Save The Bay is seeking an experienced Communications Director who will advance our ambitious strategic plan to protect and restore San Francisco Bay, growing our visibility, image, reach and influence, through effective and engaging communications.
This is an opportunity for a creative and strategic communications professional to play a leadership role in one of the Bay Area's most influential and celebrated advocacy organizations. The successful candidate will broaden and deepen public support for Save The Bay’s solutions to the unprecedented challenges climate change and regional population growth pose to the Bay and Bay Area. Our urgent priorities include re-establishing 100,000 acres of healthy Bay wetlands, reducing Bay pollution from cities, and accelerating communities’ adaptation to rising seas and extreme weather with green infrastructure.
Save The Bay employs talented, focused professionals in a collaborative and congenial work place, with a commitment to work-life balance. The Communications Director reports to the Executive Director; supervises a three-person communications team, consultants and vendors; serves on Save The Bay’s senior management team and works closely with all organization departments.
About this position at Save The Bay:
Save The Bay campaigns tenaciously for a healthy Bay and a sustainable Bay Area. We mobilize Bay Area residents to protect and restore the Bay for future generations, as advocates in their community and volunteers on the shoreline. We work with policymakers and scientists to protect the Bay—our region’s most important natural resource, which is essential to our environment, economy, and quality of life.
Save The Bay's Strategic Plan 2020 is our ambitious blueprint to address the biggest threats facing the Bay in the next several decades: climate change, pollution and regional population growth. This plan includes significant new initiatives to work upstream and upland from the Bay shoreline, build stronger partnerships with community leaders and organizations, and embrace new tools to mobilize residents and influence public policy.
Over the past half-century, Save The Bay has protected thousands of acres from Bay fill and development, and secured hundreds of miles of trails and parks on a shoreline that had almost no public access in 1961. In 2016, we won passage of Regional Measure AA—an unprecedented nine-county parcel tax that raises $500 million for accelerated restoration of Bay wetlands. Leading a broad coalition of campaign partners, we secured support of Measure AA from 70 percent of Bay Area voters. In recent years, we’ve also won local and state bans on single-use plastic shopping bags, secured tough restrictions on trash pollution entering the Bay, engaged thousands of local residents in hands-on habitat restoration to benefit fish and wildlife, and established Bay Day, a region-wide holiday that both celebrates San Francisco Bay and generates significant exposure for Save The Bay and our mission.
These wins bolster Save The Bay’s powerful reputation, earned by a talented professional staff, a network of engaged supporters, a growing board of directors, and a strong communications presence online and in the news media. The Communications Director will employ these assets to help us broaden public support and secure new policy victories and that benefit the Bay for generations to come.
- Develop and implement strategic communications plans to advance Save The Bay Strategic Plan initiatives and programs, expand organizational visibility and profile, and increase impact.
- Develop organizational positioning, brand, style, and persuasive messages that move key audiences; ensure accurate and consistent communication in all formats.
- Create partnerships and high-profile visibility opportunities that advance Save The Bay’s strategic programs and organization goals, including Bay Day, the annual region-wide celebration of San Francisco Bay.
- Oversee implementation of traditional and online media, advertising and promotion, web and print publications and crisis communications.
- Support organization-wide efforts to build and mobilize a regional constituency for the Bay to engage in active advocacy, volunteer shoreline stewardship, and financial donations to Save The Bay; support effective constituent relationship management strategies.
- Supervise and mentor communications staff, consultants and vendors; develop and manage annual communications budget and work plan; evaluate and assess effectiveness of communication strategies and activities and implement needed changes.
- Serve on organization Management Team with other senior directors, working closely with them to integrate objectives across the organization.
- Assist in securing project funding for communications objectives, representing the organization with media and public audiences.
- Other responsibilities as assigned.
- Strong track record developing and executing successful strategic communications and creative marketing campaigns, employing powerful story-telling to build support for clear goals among targeted audiences
- Exceptional writing, editing and speaking skills; able to synthesize complex concepts into concise and compelling messages, and exercise message discipline throughout an organization
- Success coaching high performance teams, supervising employees to set and accomplish ambitious objectives together
- Strong planning and project management skills; superior judgment to set priorities, meet deadlines, practice accountability, solve problems and manage multiple relationships with attention to detail
- Demonstrated experience managing online engagement strategies, applying best practices in social media and adapting to changing technologies and platforms
- Success securing sustained, effective press coverage and creating news opportunities
- Experience with and commitment to creating positive change through direct advocacy and political action. Prior experience working for an environmental NGO is not required, as we seek candidates from a broad spectrum of backgrounds, including those with experience engaging diverse constituencies
- Enthusiasm for Save The Bay’s mission and programs; a sense of humor and a collegial, collaborative approach; nimble and willing to hustle for opportunities
- Computer proficiency in Windows, Web and desktop publishing applications; familiarity with Salesforce and Asana a plus
- Clean background check; valid California driver’s license and favorable driving history
Compensation and Benefits:
The Communications Director is a senior management position offering salary commensurate with experience
Save The Bay’s excellent employee benefits include insurance for medical, dental, vision and chiropractic services; 403(b) plan, paid vacation, paid holidays and sick time.
Save The Bay’s downtown Oakland offices feature an attractive work environment and excellent access to transit. Save The Bay is an equal opportunity employer that strives to recruit and retain a diverse workforce.
Please email your resume and cover letter to email@example.com with the subject line: Communications Director - [your last name]. Position open until filled. No phone calls, please.