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The Communications Director is a shared position between Washington Environmental Council and Washington Conservation Voters. The core responsibility of the Communications Director is to advance the organizations’ missions by using all communications channels, tactics, and tools available. The Communications Director works with the CEO, presidents, program, political and development staff to develop and implement long-term communications goals and project-specific communications plans.

The Communications Director oversees a team of three communications staff to raise organizational profiles, build the universe of contacts we reach, and communicate to them about our work in a way that motivates them to support WEC and WCV through actions, donations, or both. The Communications Director works with the development team to ensure our outreach to donors is strong and on message; with our field team to build the universe of people we are able to reach and engage, and with our Legislative Director, policy, and political staff to ensure our earned and paid media support our long-term goals. The Communications Director reports to the CEO and is a member of the organizations’ Management Team.

Washington Conservation Voters (WCV) drives positive change to solve our state's most pressing environmental challenges. For almost 50 years, we have been a respected leader for environmental protection in the state, securing laws and policies that safeguard the health of our families and our environment. Our current program areas are: Climate and Clean Energy, People For Puget Sound, Evergreen Forests, and the Stand Up To Oil and Power Past Coal campaigns. We collaborate with partners and work with impacted communities to galvanize support and effectively advocate for change with key decision makers and leaders.

Washington Environmental Council (WEC) is the statewide political voice for the environment. We work to elect environmentally responsible candidates to state and local offices. Working with allies in the community, we advocate for strong environmental policies and hold our elected officials accountable during the legislative session. Through our political work, we are strengthening laws that safeguard the health of our communities, the beauty of our state and our economic future.

By effectively combining the policy know-how of WEC with the political know-how of WCV, we have reshaped how environmental protection is achieved in Washington state. While the organizations are independent, we work very closely together. Combined, we have a staff of 30 and work in a LEED-certified building in downtown Seattle with a view of Elliott Bay. We offer competitive salaries, good benefits, and the opportunity to make a difference.


Strategy and Planning

  • Develops and executes organizational communications plans designed to advance policy goals; grow the universe we reach; improve communications with existing contacts; and raise organizational profiles — all while employing an equity lens.
  • Works with Board of Directors to build organizational profile. Informs Board members of progress and provide talking points and other tools so they are well-equipped to be effective ambassadors for both organizations.

Public Relations and Community Involvement

  • Builds and maintains organizational media presence and visibility, proactively seeking out and securing earned media coverage.
  • On behalf of WEC, cultivates relationships with key media outlets, reporters, editors, and bloggers; fields media inquiries. Manages Communications & Accountability Manager who serves as primary media contact for WCV.
  • Represents WEC and WCV on multi-organization communication teams; maintains positive working relationships with key communications staff in the environmental and larger progressive community.
  • Drafts and distributes press releases, advisories, and statements; prepares press materials and organizes press events as necessary.
  • Oversees all print and electronic communications including a tri-annual newsletter, impact reports, legislative accountability products, organizational materials such as one pagers, and mass email communications, as well as materials for legislative campaigns and opinion editorials. Ensures communications follow guidelines and best practices for 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) organizations.

Program Communications

  • Serves as communications lead for key coalition efforts such as the Stand Up To Oil campaign.
  • Works proactively with program staff to include communications in thinking and planning; works with program staff to conduct outreach to media as needed.
  • Works with program and field teams to design and implement project-specific outreach and communications efforts, including developing effective messaging and communications strategies, and ensuring that all major efforts are reflected in organizational narrative.
  • Manages WEC public opinion research — identifying needs, developing strategy, and ensuring implementation of final recommendations.
  • Develops and helps identify resources for occasional paid media campaigns.


  • Oversees organizational email programs. Works with communications, field, and development teams to increase email list size.
  • Oversees development of campaign and project communications collateral.
  • Oversees social media channels for WEC, WCV, People For Puget Sound, and coalitions for which WEC or WCV manage online communications.

Fund Development

  • Collaborates with development team on events and other activities to ensure that WEC and WCV’s organizational narratives are well-told through the program and supporting materials.
  • Oversees and participates in creation of organizational materials — ensures they are representative of work and mission, as well as created within budget constraints.
  • Work with CEO and President to cultivate and maintain relationships with funders who prioritize communications work.

Organizational Management

  • Supervises team of three communications staff.
  • Works with Administrative Director to ensure that WEC and WCV have the correct technological tools in place for internal and external organizational communications.
  • Serves on the Management Team to help guide both organizations.


Desired Skills, Experience and Abilities:

  • At least 5-7 years of experience with communications in a non-profit, advocacy, political campaign, or equivalent setting.
  • Good working relationships with state and local media.

To Apply:

Please send a resume, cover letter and three references to No mailed applications please. If you have questions, please direct them to Sean Pender at

This is an exempt position and the minimum salary is $65,000 with the potential for a higher salary based on previous experience. We also offer a generous benefits including medical and dental insurance, 401k plan and organizational match, a flexible spending account, paid vacation and sick leave, and a transit pass.

WCV and WEC are equal opportunity employers, committed to a diverse work environment. WCV and WEC do not discriminate in employment on the basis of age, race, gender, religion, marital status, veteran’s status, national origin, disability, or sexual orientation. People of color, people with disabilities, and people of diverse sexual orientations are encouraged to apply.

Please apply by December 31, 2016


  • Name: Sean Pender
  • Email:

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