Wild Animal Initiative is seeking a Communications Manager to work directly with our leadership team to develop our content strategy and production across a variety of platforms. We’re looking for a communications generalist who can scale our outreach to academic researchers, nonprofit collaborators, and prospective donors. The ideal candidate will have 5 years of communications experience, 2 years of public relations experience, and a history of connecting with scientific audiences. This is a full-time, fully remote, US-based position on a small, flexible team that is looking to double in size over the next year.
- Application deadline: 9:00 am EDT (UTC-4) on June 14, 2021.
- Start date: August 1, 2021.
- Terms of employment: Full time (approximately 40 hours per week), exempt.
- Salary: $55,584-$67,936, depending on the approximate cost of living in your area.
- Location: Permanently remote. US or UK preferred. Must be able to closely collaborate with US team members working on Eastern Time and Central Time. Our organization is permanently remote, with staff in locations ranging from California to Sweden.
- Reports to: Deputy Director Cameron Meyer Shorb.
- Direct reports: Currently none, but personnel management will likely become part of the role as we build our team.
- Strategy: Spearhead the Communications Team’s strategic planning, working directly with senior leadership to set long-term goals, develop our audience, and maintain our brand.
- Program marketing: Plan and coordinate marketing campaigns to spread awareness of our services — including our grant-making, networking, and research support services — through targeted outreach to academic audiences and relevant institutions.
- Public and media relations: Launch and take charge of our earned media program, including maintaining relationships with the press and producing content for broad distribution.
- Other media: Support the Research Communications specialist by advising on and occasionally contributing to our website, blog, email campaigns, and social media.
- Comprehensive health and dental insurance.
- Four weeks of paid vacation, 12 holidays, two weeks of sick leave.
- A fully remote work environment that allows you to choose when and where you work, including a stipend of up to $2,000 for home office expenses.
- A friendly, open work culture that encourages feedback, collaboration, and experimentation.
- Opportunities for advancement as our team and programs continue their growth trajectory.
For full description and application instructions, visit www.wildanimalinitiative.org/careers.
The success of our mission depends on the diversity of our team. We strongly encourage people of every color, age, orientation, gender, origin, and physical ability to apply.
- Work experience: 5 years of experience in relevant communications roles, including at least two years of experience in public relations (Preferred: marketing agency experience).
- Pitching: Demonstrated ability to build media relationships and successfully place stories in prominent publications.
- Science communications: Demonstrated ability to communicate technical information in a way that is simultaneously compelling to experts and accessible to non-experts.
- Storytelling: Demonstrated ability to shape clear, effective, and engaging narratives from ideation to delivery.
- Cross-functional work: Demonstrated ability to coordinate communications work across earned, owned, shared, and paid media.
- (Preferred) Management: 2 years experience managing direct reports working across multiple channels.
- (Preferred) Relevant scientific experience: Work, volunteer, or course experience in conservation, environmental sciences, biology, or related fields.
- (Preferred) Press contacts: A strong network of relationships with journalists at publications read by scientists and academics.
- (Preferred) Graphic design: Ability to design and produce digital graphic materials for our website, social media, or marketing.
- (Preferred) Public speaking: Comfortable and effective at speaking in front of live audiences with or without rehearsal.
- Vocational range: Enthusiasm for moving between high-level strategy, project management, and detailed execution.
- Attention to detail: Exceptional attention to detail, especially in the domains of copy-editing and graphic design review.
- Remote work: Ability to thrive in a remote work environment.
- Mission motivation: Commitment to furthering our mission of understanding and improving the lives of wild animals by developing an academic field focused on welfare rather than naturalness.
- Start-up mentality: Comfort making decisions under uncertainty, experimenting with new approaches, and adapting to a quickly changing environment.