Communications Associate

Rainforest Foundation US
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career
  • Posted
    Aug 30

Position description

For over 30 years, Rainforest Foundation US (RFUS) has worked to address climate change and safeguard biodiversity by promoting the rights of indigenous peoples and supporting their efforts to protect and defend their rainforests. Science shows that forests managed by indigenous peoples are healthier, suffer less deforestation, capture more carbon, and contain more biodiversity than forests managed by private or public entities--including nationally protected areas. What’s more, scientists tell us that protecting forests is as important as reducing greenhouse emissions if we hope to stem the tide of ecological collapse.

RFUS works in partnership with indigenous communities and their representative organizations to protect tropical rainforests by supporting their efforts to secure rights to their lands, strengthen monitoring and land security, influence laws and policies that protect their resources, and build strong and sustainable community leadership. By investing directly in indigenous communities, RFUS connects the people rooted in the land with the tools, training, and resources to be effective advocates and protectors of the forests they call home. RFUS currently operates four country programs in Brazil, Guyana, Panama and Peru, and hosts a number of regional partnerships in Central America, the Amazon Basin and across the tropical belt.

Position overview

Rainforest Foundation US (RFUS) is recruiting a highly motivated Communications Associate to support its communications team. The associate will support the implementation of the organization’s audience and donor engagement strategies, particularly through the website and targeted email communications to enhance the organization’s overall online presence and to increase its individual donor base.

The associate will report to the Senior Communications Manager and coordinate closely with the communications and fundraising teams, as well as other team members. The associate will also liaise with external vendors, including printers, web developers, designers, and volunteers, as needed.

Responsibilities

  • Supports the management of the organizational website and the production of organizational newsletters and other email marketing materials, including collecting and analyzing metrics to improve engagement
  • Keeps an eye on SEO optimization of the website, in particular for all new or revised content, tracking SEO performance, proposing and pursuing strategies (such as backlinks) to improve website rankings
  • Supports the production of program or fundraising communications as needed, including drafting copy, identifying images, suggesting formatting options, etc.
  • Monitors for consistency of organizational brand and style in communications outputs
  • Leads logistical support needed for periodic in-person or virtual events 
  • Maintains RFUS’s digital assets database and archives, providing support to all RFUS team members to locate assets in a timely manner and managing upkeep of the filing system
  • Collects metrics for all communications-related key performance indicators
  • Manages working files for the department and archives completed communications projects and outputs on a quarterly basis

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in communications, the arts, journalism, marketing, environmental studies, international relations, sociology, or related field
  • 1-2 years’ experience supporting the management of an organizational website and/or the development of email communications
  • Experience with WordPress and Elementor a plus
  • Experience with SEO and the collection and analysis of engagement metrics a plus
  • Excellent written, oral, and interpersonal communications skills
  • Detail-oriented and able to produce quality outputs in a timely manner
  • Ability to organize, prioritize, and complete work independently
  • Interest and motivation to work on issues relevant to the organization
  • Experience working with local and indigenous communities is an advantage

Language

  • Full professional proficiency in English is required 
  • Professional working proficiency in Spanish and/or Portuguese is a strong advantage

Compensation

Compensation for this part-time position is $22/hour for 20 hrs/week. While part time employees (30 hours or less a week) do not qualify for medical insurance coverage, they are entitled to 10 days per year of vacation leave and closed offices from Christmas to New Year’s Day (inclusive) plus the 10 additional federal holidays. Beyond this, employees are entitled to 5 days per year of sick leave. For this role, nights or weekends will not be expected except possibly during work-related travel, in which case compensatory time will be accrued.

While part time employees (30 hours or less a week) do not qualify for medical insurance coverage, they are entitled to 10 days per year of vacation leave and closed offices from Christmas to New Year’s Day (inclusive) plus the 10 additional federal holidays. Beyond this, employees are entitled to 5 days per year of sick leave. For this role, nights or weekends will not be expected except possibly during work-related travel, in which case compensatory time will be accrued.

 

Application instructions

Interested applicants are advised to carefully study the job description and reflect in the cover letter how your work and experience helps you meet the requirements and skills we are looking for. Applications will not be considered without the submission of a cover letter and a resume. Providing a link to a portfolio of past work is an advantage.

Please send full application using subject line: "POSITION TITLE - YOUR NAME"

Any position-related questions may also be directed to this email address. Please note that the position will be listed as open until filled. Interested candidates are encouraged to apply early. Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be contacted.

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