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Communications Director

Salary Range: $85,000 to $100,000 (dependent on experience)

Location: This full-time position is for immediate hire and can be based in any of the following locations: Denver, CO, Portland, OR, Seattle, WA, Missoula, MT, and Tucson, AZ

Deadline for Applications: March 8th, 2021 and will be considered on a rolling basis

Are you a Guardian for public lands, waters, and the wildlife that rely on those lands and waters?

Are you a great visual, verbal and written communicator who wants to lead a team that can create compelling communications? Do you have a passion for all things environmental that you want to proclaim from a rooftop, a short film, news release, or even, with a tweet? Do you possess a special magic that can move varied audiences (elected officials, our membership, the media) to connect to the important work of WildEarth Guardians? If so, this leadership position may be for you!


WildEarth Guardians is a west-wide nonprofit environmental advocacy organization headquartered in Santa Fe, NM with offices in Denver, CO, Missoula, MT, Boise, ID, Seattle, WA, Tucson, AZ, and Portland, OR. With a 30-year history of bold environmental action, the organization wages innovative legal, political, and grassroots campaigns to protect and restore wildlife, wild places, wild rivers, and community health in the American West.


WildEarth Guardians seeks a full-time Communications Director who will play an integral role in elevating the organization’s profile through the use of both innovative and conventional communications strategies and tactics. A qualified candidate must have the knowledge and skills in values-based story-telling, paired with a commitment to the Guardians’ statement on justice, equity, diversity and inclusion. A successful candidate will demonstrate proven skills as a strategic thinker and communicator, in a progressive-minded organization.

The Communications Director will be responsible for leading Guardians’ overall marketing, branding, and media strategy, while managing the daily urgency of the news cycle. Guardians and the staff already engage in substantial communications work. The Communications Director will be critical for enhancing the quality and impact of this work to ensure greater success toward meeting organizational goals.

The Communications Director will inspire, manage and strategically advise and supervise a staff of 2 people and will soon be responsible for hiring a third staffer. The Communications Director role is supervised by the Executive Director.



The Communications Director will:

  • Help to create and communicate the organization’s messages while ensuring brand consistency.
  • Collaborate with other organizational staff to produce high-impact communications that influence the social and political narrative about the important national, regional, and local issues in which they are engaged.

Communications Work and Organizational Leadership:

  •  Works with program, fundraising, and communications staff to generate online content and develop innovative communications.
  • Executes an aggressive, creative and integrated earned media strategy working primarily with program and campaign staff.
  • Develops visionary and creative approaches to communications that include, but are not limited to, film, radio, print and social media, in order to market the organization to policy makers, thought leaders and prospective donors.
  •  Creates metrics to evaluate, and evolve existing communications, and manage execution of communications to create momentum and awareness.
  • The Director guides and coordinates with program leaders to create communications that fulfill their project goals while building overall brand awareness.
  • Ensures that all program, fundraising, and communications materials present a consistent and cohesive brand, while managing competing priorities.


  •  Directly supervise the communications team, create a culture of teamwork, support, and professional development.
  • Collaboratively manages and directs staff in order to achieve the organization’s strategic goals.


  • The Communications Director is responsible for overseeing the organization’s digital strategy in order to contribute to the success of campaigns.
  • Decides the best platforms, timing, and methods to disseminate new creative material.
  •  Mentors and leads team members and is responsible for e-platform administration, execution, and coordination.
  •  Coordinates e-platform maintenance—ensure that new information (article links, stories, and events) is posted regularly.
  • Evaluates current platforms for efficacy and coordinates with Associate Director to potentially migrate to a different Donor Management Systems.
  • Develops and maintains a system to respond to inputs and sends high quality and accurate e-communications appropriately.


  • Creatively imagines, coordinates and manages the development, distribution, and maintenance of all print collateral including, but not limited to: newsletters, brochures, annual reports, fact sheets etc.


  •  Assists with organizational fundraising efforts as needed.

Qualifications, Knowledge & Skills:
The Communications Director will be a resourceful and resilient communications strategist, with a successful track record of efficiently managing priorities, including the following:

  • A strong track record as an exceptional communicator and implementer who thrives on managing a variety of key initiatives concurrently.
  •  Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism, Communications/Media/Marketing/ Writing/Advertising or related field.
  • Five+ years of experience in a similar communications, marketing or creative director role, managing all main aspects of the communication processes.
  • Experience managing a small team is necessary.
  • Experience in designing and implementing strategic communications plans for organizing advocacy campaigns.
  • Exceptional writing, editing and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Proficiency with Mac-based word-processing tools and google analytics.
  • Proficiency and know-how in connecting with local and national media.
  • Knowledge of conservation issues in the American West.
  • Strong computer operating skills, including videoconferencing for virtual team meetings.
  • Versatility with social media strategy, google analytics and digital best practices.
  • Comfort using social media platforms: (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.
  • Some national travel is required.

Compensation and Benefits

This impactful role offers the opportunity to work with devoted, mission-driven professionals. WildEarth Guardians offers a competitive starting annual base salary of $85,000 to $100,000 (dependent on experience), a friendly and flexible team-based environment with an excellent benefits package. You will have flexibility to select benefits based on your personal preferences, your family situation, and/or your financial objectives.

Benefits include full health, vision, dental, life, and disability coverage, a 403(b)retirement plan with a 3% match, paid and un-paid health and family leave, a sabbatical policy, sick leave, three weeks paid vacation to start, and fourteen holidays including your birthday.


For immediate consideration, please email your resume and a cover letter describing your professional background, qualifications and affirmation of the salary range offered above to the attention of Ana D’Amore, Executive Recruiter, at adparse@scionstaffing.com.
All applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States.

Please respect our anonymous hiring process, and apply through the web portal rather than contacting Guardians staff directly.  Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.

WildEarth Guardians is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, class, sex, gender, sexual orientation, disability, family/marital status, religion or other protected classes. We especially encourage applications from persons of color, women and LGBTQ+ candidates.

JEDI Vision Statement

WildEarth Guardians recognizes that numerous communities continue to be underrepresented in the environmental movement. Lack of access, lack of opportunity, and disparity of power in decisions affecting our shared planet is an injustice. This document represents our commitment to change that state of affairs by changing the culture of our own organization.

As advocates for the health of the natural world, WildEarth Guardians affirms biodiversity, ecological unity, and the interdependence of all life. We believe that diversity, whether of ecosystems, cultures, or peoples, is a strength. We affirm the right to a clean, safe, and healthy environment. We affirm the right to live free from the threat of ecosystem collapse. We recognize this right is not equally realized among all.

We work to ensure that the American West’s landscapes, wildlife, rivers, and climate will be protected so that future generations of people, plants, and animals can thrive in and be nourished by the natural world. We work to ensure that ecosystems will be respected and managed responsibly and sustainably; that the natural and human environment is restored to the benefit of all people and living things; and that no community should bear disproportionate risks of environmental harm due to demographic characteristics or economic conditions.

Power to manage lands and waters is being seized and consolidated by special interests. We must reverse this trend that threatens lands, waters, and Western communities.

WildEarth Guardians commits to becoming a more equitable, just, and inclusive organization. As we engage in this ongoing process, we commit to celebrating diversity, buoying inclusivity, and striving towards equity. We commit to integrity and accountability by continuing to seek out new training opportunities and in nurturing equity and inclusion throughout our organizational practices. We adopt Environmental Justice principles to guide our advocacy and outreach. We strive to confront injustice by welcoming a wide variety of voices as we defend the vulnerable from the powerful. We embrace opportunities to bring together as many people as we can to create a more just, beautiful, and equitable world. We are learning how to better bolster issues of equity while confronting environmental injustice, and we make this solemn promise that our actions will become consistent with our words.