• Communications Associate- Audubon South Carolina

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  • Overview

    Now in its second century, Audubon is dedicated to protecting birds and other wildlife and the habitat that supports them. Audubon’s mission is engaging people in bird conservation on a hemispheric scale through science, policy, education and on-the-ground conservation action.  By mobilizing and aligning its network of Chapters, Centers, State and Important Bird Area programs in the four major migratory flyways in the Americas, the organization will bring the full power of Audubon to bear on protecting common and threatened bird species and the critical habitat they need to survive.  And as part of BirdLife International, Audubon will join people in over 100 in-country organizations all working to protect a network of Important Bird Areas around the world, leveraging the impact of actions they take at a local level.  What defines Audubon’s unique value is a powerful grassroots network of nearly 500 local chapters, 23 state offices, 41 Audubon Centers, Important Bird Area Programs in 50 states, and 700 staff across the country.  Audubon is a federal contractor and an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).



    Position Summary

    Reporting to the Director of Policy and Communications, the Communications Associate is responsible for implementing strategies that elevate Audubon South Carolina’s profile in state and nationally using a blend of innovative and conventional communications strategies and tactics. Day-to-day responsibilities will include writing for a variety of channels and audiences, overseeing media and public relations activities, assisting with event planning and coordination, and project management.


    Please submit a cover letter along with your resume for consideration.

    Essential Functions

    • With oversight from the Director of Policy and Communications, develop and implement an annual communications plan, using email communications, digital and social media content, events, and media and public relations to elevate Audubon South Carolina’s visibility and reach in the state and beyond.
    • Ensure the consistency of brand standards, messaging, mission, vision, and values with all audiences, internal and external, and communities.
    • Manage outreach and promotion of events, organizational announcements, partnerships, reports and other content in conjunction with program and development staff.
    • Oversee all media and public relations activities, including media list development, developing relationships with key reporter, managing media outreach and news releases, TV/radio interviews, feature stories, etc.
    • Work with National Audubon Society headquarters communications staff to amplify South Carolina issues within the network.
    • Develop and manage Audubon South Carolina’s online (social media, website, etc.) strategy and content.
    • Manage photography and videography needs for/of events, activities, and general awareness for use in publications and media, and ensure proper releases are signed and filed. Maintain organization’s graphics and photo files.
    • Analyze and document the effectiveness of all executed outreach and communications.
    • Other job related duties and responsibilities as requested.


    Qualifications and Experience

    • Bachelor's degree in journalism, communications, marketing or a closely related field and 2-3 years’ in public relations, journalism, social media or other communications and marketing related fields required. An equivalent combination of education and experience also considered.
    • Experience developing and implementing communication plans and strategies.
    • Strong leadership skills required.
    • Some management experience preferred.
    • Excellent writing, editing and proofreading skills, with demonstrated experience writing articles for newsletters, marketing literature, website content, social media, and/or public relations materials.
    • Experience pitching and developing strong relationships with traditional and new media; using online communications tools to enhance and amplify an organization’s core messages; and providing creative communications support, editing support, and strategy to multiple internal project teams simultaneously.
    • Skilled in written and oral communications. Detail-oriented and analytical nature, with the ability to measure and report impacts, balanced with the creativity to brainstorm story angles and design high visibility campaigns.
    • Strong interpersonal skills a must; ability to work with multiple stakeholder groups across a decentralized organization also necessary.A high level of skill and comfort with technology.
    • Experience designing, monitoring and evaluating tools for assessing the impact of communication services preferred.
    • Strong planning, organization, and implementation skills with the ability to manage multiple projects and tasks.
    • A self-starter with a proactive approach to assignments and the the ability to work both independently and as part of a team, solve problems with limited supervision, prioritize tasks, and meet deadlines.
    • Willingness and availability to travel within South Carolina as needed, and work some weekends and evenings as the job requires.
    • Interest, understanding, and commitment to the conservation of birds, other wildlife and their habitat, especially in South Carolina, is critical, as is the ability to communicate Audubon’s mission, goals, and programs effectively and with the highest professional standards.




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