PRSA Portland Metro Chapter

Oregon Environmental Council Seeking Communications Director


Oct 16


Oregon Environmental Council’s (OEC’s) communications director focuses on expanding OEC’s media presence and brand; developing and implementing communications strategies for both the organization and program areas; drafting effective messaging; producing written content; and ensuring that all OEC communications adhere to our programmatic and organizational goals. The communications director is team leader for our internal “marcom” team and works closely with OEC’s fundraising team. The role of the communications director is critically important to increase OEC’s impact, visibility and financial support.
We are looking for someone who is self-motivated, organized, a fast and excellent writer, and an outstanding communicator. S/he should enjoy working with diverse people and be a team player. This is a responsible position in a fast-paced, mission-driven environment.

• Develops and executes organization-wide and program-specific media/communication plans designed to build and maintain OEC’s media presence, visibility and organizational brand.
• Oversees and helps create the strategic messaging for the organization and key programs, including talking points, fact sheets and organizational statements.
• Proactively seeks out and secures earned media coverage statewide and nationally; cultivates relationships with key media outlets, reporters, editors and bloggers; fields media inquiries.
• Monitors and informs staff of news for relevant environmental stories and emerging communications trends.
• Works with program staff to “think media”; trains and prepares program and legislative staff for media interviews.
• Drafts and distributes press releases, press advisories and opinion pieces.
• Tracks media coverage of OEC; maintains press clippings; maintains media contact database. Creates and maintains systems for benchmarking, tracking and reporting on media outreach to evaluate whether the organization is meeting annual and campaign goals.
• Oversees and helps create the content of print and electronic communications, including a biannual newsletter, monthly organizational e-newsletters, fundraising and event materials, op-eds and blogs, as well as materials for legislative campaigns.
• Writes and edits content for website; writes speeches and talking points, as needed.
• Works with program staff to ensure our communications are culturally competent and reach diverse audiences.
• Manages external volunteer Marketing & Communications Committee, convening them on a regular basis to provide strategic input.
• Serves as team leader for our internal “marcom” team, and takes lead for updating our rolling 3-year Communications/Marketing Plan.

• Six years related experience with at least four years media relations experience
• A gift for writing and speaking in a clear and compelling fashion; fast writer
• Strong organizational and time management skills; ability to manage multiple projects without losing sight of the “big picture”
• Demonstrated team leadership skills
• Self-motivation and initiative
• Proven ability to work collaboratively in a dynamic team environment
• Bachelor’s degree (advanced degree in a related field a plus)

• Existing relationships with Oregon media
• Experience working in a non-profit setting with a mission-driven staff and board
• Experience managing staff or volunteers
• Experience promoting fundraising campaigns
• Exposure to public policy development and advocacy

Salary is commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits include four weeks of paid vacation annually and generous health insurance for employee and family, as well as retirement benefits after one year on the job.

Founded in 1968, OEC is a non-profit, non-partisan, statewide organization governed by a board of directors from throughout Oregon. Our mission is to advance innovative, collaborative and equitable solutions to Oregon’s environmental challenges for today and future generations. OEC advocates for impactful, lasting solutions that get at the source of Oregon’s environmental problems and have real benefits for people’s health and quality of life. These challenges include toxic chemicals in our environment, water pollution and scarcity, and climate change. We find common ground with a diverse group of stakeholders to create collaborative solutions that support social equity and a sustainable economy. Find out more at

OEC offers a collaborative, team-oriented, family-friendly workplace that treats employees as the responsible professionals they are. Hours are flexible, benefits are generous, and laughter is frequent. For several years running, we have been the #1 non-profit to work for in our category in Oregon Business magazine’s “Best Nonprofits to Work For” list.

No calls, please. The position will be open until filled, but we will begin reviewing applications on November 1, 2016. Send cover letter and resume via email to with subject line “Communications Director.”
OEC is an equal opportunity employer.

Women, people of color, people with disabilities, & LGBTQ candidates are encouraged to apply.


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