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Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness is currently hiring for the following position:

  • Communications Director


Communications Director

Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness is seeking a full-time communications director.

SUMMARY

The Communications Director manages the communications strategy and activities of the Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness. The Communications Director communicates with supporters, partner organizations, media, and the public via numerous channels. The Communications Director often represent the organization publicly, and supports the rest of the staff in doing so. This position uses project management skills to build a coalition of communications professionals within peer and partner organizations to maximize our impact.

PRIMARY RELATIONSHIPS

  • Works closely with the Executive Director on the organization’s overall communications and engagement strategies
  • Works in close support of other staff and committees of the Board of Directors to ensure that all organizational messages are consistent with the Friends’ mission and core work
  • Builds member engagement in support of all phases of the Friends’ work
  • Serves as a liaison to peer and partner organizations to advance the Friends’ mission and communications strategy

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Create, execute, and evaluate an organizational strategic communications plan integrated with fundraising and programs
  • Write and edit with quick turn-around times media releases, advocacy-oriented emails, online petitions, opinion pieces, and letters to the editor
  • Update and maintain website content using WordPress content management system; manage relationship with website developer
  • Manage print publications, including managing vendors (printers, graphic designers, and photographers)
  • Manage Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts, including organic and paid strategies, day-to-day implementation, and evaluation
  • Produce a monthly e-newsletter
  • Assist with management of CRM database including creation of groups and management of email segmentation strategies
  • Develop relationships with reporters and pitch media stories
  • Serve as point of contact for the organization to all media; prepare Friends staff for interviews and media opportunities
  • Monitor media outlets for relevant news and information and disseminate
  • Coordinate advertising and public relations campaigns with contractors, as needed
  • Stay up-to-date on evolving and emerging tools and adapt strategy as needed
  • Represent the Friends in coalitions relating to our work
  • Work with other staff to develop and execute public events
  • Contribute to advocacy strategy and policy implementation
  • Other duties as needed

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s degree in Communications or related field
  • Three or more years’ experience managing the communications of an organization
  • A track record of successfully pitching stories and effectively working with news media
  • Strong and efficient writing skills, including press releases and opinion pieces
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks and meet deadlines while remaining detail oriented
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated experience managing strategic communications programs on complex issues
  • An excellent, tactful listener with a willingness to seek solutions and an ability to recognize when others need to be involved in activities or decisions
  • Strong initiative
  • Proficiency in the computer software, programs, and applications needed to effectively meet the job responsibilities
  • Ability to handle confidential information
  • Experience managing websites (WordPress), social media, and digital assets such as photos and video
  • Willing to be a flexible member of a small but effective and passionate team that creates impact above its size, including some evening and weekend work
  • Comfort working in an entrepreneurial environment that is fast-paced
  • Passion for preserving the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and its ecosystem

PREFERRED ATTRIBUTES

  • Experience working at a communications or public relations firm
  • Basic familiarity with HTML and CSS
  • Sense of humor

TO APPLY

Please submit cover letter, resume, three references, and writing samples (no more than two) to:

Submit cover letter, resume, three references and writing samples (no more than three; write “Communications Director Position” in the subject line) by April 27 to:

Chris Knopf
Executive Director
chris@friends-bwca.org


Internship Program

The Friends offers a variety of unique internships that provide students an opportunity to gain practical experience working with a high-impact non-profit and develop workplace skills in membership, policy, and communications. Internship positions are part-time (typically 10-12 hours per week) and are offered in the spring, summer, and fall.

For more information about internship opportunities or applications, contact the internship coordinator.


Conservation Fellows Partnership

The Conservation Fellows Partnership is a 10-month program for high school students of color that aligns with the academic year. As a part of the program, students work with the Friends to learn about addressing conservation issues and assist with advocacy and outreach initiatives. To learn more about the Conservation Fellows Partnership, visit the program page on our website.