Press Secretary

Program Communications Washington, District Of Columbia New York, New York Remote, United States


Earthjustice is the premier nonprofit environmental law organization. We take on the biggest, most precedent-setting cases across the country. We wield the power of law and the strength of partnership to protect people’s health; to preserve magnificent places and wildlife; to advance clean energy; and to combat climate change. We partner with thousands of groups, supporters, individuals and communities to engage the critical environmental issues of our time, and bring about positive change. We are guided by a passionate, ambitious vision for the future for people and our planet: until justice stands for all, we will never rest. We are here because the earth needs a good lawyer.
Founded in 1971, Earthjustice has a distinguished track record of achieving significant, lasting environmental protections. We achieve this by hiring people who share a passion for justice and a healthy environment. Our headquarters are in San Francisco with offices in Anchorage, Chicago, Juneau, Los Angeles, Miami, Tallahassee, Honolulu, New York, Philadelphia, Denver, Seattle, Bozeman, and Washington, DC.

In addition to a talented cadre of environmental lawyers and legislative advocates, Earthjustice has a robust communications department that works in partnership with every other department at the organization.

We are two hiring two press secretaries, one focused on Climate & Energy issues, and the other to support our Lands, Wildlife, & Oceans work.

The press secretaries will work with the Program Communications team to develop and carry out earned media strategies for Earthjustice litigation and policy work, and deepen and expand the press coverage of the organization’s priorities. The press secretaries will pitch stories to national and regional papers, magazines and long-form media outlets, TV and radio stations, online outlets, and other influential media outlets. Each press secretary will report directly a national communications strategist while also providing media support to regional communications strategists as needed. Both will track media narratives; identify and pursue earned media opportunities; develop media lists; and build relationships with journalists.

The press secretaries will also write and place op-eds, blogs, and letters to the editor on behalf of Earthjustice leaders and clients/partners, and contribute to the Earthjustice blog, website, and social media accounts. These roles will interface directly with Earthjustice attorneys, clients, partners and coalitions and contribute to joint media efforts.

The Press Secretary for Climate and Energy will be based in the Washington, DC office.

We prefer an applicant in Washington, DC or New York, New York for the Press Secretary for Lands, Wildlife and Oceans position. However, we are open to considering remote candidates in other East Coast locations.

Due to Covid-19, Earthjustice staff are currently working remotely from approved locations through January 18, 2022.

Responsibilities:

National, Regional and Online Media Outreach (60%):
• Work with National Communications Strategist and communications team, litigators and program staff, and clients and coalition partners to build, shape, and pitch media strategies.
• Provide press support to Regional Communications Strategists on priority regional fights to generate national attention.
• Write and distributes press releases and background materials on cases of interest to national, regional, and online media.
• Develop and maintains media lists and contacts and monitors media coverage.
• Manage vendors for communications content (digital ads, photos, etc.)

Message Development and Media Training (30%):
• Work with program staff to assess media narratives and develop appropriate messages.
• Develop talking points for program staff and prepares staff for media interviews.
• Develop and present media trainings for partners, clients and staff around the country, as needed.
• Work with national and grassroots coalitions to support advocacy efforts and develop messaging and media strategy.

Administrative and Professional Development (10%):
• Attend and contribute to team meetings, support project management, and collaborate across the department on knowledge sharing and content planning.
• Attend events, webinars, and trainings as professional development.
• Attend internal DEI learning opportunities to increase awareness of creating a diverse, inclusive and equitable work environment.

Qualifications:
• Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism, Communications, Political Science, or Marketing preferred.
• At least three to five years’ experience in media relations.
• Experience working with nonprofits, advocacy organizations, government, or political campaigns preferred.
•Experience working on climate and energy issues preferred; experience working on lands, wildlife, and oceans issues preferred.
• Outstanding written and oral communication skills.
• Proven ability to develop relationships with journalists and pitch high-impact media stories to advance advocacy campaigns.
• Experience using social media to monitor media narratives, connect with journalists, and amplify earned media placements, especially Twitter.
• Experience using Cision, Muck Ruck or other media relations software preferred.
• Spanish speakers encouraged to apply.
• On-the-record experience a plus.
• Demonstrates an awareness and sensitivity to the needs and concerns of individuals from diverse cultures, backgrounds and orientations.
• Contributes to the creation of a diverse, equitable and inclusive work culture that encourages and celebrates differences.

We offer a mission and employee-focused work environment and a competitive compensation package including excellent benefits. Earthjustice is an equal opportunity employer and highly values diversity.

Salary range is based on experience and location.

Salary range in Washington, DC: : $91,500 – $101,700

Salary range in New York, New York: $96,300-$107,000
Remote salary will vary by location.


To Apply:

Interested candidates should submit the following via Jobvite:
• Resume
• Cover letter
*Please indicate in your cover letter whether you are interested in the Press Secretary, Climate & Energy role, the Press Secretary, Lands, Wildlife, & Oceans role, or being considered for both positions.
• Brief writing sample (press statement or pitch preferred, 1-2 pages max)

Please apply by September 21, 2021. After that, applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Please reach out to [email protected] if you are having technical difficulties submitting your application. No phone calls, drop-ins, or hard copies. Earthjustice only accepts resumes submitted for positions that are currently open. Unsolicited resumes, or resumes for posted positions that are not submitted via the on-line application process (where available), will not be reviewed or retained.

Earthjustice is driven by a passion for justice, partnership, and excellence. Our core values lead us to seek a broad range of perspectives and backgrounds to achieve our mission and to maintain an inclusive environment where all staff are valued and respected. As an equal opportunity employer, we are committed to employment practices that ensure that employees and applicants for employment are provided with equal opportunities without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, religion, physical or mental disability, medical condition, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, or any other factor that is not related to the position.
For positions located within the City and County of San Francisco Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment-qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.
For positions located within the City of Los Angeles: We will consider qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring.