Communications Associate
Environmental Advocates of New York - Albany, NY

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General Duties

The Communications Associate is a full-time non-exempt salaried staff person based in Albany who reports to the Communications Director. The ideal candidate is strategy-oriented, and will assist the Communications Director in setting the organization's overall communications agenda and ensuring the consistency of our messaging across several platforms, including internal and external publications, media outreach, website maintenance, and direct and online outreach to the organization's 10,000+ person membership.

The Communications Associate is responsible for the design, layout, and distribution of print and electronic publications for the organization's membership base, policy makers, donors, allied groups, and other audiences. This position helps maintain a robust online presence, which includes our website, regular email communications by means of the Convio marketing and membership platform, and social networking sites such as Facebook , Twitter , and YouTube . In addition, because Environmental Advocates undertakes significant coalition building, the Communications Associate is also responsible for helping to develop and implement paid and earned media campaigns for the benefit of the broader environmental community.

Specific Responsibilities

Membership Communications

Assist in managing online membership network using Convio platform

Coordinate targeted distribution of action alerts, event announcements, fundraising appeals, and legislative bill memos

Help manage database of membership contacts

Publications & Materials

Layout and design online and print newsletters, reports, membership materials, brochures, invitations, letterhead, envelopes, issue flyers, postcards, and more

Coordinate print bids and schedules; manage external vendors

Online Presence & Social Networking

Manage and update online presence and social networking sites

Develop and implement new media strategy utilizing existing and emerging platforms

Media Outreach

Build and maintain media contact lists

Organize press conferences and other media events

Collect daily media clips and maintain long-term archives

Data Collection & Quality Oversight

Provide monthly reports on advocacy efforts and ways in which communications efforts can be more targeted and effective

Critically copyedit, proofread, and revise written communications

Prepare briefing memos as needed

Position Requirements

Commitment to environmental conservation and holding state government accountable

Bachelor's degree or relevant years of experience

Excellent oral and written communication skills and attention to detail

Ability to manage multiple tasks with minimal direction, as well as work collaboratively with fellow staff and partner organizations

Graphic design experience (InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop)

Technical experience with online marketing and member outreach platforms (Salsa, Get Active, Convio), website development (Dreamweaver), video editing software (iMovie), and content management systems (Joomla), or similar softwares

Experience with HTML and CSS preferred

Experience with Excel and Access preferred

Experience with community organizing, social and new media (including video and audio) strategy, and an understanding of New YorkState politics appreciated

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