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Communications Manager

About EarthCorps

EarthCorps is a non-profit organization based in Seattle, Washington that develops environmental leaders to strengthen community and restore the health of our environment. We believe in the power of people – acting through their collective responsibility to one another and our planet – to tackle the most pressing challenges facing our world, and we envision a world in which people and nature thrive together.   

To cultivate this important work, we train young leaders in ecological restoration. We bring together young adults – who we call corps members - from the US and across the globe for an environmental leadership development and green-jobs training program where we care for the lands and waters of Puget Sound. Corps members gain hands-on leadership experience, cross-cultural skills, and learn technical environmental restoration while building a close-knit community as they care for our natural world. These emerging environmental leaders “think globally and act locally” in leading community volunteers to complete restoration projects such as native tree planting, invasive plant removal, salmon stream restoration, wetland and shoreline restoration, and trail construction.   

At the conclusion of the program, these leaders return to their local communities with the skills and enthusiasm required to tackle the pressing issues of our time – including climate change, pollution and ecological degradation – to help create a better world for all of us. Since its inception in 1993, EarthCorps has trained more than 1,000 environmental leaders from the US and nearly 80 countries around the world.  

EarthCorps is embarking on our next chapter: we just hired a bold and visionary new executive director and are in the process of creating our new strategic plan to guide us as we transform our organization to meet the environmental justice and racial equity needs of today. Come be a part of the transformation of this organization! 

Commitment to Racial Equity

EarthCorps strongly believes in the values of racial equity, diversity, and inclusion. EarthCorps works to ensure that everyone feels engaged and supported in all areas of the organization's operations as we work to become a fully inclusive, multi-cultural, and anti-racist organization.

Position Summary

The Communications Manager (CM) oversees all aspects of EarthCorps’ communications to drive greater organizational visibility, strategically increase volunteer and corps member recruitment, and build awareness for the organization’s impact in ways that will generate additional funding for EarthCorps. This position guides the overall communications and brand strategy for the organization; the Communications Manager is the organization’s storyteller and needs to develop and deliver effective communications to a variety of target audiences.  The CM reports to the Development Director and sits within the Development and Communications team. This position is based in the Seattle area with the ability for hybrid work.

Duties & Responsibilities

Planning, Strategy and Management (10%):

  • Brand and Communications Strategy: Develop and implement organizational communications strategy and annual work plan, integrating print materials, electronic communications, and traditional media outreach. 
  • Contracting: Manage contract relationships with vendors including web developers, graphic designers, and printers. 

Development Support (20%): 

  • Content Creation (print & digital): Collaborate with Development Manager to create compelling fundraising appeals, monthly newsletters, annual reports, etc.  
  • Events: Attend virtual and in-person stewardship and fundraising events led by development team and help out as needed. 
  • Digital Fundraising: Produce and manage cross-channel digital fundraising campaigns to acquire, renew, and retain donors; including growing EarthCorps’ monthly donors; Create and implement digital donor journeys for existing and new supporters. 

Branding and Marketing (20%): 

  • Email Marketing: Design, drive, and execute email strategy; create and send all mass emails; manage email lists, customer segmentation, and email targeting; track and report the performance of email campaigns. 
  • Website: Manage and develop content on our website to ensure it is updated, accurate, on-brand, and user-friendly; write blogs and translate email newsletters into blog posts; lead strategy for updating web content where appropriate; manage vendor relations. 
  • Social Media: Manage all social media accounts and create all social media content; build out a unique strategy for each platform. 
  • Graphic Design: Provide some in-house graphic design. Work closely with graphic design consultants where outside help is needed. 
  • External Communications: Write, edit, design, and provide editorial oversight for all external print and electronic materials.  

Outreach (45%) 

  • Media: Serve as the primary contact for external communications; establish and maintain key relationships, and act as liaison for PR initiatives and opportunities. 
  • Content Development: Work with staff and corps to generate quotes, pictures, and stories of impact for outreach and evaluation; lead social media, branding, and photo trainings as needed. 
  • Messaging: Work proactively with staff to develop and support consistent messaging, including talking points when applicable for external events  

Racial Equity (5%) 

  • Collaborative partner in racial equity efforts for the organization 

Required Qualifications

We Are Looking For Someone Who: 

  • Is dedicated to EarthCorps’ mission, values, and racial and environmental justice 
  • Has a deep and authentic commitment to DEI and desire for continued growth 
  • Has 3-5 years of experience in marketing/communications with demonstrated success in varied communications vehicles including print, web, and social media 
  • Has superior writing, editing, and proofreading skills 
  • Has strong verbal communication and presentation skills 
  • Is creative and dependable 
  • Has a sincere commitment to working collaboratively with a range of constituent groups including board, staff, corps members, volunteers, donors, and stakeholders  
  • Is entrepreneurial, enjoys creating and implementing new initiatives 
  • Is flexible and can adapt to a constantly changing environment 

Terms of Employment

COVID-19 Considerations 

We are requiring all employees to be fully COVID-19 vaccinated prior to the start of employment. Proof of a completed COVID-19 vaccination should be submitted on or no later than your scheduled start date. If you believe you are entitled to either a medical or religious exemption to our vaccination requirement, your situation will be evaluated. 


Competitive benefits package includes employer provided health insurance, dental insurance, 403(b), paid vacation, paid sick time, paid holidays, subsidized transit pass, and staff training. 


Salary Range -- $60,000 - $70,000 per year 

To Apply

  • Please submit your cover letter and resume by clicking on “Apply Now” on our website. In your cover letter, please describe as specifically as you can how your experience, interests, and values are a good fit for this position and with EarthCorps. In addition, please share how your lived and/or professional experiences inform your understanding of what it means to be anti-racist.
  • The priority deadline will be 8/1/22. All applications will be reviewed by the priority deadline. Any applications submitted after the priority deadline will be reviewed on a rolling basis. The position will remain open until we find the right candidate. We expect first round interviews to start in early August.