Public Affairs and Communications Officer Lands, Wildlife & Oceans

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Washington, DC, United States

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30+ days ago

Earthjustice is the premier nonprofit environmental law organization. We take on the biggest environmental legal battles 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 in the most 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, Bozeman, Chicago, Denver, Honolulu, Houston, Juneau, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, Seattle, Tallahassee, and Washington, DC.
Protecting our natural world, communities and climate is vital to ensuring a safe, healthy environment for all. That is why we are looking for smart, passionate, experienced public affairs and communications professionals at Earthjustice.
The Public Affairs and Communications Officer for Lands Wildlife and Oceans develops strategic communications plans for Earthjustice’s marquee policy issues related to biodiversity and conservation and management of public lands and waters. This person builds key narratives and develops messages in support of policy issues, identifies key decision makers and stakeholders, ensures messaging consistency, and forms and leads teams of Communications colleagues to implement public affairs and communications plan components —including dynamic storytelling and media and public outreach, and government relations.
The Public affairs and Communications Officer provides strategic guidance to their respective program hub such as public engagement and advocacy, government relations, earned media relations, and paid media. They will contribute content to Earthjustice’s website, quarterly magazine, digital engagement channels and cultivate external partnerships to support organizational policy goals. They will work in coordination with coalitions and may work to help strengthen and develop them.

This role can be based in Washington, DC, San Francisco, CA, or New York, NY (preferred), with remote option available.
Strategy & Coordination (50%)

  • Works with the Vice President of Litigation of Lands Wildlife and Oceans and key program and policy staff including the Legislative Director of Lands Wildlife and Oceans to oversee and implement strategic communications on the Earthjustice’s top tier priorities.
  • Manages and works with public affairs strategists, partners, and clients in developing coalition strategy and advocacy tactics including public outreach, government relations and media relations. Manages the Lands Wildlife and Oceans program hub comprised of media relations specialists and Public Affairs and Communications Strategists to ensure coverage of Earthjustice work in target media and engage partners and stakeholders to popularize policy goals with the public and influence decision-makers to achieve outcomes. Coordinates public outreach with other non-profit, public health, and community groups as needed; identifies potential partnerships with other local and national organizations to amplify key issues.
  • Looks for new opportunities to reach out to the public to generate awareness of Earthjustice and support for our policy goals; works to build profile of Earthjustice among key brand target audiences, including partnering with marketing staff in Communications and Development in strategy development for major marketing and fundraising initiatives.
  • Uses market research/polls and contracts or conducts focus groups/quantitative studies to help determine message strategies and to target optimal audiences efficiently for program outreach.

Content Creation and Branding (20%)

  • Drives storytelling and advocacy projects involving our clients and affected communities and consistently seeks out new and compelling ways to tell and amplify these stories.
  • Drafts content for the Earthjustice blog, website, and print materials. Develops internal message guidance for colleagues. Reviews, edits, and approves content and materials developed by Public Affairs and Communications team members to ensure it adheres to brand standards and furthers strategic communications goals for the Lands, Wildlife and Oceans program.
  • Maintains close fidelity to organizational branding requirements and serves as an advisor to colleagues throughout the Communications department and organization on ensuring messages are on-brand and further institutional goals.

Management & Administration (30%)

  • Manages staff and contractors, (3-6) including media relations specialists and public affairs and communications strategists.
  • Helps create special projects, determining project management roles, budget, tracking, measurements of success, and reporting.
  • Develops and advises on strategy documents, timelines, manages budgets, and oversees tracking of communications plans and tactics to determine effectiveness, ensure accountability, and inform future strategy. Sets achievable measurements of success for top priority issues and strives to meet these goals.
  • Participates in organizational training and professional development opportunities
  • Recruits and hires qualified candidates who fit position requirements and the work environment.
  • Promotes change in terms of the expected benefits, as well as removing or lowering the impact of potential obstacles.
  • Sets clear team direction that aligns with Earthjustice strategy, mission, and vision.
  • Develops staff by identifying and encouraging training and professional development opportunities appropriate to role and creating development plans for all staff.
  • Provides staff with consistent performance feedback – both positive and constructive - and acts as a coach and mentor.
  • Creates a learning culture, by encouraging debriefing after completion of significant stages of projects.
  • Ensures that any direct reports who have supervisory responsibility are properly executing those functions.
  • Creates a respectful and inclusive work environment for team and models respectful and inclusive behavior.
  • Promptly addresses micro-aggressions and other concerns brought to their attention.
  • Resolves interpersonal conflict among team members and brings in outside facilitators as needed.
  • Communicates regularly with existing employees and encourages staff to raise concerns and to provide ongoing feedback.
  • Creates or identifies strategic opportunities for team building and individual and overall staff engagement with one another in order to strengthen teamwork, interaction and collaboration.
  • Values and uses individual differences and talents to improve employee satisfaction and the quality of collective work.
  • Celebrates successes and helps team members to understand and manage setbacks.


  • Bachelor’s degree required. Relevant fields include, but are not limited to journalism, political science, communications, environmental studies, or public policy. Master’s degree desirable but not necessary.
  • 6+ years in project management, with an emphasis in public policy advocacy, communications and government relations.
  • 3+ years of experience managing direct reports and small or large teams.
  • Experience in organizing, government relations, and lobbying a plus
  • Strong background in strategic communications, media relations, and campaign management.
  • Experience setting strategy, managing projects, writing, and producing content, and coordinating team participation in managing and executing projects.
  • Excellent strategic sense and an ability to set goals and priorities, managing limited resources for maximum impact.
  • Experience working on environmental issues.
  • Experience in government relations and engaging decision makers.
  • Media savvy with great depth of experience in successfully placing stories, opinion pieces, and narratives, with a history of influencing conversations unfolding in the media
  • Thinks of and develops creative new ways to mobilize supporters for strategic impact.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with demonstrated experience in public speaking.
  • Strong interpersonal skills to lead teams and coordinate projects across coalitions.
  • Outstanding organizational skills with demonstrated ability to plan and coordinate a variety of detailed outreach projects, sometimes under a very tight deadline.
  • Ability to lead staff and vendors in a team environment and exhibit strong team building/participation skills.
  • Experience working in coordination with other nonprofit groups and local businesses is also 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.

Management (Essential Skills)

  • Ability to effectively manage and lead a diverse team with emotional intelligence (self-awareness and understating of the impact of their behavior) and cultural humility (an understanding of the need for additional learning about different cultures, backgrounds and orientation and implementation of that learning daily management practices).
  • Ability to give and receive regular formal and informal feedback in a timely, constructive, respectful, and consistent manner and to incorporate debriefing into the team’s operations.
  • Strong team mentorship and communication skills.
  • Understands the individual and team strengths and areas for development and develops plans accordingly.
  • Commitment to and experience in developing team skills and talents to meet the evolving needs of an organization.

Salary is dependent on experience and location.
Salary range in SF/NY: $125,600 - $139,600
Salary range in Washington, DC: $119,400 - $132,700
Remote: $106,800 - $139,600
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.
To Apply:
Interested candidates should submit the following via Jobvite:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter

Please reach out to 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.

Job Type: Full-time