Job Posting: Communications Associate

About Oregon Wild: 

Oregon Wild is a non-profit organization with a mission to protect and restore Oregon's wildlands, wildlife, and waters as an enduring legacy for future generations. Founded in 1974, Oregon Wild’s victories include safeguarding over 1.7 million acres of Wilderness and 1,800 miles of Wild & Scenic Rivers through federal legislation, protecting hundreds of thousands of acres of old-growth forests and critical wetland habitat, and the preservation of numerous imperiled species, from coho salmon to gray wolves. Oregon Wild enjoys a national reputation as a pioneering organization that is both highly strategic and effective, with strong policy expertise. 

Commitment to Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion: 

Oregon Wild is committed to building a more equitable, diverse, and inclusive organization and society, and we are actively recruiting and encouraging applicants from a broad range of backgrounds and communities to apply for this position. Important voices have been missing from the environmental movement for far too long, and building a stronger, more just, and more inclusive community starts by creating a more welcoming environment within Oregon and Oregon Wild. Our organization believes that by embracing, respecting, and valuing individuals regardless of their race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, national origin, or ancestry, we can become a stronger, more effective defender of Oregon’s wildlands, wildlife, and waters.

General Position Summary:

The Communications Associate works to strengthen Oregon Wild’s use of modern digital communications tools, with an emphasis on social media and digital advertising. The position works to grow our base of support, engagement, and ability to influence public policy. In close coordination with the communications and marketing teams, the Communications Associate works to amplify existing conservation campaigns, optimize marketing efforts, and meaningfully engage with supporters using social media tools.

Position Responsibilities

Social Media Design and Content (60%)

  • In partnership with the Communications Manager and Branding & Marketing Manager, develop, schedule, and manage a social media strategy across major platforms
  • Collaborate with teammates on content creation, curation, and editorial calendar planning
  • Monitor, facilitate and initiate meaningful conversations within the social media community, address important mentions and comments in real-time, and respond to incoming messages
  • Adapt content like advocacy alerts, fundraising appeals, and blogs for a social media audience
  • Work toward established conversion goals (shares, minutes on website, actions taken, funds raised, etc..) originating from social media content
  • Using brand visuals and messaging guidelines, design graphics, short videos, and contribute to other creative projects
  • Integrate social media goals into larger strategic communications planning
  • Develop a performance dashboard to measure and monitor the success of social media initiatives and provide regular updates to communication staff, including analytics and milestones

Digital Advertising (20%)

  • Implement and maintain digital advertising campaigns (Facebook, Google Ads, etc…) to grow Oregon Wild’s audience and influence public policy
  • Optimize Google ad grants account to capture new audiences

Campaign Communications Support (20%)

  • Support Communications Manager in website maintenance, CMS communications (advocacy pages and emails), webcasts, and other needs

Qualifications:

  • A passion for protecting and restoring Oregon’s wildlands, wildlife, and waters
  • Experience in social media planning and strategy, with an emphasis on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter
  • Experience writing succinct, catchy copy for social media platforms
  • 1 to 3 years experience in digital communications, marketing, or advertising in a non-profit or for-profit environment.
  • Skills using graphic design tools like Adobe Creative Suite
  • Comfort using basic web and content management systems (like Drupal or Wordpress)
  • Experience with ad platforms (Facebook Ads, Google AdWords)

Location and Supervision:

Oregon Wild has offices in Portland, Eugene, and Bend. This position can be based in any of these locations. We will also consider other remote locations in Oregon for the right candidate. Oregon Wild staff continue to work remotely during the pandemic but we have plans to return to a hybrid office/remote model. This position reports to the Communications Manager.

Pay and Benefits:

This is a half-time (~20 hrs/wk), non-exempt position that offers benefits, including fully paid health insurance, 403(b) retirement plan option, generous vacation, and other paid time off.

The hourly wage is $18-$22 per hour, depending on experience

Instructions for applying:

Please fill out the form below and submit a cover letter and resume consolidated into a single PDF or Word document to jobs@oregonwild.org. Review of completed applications will begin on Dec 13 and continue until the position is filled.