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Posted on November 5, 2021

Vice President of Internal Communications

San Francisco, CA or Washington, D.C. or Remote


Are you passionate about equity when it comes to both people and our planet? Are you looking for a leadership role to make a huge impact in internal communications and culture at a national nonprofit organization?

Earthjustice has retained Careers In Nonprofits to help with this hire. To apply, please go to this link and follow the instructions to submit your resume.

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 guided by a passionate, ambitious vision for the future for people and our planet: until justice stands for all, we will never rest. 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, Sacramento, Chicago, Tallahassee, Honolulu, New York, Philadelphia, Denver, Seattle, Bozeman, Miami and Washington, D.C.

Earthjustice is creating an Internal Communications department, recognizing that excellent communication is integral to enabling excellent work and supporting a vibrant culture across a geographically dispersed and fast-growing organization. Internal Communications is a priority for Earthjustice; the VP in this role will have the authority to hire another internal communications staff person and contractors, as appropriate, to add to the current two-person Internal Communications Team (Director of Internal Communications and Internal Communications Specialist). This position will work closely with senior leadership and the HR and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) teams and reports directly to the President.

The Vice President of Internal Communications is charged with creating and executing the strategy for internal communications: connecting staff with Earthjustice’s mission, strategy, and brand; making it easier for leaders to communicate and share information with their teams; for employees across roles and geographies to have easy, intuitive access to the information they want and need; and to help cultivate community across the organization.

The major objectives of this role are: 1) communicating strategic direction and leadership priorities to foster greater transparency, alignment, and understanding; 2) partner to build an internal culture centered on trust, connection, and community between staff through multidirectional engagement; and 3) providing employees with useful information through intuitive internal communications tools, platforms, and channels.

This position is preferred in either the San Francisco, CA, headquarters or Washington, D.C., office locations. We are open to remote candidates that are willing to travel to our Earthjustice offices 30% of the time initially as this person is learning the organization.Depending on location, assume 10-20% later on. We will also consider candidates who are interested in working from other Earthjustice offices including: New York, NY, Chicago, IL, New Orleans, LA, Tallahassee or Miami, FL, Houston, Texas or Seattle, WA. Note that beginning January 18, 2022, Earthjustice staff will be working two days a week in the office. After six months, the Executive Leadership Team will evaluate whether to adjust Earthjustice’s hybrid work plan.

Key Responsibilities:

Vision and Strategy (60%)

  • Responsible for leading and ensuring effective execution of the internal communication strategy for the organization in partnership with the President, senior leadership and key stakeholders.
  • Leads development of internal communications plans for organizational initiatives across multiple platforms, ensuring organizational initiatives, policies and projects are thoughtfully and successfully communicated to all staff.
  • Partners with leadership on successful change management strategy for organizational initiatives and proactively identifies and addresses barriers to success.
  • Partners with the President, senior leadership, the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) team, and HR on strategies to celebrate Earthjustice’s work and each other as part of inclusive community building and mission alignment.
  • Partners with the DEI team to ensure that engagement strategies are inclusive, respectful, and adhere to the organization’s core values; supports and collaborates on DEI-led projects.
  • Partners with the President, the Senior Vice President of Communications, the Vice President of Communications, and Senior Leadership to lead work on crisis communications.
  • Leads Internal Communications Team in planning the short- and long-term objectives, strategy, growth for the team and budget. Works with the Internal Communications Team on rolling out initiatives and calendar.
  • Serves as ambassador for internal communications across the organization to ensure clear and professional content and design - oversees the content creation strategy for major internal communications channels (intranet, email, All Staff Calls, and Microsoft Teams).
  • Oversees development and roll-out of best practices, processes, and procedures to ensure clarity, high-quality internal communications across the organization.
  • Partners with senior leadership on developing strategies to build trust, connection, and community between staff through the management of multidirectional engagement strategies.
  • Partners with IT and the Digital Strategies Team to research and put into place critical tools, platforms, and infrastructure to facilitate information sharing among staff.
  • Develops metrics that align with internal communications best practices and organization goals and objectives. Oversees KPI tracking and reporting.
  • Leads a regular review of all communications channels to determine what's working, what can be updated and what is driving engagement. Partner with IT and senior leadership to optimize communications for staff.

Staff Management (20%)

  • Oversees Internal Communications team, comprised of the Director of Internal Communications, the Internal Communications Specialist (reports to Director of Internal Communications), and any future staff; Manages contractors and vendors as needed
  • Develops staff by providing career development opportunities with appropriate training, supervision, and mentoring. Co-creates professional development plans.
  • Leads regular team and individual meetings, holds team-building events, and promotes welcoming work environment by modeling inclusive behavior.
  • Conducts ongoing supervisory duties, including performance reviews, budget management, and timecard approvals.
  • Provides staff with consistent performance feedback — both positive and constructive — and acts as a coach and mentor. Creates a learning culture, by encouraging debriefing after completion of significant stages of projects. Celebrates successes and helps team members to understand and manage setbacks.
  • Creates a respectful and inclusive work environment for their team and models respectful and inclusive behavior. Values and uses individual differences and talents to improve employee satisfaction and quality of collective work.
  • Communicates regularly with existing employees and encourages staff to raise concerns and to provide ongoing feedback.

Senior Leadership Team (10%)

  • Participates and contributes to Executive Leadership Team and Program Leadership Team meetings as needed to lead and develop internal communications strategy for organizational initiatives.
  • Partners with leadership on overall internal communications strategy for the organization including improving mission alignment, celebrating Earthjustice’s work, and building trust and connection.

Continued Learning (10%)

  • Stays apprised and informed on best-in-class internal communications including new technology and systems, best practices and KPIs for staff engagement, and internal communications research and strategy.
  • Participates in organization-wide initiatives and trainings that contribute to the creation of a diverse, equitable and inclusive work culture that encourages and celebrates differences.
  • Utilizes internal and external resources to support a personal and professional development journey that increases awareness and sensitivity to the needs and concerns of individuals from diverse cultures, backgrounds and orientations..
  • Qualifications:

    • 10+ years of relevant experience (nonprofit /advocacy organizations, media, and community organizing is a plus). Candidates in related fields including Communications, DE&I, Cultural or Brand Ambassadors, Operations Leaders, Management, Leadership or Training Consultants, Public Relations Leaders are strongly encouraged to apply!
    • Bachelor's Degree preferred - concentration in communications, marketing, political science, a plus.
    • Background in environmental issues, social justice, and other progressive advocacy, a plus.
    • 3-5+ years of management experience with ability to effectively manage and lead a diverse team with emotional intelligence and accountability and cultural humility.
    • Experience managing internal communications and work cultures, with the ability to manage at a large national organization with multiple regional offices or comparable experience that has developed the communication, management, and culture-building skill sets needed for this role.
    • Strong emotional intelligence and cultural competency with ability to bring people and ideas together.
    • Significant experience working with senior leadership and successfully managing teams.
    • Demonstrated leadership experience at the executive level. Fluency in presenting to and executing leadership strategy with robust experience cooperating with Leadership Teams and integrating department strategy into the organizational mission.
    • Experience contributing to Board of Directors meetings or presentations, a plus.
    • Proven track record of delivering impactful internal communications including message development and communications planning.
    • Strong aptitude in understanding, streamlining and navigating internal workflows, processes and organizational infrastructure, in cooperation with various stakeholders across the organization.
    • Demonstrated experience in handling high-profile communications issues, change management, and using sound judgment.
    • Demonstrated experience meeting annual objectives, ongoing goals, and ability to explain how departmental goals contribute to broader organizational goals.
    • Experience managing departmental budget.

    Salary and Benefits

    We offer a competitive salary and excellent benefits that are comprehensive and competitive. Salary range is based on experience and location.

    Salary range in San Francisco, CA: $224,000 - $249,000

    Salary range in Washington, D.C.: $213,000- $236,000

    Vaccine Policy: Earthjustice recognizes the vital role COVID-19 vaccines play in keeping our communities safe during the pandemic. The reopening of their offices and the importance of in-person activities (travel, court appearances, all staff meetings, etc.) underscore the need for staff to be vaccinated. As a result, all staff are required to be vaccinated and it is a requirement of employment at Earthjustice. All staff will be asked to provide proof of vaccination. Exceptions to this policy may be granted only if required by law. All staff will be asked to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination before offices open on January 18, 2022.

    To Apply

    We’d love to hear from you.

    Earthjustice has retained Careers In Nonprofits to help with this hire. Emily Schelle, Vice President, of Careers In Nonprofits, will be managing this search. If you are interested in finding out more, please click this link and follow the instructions to apply.

    Please do not contact Earthjustice directly; all resumes sent there will be routed to Emily Schelle for handling and will create delays.

    Know someone who would be a great fit? Feel free to send us their resume as well.

    About Careers In Nonprofits: Careers In Nonprofits is a seven-time award-winning Best of Staffing recruiting firm, exclusively serving the nonprofit sector. Since 2006 Careers In Nonprofits has provided temporary, temp-to-hire, and direct hire services to over 600 nonprofit organizations throughout the U.S. The mission is to connect the best people with the best causes. Careers In Nonprofits successfully fulfill this mission by identifying client needs and candidates' career goals, matching them through a proven search process that works. For more information, please visit Careers In Nonprofits.

    We strongly encourage people from varying backgrounds to apply — including, but not limited to, people who identify as Black or African-American, Native Americans and Indigenous origins, Hispanic or Latinx/Latino/Latina, Asian or Pacific Islander, multi-racial, LGBTQ+ individuals, women, and people living with disabilities. Our DEI page with important information on our DEI work and staff data, plus affinity groups.

    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.

    For positions located within the City and County of San Francisco Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment-qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

    For positions located within the City of Los Angeles: We will consider qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring.