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Climate change, and the resulting harm to our global biodiversity, is one of the world’s most pressing challenges. Creative Commons (CC) and its partners SPARC and EIFL have launched a global Open Climate Campaign to make the open sharing of research the norm in climate science.
CC is looking for an experienced and well-organized Open Climate Campaign Communications Manager to create and execute a communications plan in support of the existing Open Climate Campaign strategy, goals, and outcomes.
This position is a full-time (40hrs/week) contract. This contract may start as early as February, 2024 and end as late as June, 2026.
- Stay up-to-date with emerging issues within the field of open access as it pertains to research, including news, policy announcements, and strategies.
- Establish a 3-year multi-channel communications strategy, and oversee its implementation, to help the Open Climate Campaign successfully accomplish its existing strategy, outcomes and goals to open climate change and biodiversity research.
- Design, develop and revise customized communication messages and schedules for each of the Campaign’s primary (national governments, environmental organizations, funders) and secondary (researchers, librarians, publishers, open access field, general public) target audiences.
- Write, edit, proofread and post all campaign communications material, including announcements, social media, online content, media releases, stories and stakeholder documents.
- Lead media relations and develop contacts with national and international media (e.g., The Guardian, New York Times, etc), publications and influencers to promote Campaign messages, and place stories and editorials that describe the problems the Campaign is working to solve.
- Synthesize and draft communications in response to campaign-relevant actions by outside actors for the Open Climate Campaign team to review and publish.
- Track and report on engagement across various communications channels.
- Keep the campaign website content updated.
- Maintaining brand integrity across numerous platforms and communications channels.
- Assess communication plan progress and propose changes to the communication plan as needed.
- Coordinate with project partners, endorsing organizations and other stakeholders to get input and feedback on communication messaging and implementation.
- Prepare necessary presentation materials, attend and present at campaign meetings when requested.
- Ensure communication plan deadlines are met.
- Other duties as assigned.
Education and Experience
- 5+ years of experience in open access to research
- 5+ year track record planning and overseeing successful public communication campaigns, including experience:
- in leading and managing communications strategy;
- communicating with diverse stakeholders, including individuals, organizations and/or governments;
- with following a communications plan and reporting; and
- communication experience including developing messaging, identifying key audiences, creating a strategy and successful implementation.
- No specific degree is required, but a bachelor’s and/or master’s degree or equivalent level of coursework, training, or on-the-job experience is preferred.
Qualities and Abilities
- Ability to create communication messages and materials that persuade a non-marketing audience, such as senior level managers within an organization, scientists and researchers, of the wisdom of proposed campaigns.
- Strong knowledge of open access initiatives, terminology and history.
- Excellent project management including time management and work organization skills.
- Ability to navigate politically sensitive issues.
- Strong verbal and written communication skills and presentation effectiveness.
- Social media knowledge and skills.
- Excellent analytical and problem solving abilities.
- Demonstrated ability to work in a dynamic environment with a high degree of flexibility.
- Ability to work effectively both independently and as part of a team.
- Proficient technology skills (Google suite, Asana, Slack, knowledge of WordPress a plus).
- Skilled at documentation management, project management and campaign design tools.
- Demonstrated excellence in independent management of complex projects.
- Time management skills with the ability to meet deadlines.
- Fluent in English; second language competency a plus.
- Experience in working in international teams is a plus.
We believe that diverse teams build better organizations and better services. Applications from qualified candidates from all backgrounds, including those from under-represented communities, are encouraged to apply. Creative Commons works openly as part of a global community, guided by collaboratively developed codes of conduct and anti-harassment policies.
Work Environment and Location
At CC, we are committed to fostering a global and inclusive environment, and strive to have a diverse team that represents many backgrounds. Creative Commons has been a fully-distributed organization since 2015 — we have no central office, all positions are in a remote working environment. This position reports to and will regularly meet with their manager in US Eastern time. Applicants in time zones that are +/- 4 hours from US Eastern time are preferred. This position will require occasional travel. You must have high-speed broadband access.
Creative Commons is a leading non-profit employer, offering competitive salaries and a positive, supportive work environment. We offer a competitive compensation for this full-time contractor position at $6,500 – $8,000 USD per month, commensurate with experience and relevant skills. This is a grant funded position for up to 28 months, ending no later than June, 2026. CC will write 12-month contracts, renewable based on performance, for up to 28 months.
How to Apply
Please email your resume and cover letter as a single PDF to “firstname.lastname@example.org” with the subject heading of “Open Climate Campaign Communications Manager / [Last Name].” Your cover letter should: address why you are interested in this job, why you’re a good fit based on the requirements and responsibilities, and answer the question “Why do you think open access to climate knowledge is important?”. No phone calls. No recruiters. We are looking to hire for this role ASAP, so please share this opportunity and don’t hesitate to apply.
Application deadline: January 12, 2024. We will not be reaching out to schedule any interviews until after that date.