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The Communications Manager will be responsible for the implementation of strategies that strategically advance Audubon Texas’s conservation goals. They will conduct day-to-day work in the areas of planning, marketing, writing, print/electronic communication and publication, media and public relations, production and project management. This position reports to the VP & Executive Director, Audubon Texas.
**In order to be considered for this opportunity, please submit a cover letter.
**This position must be based in TX, however, it can be remote TX if open to travel across state.
**To apply, please visit Audubon.org/careers and search job #2021-4610
- Develop and build on strong relationships with state and regional reporters and media outlets (including print, digital, TV, radio) covering climate, coasts, energy and the environment.
- Develop advocacy driven communication campaigns with measurable goals and outcomes for climate and conservation priorities.
- Develop message frameworks and talking points for key initiatives, strategic priorities of the organization, fundraising and events.
- Support field staff in the amplification and promotion of legislative activities; leverage key moments like agency announcements, hearings, markups, floor votes to advance communications goals; and work closely with media outlets covering climate policy to create news moments and shape larger news narratives around policy priorities.
- Draft press releases, editorials, media pitches, holding statements and talking points that publicize and support Audubon’s mission and goals.
- Ghost write Op-eds and blogs for leadership team.
- Cultivate relationships with headquarters communications staff to increase collaboration.
- Synthesize national statements, policy and program materials to develop story angles and pitches for media.
- Manage projects and campaigns on time and on budget.
- Manage relationships with public relations agencies and other vendors, providing relevant tools and services across Audubon departments and ensuring successful completion of projects and campaigns.
- Write, edit and distribute news releases and statements from Audubon leaders.
- Craft personalized pitches for reporters, editors and producers.
- Land high-quality media coverage at national, regional and local levels across all types of media.
- Develop and deliver media trainings for Audubon spokespeople.
- Ensure the consistency of brand standards and integrated messaging around our mission, vision, and values with all audiences and communities.
- Work in partnership with national, regional, and state staff to manage the organization’s website, social media strategy and content.
- Manage and coordinate marketing and promotion for organization events in partnership with other staff members.
- Track communications goals and outcomes and prepare summaries of communications activities for funding reports.
- Manage vendors;
- Analyze and document the effectiveness of all executed marketing and communications.
- Perform other job duties as assigned.
Qualifications and Experience
- Bachelor's degree in journalism, communications, marketing or a closely related field required. Equivalent combination of education and experience also considered.
- Min 5 years in public relations, journalism or other communications and marketing fields preferably with a nonprofit.
- Experience developing and implementing communication plans and strategies.
- Strong writing, editing and proofreading skills, with demonstrated experience writing articles for newsletters, marketing literature, social media, and public relations materials.
- Experience pitching and developing strong relationships with traditional and new media; using online communications tools to enhance and amplify an organization’s core messages; and providing creative communications support, editing support, and strategy to multiple internal project teams simultaneously.
- A high level of skill and comfort with technology, including experience with multiple computer and electronic communications and design software and platforms, such as MS Office, Drupal, Canva, and Adobe Creative Suite.
- Experience designing, monitoring and evaluating tools for assessing the impact of communication services.
- Strong planning, organization and implementation skills with the ability to manage multiple projects and tasks.
- A self-starter with a proactive approach to assignments, one with the ability to work both independently and as part of a team, solve problems with limited supervision, prioritize tasks, and meet deadlines.
- Experience or strong knowledge of and/or interest in environmental issues and conservation strongly preferred.
- Proficiency in written and spoken Spanish preferred.