Communications & Marketing Associate

Website Western Environmental Law Center

Public interest environmental law center

Career Opportunity: Communications and Marketing Associate

Reports to: Communications Director

Location: Physical WELC office in Taos, NM; Santa Fe, NM; Helena, MT; or Eugene, OR. Remote options will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Timeline: Job opening posted February 23, 2024; we will review applications on a rolling basis beginning on March 18, 2024, until the position is filled.

ABOUT THE WESTERN ENVIRONMENTAL LAW CENTER

The Western Environmental Law Center is a leading nonprofit, public-interest environmental law firm rooted in the landscapes and communities of the Western U.S. We use the power of the law to foster thriving, resilient western U.S. lands, waters, wildlife, and communities in the face of a changing climate. Founded in 1993, WELC has been celebrated as an Outside Magazine Best Place to Work for the last five years, Oregon Business Magazine Best Nonprofit, Law360 Environmental Group of the Year, and Better Business Bureau Torch Award winner for ethics.

We envision a thriving western U.S., abundant with protected and interconnected ecosystems, powered by renewable energy, and cared for by communities brought together in an ecology of kinship. We achieve this vision with steady, strategic, and bold legal advocacy that turns the wheels of power at all levels of government.

WELC seeks a Communications and Marketing Associate to join our team. We strongly encourage people of color, persons with disabilities, women, LGBTQ+ applicants, and people of diverse lived experience to apply.

POSITION SUMMARY

The Communications and Marketing Associate is a non-exempt, full-time salaried position responsible for communicating with the public, partner organizations, policymakers, and donors across all WELC programmatic work.

The Communications and Marketing Associate will create digital content that is engaging, easy to understand, visually appealing, and aligned with our core values and image. In addition, the Communications and Marketing Associate will create content and implement an audience engagement strategy that uses organic and paid promotion to reach existing and prospective WELC supporters as well as key policymakers on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Bluesky, and X/Twitter. This work includes designing social media graphics, interpretation of social media and website analytics to improve our content quality and reach, and occasional website maintenance. This position will also work with our Development Team to promote WELC’s fundraising efforts on social media and be involved in occasional online fundraising initiatives. Opportunities exist for occasional press work to include drafting and distributing press releases.

In furthering these responsibilities, the Communications and Marketing Associate will coordinate with WELC program staff and, where appropriate, serve as an active representative of WELC in coalitions and relationships with clients, partners, and allies to develop and implement communications strategies in support of these campaigns.

WELC offers the opportunity to experiment with new, creative digital media efforts to contribute and grow our communications advocacy and work. The position requires strong attention to detail, a demonstrated ability to work independently, and the ability to develop and maintain strong, trusting, and effective relationships with WELC clients, partners, and allies.

The Communications and Marketing Associate is a normal 40-hour week position, primarily working during Monday to Friday business hours, though some night and weekend hours may be required depending on case needs. Limited travel is required, including overnight and weekend travel. The position also involves standard office physical demands. WELC will provide all reasonable accommodations to the extent possible or required pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act and applicable state law.


QUALIFICATIONS

We are keenly interested in considering a range of applicants with diverse lived experiences who approach the world with kindness, imagination, and vision. We will happily consider applicants who offer an equivalent or alternative set of qualifications to fulfill this position’s responsibilities.

  • Bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism, or other related field and 2 years of relevant work experience or equivalent. We are open to promising entry-level candidates, , especially those with diverse lived experience.
  • Knowledge of western U.S. climate, conservation, and environmental justice advocacy issues.
  • Lived experience within or past work in partnership with frontline or resource-dependent communities a significant plus.
  • A commitment to conceptualizing and implementing communications strategies that further equity, inclusion, and justice, including through the just treatment and meaningful involvement of clients, partners, and frontline community groups and individuals.
  • Excellent writing skills and knowledge of AP style.
  • Experience with: Facebook, X/Twitter, and Instagram content generation and campaigns including messaging using an organization’s voice, targeting, A/B testing, metrics analysis, strategic advertising, and executing the respective best practices for these platforms.
  • Creating social media graphics and data-based infographics. Design skills with Adobe Creative Suite a plus.
  • Creating basic video content.
  • Website content management systems (we use WordPress), including search engine optimization and Google Analytics.
  • Solid project and time management skills with strong ability to work independently and proactively.
  • Highly organized and intellectually curious.
  • Willingness to be flexible and adaptive when needed.
  • Demonstrated commitment to WELC’s mission and strategies and the public interest as well as a love for the land, waters, wildlife, and communities of the Western U.S.

BENEFITS AND COMPENSATION

The Western Environmental Law Center is an equal opportunity employer. We offer a flexible, friendly, team-based environment with immediate opportunities to shape organizational strategies, competitive salaries ($53,000-65,000 for this position, depending on experience and location).

WELC offers an excellent benefits package, including health, vision, dental, life, and disability coverage (with WELC paying 100% of an employee’s premiums), a 401(k) retirement plan with a 4% WELC match, 22 days of combined paid annual vacation and personal leave on top of 13 days of paid holiday leave, paid sick leave, and a paid long-term leave policy (3 months sabbatical leave for every 5 years of employment).

TO APPLY

Please submit the following as PDF attachments through our ApplicantPro portal:

  • 1-2-page cover letter addressed to Brian Sweeney, Communications Director;
    Resume;
  • 2-4 professional references; and
  • 3-4 work samples with at least one sample of content you created for a social media campaign, one sample exemplifying experience creating web content (interactive features a plus), and one sample of graphic design for social media.

Cover letters should demonstrate the applicant’s commitment to WELC’s mission and advocacy, and their motivation to work in this position and public interest environmental law generally. Applicants are strongly encouraged to tell us who they are as a human being, why they care about conservation work, and why they are interested in this position.

For more information about WELC, please visit www.westernlaw.org

To apply for this job please visit westernlaw.applicantpro.com.

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