Position Title: Communications Manager
Organization: Wyoming Outdoor Council
Location: Lander, Wyoming
Organization Overview: Founded in 1967, the Wyoming Outdoor Council is the state’s oldest independent conservation organization. They use western science and Indigenous traditional ecological knowledge as well as legal and policy expertise to advocate for public land, wildlife, clean air and water. They seek lasting change by striving to meet people where they are, valuing diverse perspectives, building coalitions, and practicing reciprocity. They hold government agencies, lawmakers, and industries accountable for decisions that threaten the land, wildlife, clean air and water everyone depends on. They are a steadfast and trusted conservation voice at the state legislature. They are a membership organization, and they support and empower people to be effective advocates in their communities.
Position Overview: You work collaboratively with the graphic designer as well as the program and development teams to ensure the overall success of the organization and its conservation work. You and the graphic designer are key members of the broader communications team—responsible for evaluating, building, and implementing a strategic communication and marketing plan that strengthens the Outdoor Council’s brand, reflects their commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion, and helps achieve the organization’s conservation, legislative and fundraising goals. You are responsible for creating written content, managing the production of this content, and ensuring that strategy is executed efficiently and effectively. Your goals are to build awareness, engage audiences, and influence conservation action in the state. You supervise the production of newsletters, stories, reports, and other materials, including their social media presence. You ensure a positive public presence for WOC through earned and owned media channels. You proactively recognize, prepare for, and facilitate external communication opportunities
- Serve as the lead writer for communications projects, including: newsletters, reports,
fact sheets, action alerts, web pages, event materials, and all other print and digital
- Develop, implement and measure media relations strategies; cultivate and maintain
contacts with local and regional media; identify and pitch stories; connect journalists
with staff for interviews; and respond to inquiries from reporters
- Manage and serve as a team lead of their social media presence, including Facebook,
Instagram, Twitter and YouTube
- Plan campaign communications in collaboration with Outdoor Council staff by
developing key messages, talking points, op-eds and/or statements
- Support development team by understanding fundraising-specific writing techniques
and providing editorial support
- Train and provide consultation for staff on communication tactics and techniques
- Co-create the communications work plan and oversee its execution, ensuring that all
communications tactics and content align with strategic goals and adhere to brand
- Assist partners/coalitions with communications strategies as needed
- You have exceptional writing and editing skills with several years of professional experience or
graduate-level coursework in creative writing, media studies, communications, or other
- You thrive in collaborative environments.
- In addition to being a great writer, you also enjoy teaching others about communication strategies whether this is your coworkers or citizen spokespeople.
- You have strong leadership and interpersonal skills.
- You are able to take complex scientific, policy or legal information and communicate it clearly
and compellingly to Outdoor Council members.
- You recognize the tone of Outdoor Council publications and are able to replicate this in your writing.
- You are able to manage multiple time-sensitive projects in a fast-paced, dynamic environment.
- Ideally, you also have experience developing, implementing and measuring communication
strategies. And you also stay attuned to current and evolving trends in media relations,
marketing and communications. You are excited to adapt these trends to work for their campaigns.
- You have excellent oral communication skills and are comfortable providing interviews to
journalists along with program staff.
- You are familiar with the geography, natural resources, and culture of Wyoming—or willing to learn quickly.
- And, you are committed to the mission of the Wyoming Outdoor Council and will support and
contribute to their equity & belonging work.
Start/End Dates: ASAP
Application Deadline: May 30
How to Apply: View the full job description for more information. Email a letter of interest explaining how your experience and skills make you the right person to join their team. Include a resume and three references (with contact and relationship information) to Misti Haase at firstname.lastname@example.org (please put “Communications Manager” in the subject).