Earthjustice is the premier nonprofit environmental law organization. We take on the biggest, most precedent-setting cases 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, individuals, and communities to engage the critical environmental issues of our time and bring about positive change. 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, Juneau, Los Angeles, Chicago, Tallahassee, Honolulu, Houston, New Orleans, New York, Philadelphia, Denver, Seattle, Bozeman, Miami and Washington, D.C.
In addition to a talented cadre of environmental lawyers and legislative advocates, Earthjustice has an amazing communications department that works in partnership with every other department at the organization. The Public Affairs and Communications Strategist works closely with the attorneys, policy staff, clients, and coalition partners to develop and implement strategic communications —including issue management, government relations, dynamic storytelling, media, and public outreach and engagement—to support priority litigation and legislative advocacy in our docket and to help build Earthjustice’s profile.
The Public Affairs and Communications Strategist serves as the liaison to the Fossil Fuels Program and the Gulf Regional Office. This role supports Earthjustice’s work to stop fossil fuel and petrochemical expansion, protect public health and cut pollution in frontline communities, and drive an equitable transition to clean energy. This person works directly with the Public Affairs and Communications Officer, Climate & Energy to coordinate on intersecting national issues to adopt consistent framing, messaging, and narrative lens to our work.
Candidates willing to work from our Houston office under our hybrid model are strongly preferred. We will also consider remote candidates in New Orleans, Chicago, Ohio, Pennsylvania, or West Virginia.
Strategy & Coordination (40%)
- Partners with the Managing Attorneys for the Fossil Fuel Program and Gulf Regional Office, and other key lawyers and policy staff, to set communication priorities and develop strategies that advance Earthjustice’s goals.
- Collaborates across the Public Affairs and Communications team to coordinate messaging and develop and implement comprehensive and creative advocacy communications strategies.
- Works with partners, clients, and coalitions on joint advocacy and communication campaigns, issue education, engagement and mobilization, and paid, owned, and earned media.
- Identifies potential partnerships with local organizations in the Gulf and Appalachia.
- Develops strategy documents and timelines, manages budgets and tracks metrics to determine effectiveness, ensure accountability, and inform future strategy. Sets achievable measurements of success and strives to meet these goals.
Media Relations (30%)
- Works with traditional and new media to ensure coverage of Earthjustice’s work in target print, television, radio, and online media; maintains knowledge of and relationships with reporters covering key issues; and coordinates press events and other earned media opportunities.
- Creates and implements paid media strategies on key priorities.
- Works with our legal and policy staff to consistently improve and polish their media and social media skills, including spokesperson prep for priority media interviews.
- Works to elevate the voices of Earthjustice partners and clients in the press and contributes to coalition media efforts.
- May provide strategic direction to media relations specialist when collaborating on earned media work.
Content Creation and Branding (25%)
- Drives storytelling 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 as needed.
- Reviews, edits, and approves content and materials developed by Communications team members to ensure it adheres to brand standards and furthers strategic communications goals for the organization.
- Manages project budgets and contractor invoices.
- Reports on analytics.
- 6+ years of experience in nonprofit/advocacy communications, including setting strategy, managing advocacy campaigns, writing and producing content, and conducting media outreach.
- Bachelor’s degree in communications, public policy, political science, campaigns, journalism, environmental fields, or related fields. Master’s degree a plus.
- Experience working on fossil fuels, petrochemicals, climate change, clean energy, or public health issues preferred.
- Experience working in the Gulf and/or Ohio River Valley regions preferred.
- Background in social justice or environmental justice movements, Indigenous issues, or grassroots organizing a plus.
- Proficiency in Spanish a plus.
- Excellent strategic sense and an ability to set goals and priorities, managing limited resources for maximum impact.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills with demonstrated experience in public speaking.
- 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.
- Strong interpersonal skills and an ability to lead teams, manage vendors, and coordinate projects with external partners and across coalitions.
- Outstanding organizational skills with demonstrated ability to plan and coordinate a variety of detailed projects, sometimes under a very tight deadline.
- 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.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Skill in operating various office equipment. This role will also entail some travel (approximately 10%).
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. As a 501(c)(3) organization, Earthjustice is a qualifying employer for purposes of the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program.Compensation is based on experience and location. The salary range for the Public Affairs and Communications Strategist role: is $96,200-$119,500.Houston, New Orleans, Ohio (Statewide), West Virginia (Statewide): $96,200-$106,900Remote-Pennslyvania (specific range will depend on city): $96,200-$113,200Chicago, IL: $107,600-$119,500
*Salaries in other cities may vary. Applicants should indicate in their application the city and state from which they will be working to confirm the precise salary range of that location.To Apply:
Interested applicants should submit the following via Jobvite:Please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org if you are having technical difficulties submitting your application. No phone calls, drop-ins, or hard copies. 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 given 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.