As a Communications Manager for SELC, you will be an integral
part of the communications team working to engage and educate about
a full range of environmental issues of particular importance to
the South—climate change, clean air and water, our public lands,
coastal protections, and environmental justice.
If you’re up for the challenge of figuring out how
communications can advance environmental progress, we want you to
be part of our team. You will be responsible for overseeing
communications for our Georgia and Alabama offices, as well as
acting as the point person for other regional and federal
programmatic issues. You will work closely with our attorneys,
partner groups, and communications team members to plan and execute
communications strategies. You will think strategically and
creatively about how to message environmental issues, incorporate
storytelling into our content, help shape media coverage on
environmental legal and policy developments, and integrate
different communications touchpoints to reach target audiences.
Your days will involve working with attorneys to develop a
messaging platform on a new issue, pitching reporters on a
development, collaborating with the digital and creative team on an
online advocacy campaign to advance an issue, and working with
partner groups on an op-ed or press event.
This is a chance to join our 20-person communications team of
strategists, designers, analysts, investigators, ambassadors, and
innovators who work closely together to develop comprehensive
communications strategies to help SELC meet its programmatic and
organizational objectives. We tell the stories, paint the picture,
make the information clear, and reach the right people to move the
This is a full-time position based in Atlanta, with regular
travel to Birmingham, reporting to the Director of Program
Communications and working in close partnership with our Georgia
and Alabama Office Directors and communications and program
- Work closely with SELC attorneys and the design, digital,
geospatial, and marketing teams to develop and implement
communications strategies for Georgia and Alabama and regional
- Collaborate with other communications managers to address joint
challenges and opportunities, share regional coverage duties, and
provide help on coverage in other states and program areas as
- Help lead and coordinate the development and implementation of
broader communications campaigns for higher priority issues,
working closely with the design, digital, geospatial, and marketing
- Oversee all phases of outreach, from messaging strategy and
materials development to media relations. Responsible for ensuring
website content on assigned issues is up-to-date. Work with digital
and design team to guide News Feed, social media, graphics,
advertising, and multimedia content.
- Act as media point of contact for assigned issues, managing and
cultivating press relationships.
- Stay in close communication with the attorneys to keep
up-to-date and anticipate upcoming opportunities and needs and
coordinate the legal review process to ensure our communications
are consistent with legal objectives and requirements.
- Establish productive relationships with partner groups to
develop strategies, ensure messaging consistency, and coordinate
responses and outreach.
- Report to the Director of Program Communications.
- A Bachelor’s degree, or equivalent combination
of education and experience.
- 5-7 years of communications experience,
preferably advocacy-oriented communications.
- Commitment to and knowledge of environmental, climate,
and environmental justice issues.
- Creative and strategic thinker. You love
thinking through strategies of how to reach people and move them to
action, and you’re creative in considering new approaches to make
- Significant experience working with the media
and establishing strong relationships with reporters.
- Excellent communicator and writer. You will
play an integral role in crafting messages that engage target
audiences and ensure that materials – from web, to social, to
email, to ads – adhere to the overarching narrative. As an
important voice of the South’s leading environmental organization,
you’ll need to be able to package complex legal issues for a range
of platforms, moving with ease between talking points, press
releases, op-eds, web copy, and digital campaign emails that move
people to get more involved.
- Familiarity with a variety of content
production and a track record overseeing projects that use
video, audio, illustrations, and other kinds of multimedia to
advance an issue. You think creatively about how to use different
types of content to reach the broadest audiences.
- Strong commitment to diversity, equity, and
inclusion. You have a genuine interest in and commitment
to helping SELC create and foster a more diverse, inclusive, and
equitable workplace. You think about how to infuse commitments to
equity into communications strategies and into organizational and
campaign planning from the ground up. You engage in ongoing
personal learning and are eager to contribute to our organizational
efforts to be a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive
- Highly organized. You are self-driven and have
excellent time management skills. You can move from drafting a
rapid response press statement, to ensuring digital campaign
components are designed and delivered on time, to tracking the
budget for a communications project. You feel confident shifting
priorities in a fast-paced environment, including managing several
communications efforts at once.
- Collegial, collaborative team player. You
enjoy learning together with your teammates and helping others to
succeed in their work as well. You bring a collaborative attitude
to engaging with other team members and external stakeholders
About SELC: The Southern Environmental Law
Center is one of the nation’s most powerful defenders of the
environment, rooted in the South. With a long track record, SELC
takes on the toughest environmental challenges in court, in
government, and in our communities to protect our region’s air,
water, climate, wildlife, lands, and people. Nonprofit and
nonpartisan, the organization has a staff of 170, including 90
attorneys, and is headquartered in Charlottesville, Va., with
offices in Asheville, Atlanta, Birmingham, Chapel Hill, Charleston,
Nashville, Richmond, and Washington, D.C.
SELC believes that a broad range of ideas, life experiences, and
backgrounds enriches our workplace, drives innovative thinking, and
attracts highly talented people who seek a work environment that
values the unique contributions of individual team members. We
are eager to welcome new team members who share this
belief. We still have much progress to make, but our goal is
to create and maintain a staff that, at every level, reflect the
rich racial and cultural diversity of the communities where we work
and the clients that we serve. SELC is an Equal Opportunity
Employer and committed to fostering a transparently inclusive
workplace environment. We are looking for people to join us in this
effort. Persons of all backgrounds—including people of color,
women, people with disabilities, veterans, and LGBTQ candidates—are
strongly encouraged to apply.
Compensation: SELC offers salaries competitive
with other leading environmental non-profits nationally and
provides an excellent benefits package. The starting salary range
for this position is $65,000-$80,000, commensurate with experience.
For more details about our benefits package, please visit our
To Apply: To apply, click on the “Apply on
Website” button to be directed to an online application where you
may upload your application materials. Applicants must submit a
cover letter and resume. Cover letters should be directed to the
Director of Program Communications, Emily Driscoll. Interested
persons should apply immediately. The initial deadline for receipt
of complete applications is November 1, 2021. However, applications
will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is