Are you passionate about protecting wildlife, wild lands, and the ecosystems we share? We welcome your interest in joining Project Coyote’s dedicated team of staff, volunteers and interns.
Staff and intern opportunities are listed when available, and if you would like to offer your skills and time as a volunteer, please sign up or contact us with a description of your interests and background.
Position: Programs and Communications Manager (F/T)
Reports to: Executive Director, Project Coyote
Job Description: The Programs and Communications Manager is responsible for implementing and coordinating current programs and campaigns with Project Coyote staff, state representatives, advisors, and volunteers. In addition, the Programs and Communications Manager will produce and coordinate communications/written materials for Project Coyote including, but not limited to, organizational e-newsletters, blogs, e-appeals, news releases and funding proposals as they relate to the organization’s advocacy programs and campaigns. S/he will report to the Executive Director and work closely with staff, consultants and advisors. We are looking for an energetic person to join a highly effective and exciting organization that is undergoing strategic expansion.
About Project Coyote*: Project Coyote promotes coexistence between people and wildlife through education, science, and advocacy. Visit us at ProjectCoyote.org
Job Duties: The successful candidate will demonstrate a variety of communications and program management skills. S/he will be versatile and able to work independently and as part of a team.
PROGRAM & CAMPAIGN MANAGEMENT:
- Administer and coordinate execution of programs and campaigns with staff, state representatives, advisors, and volunteers.
- With Executive Director, develop annual work plans and budgets for Project Coyote’s major programs.
- Develop contacts and opportunities with staff and officials in state legislative and executive branches and with outside organizations and agencies to advance Project Coyote’s priorities.
- Prepare fact sheets, testimony, action alerts, and other materials for communicating with lawmakers, wildlife agencies, and supporters.
- Coordinate Project Coyote’s litigation efforts around core programs and campaigns in tandem with outside law firms, allied organizations, fiscal sponsor counsel/litigation team, and Project Coyote legal advisors.
- Represent Project Coyote at meetings, hearings, tabling venues, and other events and with national and state advocacy coalitions.
- Develop dynamic external communication plans, messaging strategy and press materials that support Project Coyotes’ education and advocacy goals and promote the organization’s mission.
- Promote Project Coyote’s expertise in wildlife science and ecology among the media and multilevel policymakers.
- Serve as a spokesperson for Project Coyote and oversee communications to ensure positive, consistent, and accurate representation of the organization.
- Oversee preparation and execution of supporter-focused online communications in coordination with Creative Manager and Operations & Outreach Manager (includes writing and issuance of quarterly e‑newsletter (Coyote Chronicles), Notes from the Field blogs, and e-alerts).
- Assist with the writing and development of funding proposals and e-appeals to support Project Coyote’s programs and campaigns.
- Collect, curate, and create compelling content pertaining to Project Coyote programs and campaigns for website and external publications.
- Conduct regular targeted outreach to local, state, and national reporters and bloggers by crafting and issuing well-timed news releases and story pitches.
- Craft immediate and appropriate responses to media requests.
- Develop key press relationships to secure prominence in online, print, and broadcast media.
- Prepare and place Op-Eds and Letters to the Editor that explain and promote Project Coyote issues and policy positions.
- Collaborate with wildlife/animal protection groups on joint efforts.
- Assist in coordinating social media team for content and posts on social networking and petition sites (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube).
- Create and maintain media call list.
- Maintain record of pitches, press releases, and successful media placements.
- Stay current on media coverage, policy proceedings, and academic reporting on relevant wildlife issues, and share findings with ED and relevant team/board members and volunteers.
- Coordinate with legal, scientific, and advocacy team to develop effective communications for ongoing state campaign and policy goals.
- Maintain regular communication with Project Coyote volunteers to stay current on state activities and trends.
Skills, Qualifications & Experience:
- Proven leadership ability while serving as part of a team
- Proven ability to strategize and execute effective program and communication plans
- Experience coordinating and managing volunteers
- Excellent written and oral communication skills
- Strong interpersonal skills, including relationship building
- Ability to understand/interpret federal and state policymaking processes and laws/regulations relevant to the oversight and treatment of wildlife and their habitats
- Ability to communicate an organization’s mission and positions effectively to various audiences, which include ranchers, legislators, wildlife agency personnel, public officials, community residents, educators, donors, and the general public
- Commitment to meeting strict deadlines and showing consistent follow-through on assignments
- Ability to multitask and be willing to “wear many hats”
- Flexibility; ability to adjust to changing priorities
- Excellent writing, editing, and proofreading skills
- High-energy, positive, “can-do” attitude, with strong initiative and commitment to getting the job done
- Experience with (or aptitude for) writing grants and donor appeals
- Working knowledge of and facility with Microsoft Office, Google Drive/Docs, and Salsa or similar CRM program
- Strong belief in the mission and values of Project Coyote
- Demonstrated commitment to wildlife conservation
- Proficiency in social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.
Location: Project Coyote headquarters office in Mill Valley, CA, preferred but negotiable.
Compensation: The salary is based on experience (salary range $63K-75K) and includes the following benefits: medical, vision and dental insurance, 11 paid holidays per year, paid vacation and sick leave.
(*Project Coyote is a fiscally sponsored project of Earth Island Institute, a 501(c)3 non-profit, public interest, membership organization that supports people who are creating solutions to protect our shared planet. EII provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws.)
Start date: Open until filled.
To apply: Please send a letter of interest, CV/resume, and two relevant writing samples by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please type “Programs and Communications Manager” in the subject line.