Communications Director Published: November 22, 2022
Skill Level
Senior Level
Job Type
Communications / PR / Program Management
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We are hiring a Communications Director to lead our organizational communications department, and help us hold some of the world's biggest corporate and government polluters to account. Over the past two years,'s campaigns to shift polluting industries, protect biodiversity hotspots, and transition communities off fossil fuels have grown in size and scope - and we're looking for someone who can help us significantly scale up our reach and impact across both traditional and digital media.

If you're just as comfortable developing a big vision for strategic communications and pitching stories, you love leading teams and mentoring other staff, and you're passionate about large-scale transformative solutions to the climate crisis, then read on! This might be the perfect role for you.

About is a nonprofit environmental organization working to create a world where respect for people and the environment comes first. Our campaigns challenge destructive corporate and governmental practices, demand accountability, and create solutions that support all of us - and the environment and climate upon which we depend. Stand's strategic approach and fierce determination have yielded extraordinary results: Since 2000, we've secured the protection of 65 million acres of wilderness, shifted billions of dollars of corporate purchasing toward responsible options, and transformed the environmental practices of more than 100 major U.S. corporations. operates in the United States and Canada.

Stand recognizes and respects the sovereignty of First Nations and tribes, as well as the rights of Indigenous Peoples and frontline communities. These communities are often first and most directly impacted by environmental pollution and climate change, and they provide critical leadership in developing solutions.

Pollution, climate change, and corporations' bad behavior disproportionately hurts the most marginalized people in society - including people of color, people from working class backgrounds, people with disabilities, women and LGBTQ+ people. To develop transformative solutions, these communities must be centered in the work we do. Hence, we strongly encourage applications from people with these identities or who are members of other historically marginalized communities. If you require assistance applying to this opportunity, please contact

The Position

The Communications Director will be an expert in their field, fueled by a passion to win campaigns by engaging a variety of audiences through traditional and digital media. Reporting to the Chief Communications Officer (CCO), the Communications Director will play a key role leading our growing communications department. They will also be embedded within a few highly collaborative campaign teams and work closely with development and digital teams, as well as campaign staff.

This is a full-time exempt position with excellent benefits. Salary will be commensurate with experience and location, and will likely be within the range of $90,000 to $125,000 USD.

Ideally this role will be based in the US but we are open to international candidates who are comfortable working Pacific, Mountain or Eastern time zones. We have a well established and robust virtual culture and most Stand employees work virtually. If you are local to one of our hub offices, you also have the option to use those spaces. All staff can expect to travel periodically for in-person team meetings, retreats, and strategic leadership gatherings.

To Apply

We invite you to read the full scope of the position below and submit your resume using the quick apply button. Selected candidates will be asked to submit a cover letter and may be asked to participate in a time-bound anonymous skills assessment. We encourage applicants to apply by October 7, 2022. This position is open until filled.

Key Responsibilities

  • Work closely with CCO to develop and manage implementation of an international communication strategy to build corporate, political, and societal influence for
  • Work closely with CCO to develop and implement internal and external communications
  • Lead and manage a highly collaborative communications team (currently three media directors, and a portfolio of contractors), holding responsibility for the budget and planning process
  • Manage the development and oversee implementation of media strategies for our suite of campaigns, with focused work on specific campaigns like SAFE Cities, Amazon Rainforest, or our Fashion/Coal Campaign campaigns
  • Oversee external strategic communications efforts targeted at increasing's media profile and impact through storytelling, long-form pitching and other proactive and reactive media tactics with a view to especially raise profiles of key leadership staff
  • Build long-term relationships with reporters and influencers relevant to your campaign work - including media outlets in the US and internationally, with a focus on Europe and South America -and train and support other communications staff and campaigners to do the same
  • Work collaboratively with the CCO, Stand's Profile Building, Digital Innovation Development, and Community Engagement teams, and campaign directors to ensure Stand's public communications across all channels are aligned with the organization's strategic plan and are consistent with building's brand
  • Work with Stand's JEDI team, campaigns, and Profile team to manage public-facing materials including web content, and socialize a refreshed style guide and brand assets catalog in conjunction with a website redesign set to conclude in Fall 2022
  • Monitor media coverage and analyze media trends, regularly reporting back to staff on press related outcomes to our work and organization
  • Lead on creating compelling and creative campaign content for media across your portfolio of campaigns, and support the department on other campaigns - including press releases, blogs, op-eds, and talking points
  • Work with the Digital Director of Campaign Strategies to shape the digital storytelling for the organization across all our social media accounts
  • Act as an ambassador on behalf of by representing the organization at key events, both internally and externally, and serving as one of's primary storytellers

Who you'll be

  • Experienced in communications or public relations, with a proven track record of at least 8 years of identifying and pursuing opportunities that land high-profile media coverage
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and nurture strong professional relationships across the organization as well as with external stakeholders and journalists
  • A great written and verbal communicator and strong copy editor with experience succinctly conveying complex messages, and developing creative and strategic content that meets campaign goals
  • Familiar with the international and US media landscape, with relationships with journalists from key outlets that cover political, environment, corporate, climate change and Indigenous issues
  • An effective and supportive manager, who can foster a positive and collaborative team environment while helping manage your team's workload by setting and tracking key priorities, and holding the big picture
  • Comfortable working in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial, and primarily virtual, work environment where ideas, rapid response, and follow-through are core team values
  • Passionate about climate justice and environmental protection, and energized by the thought of convincing governments and corporations to make meaningful and lasting change
  • Committed to equity, racial justice, authentic communications, and continual learning
  • Once the threat of COVID has passed, you'll need to be able to travel up to 20% of the time

There isn't a formal educational requirement for the role, and there will be opportunities for learning and professional development.

In addition, it's nice but not essential for you to have some of the following skills or experiences:

  • Fluency in spoken and written Spanish.
  • Deep familiarity with the media landscape and reporter relationships in California.
  • Familiarity with the media landscape and reporter relationships in Ecuador and Peru.
  • Strong skills in graphic design, photography and/or video editing.
  • Experienced at developing targeted communication strategies for Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and other social media outlets.
  • HTML and web editing experience.
  • Experience working or volunteering on issues of climate, environmental protection and/or environmental justice, corporate accountability and in particular working on campaigns to stop fossil fuel projects.
  • Experience in, or knowledge of, community organizing, or experience working closely with communities affected by our campaigning issues, including people at the front lines of extractives mega-projects and in particular Indigenous communities.
  • Experience with ground support for non-violent direct and arrestable actions
  • Experienced using Meltwater, Cision, or a similar media monitoring platform.

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