Communications Manager, State Policy
Ceres is a sustainability nonprofit organization leading the most influential investors and companies to build leadership and drive solutions throughout the economy. Through powerful networks and advocacy, Ceres tackle the world’s biggest sustainability challenges, including climate change, water scarcity and pollution, and human rights abuses.
For more information about Ceres, please visit our web site (www.ceres.org).
Description and Responsibilities
U.S. climate progress hinges like never before on the need for the business community to demonstrate visible and effective leadership on advancing low-carbon policies and clean energy solutions. Ceres is poised to dramatically ramp up its communications efforts to support this accelerated action, building on our decades of experience in mobilizing strong investor, company and policy networks and voices. This new effort will incorporate some of Ceres' core work, while expanding communications activities in several key states that are pivotal in ensuring an equitable and sustainable economy and planet.
The Communications Manager, State Policy will execute on climate and clean energy communications planning and outreach, including earned media strategies that generate uptake in news coverage of positive leadership and action in key states. Working closely with the policy and communications teams at Ceres, this position will support activities that build and deepen relationships with investor and company media spokespeople and deploy them in a variety of ways to advance low-carbon policy solutions.
This is a full-time salaried position. This person will report to the senior manager of state policy and have a dotted line relationship to the senior director of communications.
Primary responsibilities include, but are not limited, to the following:
• Execute communications planning and outreach, including targeted media relations in key states to generate uptake in news coverage of positive examples of investor and company leadership and action on climate and clean energy policy.
• Identify and deploy investor and company media spokespeople in key states to conduct on-the-record interviews, provide quotes and statements, author columns/op-eds and editorials, and participate in social media outreach.
• Work closely with policy and communications teams to develop pitches for reporters and key messaging for spokespeople, and partner with state NGO/communications partners to ensure consistency and coordination.
• Support expanded storytelling strategies for state policy activities via blogs and multimedia content (ex: capturing on the ground videos/photos) highlighting investor/company advocacy and influence in key states.
• Track key state policy developments and corporate clean energy procurement announcements.
• Develop, maintain, and expand relationships with external partners, in-state allies (local non-profits, communications firms, lobbyists, etc.) to reach wider audience with key messages.
• Support Ceres digital communications staff with social media kits and other content needs to integrate and amplify key messages on social and other multimedia platforms.
• Conduct regular media meetings and tours in key states to cultivate and maintain relationships with investor and company media spokespeople and communication staff and state and local reporters.
• Develop and expand media/social media partnerships in key states.
• Bachelor degree, required. Graduate degree, preferred.
• 5 years of work experience in journalism, communications, public relations, required.
• Experience developing media relations strategies and working in fast-paced media environments.
• Strong writing and fact-checking skills with experience writing for media audiences including pitches, press releases, statements, columns/op-eds, etc.
• Experience with producing content that resonate with various audiences including media, policymakers and the business community.
• Demonstrated interest in climate and clean energy policy and sustainability issues, preferred.
• Existing relationships with business, climate and energy reporters on state and local level, preferred
• Experience working on environment, energy, and/or transportation policy issues, particularly at the state level, preferred.
• Experience managing and strengthening relationships and coordinating with multiple partners.
• Strong pitching and organizational skills.
• Ability to evaluate workload and prioritize projects.
• Able to direct and manage multiple projects at the same time.
• Able to work well independently and as a team member.
• Comfortable working with different personalities and people.
• Desire to work in a mission-driven and nonprofit environment.
How to Apply
We encourage all applicants to review our website to familiarize themselves with Ceres before applying: www.ceres.org. If you are interested in applying for this position, please submit a resume, cover letter, two writing samples, and a list of three references, as well as complete the additional information as instructed.
Ceres is an Equal Opportunity Employer and will not discriminate against any individual based on race, color, sex, national origin, age, religion, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, military or veteran status, disability, or any factors prohibited by applicable law.
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