For Connecticut Fund for the Environment and its program Save the Sound
Connecticut Fund for the Environment and its program Save the Sound is seeking a full-time Media Coordinator to join its team of program staff, lawyers and communications professionals.
CFE/Save the Sound is an environmental non-profit that works to protect and improve the land, air and water of Connecticut and Long Island Sound. We use legal and scientific expertise and bring people together to achieve results that benefit our environment for current and future generations. For more information about CFE/Save the Sound, please visit www.ctenvironment.org or visit us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ctenvironment and https://www.facebook.com/savethesoundct.
The Media Coordinator works under the Director of Communications and with program staff to implement strategies and tactics designed to communicate, educate and build relationships with the public, our members, and decision-makers via traditional and online media. This position is well-suited to a candidate with a recent Communications M.A. or with a bachelor’s degree plus a year or two of experience in communications or journalism who wishes to build experience in in-house communications while working in a team atmosphere.
- Supporting a team effort to bring compelling and consistent environmental messages that emphasize CFE/STS strategic goals to the media.
- Assisting the Director of Communications in developing proactive media relations plans on key initiatives and positioning CFE/STS as a “go to” source on Connecticut’s environment and Long Island Sound. This includes identifying visibility opportunities and pitching stories in local/regional print, online, and broadcast outlets.
- Developing effective working relationships with traditional and electronic media and maintaining a media contact database.
- Developing relationships with state and congressional press staff, the CT Capitol press corps, and bloggers who cover the CT Capitol.
- Drafting and distributing press releases, press advisories, opinion pieces and talking points in cooperation with the Director of Communications.
- Responding to incoming press inquiries, assisting program staff in fulfilling them, and scheduling interviews.
- Tracking media hits associated with CFE/STS and circulating press clips to staff.
- Assisting in the planning and staffing of press conferences and other events.
- Supporting a dynamic and engaging website by writing and posting updates as needed.
- Helping to expand the organization’s social media presence by creating online content that engages targeted audience segments and leads to measurable action. Tracking and measuring engagement on social media profiles.
- Writing and posting content for the organizational blog multiple times a week; soliciting and editing posts from other staff members and guest posts.
- Assisting the Director of Communications in preparing reports for grants and Board.
The Media Coordinator must work productively with a strong team of environmental professionals to handle multiple projects and manage tasks under tight deadlines.
A successful candidate will have superlative writing and editing abilities, as well as strong communication and organization skills including familiarity with Associated Press style, attention to detail and flexibility. Experience in political media communications and/or Capitol reporting, a passion for environmental issues, writing skills in Spanish, and familiarity with basic photo and video editing software and design software are considered valuable pluses.
The position is full-time and based on a 40-hour work week. The nature of the position will necessitate that the Coordinator work irregular hours on occasion; this may include evening and weekend work. The position is based in New Haven, but due to the varied nature and geography of the work, the Coordinator will need occasional access to a vehicle. All benefits and obligations as outlined in the Employee Manual will be provided.
CFE/Save the Sound provides equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, religious creed, national origin, sex, age, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, veteran status, political affiliation, ancestry, gender identity or any status protected by law.
Please forward your resume, a cover letter, and a writing sample to Valerie at email@example.com by Friday, November 15, 2013.
CFE/STS supports diversity in all programs and staffing. People of all races and backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.
Environmental Law Internship
Volunteer internships are available for law students to work with CFE/Save the Sound's staff attorneys on legal and policy research, drafting, and accompanying staff attorneys to legal proceedings. If you are interested in a law internship with CFE/Save the Sound, please email a resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org.