Director of Media Strategy

director of media strategy job

About Climate Nexus and the Campaign & Strategies team

Climate Nexus is a nonprofit strategic communications group dedicated to changing the conversation on climate change and clean energy solutions in the United States. It 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 youth groups, environmental justice allies, cities and state leaders, 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.

Why work with us 

There has never been a more important time to be working on climate change; both the public will and the urgent need for action, especially intersectional action that centers equity, are high. But opposition forces are stalling critical policy action on climate. We need the help of talented, committed and justice-oriented individuals to reverse this trend and seize this opportunity for climate action. 

About the role

Climate Nexus is seeking a conscientious leader and strong communicator with a commitment to serving diverse, impacted communities as our next Director of Media Strategy for the Campaigns & Strategies team in Washington, D.C.

Our team leads long-term narrative campaigns to change public perception and accelerate the transition from fossil fuels. We are currently engaged in a project to support frontline groups — especially groups led by Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) — working to stop expansion of methane gas infrastructure in the United States with resources and capacity. We specialize in media outreach and messaging, partnerships and coalition management, government affairs and politics, research and polling, and opposition strategy. 

RESPONSIBILITIES 

  • Lead media strategy and communications for the Climate Nexus Campaigns & Strategies team, and help craft organizational strategy and messaging in line with the Climate Nexus mission and values. 
  • Manage communications team members, including assigning tasks, balancing workloads, editing and project oversight, and performance evaluation. 
  • Work with senior communications and campaign leaders from partner organizations and campaign coalitions — including groups from marginalized and BIPOC communities — to develop, coordinate, and execute communications strategies. 
  • Develop and execute media and strategic communications plans in support of the Campaigns & Strategies team’s core workstreams. 
  • Create communications, messaging, and digital strategies to preemptively address emerging issues and strengthen the competitive position of environmental and clean energy stakeholders. 
  • Translate research and data into compelling communications products to influence public opinion, policy debates, and media coverage.
  • Engage and build relationships with journalists who cover beats related to climate change, clean energy, and environmental justice, and expand and influence coverage by non-climate/energy beat reporters.
  • Active interest in engaging in diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) work within Climate Nexus, including ensuring equity is central to team strategy and communications work.

ATTRIBUTES

Required:

  • Creative, imaginative, and strategic thinker. Entrepreneur in communications approaches across media platforms (print, broadcast, web, social).
  • Persuasive communicator with outstanding interpersonal and verbal and written communication skills, including ability to communicate effectively across differences. Able to guide others to create and deliver powerful content. 
  • Demonstrates strong proactive leadership. Delegates appropriately while remaining flexible and willing to pitch in to achieve goals and meet deadlines. 
  • Inclusive management style that provides opportunities for collaboration with and growth for staff.
  • Exhibits political savvy and maturity. Strong stakeholder and coalition management skills with ability to work effectively within complex environments.  
  • Demonstrated general cultural competency and ability to respectfully communicate across racial, ethnic, cultural, and other lines of differences. Recognizes the existence of historic injustice and how that manifests in the workplace and hiring practices, and is interested in working to address it, including through intersectional movements. Role models these behaviors for direct reports/teams and external stakeholders.

Preferred:

  • Has at least 10 years of experience in communications, public relations, and/or media relations, journalism, politics, or campaigns. Capitol Hill experience is a plus, but not essential.
  • Understands the climate and clean energy landscape, including policy issues,  political context, industry/market developments, and cultural environment. 
  • Well-connected with journalists who cover issues related to climate and clean energy. Is knowledgeable about news gathering techniques and story development, placement, and presentation.
  • Ability to lead media trainings and communications briefings. 
  • Preference for seasoned professionals with prior experience in issues, brand, and/or crisis management.

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.

Location: Flexible. Climate Nexus has Washington, D.C. and New York City offices, although our staff is currently fully remote. Remote candidates will be considered, although occasional travel to our New York and D.C. offices will be required when it is safe. 

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

Salary range: $125,000-$155,000, commensurate with experience. Climate Nexus offers a generous benefits package, including paid vacation, personal and sick leave; standard health, dental, and vision packages; generous employer contributions to 401k retirement accounts; parental leave; commuter transit benefit.

Applicants should submit a resume and cover letter to [email protected], with “Director of C&S Media Strategy” in the subject line. Climate Nexus is a fiscally sponsored project of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, Inc., an equal opportunity employer.