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Senior Director – Climate Communications

Waxman Strategies, a mission-driven policy and communications consulting firm led by former Congressman Henry Waxman, is accepting applications for a Senior Director of Climate Communications. As the Senior Director you will work primarily with our climate technology clients, building effective communications plans, generating media attention, deepening relationships with health reporters, and ensuring we respond nimbly to breaking news on climate tech and related issues. We’re looking for candidates with experience in communications planning, media relations, and management, and who have a strong commitment to the power of technology to help solve the climate crisis. 

 

Who we are: 

Waxman Strategies provides strategic communications, public affairs/PR, advocacy, and policy counsel to organizations working primarily in the areas of technology, health, and the environment. Our Technology & Policy Communications Practice serves a range of clients advancing public interest solutions, including innovators and startups, investors, accelerators/incubators and associations, foundations, and non-profit organizations. Joining the Waxman team is a chance to work with some of the smartest creative minds in climate tech. Here you will be part of a growing team of communications professionals working collaboratively to accelerate technology solutions for some of the world’s biggest challenges: electric vehicles charging infrastructure; electric grid resilience; emerging renewable/clean energy technologies; advancing zero waste goals for smart cities; tech solutions for carbon drawdown; ocean health and more.

 

The position:

As a Senior Director of Climate Communications, you will play a lead role with the Technology & Communications team to deliver excellent results for our clients as we work to build the strength and voice of the climate technology sector’s power to help solve the climate crisis. You will manage a portfolio of clients that may include growth stage climate tech startups, industry associations, nonprofits, investors and funders. You will build effective communications plans, guide the development of compelling content, generate media attention, deepen relationships with reporters, and ensure we respond nimbly to breaking news on climate tech issues. 

 

Responsibilities include:

  • Driving the success of client communications goals, which involves the development and implementation of integrated communications strategies, plans and campaigns calibrated to achieve short and longer term objectives and impact.
  • Strengthen and cultivate relationships with climate and technology reporters and media; actively pitch stories and generate coverage; and train and manage staff around reporter outreach.
  • Oversee and take a lead role in the writing and editing of a variety of communications materials, both internal and external, including press releases, reporter pitches, blog posts, fact sheets, statements, talking points and contributed content such as op-eds, bylines and blog posts.
  • Manage thought leadership programs, including crafting compelling materials, presentations, and contributed content; and driving executive visibility and industry thought leadership campaigns for clients and internally.
  • Work closely with clients to develop effective messaging and innovative climate technology narratives for targeted audiences, securing speaking engagements and identifying and securing opportunities to enhance clients’ position in the market.
  • Project manage communications deliverables and directly support multiple clients.
  • Managing and training at least one member of the Tech & Policy Communications Practice staff; recruiting and hiring additional staff as needed.
  • Perform other duties as needed to help meet Waxman Strategies’ priorities and goals, including supporting communications work around innovative health and public interest technologies and business models, building programs around key issues, supporting alliance development, coalition management and communications. 
  • Play a key role in business development, actively identifying potential new clients, and participation in prospective and new client meetings and ongoing conversations, and writing/presenting proposals.

Who you are:

Required qualifications:

  • You have a minimum of eight years of professional work experience, including a background in communications, public affairs, and/or public relations, including some experience in an agency setting.
  • You have experience on climate and technology issues and are interested in continuing to deepen your expertise. Experience in relevant climate technology sectors is a huge plus, particularly where communications has led to industry or policy impact on climate goals.
  • You have an ability to capitalize on media opportunities, drive communications program activity and evaluate campaign results against objectives.
  •  You have excellent written and verbal communication skills, with demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with people at varying levels of expertise on impactful issues and complex technologies, including reporters and clients.
  •     You have a commitment to and experience working with people from a variety of backgrounds, including marginalized communities such as communities of color, low-income communities, members of the LGBTQ+ community, various religious backgrounds, and more.
  • You have a commitment to incorporating DEIJ values into the work we do for clients and how we grow the firm, supporting professional development for colleagues across the firm, and coaching and mentoring junior staff.
  • You have experience recruiting, managing, and mentoring staff.
  • You have flexibility, can take initiative, and a willingness to learn as issues arise.
  • You have strong project management and organizational skills.

 

Preferred qualifications:

  • You have advocacy experience in the climate technology sector.
  • You have a passion for and experience in communicating around environmental/climate justice issues.
  • You have experience with business development.
  • Experience managing communications campaigns for companies in cleantech is a plus. 
  • Fluency in Spanish is a plus.

More about our team: The firm is made up of people from various backgrounds, including former Obama administration staff, nonprofit advocacy groups, health agencies, and legislative offices, at a range of experience levels. We pride ourselves on being a welcoming place for people of color, members of the LGBTQ community, parents, empty-nesters, and more.

Details: We have a preference for candidates based in the Washington, D.C. area, but will consider candidates in other U.S. locations. During the pandemic, our D.C. based staff have the option of working from home but also have access to the office. The safety of our team is a top priority and we will resume working from our office, travel, and in-person meetings when it is safe to do so. You will report to and partner closely with the Managing Director of our Technology Practice. This is a full-time position.

Compensation and benefits: The salary range for this position is $96 to 125K, depending on experience. We have a generous benefits package, including group health insurance, dental benefits, unlimited vacation time, paid holidays, and a 401(k) plan. We offer a supportive and collaborative work setting with full-time working hours (and flexibility as needed for working parents and other personal demands), a beautiful new office space, and a talented, driven, passionate, and fun team working alongside you.

 

Interview process: Our interview process involves a phone interview, two video interviews, a candidate exercise, and reference calls for candidates advancing in our process. 

 

To apply:

Please click on the apply button and submit a resume and a thoughtful cover letter which demonstrates your writing abilities and let us know how you learned of the job. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and the job will remain posted on our website until it is filled. 


 If you require reasonable accommodation in completing this application, interviewing, completing any pre-employment testing, or otherwise participating in the employee selection process, please contact Aliya at aliya@waxmanstrategies.com.

 

Our DEIJ Commitment: Waxman Strategies is a firm that cares deeply about protecting our environment, improving health access and outcomes, and advancing technology in the public interest. We conduct our work with the understanding that diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice (DEIJ) values are central to our mission, our culture, our success and our impact. 

 

With the knowledge of this country’s historically unjust economic and social systems in mind, our organization tries to maintain a workplace environment that embraces the diverse* backgrounds and identities of our team, partners and clients.

 

*Including differing race, ethnicity, gender, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, tribe, caste, socio-economic status, thinking, communication style, etc. 

 

Waxman Strategies is an equal opportunity employer; we strictly prohibit discrimination against any employee or applicant on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation, disability, gender identity or expression and any other characteristic protected by law. 

Women, people of color, and members of the LGBTQ community and other historically marginalized communities are strongly encouraged to apply.

 

 

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