Communications Director – Environmental Health Coalition

Environmental Health Coalition (EHC) is a San Diego/Tijuana non-profit social and environmental justice organization dedicated to empowering people, organizing communities and achieving justice for low-income communities of color. We are an effective, results-oriented organization with a passion for social change. We have been making a difference in the lives of the individuals, families, and communities we serve for over 38 years.
EHC is seeking a skilled and dedicated communications professional to join our team. Working under the direction of the Executive Director, the Communications Director should be an excellent writer and editor; have a flair for social media and website proficiency, and a demonstrated ability to create bold, powerful, clear, and strategic social and environmental justice messages and effectively disseminate them using a wide range of communications tools and technology. The Communications Director must share a commitment to environmental, social and racial justice.
Primary Responsibilities
Communications Strategy, Vision & Leadership
 Develop and implement an integrated, organization-wide strategic communications plan to broaden awareness of EHC and campaigns and programs including Climate Justice, Toxic Free Neighborhoods, Border Environmental Justice, Healthy Kids and Fund Development
 Create a communications strategy that enables EHC to enhance meaningful relationships with targeted external audiences, including the media, public officials, community leaders, key influencers and donors
 Develop and execute all copy intended for public consumption, ensuring its alignment with the strategic communications plan
 Develop, write and execute strategic framing, messages and communications documents for campaigns and programs, including web content, email messages, action alerts, social media posts, blogs, speeches, presentations and press statements
 Train staff, board and community leaders to be spokespeople for public hearings, press
conferences, and interviews
 Promote, place and support speaking engagements for EHC representatives
 Work collaboratively with EHC staff, meeting regularly to develop and implement
communications strategy for program areas, such as drafting talking points, drafting op-eds, and pitching stories to advance our goals.

Communications Operations
 Develop and execute all print and branded materials
 Develop and execute all electronic communications, including EHC and EHJC’s website, monthly electronic newsletter, eblasts and other electronic communications
 Create materials for internal and external use by campaign teams, such as talking points, fact sheets, brochures, flyers, PowerPoint presentations, etc.
 Provide communications assistance to the Fund Development staff, including on appeal letters, annual event materials and visuals, and funder communications.
 Manage and maintain EHC and EHJC websites, including generating or soliciting new content, frequently updating existing pages, and working with webmaster
 Maintain an e-blast calendar of, including planning, writing,soliciting, and editing content
 Curate content and increase audience engagement on EHC’s social media channels
 Planning, managing, and creating social media and website content, including memes, design elements, interactive data presentations, and other content.
 Shooting and curating photos and videos for websites and social media pages
 Support EHC events, including developing and implementing communications strategies, promotional materials, publicity, program development and logistics.
 Manage communications-related contracts
Media Relations
 Serve as lead point person on media interactions to promote and impact the organization, actively cultivate and manage press relationships, and to ensure coverage of EHC issues
 Write and edit press releases, opinion pieces, and other materials for media and public
 Respond and coordinate responses to news media inquiries and requests.
 Plan and execute press conferences and other media events.
 Develop and pitch stories to mainstream and independent news media.
 Cultivate relationships with key reporters, editors, and producers locally, statewide, nationally and in Baja California to ensure coverage of EHC issues, programs, and events
 Identify media opportunities to promote campaign or program goals.
 Develop and implement strategies for securing earned media, including identifying opportunities, writing and developing press releases, maintaining a reporter database, pitching reporters, coordinate telepressers, assemble and distribute press packets.
Data Base/Contact List Management
 Develop and execute strategies to grow email lists
 Develop email analytics, seeking to improve email click-through rates and base building
 Knowledge of website editing programs, such as Joomla, and maneuvering a database
 Manage communications element of database, including management of email activities, responses, and bouncebacks.
 Serve as a member of the Database Team
Required Qualifications and Skills
 Minimum of 3 years of experience in the field of communications or public relations
 Established relationships and connections with Media
 Commitment to advancing social, environmental and economic justice
 Excellent writing skills – ability to write for a range of audiences and in a range of mediums
 Strong strategic and political analysis reflected in strong and passionate social and environmental justice messaging
 Excellent, detail-oriented project management skills
 Ability to work well both independently and with the staff team.
 Ability to multi-task and take on additional work as required, and within reason.
 Ability to work in fast-paced office setting.
 Internet fluency, web research a must.
 Strong working knowledge of Office Suite (Word, Excel, Power Point).
 Experience working with low-income communities and communities of color.
 Experience leading and participating on teams with shared responsibility for decision-making.
Preferred Qualifications and Skills
 Bilingual English-Spanish
 Design software skills (Adobe Creative Suite)
 Familiarity with CRM software such as CiviCRM
 Ability to develop multimedia materials including videos
Salary Range: $62,599 – 72,600, commensurate with experience
Benefits Include: health, dental and vision insurance, 401K plan, vacation and wellness leave Target Start Date: March 1, 2018, position to remain open until filled
Applications: Submit cover letter and resume to Environmental Health Coalition, Subject line should read: COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR followed by your name


Environmental Health Coalition is committed to equal opportunity for all persons without regard to sex, age, race, color, religion, creed, national origin, marital status, disability, or sexual orientation.
EHC is committed to maintaining a work environment that is free of unlawful discrimination and harassment. Accordingly, EHC does not tolerate unlawful discrimination against or harassment of any of our employees or others present at our facilities by anyone, including any supervisor, coworker, vendor, client, or customer of EHC.