Associate Director of Communications, School of Law
Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Internal Number: 4599622
Associate Director of Communications, School of Law
About the Opportunity
The Associate Director, Communications plays a vital role in raising the Initiative for Energy Justice's profile and strengthening the organization's brand. This is an exciting opportunity to lead strategic communications for a research and resource center that is dedicated to advancing an equity-centered just transition across all U.S. states. We are looking for applicants who are committed to amplifying our mission and programs by ensuring our messaging aligns with IEJ's values: voice, inclusion, and equity. We are in search of an organized and creative communications professional with interpersonal skills who can effectively describe and promote IEJ's purpose and work to the world.
Reporting to the Operations and Culture Director, the Associate Director, Communications will manage IEJ's communications channels and digital platforms. Aligned with the organization's strategic priorities, the Associate Director, Communications will be responsible for developing and implementing communications plans in collaboration with other colleagues. The ideal candidate must be an exceptional writer, creative thinker, and cross-functional collaborator with a talent for executing communications projects. This is a remote position, and the Associate Director, Communications may be invited to attend some in-person meetings, events, or other engagements.
1) Writing and Editing
Supervise the ongoing development, publication, and maintenance of content for IEJ's website (including occasional blogging), email updates, social media, collateral, and newsletter
Synthesize written or verbal content by other team members and translate them into short-form materials for IEJ's website, newsletter, and social media
Draft on-brand materials (e.g. one-pagers, presentation slides) to support rollout of IEJ research, policy resources, trainings, and workshops
Project manage design work with graphic designers to enhance the visual layout of IEJ research materials and coordinate overall communications efforts with external communications consultant
Manage press releases and media interviews with relevant outlets
2) Internal Collaboration
Develop and implement strategic communications plan in collaboration with IEJ's leadership team
Organize and facilitate monthly internal communications meetings
Collaborate with program team on project managing publication efforts; Provide strategic guidance on reaching and engaging key audiences
Measure key metrics to assess overall communications efforts and make recommendations to reach performance goals, as needed
Monitor various communication and outreach platforms (Mailchimp, LinkedIn) and encourage feedback and engagement, both to team and to external audiences
Ensure unity and consistency in IEJ branding and representation across internal/external messaging (email signatures, Zoom profile pics, business cards, elevator pitch, etc.)
Support program team by organizing webinars, including virtual event rehearsals, live tech support, and post-production outreach
Field P.R. inquiries to team members
Knowledge and skills are typically acquired through the completion of a Bachelor's degree and 5 years of experience or at least 7 years of experience in a relevant field (e.g. communications, public relations, or marketing roles)
Superb organizational, communication (written and verbal), and listening skills
Must be tech-savvy and proficient with different project management, email automation, and analytics tools
Passion for storytelling and ability to communicate complex concepts simply and effectively to a variety of audiences
Demonstrated ability in using analytics, managing processes, and problem-solving
Demonstrated ability to make independent decisions and proactive strategic decisions
Experience managing third-party service providers such as graphic designers, web developers, or public relations firms
Able to effectively manage and follow-up on emails and tasks with competing timelines
Previous experience working in a nonprofit organization
Experience working within or with energy justice or policy organizations and/or networks
Familiarity with copy editing or technical editing
Proficiency with the following applications: Adobe Creative Suite, Canva, Google Analytics, Asana, Mailchimp, video editing software, social media scheduling software, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, LinkedIn, and TikTok
Documents to Submit:
Please submit your resume, cover letter, and writing sample in one PDF submission.
About the Initiative for Energy Justice
The Initiative for Energy Justice (IEJ) envisions a transition across all U.S. states and territories to true energy justice - ensuring energy is accessible, affordable, clean, and democratically managed for all communities, while also remediating past social, economic, and health burdens on those disproportionately harmed by the current energy system.
Virtually housed at Northeastern University School of Law, IEJ was founded by lawyers entrenched in the policy debates concerning the nation's transition away from fossil fuels and an extractive economy towards an equitable and renewable energy future, with direct connections to communities working on that transition.
IEJ's culture and benefits
Our core values are voice, inclusion, and equity. The unique voices of frontline communities and communities of color must be included in the transition away from fossil fuels to clean energy. And equity must form the core of this transition, given the burdens borne by frontline communities under the energy system.
We strive to cultivate a workplace culture of joy, collaboration, thoughtfulness, and growth. We recognize that work to dismantle inequities and advance justice can be draining, complex, and involve facing past trauma. Yet by embracing hope, collective care, and recognizing our intertwined journeys for liberation, we aim to find joy and meaning by working together to advance energy justice.
Northeastern University considers factors such as candidate work experience, education and skills when extending an offer.
Northeastern has a comprehensive benefits package for benefit eligible employees. This includes medical, vision, dental, paid time off, tuition assistance, wellness & life, retirement- as well as commuting & transportation. Visit https://hr.northeastern.edu/benefits/ for more information.
Northeastern University is an equal opportunity employer, seeking to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff. Northeastern values and celebrates diversity in all its forms and strives to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion.
All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.
Founded in 1898, Northeastern University is a private research university located in the heart of Boston. Northeastern is a leader in worldwide experiential learning, urban engagement, and interdisciplinary research that meets global and societal needs. Our broad mix of experience-based education programs?our signature cooperative education program, as well as student research, service learning, and global learning?build the connections that enable students to transform their lives. The University offers a comprehensive range of undergraduate and graduate programs leading to degrees through the doctorate in nine colleges and schools.