GWC is seeking a Senior Communications Specialist to help provide content about the work of GWC, our associates and our partners across a number of communications channels, including social media, GWC’s blog, and press releases. This person will be responsible for curating stories, crafting engaging written content, working directly with reporters and developing the voice of our social media brand.

Responsibilities & Skills

  • Develop relationships with GWC staff, partners and associates to serve as one of the program experts for the marketing and communications team, with your pulse on engaging stories that we can share across platforms. Evaluate stories for media coverage, blog posts, social media, etc.
  • Contribute to team’s overall annual strategy for marketing/communications.
  • Conduct research and interviews with GWC staff, partners and associates to create engaging social media posts about animals, wildlife conservation and environmental issues for Facebook, Instagram and Twitter that increase engagement and help position GWC as a leader in wildlife conservation, wildlands protection and guardians engagement.
  • Source photos and video to go with the posts from photographers and staff, research effective hashtags, and work on developing social media packages for partners on big stories to amplify the messages.
  • Find relevant wildlife conservation news to share, with commentary from GWC. Look for trends and conversations to join on social media.
  • Stay up to date on platform changes and recommend content that works best for each platform.
  • Curate and vet content and headlines for partnerships and major influencers that GWC regularly supports.
  • Work closely with GWC’s director of media relations on writing press releases, multimedia releases and pulling together press kits on GWC-related news; sourcing images and video to share with press; prepping staff for interviews and drafting talking points; pitching reporters individually; tracking media hits; following-up with reporters; updating and maintaining media list. Respond to reporters’ emails and calls. Help draft op-eds and other columns as needed.
  • Work closely with GWC’s director of media relations on writing and editing content for a dynamic and regular series of blogs.
  • Provide writing support for emails, newsletters, website, events, infographics, video scripts and captions.

Minimum Qualifications

  • 5+ years in a communications-related field. Journalism experience or background is a plus.
  • Top-notch writing and editing skills with extensive experience writing stories for a variety of platforms. Candidate must be able to provide examples of each kind of writing: press releases, social media posts, blog posts and feature stories.
  • Fluency in AP style.
  • Experience writing for various social media platforms and helping to determine the appropriate tone, approach and content for each.
  • Demonstrated experience in working with scientists on sourcing stories and telling those stories in a way that is accurate but accessible to the general public.
  • Experience pitching journalists and responding to journalists’ requests–especially science- and environmental-focused journalists.
  • A background in wildlife conservation, whether as a scientist or as a science writer.

Key Competencies

  • Must be a team player. Our team works collaboratively; everyone pitches in with ideas and across channels.
  • Must be flexible. Although we are strategic, we are constantly reacting to news, new projects and new developments.
  • Must have “hustle.” You’ll be working with a small but mighty team pulled in many directions, so you must be proactive and pleasantly persistent.
  • A passion for saving wildlife and our planet!

Compensation & Benefits

  • This is a full-time, salaried position, working around 40 hours per week with a flexible, family-friendly schedule (subject to supervisor approval).
  • GWC offers a competitive salary in the range of $50,000 to $70,000, with the final determination to be made commensurate with the candidate’s experience.
  • GWC provides medical, dental, vision, short- and long-term disability, and life insurance, with GWC covering 80% or more of the premiums. GWC also offers a 403b retirement plan with up to 3% match after a year of employment.
  • GWC observes 11 paid holidays each calendar year. Full-time employees can also accrue the following annually: 15 days of vacation leave, 12 days of illness leave, 3 personal days and 2 volunteer days.
  • GWC believes in work-life balance, and are committed to keeping the workload in alignment with the true hours worked.

Location: Washington, DC, and Austin, TX, USA preferred; other locations to be considered

Position: Full-time

To Apply: Qualified candidates are asked to submit a cover letter and résumé (one document) to careers@globalwildlife.org no later than January 30, 2019. Please include “Senior Communications Specialist” in the subject line.