Director, Strategic Communications – The Water Hub at Climate Nexus

Director, Strategic Communications - The Water Hub at Climate Nexus

The Water Hub is seeking a seasoned communications leader to help build the public and political will needed to solve some of the West’s most pressing water challenges. The Water Hub was created to elevate water as a public health, economic and social justice issue, in addition to an environmental concern. We will work to increase the quantity and quality of water news while raising the profile of our partner organizations. 

The Water Hub is housed at Climate Nexus, a strategic communications organization working to change the conversation on climate. We can draw on a range of Climate Nexus capabilities, including public opinion polling, message testing, and creative content production. 

At a time when so many stories center on conflict, the Water Hub works to create new narratives of progress and possibility, spotlighting the water solutions taking root from urban neighborhoods to forests and farmland. We will also work to broaden the conversation, uplifting the voices and stories of frontline communities, Tribes, and other underrepresented groups. 

The Hub’s current geographic focus is the Western United States–specifically, California, Colorado, Utah, Nevada, New Mexico, and Arizona. Our team is currently based in the Bay Area, with the Managing Director commuting part time from Portland, OR. We are flexible on location for this position, but will prioritize candidates based in key Western water organizing hubs outside the Bay Area, including the Central Valley, Los Angeles, Denver, Las Vegas, Phoenix, and Tucson. 

The Director will be part of a collaborative team that will grow this summer to five members (we are currently hiring an Associate in addition to the Director). The Director will work closely with the Managing Director to identify needs and opportunities in their region, provide on-call support to partners, and plan projects that support both near-term policy wins and longer-term narrative change. 

Responsibilities 

  • Lead communications and partner outreach strategy for the Water Hub in your region
  • Network with water, health, equity, and conservation groups in your area to understand the advocacy landscape and build relationships with prospective partners
  • Proactively track news and digital conversations about water to identify communications opportunities 
  • Provide on-call support to partner groups, including media and message strategy, writing, pitching and coaching
  • Work with colleagues to design and execute narrative projects, including videos, digital campaigns, op-ed and blog series, etc.
  • Design and lead workshops in person and via webinar to build the skills of partner groups
  • Contribute to the team’s overall strategy and systems, including helping to track results, invite partner feedback, and report on our impact 
  • Build and maintain relationships with relevant journalists, bloggers, and editors  

Attributes

  • Passion for advocacy and for creating a more just and sustainable world
  • Creative and entrepreneurial; excited to help create something impactful
  • Able to receive feedback with openness and humility
  • Effective network and relationship builder, with existing connections in the water, conservation, equity, or health space
  • Demonstrable commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Solid work ethic and good humor; willing to hustle and pitch in as needed

Skills and Experience

  • At least 8-10 years of experience in communications
  • Experience working on water, environmental justice, or a related issue
  • Outstanding interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills
  • Comfort working with both traditional and digital media
  • Ability to distill complex science or policy information into simple language that speaks to audience values
  • Skilled coach, trainer, and advisor

Compensation

  • The starting salary range for this position is $105-115k dependent on experience.
  • Generous benefits package, including paid personal and sick leave; health, dental and vision packages; employer contributions to 401k retirement account; parental leave; commuter transit benefit.

To Apply

We are working with a communications recruiting firm called Chaloner on this search. Please apply on their website here

About Climate Nexus

Climate Nexus is a fiscally sponsored project of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, Inc., an equal opportunity employer. Climate Nexus is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace and encourages qualified persons of diverse age, sex, ethnicity, religion, disability, sexual orientation or gender identity, or military or veteran status to apply.