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Job Opening: Digital Marketing & Communications Associate

March 3, 2016 | Posted by jhebert in Job openings, Latest News

The Restore the Mississippi River Delta Coalition is hiring a full-time Digital Marketing and Communications Associate based in its New Orleans, LA office.

Overview:

The Digital Marketing and Communications Associate will leverage online engagement strategies to raise awareness and build support for restoration of the Mississippi River Delta on behalf of National Audubon Society, Environmental Defense Fund, and National Wildlife Federation, as well as in collaboration with regional partners Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana and Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation. S/He will develop and implement strategies for growing the Coalition’s online audience across a variety of digital properties, as well as track performance and iterate accordingly. The Digital Marketing and Communications Associate will be a part of the communications team and will be charged with translating its goals online by designing and distributing web-based content across the Coalition website, social media, email list and other digital platforms. S/He will help broadcast in-person events, meetings, and hearings to a digital audience through a variety of engaging tactics, as well as develop content, such as videos, infographics and more that educate and inform. The Digital Marketing and Communications Associate will help design and implement online paid media strategies across a variety of platforms. Candidate must possess a strong fluency in social media, email marketing and digital content management. Skills in CSS/HTML, experience with WordPress, graphic design and video editing highly desired.

Essential Functions:

  • Manage content on campaign website, blog and social media properties; working with campaign staff to design, create, edit, and regularly update multimedia pages on the site; analyze website statistics.
  • Develop strategies for reaching new audiences on Coalition social media properties, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn, as well as identify potential emerging platforms and innovative techniques for reaching target audiences.
  • Coordinate with communications team on implementation of communications messaging and strategies across coalition online platforms:
    • Make suggestions for tailoring messaging and packaging content specifically for online audiences on different online platforms.
    • When appropriate, coordinate with partner organizations’ online teams to execute social media campaigns and leverage larger organizational platforms when possible.
    • Spearhead implementation of site redesign, working closely with senior communications staff and contractors to manage workflow and deliverables.
  • Ensure optimal user experience across coalition website and social media platforms, maintaining seamless consistency with coalition strategy, branding and messaging.
  • Establish quantifiable goals for Coalition online work, including numbers of constituent and fan bases on social media (including influencers and activist subgroups), website visits and engagement activities, such as online actions taken.
  • Draft and implement social media content, including text, photos and other graphics for sharing.
  • Identify emerging platforms and digital processes worth pursuing as part of larger online engagement strategy.
  • Attend relevant on-the-ground events, hearings and meetings as needed to document and engage an online audience through live-tweeting, photo-sharing, videos, blog posts and other means.
  • Manage Coalition blog, Delta Dispatches, editorial calendar, including developing and updating content.
  • Maintain systems to track and evaluate performance analytics for website and social media platforms to improve content and engagement against key metrics and benchmarks.
  • Manage coalition email list: This includes recommending opportunities to engage email subscribers through action alerts, developing monthly e-newsletters, growing subscriber list and more.
  • In direct coordination with Communications committee and contractors, maintain online advertising efforts, placing ads and reporting on performance to ensure success of digital advertising as part of larger paid media strategy.
  • Employ optimal Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and Search Engine Marketing (SEM) practices to help drive traffic and inform decisions on content.
  • Support senior communications staff as needed in achieving strategic team and coalition goals online.

Qualifications and Experience: 

  • Bachelor’s Degree required; strongly preferred in marketing, communications or other related field.
  • 2-4 years’ experience managing web content, social media strategy and online communications for a large organization, with proven track record of growth in user base and engagement.
  • Experience developing engaging and innovative online communications materials for a wide range of audiences across a variety of platforms.
  • Demonstrated success leveraging a wide variety of social media platforms and innovative tactics to engage and reach supporters.
  • Knowledge of SEO/SEM, as well as experience managing and implementing paid media campaigns online.
  • Prior experience in site redesigns with an eye for what makes a compelling and engaging site layout and online presentation.
  • Exceptional writing and editing skills. Ability to communicate complex and technical information clearly to many audiences. Must write quickly and well under pressure.
  • Proactive, self-starter able to get things accomplished with minimal direct supervision.
  • Strong proficiency in a wide range of digital platforms and programs, including Microsoft Office, Adobe InDesign, Photoshop and Premiere Pro, WordPress, Google Analytics, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube, Engaging Networks or similar email management system.
  • Photography, sound and video recording and editing capabilities; experience in the nonprofit sector on issues related to conservation; knowledge of Louisiana and its people/geography/history/environment.
  • Must be willing to travel, as well as commit to some evening and weekend work as needed.

How to Apply:

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter detailing your interest in the position, resume, and references and complete the application here.

About Us:

The Restore the Mississippi River Delta Coalition is working to protect people, wildlife and jobs by reconnecting the river with its wetlands. As our region faces the crisis of threatening land loss, we offer science-based solutions through a comprehensive approach to restoration. Composed of conservation, policy, science and outreach experts from Environmental Defense Fund, National Audubon Society, National Wildlife Federation, Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana and Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation, we are located in New Orleans and Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Washington, D.C.; and around the United States.

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Job Openings: The Water Institute of the Gulf

November 30, 2015 | Posted by lbourg in Job openings

The Water Institute of the Gulf is a not-for-profit, independent applied research institute dedicated to providing advanced understanding and technical expertise to support management of coastal, deltaic and water systems, within Louisiana, the Gulf Coast and around the world. Its mission supports the practical application of innovative science and engineering, providing solutions that benefit society.

Interested in working for the Water Institute? Good news, they are currently hiring for the following positions. Click on each position for more information on job duties and instructions on applying.

Communications Associate

Data Manager

Coastal Ecology Research Technician 

Research Positions

Graduate Research Assistant in Coastal Ecology

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Job Opening: Communications Associate, Restore the Mississippi River Delta Coalition

November 16, 2015 | Posted by lbourg in Job openings

Position: Communications Associate, Restore the Mississippi River Delta Coalition, National Audubon Society

Location: New Orleans, LA

Overview: 

Now in its second century, Audubon is dedicated to protecting birds and other wildlife and the habitat that supports them. Audubon’s mission is engaging people in bird conservation on a hemispheric scale through science, policy, education and on-the-ground conservation action.  By mobilizing and aligning its network of Chapters, Centers, State and Important Bird Area programs in the four major migratory flyways in the Americas, the organization will bring the full power of Audubon to bear on protecting common and threatened bird species and the critical habitat they need to survive.  And as part of BirdLife International, Audubon will join people in over 100 in-country organizations all working to protect a network of Important Bird Areas around the world, leveraging the impact of actions they take at a local level.  What defines Audubon’s unique value is a powerful grassroots network of nearly 500 local chapters, 22 state offices, 41 Audubon Centers, Important Bird Area Programs in 46 states, and 700 staff across the country.  Audubon is a federal contractor and an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).

The Restore the Mississippi River Delta Coalition is working to protect people, wildlife and jobs by reconnecting the river with its wetlands. As our region faces the crisis of threatening land loss, we offer science-based solutions through a comprehensive approach to restoration. Composed of conservation, policy, science and outreach experts from Environmental Defense Fund, National Audubon Society, National Wildlife Federation, Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana and Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation, we are located in New Orleans and Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Washington, D.C.; and around the United States.

Position Summary:

The Communications Associate will play a key role in building awareness and support both in Louisiana and nationwide for restoration of the Mississippi River Delta on behalf of National Audubon Society, Environmental Defense Fund, and National Wildlife Federation, as well as in collaboration with regional partners Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana and Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation. S/He will support a variety of communications projects through regular reporting on team deliverables, monitoring coverage in the media and other channels, as well as facilitating effective team workflow and operations.The Communications Associate will help develop a wide range of campaign materials across web and print, as well as manage and maintain the Coalition-branded website and social media properties.

While the Communications Associate will be on staff of the National Audubon Society, subject to all its human resource policies and benefits, s/he will have a primary reporting role to the joint campaign’s Communications Committee and help support all of its member organizations.

 Essential Functions:

  • Contribute to the development and implementation of communications work plans supporting Mississippi River Delta restoration goals.
  • Serve as the team coordinator for the Communications Committee of the Restore the Mississippi River Delta Coalition
  • Manage Communications Committee functions, including project tracking, weekly meeting agendas and follow-up and team reporting.
  • Create a wide range of communications materials for distribution across a variety of platforms and for diverse audiences, with the goal of building support for Coalition priorities; leveraging graphic design expertise where necessary.
  • Manage content on campaign website, blog and social media properties; working with campaign staff to design, create, edit, and regularly update multimedia pages on the site; analyze website statistics.
  • Develop strategies for reaching new audiences on Coalition social media properties, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn, as well as identify potential emerging platforms and innovative techniques for reaching target audiences.
  • Distribute strategic communications to key media contacts as well as Coalition email subscribers.
  • Monitor media coverage and social media for relevant stories and features relating to the campaign, compile and distribute daily news highlights, as well as execute comprehensive coverage reports.
  • Assist senior communications staff with coordination, execution and documentation of media events.
  • Help track and report team budget and expenditures.
  • Support senior communications staff as needed in achieving strategic team and coalition goals.

Qualifications & Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in communications, journalism, marketing or other related field.
  • 2-4 years’ experience in public relations, journalism or other communications or marketing-related field, with a demonstrated record of success.
  • Experience in project management and coordination required.
  • Demonstrated time-management skills, attention to detail and ability to juggle multiple projects and consistently meet deadlines.
  • Experience in developing engaging print and online communications materials for a wide range of audiences.  Must possess a strength for multiplatform storytelling and demonstrated success leveraging a wide variety of social media platforms and innovative tactics to engage and reach supporters.
  • Exceptional writing and editing skills. Must write quickly and well under pressure.
  • Ability to communicate complex and technical information clearly to many audiences.
  • Proactive, self-starter able to get things accomplished with minimal direct supervision.
  • Strong proficiency in a wide range of digital platforms and programs, including Microsoft Office, Adobe InDesign and Photoshop, WordPress, Google Analytics, CisionPoint/Vocus, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube, Engaging Networks, Convio or similar email management system.
  • Nice to have: Photography, sound and video recording and editing capabilities; experience in the nonprofit sector on issues related to conservation; knowledge of Louisiana and its people/geography/history/environment.
  • Must be willing to travel, as well as commit to some evening and weekend work as needed.
  • Valid driver’s license required.

 

Apply here. 

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Job Opening: Mississippi River Delta and Natural Infrastructure Economist, EDF

November 13, 2015 | Posted by Elizabeth Van Cleve in Job openings

EDF_tm_CMYK-logo-for-webPosition: Mississippi River Delta & Natural Infrastructure Economist (2-year Post-doctoral Position)
Location: Washington, DC (New York, NY or Boston, MA)

With world attention focused on both the environment and the economy, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) is where policymakers and business leaders turn for win-win solutions. This leading green group, with programs from Boston to Beijing, has tripled in size over the past decade by focusing on strong science, uncommon partnerships and market-based approaches. You can be part of a vibrant workplace that welcomes diverse perspectives, talents and contributions, where innovation and a focus on results are a way of life.

Overall Function

The need for climate adaptation in coastal environments in the US (and around the world) and the development of resilient and protective systems in those same areas are increasing and in some cases already keenly felt. Much of this adaptation will require infrastructure, ranging from traditional flood barriers to natural infrastructure (dunes, floodways, wetlands, receiving basins, barrier islands, multiple use retention areas, etc.). This work is typically capital intensive and often expensive, and responsibility for design, construction, operations, maintenance and financing often split among various public authorities. Within the US, a fundamental need for efficient and available financing systems for this critical infrastructure work exists, as current US financing systems (federal and state appropriations, state funding and matches, long standing taxes and user-fee based systems) are not providing necessary resources or efficiency in delivering those resources. (This need is global, though our focus for this work is currently domestic.)

The Economist we are seeking would examine existing infrastructure finance systems, and work to develop new concepts, ideas and approaches for financing of coastal adaptation and resilience needs. We anticipate a primary focus on financing of natural infrastructure (i.e., natural defenses and ecological engineering) that lessen the potential impacts of sea level rise and storm damage on coastal communities. The approaches would include, but would not be limited to public finance (taxes, fees, community bonds, etc.), private (market and philanthropic), and ecosystems services. This analysis and these approaches are intended to help shape the organization’s policy positions and support its advocacy, and to help broaden the thinking and policy applications for financing these kinds of projects nationally. The Economist’s analysis will ideally include thought leading original publishable research with the potential to drive the development of this field, “in-house” analyses for use by other staff within the organization, as well as white papers aimed at policy makers, journalists, and the public at large.

The initial primary focus of the work within EDF will be on financing options around ongoing restoration and protection needs within the Mississippi River Delta (filling a significant gap in our work in the Delta) and then assessing ideas for broader applicability or utility to other coastal locations in the United States. The Mississippi River Delta is the site of the largest adaptation effort underway in the country today. More broadly within EDF, we would expect this area of work to be applicable to other Ecosystems Program activities, and could potentially support an ongoing collaboration between the Oceans and Ecosystems programs and the Office of the Chief Economist on coastal resiliency in the Northeastern United States.

The Economist can be based in Washington, DC; New York City, NY; Boston, MA; with a preference for Washington, DC. S/he will work closely with and under the guidance of EDF’s Chief Economist Frank Convery and work with other economists, natural scientists, and policy specialists throughout EDF. S/he will officially report to the Deputy Director, Water Programs. S/he may also have managerial responsibilities for more junior staff.

Key Responsibilities

  • Working with the Chief Economist, other Economic and Mississippi River Delta Restoration staff and collaborators to identify long-term research relevant to increasing financing options to inform and support the organization’s advocacy, and the national discussion;
  • Conducting original economic research to assess existing financing sources and systems, develop new ideas and evaluate these financing options, including their potential for improvement, revenue growth, and sustainability;
  • Research policy changes to implement new approach(es);
  • Working with staff on analyses of issues related to environmental policy;
  • Overseeing research projects conducted by other organizations for EDF (e.g., universities and outside contractors);
  • Summarizing research for a broad audience, as well as public communications including Congressional testimony, Op-Eds, articles, and blog posts;
  • Working with EDF’s development team, including communicating with donors and foundations and writing;
  • Contributing to proposals for securing funding;
  • Participating in the development of public positions taken by EDF;
  • Representing EDF at public meetings including policy makers, academic conferences and workshops, gatherings of advocacy organizations, and the general public.
  • Develop one or more papers suitable for publishing in peer-reviewed journals that focus on existing and new options for sustainable financing of coastal adaptation and resilience.

Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in Economics, Public Finance, or related discipline (e.g., Environmental, Agricultural and Resource Economics) with a background in public policy..
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills;
  • Proven ability to conduct cutting-edge research;
  • Ability to convey economic concepts to non-economists;
  • Ability to deploy a diversity of analytical approaches, theoretical and/or econometric studies to back-of-the-envelope analyses;
  • Self-direction and independence of mind;
  • Interest in relating economic research to real-world policy and in bridging the worlds of advocacy and academia;
  • Familiarity with the empirical and theoretical literature on environmental economics, in particular the design of regulatory policy (e.g., instrument choice).

Preferred Qualifications

  • Two or more years of experience in policy and/or research;
  • Managerial skills

Due to the volume of employment applications and queries received, EDF is unable to respond to each application individually. Applicants will be contacted directly if selected as a candidate.

Apply here.

Environmental Defense Fund is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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Job Opening: Communications Summer Intern, National Audubon Society

April 7, 2015 | Posted by lbourg in Job openings

Position Summary:

Audubon’s Wings internship program invites students and recent graduates to help shape a healthy environment and vibrant future for birds – and all of us who share the planet with them.  Audubon currently has an opportunity for you to expand your Wings in Audubon’s Communications Internship!

The Communications Intern will be based in New Orleans, LA, working on Audubon’s Restore the Mississippi River Delta campaign. The campaign is comprised of staff from National Audubon Society, Environmental Defense Fund, National Wildlife Federation, Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana and Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation, working collaboratively to restore the Mississippi River Delta.

This position will support the Communications Director and Communications Associate in implementing outreach strategies that further the goals of the campaign. This is a great opportunity for a motivated college student or recent graduate to gain firsthand knowledge of public relations and advocacy by working on a fast-paced team supporting a dynamic campaign. This internship will provide insight into effective storytelling and materials development, media outreach and relations, event production, social media and other necessary tools of the trade.

This is a part-time paid internship opportunity, working approximately 28 hours per week from May 15, 2015 through August 15, 2015. The position reports to the Communications Director.

Essential Functions:

Internship responsibilities will include:

  • Collecting and reporting media coverage, with an eye toward building a framework for effectively tracking media stories over time.
  • Gathering and organizing multimedia campaign assets for easy access and use by campaign staff.
  • Developing and updating media and influencer lists to ensure relevant outreach of targeted campaign messages.
  • Creating a framework for tracking important metrics, such as site visitors and engagement, social media growth and other key measurements.
  • Identifying and drafting unique and compelling blog posts and other communications materials that highlight the core messages of the campaign.
  • Supporting Communications Director and Communications Associate in executing events and managing logistics.
  • Documenting in-person meetings and events through photos and videos for sharing.
  • Other activities or projects as needed.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Currently enrolled in a communications or marketing degree preferred. Undergraduate in 3rd or 4th year.
  • Excellent writing and editing skills.
  • Superior organizational skills; attention to detail a must.
  • Proactive, polished and professional, confident in communication with executive leaders.
  • Experience with Google Analytics, Adobe Premiere or similar video-editing software, a variety of social media platforms, and CisionPoint a plus.

Apply here.

 

 

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Job Opening: Avian Biologist, Audubon Louisiana

December 16, 2014 | Posted by Elizabeth Van Cleve in Job openings

Audubon Web stacked colorOverview:

Now in its second century, Audubon is dedicated to protecting birds and other wildlife and the habitat that supports them. Audubon’s mission is engaging people in bird conservation on a hemispheric scale through science, policy, education and on-the-ground conservation action. By mobilizing and aligning its network of Chapters, Centers, State and Important Bird Area programs in the four major migratory flyways in the Americas, the organization will bring the full power of Audubon to bear on protecting common and threatened bird species and the critical habitat they need to survive. And as part of BirdLife International, Audubon will join people in over 100 in-country organizations all working to protect a network of Important Bird Areas around the world, leveraging the impact of actions they take at a local level. What defines Audubon’s unique value is a powerful grassroots network of nearly 500 local chapters, 22 state offices, 41 Audubon Centers, Important Bird Area Programs in 46 states, and 700 staff across the country. Audubon is a federal contractor and an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).

Position Summary:

The Avian Biologist will be responsible for assisting Audubon Louisiana’s Director of Bird Conservation and other staff in field and office activities associated with conservation, research, and education programs.

This is a full-time position providing field and analytic support for the Coastal Bird Stewardship Program and other monitoring and research initiatives principally in Louisiana.

Essential Functions:
  • Collect and analyze data on birds to support research projects through a variety of techniques including point and transect counts, nest searching, mist-netting, and radio telemetry and input bird data into databases.
  • In collaboration with the Director of Conservation and others, lead and assist in the writing of technical reports and scientific manuscripts.
  • Develop and lead educational programs, aimed at increasing awareness of the threats birds face, for a variety of audiences. Engage volunteers and community leaders to participate in conservation efforts.
  • Cultivate and maintain productive working relationships with internal and external stakeholders including other Audubon offices and chapters, state and federal agencies, other non-governmental organizations, and community and government leaders.
  • Maintain vehicles and all assigned field gear.
Qualifications and Experience:
  • Bachelor’s degree in biology, ornithology, ecology, or a related field required.
  • 2+ years of applied field experience is required; understanding and respect of the scientific method is paramount.
  • Knowledge in the identification and ecology of a variety of waterbirds, shorebirds, songbirds, and marshbirds, as well as proven experience using statistical techniques for analyzing bird data (e.g., distance sampling, capture-mark-recapture, other demographic modeling approaches, spatial and movement analyses, etc.).
  • Experience and working knowledge of Louisiana’s diversity of habitats, especially coastal wetlands, bottomland hardwood forests, and/or estuaries is a plus.
  • At least one year experience developing and providing environmental education programs to a variety of audiences and/or working with volunteers is strongly preferred.
  • Excellent work ethic, a team-focused attitude, and the ability to work well independently in the field.
  • Ability to maintain and repair mechanical equipment such as trucks and boats desirable.
  • Willingness to work long hours in sub-tropical wetland, coastal, and forest environments exposed to harsh Louisiana field conditions (sun, heat, biting insects, alligators, venomous snakes, wading in water or mud), sometimes alone.
  • Ability to walk long distances (at least two miles) while carrying field equipment (e.g., tripod and spotting scope) and/or other materials. Ability to lift and carry over short distances at least 40 pounds, with or without accomodation.
  • Regularly travel within the state of the Louisiana to field sites, often for several days at a time. Some work on weekends is necessary.
  • Valid driver’s license required, experience with small boats, and operating ATVs strongly preferred.

To apply, please visit: https://careers-audubon.icims.com/jobs/2293/avian-biologist/job.

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Job Opening: Senior Policy Specialist, Gulf Coast Restoration, National Wildlife Federation

December 15, 2014 | Posted by Elizabeth Van Cleve in Job openings

The National Wildlife Federation is seeking a Senior Policy Specialist for Gulf Coast Restoration to join our staff in Washington, DC. In this role you will advocate on behalf of NWF's Gulf Coast Restoration and Mississippi Delta Restoration (MRD) programs to protect and restore the Gulf of Mexico coastal area to greater resiliency in the face of storms, floods, sea level rise, human-caused erosion, oil spills, and other threats to wildlife and to coastal communities.

This includes leading the national portion of the National Wildlife Federation's campaigns to secure authorization and federal funding for restoring Coastal Louisiana and to direct funds from the BP oil spill to the restoration of coastal areas Gulf-wide. This position will also work, to a lesser extent, on the broader goals of Everglades restoration as it relates to the Gulf of Mexico. The Senior Policy Specialist will work in concert with NWF's team in Louisiana, with the Gulf Team in the other Gulf states, with NWF's partner organizations in both campaigns and with NWF's national restoration team. This position will be NWF's key voice advocating to the federal government and members of Congress on behalf of NWF's Gulf restoration and MRD priorities, and in particular for the use of all post-BP oil spill funds to advance those priorities.

In this role you will:

  • Advocate for NWF's and MRD campaign priorities to Congress and the Administration. This includes campaign's priorities with Congress and the Administration on RESTORE implementation and authorizations through WRDA and appropriations. Work includes policy analysis, materials production, and participation in relevant meetings.
  • Advocate for NWF's Gulf restoration priorities, particularly regarding the use of post-BP oil-spill funds, to Congress and the Administration. Work with the Gulf Restoration Director to identify NWF's restoration priorities. Work includes policy analysis, materials production, and participation in relevant meetings.
  • Integrate coastal Louisiana and Gulf campaigns with other NWF national programs and interests, engaging in National Advocacy Center meetings, supporting overlapping institutional priorities and collaborating with on-line, communications, lobby team and other key staff to advance agenda. Advocate for and otherwise support key policy reforms that will better protect people, communities, and wildlife, as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree required, advanced degree preferred.
  • Candidates must have at least 7 years progressively responsible experience required in helping develop and implement advocacy campaigns, grassroots organizing, media, and environmental advocacy. Congressional experience and/or pertinent federal agency experience preferred.
  • Must be knowledgeable of how Federal agencies and Congress work.
  • Must know how to use water restoration laws, programs and policies as a tool to protect wildlife and wild places.
  • Must be a strategic thinker, well organized, strong communicator, and have a demonstrated ability to set goals and meet deadlines.
  • Must possess ability to work collaboratively with others.

There will be travel involved in this role – approx. six trips per year and some weekend work may be required.

The National Wildlife Federation is America's largest conservation organization, passionate about protecting wildlife for our children's future. NWF is an equal opportunity employer committed to workplace diversity.

To apply, please visit: https://nwf.applicantpro.com/jobs/170809.html.

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Job Opening: Communications Director, National Audubon Society

November 6, 2014 | Posted by Elizabeth Van Cleve in Job openings

Position: Communications Director, Mississippi River Delta Restoration Campaign
Job Location: Baton Rouge or New Orleans, La.
Type: Regular, Full-Time
Job Category: Communications/Marketing

Overview:

Now in its second century, Audubon is dedicated to protecting birds and other wildlife and the habitat that supports them. Audubon’s mission is engaging people in bird conservation on a hemispheric scale through science, policy, education and on-the-ground conservation action. By mobilizing and aligning its network of Chapters, Centers, State and Important Bird Area programs in the four major migratory flyways in the Americas, the organization will bring the full power of Audubon to bear on protecting common and threatened bird species and the critical habitat they need to survive. And as part of BirdLife International, Audubon will join people in over 100 in-country organizations all working to protect a network of Important Bird Areas around the world, leveraging the impact of actions they take at a local level. What defines Audubon’s unique value is a powerful grassroots network of nearly 500 local chapters, 22 state offices, 41 Audubon Centers, Important Bird Area Programs in 46 states, and 700 staff across the country. Audubon is a federal contractor and an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).

Purpose of the Position:

The Communications Director for the Mississippi River Delta Restoration Campaign (MRDRC) will play a key role in raising awareness of and building a constituency for the Walton Family Foundation-funded MRDRC. The Communications Director, working in concert with partner organizations, will advance MRDRC goals by leading the Communications Committee to implement measurable integrated communications plans. The Communications Director will integrate MRDRC strategies with Audubon’s broader Gulf-wide communications plans, providing strategic counsel and collaboration toward Gulf Coast region and national issues.

Essential Functions:

WFF Mississippi River Delta Restoration Campaign (90%)

  • Lead MRDRC Communications Committee through restoration implementation phases, including: state and federal policy fulfillment, conservation agenda advocacy and restoration project advancement.
  • Implement, update and design new communications and engagement plans and sub-strategies to support MRDRC and related Audubon conservation priorities.
  • Drive strategic plan execution in a manner that meets the quantitative, qualitative and best-practice goals outlined in measurement sections. Lead measurement protocol.
  • Pursue integration of communications planning and action with other committees’ strategic planning initiatives, including: policy, science, field, online and business partnerships. Deploy joint Building a Pro-Restoration Movement campaign.
  • Proactively identify and leverage emerging communications opportunities, including pitching stories to media, drafting op-eds and letters to the editor and other efforts to support MRDRC and Audubon’s objectives in the Delta region.
  • Deploy reactive communications strategies surrounding unexpected media, policy and community developments and issues response needs.
  • Guide planning and execution of press conferences and special events in conjunction with key policy, media and community landmarks and anniversaries.
  • Lead planning and execution of comprehensive paid media plans, including management of agency personnel and partners in advertising campaign planning, deployment and measurement.
  • Manage agency and contractor engagement; monitor interactions to achieve desired outcomes. Oversee budget.
  • Pursue public opinion and sociological research, building on previous research when available, to refine targeting, messaging, messengers, and other elements of strategy.
  • Oversee development of communications collateral materials to support campaign committees, including fact sheets, press materials, reports, promotional items, mailers, videos, online and multimedia resources.
  • Promote adherence to and update content of (as needed) MRDRC communications guidelines, with focus on social/online media. Devise and manage training protocol for new staff, in collaboration with online team leader.
  • Build awareness and support for Mississippi River Delta conservation throughout the Audubon organization, including staff, board members and chapters through close coordination and active participation with Audubon national outreach efforts.
  • Attain strategic alignment with National Audubon communications leads to integrate MRDRC communications strategies accordingly and complement overarching organizational goals.
  • Supervise MRDRC Communications Coordinator in fulfillment of the tasks described above.

Audubon Gulf Coast Coordination (10%)

  • In coordination with MS Flyway Vice President and Gulf states Audubon staff, manage Audubon Gulf-wide Communications Plan implementation and related WFF Gulf-wide initiative progress.
  • Collaborate with Gulf states teams to track measurable outcomes toward attaining set qualitative and quantitative goals.
  • Support proactive storytelling and participate in issues-driven communications strategy and response as needed through region.

Relationships:

Internal: National Audubon Society staff at all levels, especially management and conservation staff within Mississippi River Delta, Gulf Coast and national arenas. Second-tier reporting to VP, Gulf Coast/Mississippi Flyway on Gulf matters.

External: Partners, especially related to the Walton-funded Mississippi River Delta restoration collaborative, media, vendors, contractors, scientists and government officials.

Qualifications and Experience:

Qualifications: (e.g., education, training, experience, licenses and skills)

  • No fewer than five years of experience in public relations, journalism or other communications and marketing fields with a demonstrated record of success dealing with national-international media and communications issues.
  • Demonstrated success in leading a team and creating and implementing communications strategies.
  • Experience in planning and executing web-based communications campaigns and other electronic communications products; leadership in environmental campaigns and with social media preferred.
  • Ability to maintain strong and productive relationships with media, Audubon staff, partners, and other stakeholders.
  • Exceptional writing, reporting and editing skills. Must write well quickly and under pressure.
  • Ability to communicate complex and technical information clearly to various audiences, in writing, one-on-one, and in formal presentations.
  • Exceptional time-management skills and ability to juggle multiple projects and consistently meet deadlines.
  • Knowledge of conservation issues, especially related to birds and their habitats, desirable.
  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Regular travel required.
  • Valid driver’s license required.

Equipment:

Ability to operate Windows-based computers (including Microsoft Office); proficiency with public relations software, Adobe creative software, social media platforms, and other software; and experience in operating still cameras, video cameras, and sound-recording devices preferred.

To apply, please visit: https://careers-audubon.icims.com/jobs/2267/communications-director%2c-mississippi-river-delta-restoration-campaign/job.

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Job Opening: Senior Outreach Coordinator, National Wildlife Federation

July 11, 2014 | Posted by Elizabeth Van Cleve in Job openings

DESCRIPTION:

The Outreach Coordinator will develop and implement outreach and engagement strategies to advance priorities of the Mississippi River Delta Restoration program. Focusing on the Greater New Orleans area, the Outreach Coordinator will educate and engage community leaders and other key stakeholders, such as the faith community, neighborhood associations, student groups, landowners, and elected officials.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES:

  • Plan, develop, and execute an education and outreach campaign in the Greater New Orleans area to garner support for coastal restoration
  • Identify, engage and cultivate community leaders and other key stakeholders in support of coastal restoration and MRDR program initiatives
  • Organize information sessions, events, and field trips for stakeholders
  • Provide stakeholder updates and recruiting for engagement opportunities, such as letters to the editor, blog posts, public comment, etc.
  • Organize and present at meetings to engage stakeholders with campaign experts in order to increase leader confidence and understanding of coastal issues and needs
  • Maintain a database tracking leaders, issue interests, asks and actions taken
  • Present and table at community events
  • Write blog posts, contribute to social media outreach, and develop educational materials as needed
  • Manage MRGO Must Go campaign efforts, in coordination (coalition of 17 independent organizations working to restore the ecosystem impacted by the Mississippi River Gulf shipping channel).
  • Assist with the implementation of two multi-year grants to a local government and community organization, serving grantees, organizing and attending meetings, and providing tracking and reporting support.

EDUCATION:

  • Bachelor’s Degree Political Science and/or Environmental studies or other related field.

EXPERIENCE:

  • At least three year’s professional work experience in political campaigns or nonprofit advocacy organizations.
  • Three years advocacy or campaign experience.
  • Experience with/knowledge of Louisiana Coastal a plus!

SKILLS:

  • Demonstrated ability to organize community leaders in advocacy efforts.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop trusting relationships with diverse constituencies.
  • Strong planning and prioritization skills and ability to work strategically
  • Highly organized
  • Attention to detail and ability to multitask
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Facility with all aspects of Microsoft Office
  • Experience working with community leaders and elected officials preferred
  • Experience with environmental advocacy preferred
  • Experience working with diverse constituencies

National Wildlife Federation is America’s largest conservation organization, passionate about protecting wildlife for our children’s future. NWF is an equal opportunity employer committed to workplace diversity.

TO APPLY: Please visit http://ch.tbe.taleo.net/CH18/ats/careers/requisition.jsp?org=NWF&cws=1&rid=611.

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Job Opening: Communications Director, Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana

July 10, 2014 | Posted by Elizabeth Van Cleve in Job openings

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The Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana (CRCL) is a non-profit advocacy organization established in 1988 to unite business interests, scientists, landowners, national and local conservation groups, local governments, hunters, anglers and a broad spectrum of concerned citizens in a shared mission of restoring and protecting a sustainable coastal Louisiana.

CRCL seeks to hire a Communications Director that is responsible for planning, directing and evaluating all communication activities to consistently articulate CRCL’s mission of restoring and protecting a sustainable coastal Louisiana.

The CD reports to the Executive Director and supports the organization's staff and board in developing and maintaining strategic partnerships with external organizations and funders by using appropriate communication strategies and tools. The CD will create and communicate the organization's messages and ensure overall continuity of institutional brand consistency and image.

The CD manages or assists with all forms of CRCL communication efforts, including, but not limited to advocacy, fundraising, membership development, public relations, event promotion and any other tasks assigned by the Executive Director. The CD should participate at all decision-making levels of the organization to, at a minimum, give guidance when the CRCL’s image might be affected and to stay abreast of emerging communication needs.

Qualifications:

  • Minimum of bachelor’s degree, preferably in communications, and/or three years experience in a communication related field such as public relations, marketing, journalism or political campaigns.
  • Superb written and verbal communication skills, including experience in writing press releases, annual reports, articles, blogs, newsletters, op-ed pieces, advertisements and speeches.
  • A sincere commitment to work collaboratively with all constituent groups, including staff, board members, volunteers, donors, program participants, and other supporters.
  • A strong track record as an implementer who thrives on managing a variety of key initiatives concurrently and is able to produce measurable and positive results.
  • Self-starter who is able to work independently and enjoys creating and implementing new initiatives.
  • Should be proficient using Microsoft Office Suite and familiar with digital information and content management systems.
  • Knowledge of coastal issues a plus

Duties:

  • Develops and executes communication strategies, plans and campaigns.
  • Manages creation, development, distribution and maintenance of all print and electronic media including, but not limited to website, newsletters, press releases, brochures, annual report, and action network.
  • Represents CRCL at committee meetings, public hearings, press conferences, speaking events and exhibit events.
  • Assists with special events, including workshops and public meetings.
  • Develops communication materials to support strategies, campaigns, proposals, grants and presentations.
  • Manages media relations and contacts

Salary: Salary commensurate with experience. Health and retirement benefits provided.

Closing Date: August 25, 2013

How to Apply: Interested candidates should submit a cover letter detailing your interest in the position, resume, and references. Materials should be sent by email or post to Amy Tyrrell at amyt@crcl.org or 6160 Perkins Rd., Suite 225, Baton Rouge, La. 70806

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