Title: Temporary Global Communications Director
Location: Anywhere in the World, remote
350.org is looking for someone to fill the Global Communications Director position for a period of one year. This role oversees all global communications outputs for 350.org. The Global Communications Director is primarily responsible for developing and executing communications strategies and activities which align globally and will oversee a team of global communications experts. With a strong knowledge of climate change, this position will require strong international and remote management experience and have an extensive and broad experience developing and executing direct (digital) and indirect (media) communications strategies and plans across a variety of platforms and countries.
350.org is building a global grassroots movement to solve the climate crisis. Our online campaigns, grassroots organizing, and mass public actions are led from the bottom up by thousands of volunteer organizers in over 188 countries. 350.org works hard to organize in a new way everywhere at once, using online tools to facilitate strategic offline action. We want to be a laboratory for the best ways to strengthen the climate movement and catalyze transformation around the world. The values that guide and drive our work are listed here.
About the Temporary Global Communications Director
We are looking for someone who is comfortable working both independently and in teams, highly responsive, and able to lead initiatives. The position is ideally suited for a strategic thinker and strong team player who sees two steps ahead and is eager to jump on opportunities and support other team members in the interest of fulfilling 350’s strategic objectives. The right candidate will be a skilled and energetic communicator able to help support and coordinate our work globally. This position requires someone who is detail-oriented, creative and has strong interpersonal skills.
We are looking for someone who can keep calm, positive, and task oriented in chaotic environments. This candidate must be a resilient and flexible team player who can handle a fast paced, high pressure, highly collaborative team culture. If you are looking for a regular 9-5 desk job, with a set routine, this is not the position for you.
Key outputs include:
Annual communication’s team strategy
Overall communications strategy for high-level organizational priorities
Comms team-wide hiring prioritization and sequencing
Management of the Global Communications team (5 direct reports, 14 team members in four sub-teams)
Management of the Comms-wide budget ensuring resource allocation per needs and equitably
Stewardship of the communications community of practice (Communications staff in 350.org’s regional teams as well as the Global Communications Team)
Accountability to external impact/brand
Final decider on:
Overall strategic direction of the Comms team as part of the organizational strategy
Communication strategy and outputs (authority that can/should be delegated)
New Comms team positions
Communications overall budget
Duties and Responsibilities:
Satisfying the role described above will require the communication specialist to perform the following responsibilities:
Communications strategies: develop and implement strategic media and digital global communications plans for specific campaigns and events
Leads on developing global communications strategy for the whole team/organization and overall responsible for the successful implementation of the plan
Manage crisis response communications to ensure decision-making occurs at appropriate level (Executive, Board, in Communications team or elsewhere).
Media engagement:support the team to monitor media, identify digital and media opportunities and engage with issues relevant for 350.org’s work and broader context
Media materials: oversee the development of media materials such as press releases, media packages, as well as multimedia materials where possible/relevant
Media support and trainings: oversee the development of media trainings, support communications efforts of staff members and wider network
Management: line manage members of the communications leadership team and oversee short term communications contractors
Manages (directly or indirectly) the entire Comms team to ensure that our plans align as a full team
Manages the leadership groups of the Comms team, to ensure its health and team function
Internal collaboration: collaborate departmentally and interdepartmentally to develop alignment between 350.org’s global and regional communications
Works closely with the Executive Director, Managing Director, Head of Public Engagement, and Program department leadership in support of projects that are organization-wide
Represents the Communications team at the Global Strategy Council.
Public Engagement: support and represent 350.org’s overall mission in public venues or other networks to strengthen climate change communications
Serves as a spokesperson for the organization with media and in external meetings.
Media relations: identify relevant media and influencer contacts, cultivate relationships with them, and further develop and maintain media contacts lists
Required Qualifications: minimum qualifications necessary for a candidate to move forward to the next step of the screening process
At least ten (10) years of relevant professional experience working on issues related to climate change, justice and equity in a global not-for-profit
Ability to manage self and others
5 years of supervisory and management experience
Strong track record of effective remote line-management and remote team building
Ability to work with limited supervision and high levels of initiative
Excellent teamwork and problem solving
Program and budget planning and management skills
Experience of leading communications work for a not-for-profit organisation during high level international climate conferences
Proven strategic and operational leadership skills
Understanding of the global media landscape, in particular key publications and outlets for environmental and climate change news
First class written and verbal English communication skills
A strong knowledge of climate change and the climate change movement
Demonstrated ability to build relationships, influence others, and offer strategic perspective
Ability to travel domestically and internationally
Ability to integrate diversity, equity and inclusion in day to day work
Experience of living and / or working in different world regions, particularly for community-led climate solutions/ just transition to renewable energy, particularly in global south contexts
Professional experience in an international and/or multi-cultural environment and comfort working remotely with colleagues in multiple time-zones via video conference calls, and other online tools
Experience leading a remote team of communications professionals required
Willingness to be available non-traditional hours as needed to ensure results
Preferred Qualifications: desired, but not required, skills and experiences. We expect a successful applicant to have at least 2 to 3 of these
Network of existing contacts and ability to strengthen campaigning relationships with organisations and researchers advocating for climate solutions/ just transition to renewable energy, preferably around the world
Experience collaborating with diverse constituencies (labour, displaced communities)
Relationships with key editors and journalists from international outlets
Experience building local to national or national to international campaign strategies
A track record of using nontraditional and traditional media together to achieve communications objectives around grassroot campaigns
Experience in audience engagement through digital channels
Experience developing and running communications trainings for groups of staff, local groups and volunteers
Experience and competency working in multicultural groups
Experience working and living in multiple countries
Proficiency in Meltwater, Salesforce, Airtable, Google Suite, Slack, and Zoom or similar systems
We are looking for someone who is comfortable working both independently and in teams, highly responsive, and able to lead initiatives as well as take direction from others.
Position Type: Full time
Application Deadline: This job is open until filled, or the hiring manager determines that they can no longer accept applications.
Compensation: USA-USD 119,00, Level 4.2
Location: Anywhere in the World, remote