The Center for Earth Ethics at Union Theological Seminary in New York is seeking applications for the newly created position of associate director of communications. The ideal candidate will demonstrate a commitment to climate advocacy and environmental justice as well as strong communications skills. The associate director will a key member of our small team, playing a central role in enhancing the visibility and awareness of CEE, its areas of focus and senior leaders, and CEE’s work confronting the climate crisis. This individual will be a skillful communicator, with a desire to build on their experience in social media, website design and maintenance, media relations, and digital/multimedia storytelling.
- Post CEE and earth ethics news on website and across multiple social media platforms
- Develop and write original content for CEE website and external media outlets
- Design, implement, and manage print and digital communications, including newsletters, press releases, digital marketing campaigns, reports and white papers, and advancement appeals
- Develop and produce multimedia content for a multitude of platforms
- Build and maintain database/network of journalists, thought leaders, and media outlets
- Perform general website maintenance as needed, ensuring website is maintained, up to date, and functional, with attention to SEO
- Maintain consistent communications in alignment with visual identity as well as culturally aware principles and practices
- Grow, organize, and maintain a database of photo and video assets
- Support in-person and virtual events
- Work occasionally in the evening and on weekends, as needed
- Other duties as required
Required Education and Experience
- Bachelor’s degree in relevant field, such as social ethics, climate justice, environmental science, religion, sociology, or communications
- At least two (2) years relevant work experience in communications, climate advocacy, environmental justice, not-for-profit administration, or higher education
- Master’s degree in relevant field, such as climate justice, environmental science, social ethics, religion, sociology, or communications
- 3-5 years relevant work experience in communications, climate advocacy, environmental justice, not-for-profit administration, or higher education
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
- Exceptional writing, editing, and communication skills
- Excellent organizational skills, problem-solving skills, and cultural competency
- Excellent computer skills, including knowledge of WordPress, Mailchimp, Microsoft Office Suite, and G-Suite programs
- Social media savvy with an understanding of various social media platforms, including Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter, and YouTube
- Ability to disseminate news and information to diverse audiences, including members of Indigenous communities
- Strong interpersonal skills with the capacity to communicate and collaborate with various stakeholders (e.g., staff, faculty, administration, thought leaders, community advocates and organizers), including Indigenous groups and other communities impacted by the climate crisis
- Ability to think strategically and analytically about communications and best practices
- Initiative, sound judgment, and ability to respond calmly and effectively to evolving tasks and priorities
- Ability to work both independently and on a team
- Strong willingness to learn and assist in a variety of capacities as needed
Additional Desired Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
- Knowledge of AP and Chicago styles
- Experience with Photoshop, Canva, or other graphic design software
This is a full-time position based in New York City, with flexibility to work remotely.
About the Center for Earth Ethics
The Center for Earth Ethics (https://centerforearthethics.org) works to change the dominant value system from one based on short-term material gain to one based on the long-term health of the whole community of life. We work through education, advocacy, and movement-building to raise public consciousness as well as to shift policy and culture. We connect individuals and groups through four areas of focus: sustainability and global affairs; environmental justice and civic engagement; Indigenous wisdom, values, and rights; and ecology, spirituality, and faith. We use our unique convening capacity to tackle pressing issues, not only to speak truth to power but also to amplify the voices of those building a different kind of power, often along the margins.
Compensation & Benefits
Compensation is $65,000 per year, with a competitive benefits package (including medical, dental, and vision).
How To Apply
If you have the qualifications we are looking for and are interested in joining a small, collegial team, we want to hear from you! Please submit (1) a cover letter, (2) a resume, and (3) two writing samples to [email protected].
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until a candidate is hired. Select candidates will be contacted and invited to participate in next steps in the selection process.
Union Theological Seminary is an Equal Opportunity Employer and acts in accordance with applicable laws in all our hiring and employment practices. Union considers applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, ability, marital status, sexual orientation, or any other protected factor under federal, state, or local law.