Position Summary – Communications Manager
Long Live the Kings (LLTK) looks to welcome a new staff person who will use their communications expertise to help us build a movement with our partners and the public to advance science and implement solutions for salmon recovery and sustainable fisheries.
This is a new, full-time position focused on communicating our work and priorities, growing our constituent base, and ultimately influencing the trajectory of salmon recovery. The Communications Manager reports directly to the Director of Development and Communications and collaborates across all departments to craft and implement an effective and mission-centered communications strategy. This is expected to be a very hands-on position, leading LLTK’s communication work from top to bottom. As such, the role offers significant potential for leadership and career growth.
If you are a strategic, creative, and intersectional thinker, have experience growing constituencies, have developed communications plans, possess strong writing skills, and are excited to get into the community and engage with a wide range of stakeholders, we hope to hear from you.
LLTK’s mission is to restore wild salmon and steelhead and support sustainable fishing in the Pacific Northwest. Since 1986, we have been advancing science, improving management, and implementing solutions to balance the needs of fish and people. LLTK envisions a sustainable Northwest with a growing human population, a thriving economy, and flourishing salmon runs.
We have a 26-member Board of Directors, and 20 dedicated staff members. Of note, both staff and Board have recently begun a formal process of examining ourselves and our organization with a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion lens. Our intention is to do the short and long-term work so that we can authentically embrace DEI principles as a core value that drives the success of our people, our partners, and our work.
Staff are located in Seattle, on Hood Canal, and on Orcas Island, and work throughout western Washington and the Pacific Northwest. This role is based in downtown Seattle in our administrative offices but will be working remotely during Covid-19.
- Works with senior staff and Board to create short and long-term strategic communication plans; updates annually.
- Oversees strategic planning, messaging, content development and maintenance, and expansion of LLTK’s media presence.
- Works closely with the Executive Director and program staff to execute appropriate organizational and programmatic messaging for growth, exposure, and to be more agile and responsive to local, state and federal issues that impact salmon recovery.
- Works closely with the Development and Communications Director on donor outreach strategies and materials, and event messaging.
- Facilitates the Board Communications Committee to ensure timely and effective input on communication initiatives and platforms.
- Spearheads substantial list growth efforts.
- Identifies and successfully messages to specific target audiences.
- Supports the development and implementation of LLTK’s outreach and education programs.
- Oversees development and management of various communications platforms and collateral pieces: annual report, communication plans and campaigns, website, project 2-pagers, social media channels, blog, email marketing platform, newsletters, etc.
- Builds and maintains relationships with media outlets and influencers.
- Researches and maintains up-to-date information on the communications landscape for salmon recovery and natural resource management.
- Attends community events on behalf of Long Live the Kings.
- Oversees all aspects of the organization’s communications team, including: budgets, contractors and vendors, workflow, and dissemination of information to staff, Board Members and partners. • Networks with salmon recovery related entities locally, domestically, and internationally.
Required Skills & Qualifications
- Bachelor’s degree in a related field: English, journalism, communications, etc. or equivalent combination of experience, education, and training, and/or 3-5+ years’ experience in a similar position at a nonprofit, agency, academic institution, or corporation.
- Strong writer and storyteller, able to understand complex policy and scientific content to create compelling messaging for specific audiences, across a variety of platforms. • Experience creating strategic communication plans.
- Able to collaborate with government agencies and private sector partners to move mission forward and meet performance objectives.
- Demonstrated commitment to valuing diversity and contributing to an inclusive working and learning environment, or the willingness to quickly learn and do so.
- Knowledge of list growth best practices.
- Creative thinker ready to employ A/B testing and analyze data to drive messaging content and send frequency.
- Strong project manager with the ability to multitask, prioritize and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
- Excellent proofreading, writing and copy-editing skills.
- Expertise with Microsoft Office Suite, email marketing platforms, website development platforms, and content management systems. Basic web coding knowledge a plus.
- Ability to proactively communicate and work well with others in a professional office environment.
Desired Skills & Qualifications
- Excellent public presentation and interaction skills. • Passion for protecting and stewarding nature and wildlife.
- Experience working with, and building relationships with, domestic and international media (specifically in the environmental/conservation sector).
- Knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite products including Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator and other publishing software is preferred.
- Experience collaborating with development staff to create intersectional communications and fundraising plans.
- Prior environmental work experience. • Ability to work independently in a remote environment.
- Leadership role(s) in prior paid and/or volunteer, positions.
- Positivity, flexibility, and a sense of humor! We’re a small team, we enjoy working hard together and having fun while doing it.
Salary range is $63,500-$68,500, depending upon qualifications. Generous benefits provided including health, dental insurance, HRA, a 401k with matching opportunities (after one year of employment), and an ORCA Pass for commuting.
How to Apply
Please provide a resume and 1-page cover letter that describes your interest in this position, your relevant qualifications and experience, and your availability. Please also submit a brief writing sample written entirely by you (stories welcome!) Priority review given to applications received by 2/8; position open until filled. We look forward to receiving your materials, please send them to Minta Crafts, email@example.com. We’re a small team and politely request no follow-up calls or emails.