Communications Manager

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Omaha, NE, United States

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30+ days ago

The National Audubon Society is a nonprofit conservation organization that protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow. We work throughout the Americas using science, advocacy, education, and on-the-ground conservation. Audubon’s state, regional, national, and international programs, nature centers, and chapters have an unparalleled wingspan that reaches millions of people each year to inform, inspire, and unite diverse communities in conservation action. As a sentinel species, we recognize that the fate of birds is inextricably tied to the fate of us all.

Audubon has more than 700 staff working across the United States and seven countries in 17 state and regional offices, 41 nature centers, and 23 wildlife sanctuaries. Together as one Audubon, we aspire to alter the course of climate change and habitat loss, leading to healthier bird populations and reversing current trends in biodiversity loss.

Audubon is committed to a culture of workplace excellence, where our talented and diverse staff are deeply engaged, with a strong sense of belonging. The birds Audubon pledges to protect differ in color, size, behavior, geographical preference, and countless other ways. By honoring and celebrating the equally remarkable diversity of the human species, Audubon will bring new creativity, effectiveness, and leadership to our work throughout the hemisphere.
Position Summary:

The Communications Manager will be responsible for the implementation of strategies that strategically advance Audubon Nebraska’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.

About the role:

**This position is a union role represented by the Communications Workers of America (CWA).

**This position requires a hybrid working environment (virtual and in-office). There is a preference for someone to be located near Audubon's state office in Omaha, NE.

Essential Functions:
  • Develop and build strong relationships with state and regional reporters and media outlets (including print, digital, TV, radio) covering climate, working lands, water policy, habitat restoration, energy, and the environment.
  • Develop advocacy-driven communication campaigns with measurable goals and outcomes for 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, water, and working lands 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.
  • Ghostwrite Op-eds and blogs for the 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 training for Audubon spokespeople.
  • Manage print products such as newsletters and annual reports.
  • Ensure the consistency of brand standards and integrated messaging around our mission, vision, and values with all audiences and communities.
  • Develop and 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.
  • Maintain organization’s graphics and photo files.
  • 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. An equivalent combination of education and experience is also considered.
  • 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 is strongly preferred.
  • Proficiency in written and spoken Spanish is a plus.
EEO Statement:
The National Audubon Society is a federal contractor and an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. We are committed to a policy of nondiscrimination, inclusion and equal opportunity and actively seek a diverse pool of candidates in this search.
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COVID Policy:
All new hires must be fully vaccinated prior to their start of employment unless they are pre-qualified by HR for exemption.