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Job Posting - Communications Officer

Feb 6, 2018
Michigan Environmental Council seeks a media-savvy communications professional with outstanding writing skills to join our team as Communications Officer. The person in this position will be responsible for managing MEC’s relationships with journalists across the state; writing and editing for our web and print publications; shaping our overall communications strategy; developing and delivering compelling messages that drive news coverage and shape discussions in the State Capitol; and implementing our new digital program that grows MEC's base of support and ability to influence policymakers in Lansing and across the state.

The ideal candidate will have significant experience in journalism, public relations or a related field; a proven ability to write clearly, cleanly and quickly in a variety of formats; strong social media skills with a proven ability to build and engage new audiences digitally; a familiarity with environmental issues and strong grasp of the policymaking process; and a friendly, professional demeanor.

This full-time position is based at our Lansing office.

RESPONSIBILITIES
  • Write press releases, media advisories and on-deadline statements to drive news coverage of MEC initiatives.
  • Respond quickly and reliably to media inquiries and connect journalists with MEC staff based on their issue expertise.
  • Pitch stories about MEC’s priority issues to journalists around—and occasionally beyond—Michigan.
  • Serve as spokesperson for the organization as needed.
  • Manage MEC’s presence on social media.
  • Assist with the management of MEC's website, supporter database, and email program.
  • Write blog posts, news articles, profiles of environmental leaders and other types of content for MEC’s newsletter, website, annual report and other publications.
  • Work with MEC policy staff and leadership to develop talking points and key messages on priority issues, and opportunities to engage our supporters and strengthen MEC's base of support and influence in the Capitol.
  • Help to lead communications efforts for issue-based coalitions in which MEC participates.
  • Monitor public opinion research related to MEC’s work and incorporate polling insights into the organization’s communications.
  • Stay on top of news coverage of environmental and public policy issues in Michigan and changes in the state’s media landscape.
  • Other duties as assigned.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in journalism, public relations or a related field; and
  • At least five years of progressively increasing levels of responsibility and experience in journalism, public relations or a related field.
QUALIFICATIONS

Required
  • Commitment to the health and beauty of Michigan’s environment.
  • Proven, outstanding writing skills.
  • Social media savvy.
  • Strong attention to detail, including firm grasp of AP style.
  • Ability to work well independently and as part of a team.
Preferred
  • Experience with message development and strategic communications.
  • Experience in issue-based advocacy, including online, digital organizing.
  • Experience designing email advocacy programs, and evaluating and monitoring success.
  • Experience using NationBuilder or a similar CMS platform preferred.
  • Experience serving as an organizational spokesperson for the media.
  • A track record of successfully pitching stories to journalists.
SUPERVISION
Work under the administrative direction of the MEC President in collaboration with the Editor.

REQUIREMENTS
  • Must be available to respond to media inquiries outside normal work hours as needed.
  • May be required to work non-standard hours and to be available for occasional evening and weekend activities and events.
  • Must be available for in-state travel [Driver’s license required].
  • Must be able to perform all of the essential functions of the job assignment.
COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS
Salary commensurate with experience. Benefit package provided.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE
Deadline: Friday, March 9, 2018
 
Send cover letter, resume, three references and two writing samples (one PDF please) to jobs@environmentalcouncil.org to the attention of Chris Kolb, President & CEO, Michigan Environmental Council.

Founded in 1980, Michigan Environmental Council is a coalition of over 60 environmental and public health organizations. For 38 years, MEC has provided a voice for the environment at the State Capitol. In addition to serving as a clearinghouse of environmental information, MEC develops public policy, educates elected officials and the public, and provides training and support to member organizations.

MEC is an equal opportunity employer.
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