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Position: Advocacy & Campaigns Director

Location: Boulder, CO with Remote Work Potential

Reporting to: Vice President, Programs & Operations

Status: Exempt

See PDF job listing, here.

Background

Based in Boulder, CO, Protect Our Winters (POW) is a nonprofit that engages and mobilizes the outdoor sports community to lead the fight against climate change through educational initiatives, political advocacy and community-based activism.

Founded by pro snowboarder Jeremy Jones in 2007, POW works against climate change by turning passionate outdoor people into effective climate advocates. We are a community of athletes, thought pioneers and forward-thinking business leaders working to affect systemic political solutions to climate change. We work hard, but we enjoy taking our meetings to the chairlift or backcountry.

The Opportunity

The Advocacy & Campaigns Director is responsible for leading our advocacy efforts through the ideation, project management and execution of campaigns that advance the organization’s priorities. You stay current on climate politics and policy and serve as the go-to for impactful campaign ideas and plans that we can execute across the organization at the federal and state level. You never stop imagining how POW could utilize all of its assets– from the Alliance to our volunteers– in campaign execution. You play an important role in advancing POW’s priorities while managing a small team of staff focused on stakeholder engagement.

In this position, you will be responsible for:

Campaign Development & Management

  • Identify and design advocacy campaigns that advance POW’s advocacy priorities and/or civic engagement strategies, developing clear campaign plans with innovative tactics.
  • Ensure all of POW’s community (including Alliance members, volunteers, general membership) have clear roles and responsibilities in campaign execution.
  • Project manage campaigns and corresponding action plans for all teams across the organization, including Events, Communications, and Development to ensure execution.
  • Support campaign communications by identifying critical content.
  • Develop relationships and connect with partners to advance campaigns and actively participate in coalitions that advance the organization’s objectives. Participate in coalition meetings relevant to campaigns, reporting back on critical decisions and updates and recommended courses of action. 
  • Draft and program advocacy campaigns for dissemination via POW’s digital advocacy platform and traditional communications channels (website, email, and text). Ensure all departments have the correct information to attach calls to action to their work.

Policy & Lobbying

  • Review the organization’s advocacy priorities during strategic planning. Research, recommend, and draft updates to priority policies as needed.
  • Responsible for briefs, talking points, and/or fact sheets on policy issues, lawmakers, or otherwise for internal use to educate staff and/or Alliance members. Create and execute presentations on policies for staff, Alliance members, and/or donors as needed. 
  • Identify and plan opportunities for POW to impact climate policy, including public comment, public hearings and testimony, business sign-on letters, congressional briefings, outings, and/or lawmaker meetings, etc. Responsible for all necessary materials. Attend relevant public policy meetings or hearings at the state and federal level.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with policy partners in state capitols and in Washington DC with similar agendas in which partnership can advance POW’s efforts. Attend coalition meetings in relevant geographies. 
  • With support from the Events Coordinator, plan and execute annual lobby days in Washington DC and in state capitols in key geographies. 
  • Manage and maintain relationships with elected officials at the federal and state level, providing quarterly check-ins. Update lawmakers on POW’s campaigns as needed. 
  • Manage contract support for federal (and potentially state) lobbying activities. 

Leadership in Climate Advocacy

  • Oversee development and execution of grassroots engagement strategy around advocacy, including Local Alliance Program and volunteer engagement strategy.
  • Oversee tactical research on effective methodologies in voter education and policy engagement, as well as best practices in digital advocacy. 
  • Manage, coach, and mentor advocacy team members. Develop performance goals and metrics through the department and individual work plans and conduct regular check-ins and performance evaluations.
  • Provide education on policy, advocacy, and campaign efforts at events and trainings. 
  • Maintain a pulse on both climate politics and policy, especially within POW’s targeted geographies. Track related policy issues to ensure all campaigns are timed accordingly. 
  • Engage and manage external contractors relevant to advocacy and campaign work for platforms and/or data (ex. Phone2Action, BallotReady, Catalist) and maintain POW’s CRM database to accurately reflect advocacy campaigns and relationships.

Skills, experience, and qualities that will help you be successful:

  • 5+ years of direct campaign experience, a focus on environmental issues is preferred
  • Managed or served as the leader on one or more advocacy, policy, or political campaigns
  • Experience in both stakeholder/partner outreach and public speaking, and a track record of cultivating relationships with advocacy, policy, political, and grassroots leaders
  • Experience working in advocacy at the federal and/or state level
  • Managerial experience, with a track record of successful project management
  • Exceptional ability to analyze information, formulate plans, and adopt plans and tactics as conditions change, conveying them in writing and through oral presentations
  • Experience in grassroots organizing and innovative campaign tactics preferred
  • Experience working with the outdoor community preferred
  • Acute understanding of the current political landscape
  • Relevant Bachelor’s degree
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Positive attitude and passion for the outdoors and climate action
  • Comfortable in a fast-paced environment
  • Willingness and ability to travel domestically

Physical demands and work environment:

Must operate within the context of established objectives. The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk, hear and see. The employee frequently is required to sit, stand, walk, use hands and fingers to handle or feel, and reach with hands and arms.

Application

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

To apply, please send your resume and cover letter to [email protected] with ‘Director, Advocacy & Campaigns’ in the subject line.

Salary commensurate with experience, with a pay range of $80,000 – $90,000. Additionally, Protect Our Winters offers competitive benefits including healthcare, dental, retirement, and sick, holiday, and paid time off as well as a family-friendly, flexible work environment. 

If you meet more than 75% of the qualifications of this description, we support your application. 

At POW, we are committed to providing an environment of mutual respect where equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants and teammates without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, military and veteran status, and any other characteristic protected by applicable law. POW believes that building diversity is critical to the success of a global organization. We seek to recruit, develop, and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool.

 

Position: VP of Strategic Communications and Marketing

Location: Boulder, CO with Remote Work Potential

Reporting to: Executive Director

Status: Exempt

Background

Based in Boulder, CO, Protect Our Winters (POW) is a nonprofit that engages and mobilizes
the outdoor sports community to lead the fight against climate change through educational initiatives, political advocacy and community-based activism.

Founded by pro snowboarder Jeremy Jones in 2007, POW works against climate change by turning passionate outdoor people into effective climate advocates. We are a community of athletes, thought pioneers and forward-thinking business leaders working to affect systemic political solutions to climate change. We work hard, but we enjoy taking our meetings to the chairlift or backcountry.

The Opportunity

Are you the person who people gather around the campfire to listen to you spin a yarn and
then find yourself wishing your communications and marketing experience could motivate people to act for the places that you love because you understand the magnitude of the climate crisis? Do you enjoy geeking out on gear and snow/crag/trail conditions but are also comfortable going full-wonk on communications strategy, creative content sourcing, distribution platforms, and social media analytics?

As the VP of Strategic Communications and Marketing, you will own the strategic planning of POW’s integrated marketing programming and lead a small but lethal team of like-minded individuals to up-level POW’s communications, marketing and content strategies. Reporting directly to the Executive Director, you will lead the evolution of POW’s organizational narrative and brand and work closely with the other senior leaders to craft strategies to engage, motivate and nurture the organization’s key audiences.

Responsibilities

● Develops departmental strategy and manages budget and resources in alignment
with the Executive Director and (as necessary) the Board of Directors

● Work collaboratively with peers to ensure the organization has the communications
and marketing support to reach its goals and objectives

● In collaboration with the Executive Director and VP of Programs & Operations, evolve POW’s organizational narrative and oversee the development and execution of the
organization’s advocacy, awareness and audience engagement communications

● Lead the organization’s press and public relations strategy

● Develop and present strategic points of view as needed and craft talking points
and/or messaging materials around key organizational initiatives

● Oversee the creation of OpEds, press releases, and respond to media inquiries

● Lead the organization’s strategy for current and new communications channels

● Develop a metrics program to measure marketing effectiveness

● Oversee social media and content creation strategies

● Develop strategic briefs for PR and creative contractors/agencies, driven by insights
that will motivate action from the target audience(s)

● Responsible for managing external agency and freelance partners

● Oversee production of content, ensuring approved consumer-facing deliverables
come to life (social posts, email, post copy, toolkit, stunts, etc.) in support of the
broader vision

● Serve as the lead for managing POW’s presence at high-profile brand events

● Oversee the organization’s content and communications calendar

● Oversee proper management of the organization’s data and CRM system (Salesforce), data security protocols and privacy compliance

● Develop efficient processes for production, quality control, delivery, asset
management, etc.

● Oversee the creation of an archiving process and search system for all POW assets

● Be the ‘last eyes’ on crucial communications going out from the organization

● Manage a team of three employees and multiple contractors with an eye toward
efficiency and growth

Skills and Experience

● Strong commitment to protecting the places that support an outdoor lifestyle and to the inclusion and representation of all the people who make up the Outdoor State

● A commitment to a ‘big tent’ diverse, inclusive, and non-partisan approach to
engaging audiences on climate change and the protection of outdoor playgrounds

● A minimum of 7 years of experience leading communications and marketing for an
organization

● Previous management/leadership experience

● Proven track record of developing successful communications campaigns

● A love of stories and storytelling

● Experienced with marketing metrics and evaluation

● Knowledgeable of trends and platforms in digital communications

● Significant experience managing multiple projects

● Demonstrable experience ensuring message and brand consistency

● Experience developing organizational narratives

● Proven track record of working collaboratively with external stakeholders

● Previous work experience in climate or purpose-driven communications a bonus

● Excellent written and verbal communications skills

Physical demands and work environment

Must operate within the context of established objectives. The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk, hear, and see. The employee frequently is required to sit, stand, walk, use hands and fingers to handle or feel, and reach with hands and arms.

Application

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

To apply, please send your resume and cover letter to [email protected] with ‘VP of Strategic Communications and Marketing’ in the subject line.

Salary commensurate with experience.

Protect Our Winters offers competitive compensation, health benefits, retirement, sick, holiday, and paid time off. At POW, we are committed to providing an environment of mutual respect where equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants and teammates without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, military and veteran status, and any other characteristic protected by applicable law. POW believes that building diversity is critical to the success of a global organization. We seek to recruit, develop, and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool.

Internships

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