiring American’s to care for our wild places since 1935, seeks a highly creative and skilled communications professional to join its team.
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The Wilderness Society (TWS), a national non-profit membership organization devoted to preserving wilderness and inspiring American’s to care for our wild places since 1935, seeks a highly creative and skilled communications professional to join its team.
This communications position supports The Wilderness Society’s designations program work, focusing in particular on priority regional campaigns designed to enhance protection of national public lands with a variety of designations methods, including legislated wilderness, presidential proclamations, agency management planning, and other efforts.
The position will be tasked with developing communications strategies aimed at influencing policy debates and creating positive conservation results for The Wilderness Society’s priority public lands campaigns in the Northern Rockies and Northwest regions, focusing on Washington, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Wyoming.
The position location is in Boise, Idaho—a thriving, mid-sized Rocky Mountain town located in close proximity to innumerable outdoor activities with an active nightlife, cultural and arts community, and growing economy. It is consistently ranked as one of the top cities in the U.S. to raise a family, with excellent schools, health care facilities and low cost of living.
Critical Skill Sets
This position requires a core understanding of issue-based advocacy and being able to move  adeptly between media markets and working strategically with the nuances of rural vs. metropolitan markets and the spokespeople that are influential in each. The ideal candidate has significant experience with advocacy campaigns and/or political communications work, outstanding strategic instincts, excellent writing skills, and a proven track record in media relations, social media, and broader communications initiatives. Experience with legislative/public affairs campaigns and an interest in conservation issues are desirable.  The ability to lead initiatives, juggle competing priorities, adapt to ever changing political climates and work effectively within teams and coalitions is essential.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Leading and participating in the development of issue-based communications strategies, message research and development, and campaign planning (in close collaboration with the organization’s regional and/or state director, appropriate campaign staff, other communications staff, and coalition partners);
  • Assisting TWS staff with media outreach, including handling breaking news and developing story concepts;
  • Initiating and maintaining excellent working relationships with key members of the media with travel to various states in the region to develop those relationships as needed;
  • Working closely with local and regional partners and coalitions, often leading coalition communications and strategy efforts;
  • Developing new messengers, through outreach and training, to effectively deliver conservation messages from diverse constituencies;
  • Participating in outreach, coalition and collaborative meetings on behalf of The Wilderness Society, as well as public meetings on various issues as needed;
  • Crafting a variety of messaging and outreach materials that fit different campaigns accordingly, including op-eds, letters to the editor, press releases, brochures, website content and briefing packages for print and broadcast media, and utilizing paid media tactics when applicable;
  • Coordinating with TWS staff and outside consultants/vendors in support of assigned programs;
  • Managing budgets for applicable communications efforts;
  • Collaborating closely with TWS online team to help develop content based on your campaign and field work; and
  • Tracking media clips relevant to campaign and field work

Experience, Competencies, and Education

  • Bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism, public relations, or marketing.
  • 5-7 years of demonstrated experience developing communications strategies, especially in public relations, public involvement or advocacy settings
  • Demonstrated expertise in working with both traditional and new media (including social media)
  • Excellent interpersonal, written, and oral communications skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work quickly under deadline
  • Experience developing communications strategies in collaborative settings with diverse interests a plus
  • Familiarity with conservation and/or public lands a plus
  • Ability to travel once or twice a month for campaign meetings and to develop media/reporter relationships
  • Video production skills a plus
  • Proficiency with graphic design applications a plus

The Wilderness Society offers a very competitive salary and benefits package, including: health, dental, vision, life and disability insurance; sick and vacation leave; and a pension plan. TWS is an equal opportunity employer and actively works to ensure fair and equal treatment of its employees and constituents regardless of culture, socioeconomic status, race, marital or family situation, gender, age, ethnicity, religious beliefs, physical ability, veteran status or sexual orientation.
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