COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR

Non-exempt, full-time; health insurance benefits included. $55,000-$60,000 + benefits, depending on experience. We prefer the position to be based in Fairbanks, Alaska, but other locations in Alaska may be considered.

Open until filled; first review of applicants on February 5th.

Send cover letter and resume to Lois Barger at lois (at) northern.org and include your last name and ”Communications Coordinator” in the subject line of the email. Candidates selected for a second interview will be asked to supply 3 professional references at least one of which must be a past supervisor of the candidate.

Summary

Work directly with the Communications Director at the Northern Alaska Environmental Center (Northern Center) as a communications coordinator. Follow best practices and established protocols to shape how the Northern Center is portrayed to the public, media, and internal/external supporters and partner organizations.

Roles and responsibilities

  • Participate as a liaison for Northern Center on internal, supporter-wide communication efforts and provide support for external communications.
  • Assist in the creation of outreach materials and informational projects.
  • Provide support for communication projects for Northern Center by assisting in publicizing and promoting programmatic information and education. This will include photography, videography, and electronic platforms.
  • Support Northern Center staff in routine messaging and branding efforts, ensure consistency in our story-telling approach, and help guide colleagues as they generate photographs and videos from their program work.
  • Attract new audiences for Northern Center media and publications through sharing Northern Center’s and Alaska’s environmental and conservation related stories through video storytelling, photography, email newsletters, and online media. 
  • Monitor use on various websites, electronic applications (apps), or social media platforms. 
  • Maintain the image library, posters, and displays. Manage and maintain Northern Center’s storytelling “catalog”.
  • Collaborate   with development staff to create and implement fundraising campaigns in line with organizational voice.
  • Track program communications through existing comms database, work with program staff to ensure timely information is shared with our membership.
  • Assist with drafting and editing press quotes, op-eds, and program blurbs. 
  • Ensure deliverables and outcomes are represented on the website and other outreach channels. 
  • Work within the parameters of a set budget to create a finished product in a timely manner. Work with the Communications Director to agree on and ensure the finished product is completed to the quality expected. 

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  • Participate in field trips and travel collecting photo and video assets, if the Communications Director is not available.
  • Using established guidelines, post creative daily posts on social media reflecting current Northern Center information to attract more viewers and distribute Northern Center news.
  • Track growth of social media readership.
  • Update and produce content for the website including personnel changes, program updates, and publications.  
  • Assist the Communications Director and program staff on updating program area descriptions, partners, photos, and landing pages.

Skills and Knowledge

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills necessary to comprehend, translate, and convey nuanced environmental and conservation information for a variety of audiences. 
  • Refined grammar, spelling, punctuation, editing, and composition skills with an eye for clarity.
  • Knowledge of news and journalism standards and requirements. 
  • Well-developed interpersonal skills to establish working relationships with stakeholders, staff, and information resources.
  • Ability to work with a team.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality of information and judgment of when information should be made public. 
  • Creative problem solving skills for complex situations. 
  • Proficient skills in a variety of social media applications. 
  • Proficient skills in Adobe Suite software, Google Apps, and/or Microsoft Office products. 
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills. 
  • Ability to work under deadline pressures and finish projects on time in a professional manner. 
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment, to analyze situations, and to make decisions
  • Strong attention to detail and ability to maintain detailed documentation of information sources. 
  • Experienced knowledge with branding, copyright law, image licensing, and media model releases. 
  • General knowledge of current and developing environmental issues in Alaska. 
  • Knowledge of communications and applicable best practices for information-sharing.

Compensation

The Communications Coordinator salary range is $55,000-60,000/year plus benefits, depending on experience. The Northern Center offers 32 hour work weeks, healthcare, vision, paid vacation leave (21 days), twelve (12) days of sick leave per year, two (2) personal days, and (11) paid holidays.

First review date is 2/5/24. Second review date is 2/19/24.

To apply: 

Send a cover letter and resume to Lois Barger at lois (at) northern (dot) org and include your last name and “Communications Coordinator” in the subject line of the email. Candidates selected for a second interview will be asked to supply 3 professional references.

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About the Northern Alaska Environmental Center
The Northern Alaska Environmental Center promotes conservation of the environment and sustainable resource stewardship in Interior and Arctic Alaska through advocacy and education.

We envision a Northern Alaska, far into the future, with abundant fish and wildlife that support vigorous subsistence traditions and an extraordinary, increasingly sustainable quality of life for Alaskans. The Northern Center advocates for complementary protective plans and management structures across Alaska’s Arctic lands and seas. We recognize the need for integrated approaches across America’s Arctic to permanently protect landscapes that address combined threats and protections needed for lands and coastal waters.

We acknowledge that we work throughout the unceded territories of the Indigenous Peoples of Alaska; that our office is located on the traditional territories of the Lower Tanana Dené Athabascan Peoples. We honor the ancestral and ongoing land and water stewardship and place-based knowledge of the peoples of these territories.

We organize using the Jemez Principles for Democratic Organizing, and for our work in Arctic Alaska, a set of protocols derived from the Jemez principles.

Our Mission
The Northern Alaska Environmental Center promotes conservation of the environment and sustainable resource stewardship in Interior and Arctic Alaska through advocacy and education.