Communications Manager, Energy Transition

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About Climate Nexus  

Climate Nexus is a nonprofit strategic communications group dedicated to changing the conversation on climate change and clean energy solutions in the United States. Climate Nexus is seeking a Communications Manager to join our Energy Transition team focused on the power sector and clean energy. 

Our Energy Transition team uses strategic communications to advance clean energy and clean transportation and prevent or respond to opposition arguments and disinformation. In this position, the Communications Manager will work closely with the Associate Director, Energy Transition to ensure that renewable energy deployment and its many benefits – health, equity, economic, climate – are regularly reflected in media, public, and policymaker conversations. 

Climate Nexus was created to be the behind-the-scenes connector to ensure coherent, effective climate communications and to elevate the work of a broad network of partners, including environmental justice allies, cities and state leaders, technical experts, and more. Climate Nexus provides pro bono support to organizations that work on climate change and clean energy and believes the “story” of climate change is the foundation on which meaningful action is built. Our job is to tell that story to as many people as possible.  

Climate Nexus is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace and considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to age, sex, ethnicity, religion, disability, sexual orientation or gender identity, military/veteran status, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law. We strongly encourage candidates of all backgrounds, identities, and experiences to apply, especially people from communities that have been historically underrepresented in the energy, climate and environmental sectors. 

Why apply

With Congress’ passage of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and the Inflation Reduction Act,  there’s never been a more exciting time to work in the clean energy field. The benefits of renewable energy go beyond climate and are relevant to all human systems, including job creation, resilience for overburdened communities, and significant public health improvements. The transition to a clean energy economy presents an opportunity to dismantle our polluting fossil fuel grid that has notoriously and repeatedly put frontline communities and communities of color in harm’s way, and instead build a decentralized, pollution-free, and equitable system of energy deployment that benefits marginalized communities. We believe that these communities must be centered in the work we do. The energy transition will only succeed if it is done in a just and inclusive way. 

About the role

Climate Nexus is seeking a smart and passionate communications manager with a track record of partnership building and relationship development particularly with underrepresented groups and experience in media relations and strategic communications, who is excited to jump feet first into advancing renewable energy. The best candidate will love geeking out over new technology, thinking creatively and thoughtfully about opportunities and challenges facing the build out of clean energy, considering equity as a primary component of the transition, and connecting with a diverse and intersectional set of stakeholders (e.g., frontline community members, energy justice advocates, experts of color, public health groups) who wish to help drive policy change for an equitable and reliable clean energy grid. 

The Communications Manager, Energy Transition will work to build and foster a network of frontline and diverse partner groups who will benefit from clean energy in their communities. We refer to the groups we work with as “partners,” and are here to support their communications success with help with strategy, writing, research, design, media pitching, training, and more. While we work with a range of partners, this role will have a particular focus on serving frontline, diverse, and otherwise underrepresented groups. These relationships will be developed through participation in coalitions, independent outreach to groups and leaders, and may involve travel to conferences, events, and strategic meetings. 

The Communications Manager will additionally be working with the Associate Director, Energy Transition on general clean energy communications projects. This will be done through media monitoring and outreach, rapid response, partner engagement, digital media strategy, spokesperson development including media training, and the production of products like media notes and pitches, message guidance, talking points, background materials, a weekly newsletter, and digital products. 

The Communications Manager is currently a grant-funded position. We have received 2 years of funding for this work to date, but plan to integrate it into Climate Nexus’ core, ongoing programmatic work.

Responsibilities

  • Monitoring mainstream and digital media about clean energy to identify trends, storylines, and spokespeople on the clean energy transition and in particular the transition’s impacts (both positive, neutral, and negative) on historically marginalized  communities 
  • Develop relationships with reporters and pitch them on clean energy stories particularly uplifting diverse spokespeople and storylines about a just transition
  • Conduct a landscape assessment to identify diverse groups and spokespeople on clean energy, and build a spokesperson bank to pitch to reporters 
  • Developing relationships with clean energy equity groups 
  • Offer strategic communications advisory services to clean energy partners, including advising on product launches, communications strategy, reporter engagement, polling, media training, and more 
  • Help edit a weekly clean energy newsletter, and develop other content like message guidance and social media posts

Attributes

Required: 

  • 4-6 years experience in strategic communications, journalism, grassroots, environmental justice, or other organizing and advocacy work 
  • Passionately committed to positive social change through a just transition to a clean energy economy to address historic racial, gender, and other systemic injustices perpetuated by the existing energy system 
  • Strong relationship- and trust-building skills, with experience working with historically marginalized  communities or otherwise under-represented groups
  • Strong communication skills, ability to convey ideas, and thinking clearly and concisely
  • Flexible and able to move quickly on fast-breaking assignments
  • Active interest in engaging in diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) work within Climate Nexus
  • Ability to translate complex energy concepts for the media and lay audiences 
  • Strong research skills, ability to write persuasively and find and cite primary sources 

Preferred: 

  • Bilingual (Spanish-preferred) 
  • Climate justice or clean energy background 

Location

Flexible within the United States. Climate Nexus has an office in New York City, although our staff is able to work fully remote. Occasional travel to our New York office may be required. 

While we value work/life balance, due to the nature of news this role will sometimes require work outside traditional hours. 

Salary Range

Approximately $70,000-77,000, commensurate with experience. Climate Nexus offers a robust benefits package, including 4 weeks of paid vacation, additional personal leave, and unlimited sick time; standard health, dental, and vision packages; generous employer contributions to 401k retirement accounts; parental leave; and commuter transit benefit.

Application Process

Interested applicants are invited to submit a resume and cover letter to [email protected] with “Communications Manager, Energy Transition” in the subject. 

Applications are being accepted until October 22, 2022. Due to the anticipated volume of interest, we regret that we cannot respond to every applicant. 

Climate Nexus is a fiscally sponsored project of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, Inc., an equal opportunity employer.