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Now Hiring: Environmental Communications Director

Do you love storytelling and protecting our shared environment? Do you pride yourself on having perfect grammar and keeping up with the latest social media trends? If so, this opportunity might be perfect for you.

We are Orange County’s leading water watchdog organization, and we’re looking for the right person to help tell our story.


The communications director will serve as an internal project manager, working closely with Coastkeeper’s internal staff to develop, lead and execute strategic communications across all channels – including email marketing, social media, website and media relations.


  • Serve a critical role in communications strategy
    • Create strategies to take advantage of milestone moments to protect water quality and change policy
    • Plan and organize content for all channels in communications calendar and direct staff to relay important information needed for effective communications
    • Work closely with senior leadership to devise messaging to protect the organization’s reputation and brand
    • Develop and implement overall communications strategy at Coastkeeper
    • Generate ideas to drive community engagement on critical environmental issues in the region
    • Recruit and mentor a team of volunteer communications interns to expand capacity of the communications team
  • Be the voice of Coastkeeper
    • Write and publish regular content for social media, website and email newsletters
    • Daily engage with our followers on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn
    • Design and execute online fundraising and awareness campaigns for Coastkeeper programs
    • Build and publish blogs in WordPress, and regularly update website homepage and program pages
    • Build and send monthly email newsletters in Nationbuilder
    • Design fliers and graphics to promote programs and events – both print and electronic
    • Build relationships with Orange County, regional and national reporters to conduct media relations
    • Serve as an on-site media contact and greet reporters at press events
    • Respond to and coordinate news media inquiries and requests
    • Prepare Coastkeeper staff for phone or in-person interviews with local reporters
  • Measure results
    • Analyze social media, email and website analytics and create quarterly performance reports and recommended actions
    • Develop email list contact management strategies in Nationbuilder
  • Be an expert
    • Read about local and regional water quality and water supply issues
    • Meet with staff regularly and become familiar with Coastkeeper programs
    • Stay up-to-date on emerging trends and best practices for email and social media strategy


  • 5-10 years of communications experience related to environmental issues or policy advocacy
  • Excellent writing skills and perfect grammar
  • Bring creative ideas to the table
  • Ability to lead by example and motivate a team
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Willingness to learn
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced office setting
  • Detail-oriented
  • Independent worker
  • Ability to multitask
  • Experience managing social media and WordPress websites (HTML skills a plus!)
  • Knowledge of water quality and environmental issues
  • Commitment to protecting swimmable, drinkable, fishable and sustainable waters
  • Love what you do


  • Bachelor’s degree in Communications, English, Journalism or Marketing


  • Full-time position, 40 hours/week
  • Normal office hours M-F, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Salary range: $65,000 to $80,000 – dependent on experience

Apply by sending your resume and cover letter to [email protected] before July 28, 2019. Applications without cover letters will not be considered.