Earthjustice is the premier nonprofit environmental law organization.
We take on the biggest, most precedent-setting cases across the
country. We wield the power of law and the strength of partnership to
protect people’s health; to preserve magnificent places and wildlife; to
advance clean energy; and to combat climate change. We partner with
thousands of groups, supporters, individuals and communities to engage
the critical environmental issues of our time, and bring about positive
change. We are here because the earth needs a good lawyer.
Founded in 1971, Earthjustice has a distinguished track record of
achieving significant, lasting environmental protections. We achieve
this by hiring people who share a passion for justice and a healthy
environment. Our headquarters are in San Francisco with offices in
Anchorage, Juneau, Los Angeles, Tallahassee, Honolulu, New York,
Philadelphia, Denver, Seattle, Bozeman, Miami and Washington, DC.
*The position will ideally be located in San Francisco, CA, but we are
open to housing the role in Los Angeles for the right candidate.
In addition to a talented cadre of environmental lawyers and legislative
advocates, Earthjustice has an amazing communications department that
works in partnership with every other department at the organization.
The team is looking for a Regional Communications Strategist dedicated
to supporting our California legal and policy team, which is based in
San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Sacramento. The California Regional
Communications Strategist works closely with our California Managing
Attorney and develops and implements strategic communications for
California—including dynamic storytelling, media, and public outreach—to
support priority litigation and legislative advocacy in our docket and
to help build Earthjustice’s profile in the Golden State.
Our California work covers such wide-ranging environmental issues as
advancing clean energy, protecting farmworkers from pesticides,
combatting air pollution, fighting environmental injustices, and
protecting wildlife. This role also includes running our
California-based Right to Zero campaign, which is dedicated to shifting
the state to a zero-emissions transportation sector, all powered by a
clean energy grid. This will entail managing an outside communications
firm based in California, as well as a general media contractor based in
STRATEGY & COORDINATION: 30%
- Partners with key attorneys and policy staff to craft and implement
communications strategy and messaging for Earthjustice’s
- Manages the Right to Zero campaign, including associated
contractors, events, social media presence, legislative advocacy,
and media outreach. Also manages a freelance media contractor for
general press assistance.
- Coordinates with national and regional communications strategists on
shared marquee environmental issues at Earthjustice, adopting
consistent organizational framing within the lens of our
- Works with partners and clients in developing coalition strategy and
advocacy tactics. Identifies potential partnerships with other local
organizations to amplify key issues.
- Develops strategy documents, timelines, budgets, and metrics to
determine campaign effectiveness, ensure accountability, and inform
MEDIA RELATIONS: 45%
- Drafts press content and pitches Earthjustice’s California work to
print, television, radio and online media outlets.
- Oversees drafting and coordination of rapid response messaging to
breaking news and developments.
- Builds relationships between journalists and key Earthjustice CA
spokespeople; research reporters’ beats and interests; builds and
maintains press lists.
- Works with media trainers to hone interview skills of Earthjustice
staff; preps spokespeople for priority media interviews; coordinates
press events and other earned media opportunities.
CONTENT CREATION & BRANDING: 25%
- Develops innovative ways to tell the stories of our California work;
drafts compelling content for the Earthjustice blog, social media,
website and print materials.
- Partners with national and regional communications strategists and
colleagues in Brand Communications on major storytelling initiatives
for shared marquee issues; partners with marketing staff in
Development and Communications to identify and develop stories for
regional fundraising and marketing purposes.
- Bachelor’s degree in journalism, political science, literature,
rhetoric, communications, or environmental fields required. Master’s
degree desirable but not necessary.
- Strong background in social justice movements, politics, or
community organizing a plus.
- 7+ years in communications or journalism, with an emphasis in
- Media savvy, with great depth of experience in successfully placing
stories, opinion pieces, and narratives, with a history of
influencing conversations unfolding in the media. Must be social
media savvy as well.
- An independent self-starter who can own our California
communications work and coordinate multiple projects with a large
legal team. Must be adept at rapid response communications work and
juggling competing deadlines.
- Excellent communications strategic sense and an ability to set goals
and priorities, managing limited resources for maximum impact.
- Experience working on environmental or social justice issues such as
toxic air pollution, transportation issues, wildlife protections,
fossil fuels, pesticides, or environmental justice.
- Experience working with diverse coalitions, integrating online
communications with offline organizing.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills; able to mobilize
supporters through powerful, creative narratives and storytelling
- Ability to lead staff and vendors in a team environment and exhibit
strong team building/participation skills.
- Demonstrates an awareness and sensitivity to the needs and concerns
of individuals from diverse cultures, backgrounds and orientations.
- Contributes to the creation of a diverse, equitable and inclusive
work culture that encourages and celebrates differences.
- Spanish-language proficiency a plus.
We offer a mission- and employee-focused work environment and a
competitive compensation package, including excellent benefits.
Earthjustice is an equal opportunity employer and highly values
diversity. Women and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply.
Using the Jobvite application tool, please submit:
- One or two-page cover letter that addresses at least the following
subjects: (1) why you are drawn to Earthjustice’s mission and
whether there are particular legal, environmental, or justice issues
that inspire you; and (2) aspects of your background that
demonstrates competence to work in this position with diverse
clients and colleagues.
- Writing sample, preferably press materials, a report, or an opinion
piece that primarily reflects your work.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is
Please reach out to email@example.com if you are having technical
difficulties submitting your application. No phone calls, drop-ins, or
Earthjustice is driven by a passion for justice, partnership and
excellence. Our core values lead us to seek a broad range of
perspectives and backgrounds to achieve our mission and to maintain an
inclusive environment where all staff are valued and respected. As an
equal opportunity employer, we are committed to employment practices
that ensure that employees and applicants for employment are provided
with equal opportunities without regard to race, color, national origin,
ancestry, sex, age, religion, physical or mental disability, medical
condition, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, sexual
orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information or
any other factor that is not related to the position.