Communications Manager

Posted On: June 29, 2021

Media-Related Job

Media Organization: State Energy & Environmental Impact Center, NYU School of Law

Company Description

About the Center
The State Energy & Environmental Impact Center (“State Impact Center”) at the NYU School of Law is a nonpartisan academic think tank that supports State Attorneys General (“AGs”) in defending and promoting clean energy, climate and environmental laws and policies. The Center provides assistance to AGs in a number of ways, including:

Providing legal assistance to interested attorneys general on specific administrative, judicial or legislative matters involving clean energy, climate change and environmental interests of regional and national significance.

Working with interested attorneys general to support NYU Law Fellows who serve as special assistant attorneys general in state attorney general offices, focusing on clean energy, climate and environmental matters.

Serving as a centralized public source of information for ongoing attorneys general initiatives and helping to enhance the public’s understanding of the importance of the clean energy, climate change and environmental matters that attorneys general are pursuing.

Undertaking academic research, holding workshops, and issuing special reports that advance legal and policy analysis on clean energy, climate change and environmental issues.

Job Description

Communications Manager
Location: New York City

Position Description

The State Impact Center is recruiting a Communications Manager to begin immediately. Our offices are located in New York City, and we are following NYU Law School’s return to in-person work plans, with remote accommodations available, as needed. The Communications Manager will play a key role in furthering the Center’s mission of promoting and amplifying the work of state attorneys general on climate, clean energy, and environmental issues. This will include outreach to media contacts, press events, and reports to highlight important issues and attorney general activity within our subject areas. The Communications Manager will be responsible for developing creative and captivating messaging around climate, clean energy, and environmental issues, including working with the team’s digital specialists to display information.

Our small, collaborative team values each person’s contributions to reports, newsletter topics, and other work, and the Communications Manager would be involved in planning, leading, and executing the Center’s range of communications projects. The Communications Manager will have a supervisory role over a small digital and communications team.

Diversity is a core value of the Center. We are building an environmental justice practice to provide support to AG offices that are growing their work in this area, and we are passionate about building and sustaining an inclusive and equitable working environment for our staff. We believe every member on our team enriches our diversity by exposing us to a broad range of ways to understand and engage with the world, identify challenges, and to discover, design and deliver solutions.

Core Responsibilities:

Strategic Communications: driving development of communications strategy for the Center, including around press releases, media contacts, events, and digital presence.
Media Relations: developing and maintaining relationships with reporters covering climate, energy, environmental, and environmental justice issues; developing story ideas and pitching reporters.
Messaging and Content: packaging legal content and analysis for a variety of audiences; working with the Center’s subject matter experts to provide media interviews and draft content; drafting talking points, reports, op-eds, newsletters, and other materials.
Alliance Building: conducting outreach to communications counterparts in attorney general offices and other organizations.
Project Management and Team Supervision: supervising the digital and communications team, including providing feedback and pursuing opportunities for professional development for team members; collaborating with attorneys and other Center staff on joint projects.
Events: planning events, conferences, and press events with multiple attorneys general, and representing the Center at these as well as other events hosted by other organizations.

Requirements and Qualifications:

Experience: 4-6 years of communications experience in the legal, public policy, government affairs, campaigns, or related fields.
Communications strategy: experience in developing and executing communications strategic plan with ability to track progress.
Outreach: experience in connecting with members of the press and other communications professionals.
Writing: ability to communicate clearly/coherently, including digesting and translating topics for a lay audience.
Project management: experience developing and leading reports and other communications products; experienced at planning events; collaborative and team-oriented; shows judgment and seeks input as needed.
Editing: ability to edit material drafted by subject matter experts for appropriate audience; attention to detail (e.g., polishing and finalizing documents).
Deadlines: ability to triage tasks and complete time-sensitive work (e.g., drafting and posting time-sensitive items on the Center’s social media, responding to press inquiries).
Design: familiarity with graphic design in Photoshop, Indesign, Illustrator, or Canva is a plus.

Applications will be considered until the position is filled.

Salary: $70,000-80,000

Interested candidates should apply by sending a resume and cover letter to Please send your application as a single PDF file saved as LastName.FirstName.pdf.

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To Apply

Interested candidates should apply by sending a resume and cover letter to Please send your application as a single PDF file saved as LastName.FirstName.pdf.