Communications Mgr, Intl Conservation/Community Development

Job Title

Communications Mgr, Intl Conservation/Community Development

Job Description

Are you a communications professional who seeks to make a positive impact on the world around you? At ZOMALAB, we provide you that opportunity. We see communicators as key to the success of our projects and we are currently seeking a skilled and highly motivated individual to join the team. The ideal individual will have experience developing strategic communications for complex projects and working in service of a multi-organization collaboration.


About Enduring Earth

Enduring Earth is an ambitious partnership between the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Pew Charitable Trusts, The Nature Conservancy (TNC), and ZOMALAB’s Global Permanence Fund intended to help governments around the world expand and sustainably protect Nature and benefit communities with the target to conserve more than 500 million hectares in 20 Project Finance for Permanence deals over the next 10 years.

Experts have identified the need to protect 30% of the world’s natural habitat for the benefit of people and nature. According to a recent report by the Paulson Institute, a major barrier to achieving this goal is long-term financing. Enduring Earth utilizes a proven model, known as Project Finance for Permanence (PFP), that employs private sector finance principles to ensure entire systems of protected areas are sustainably managed and financed.

Project Finance for Permanence has been used to protect more than 90M hectares of critical ecosystems. Examples of PFP deals include:
• Great Bear Rainforest: Where a PFP protected 8M hectares of old growth forest in British Columbia, helping to end the timber wars in Canada
• Costa Rica: Where a PFP enabled the country to become the first developing nation to meet its 30% protected area goals; and
• Bhutan: Where a PFP helped put more than 50% of the entire nation under permanent conservation protection

To date, a pipeline of 30+ new projects has been identified that will yield large scale protection of nature, strong benefits for people, and measurable climate impacts. These include creating new national parks in Chilean Patagonia; expanding marine protected areas in Belize; supporting community conservancy models in Namibia and Kenya; and creating Indigenous protected areas that return management rights to traditional owners in Colombia.


About ZOMALAB

ZOMALAB seeks to catalyze systemic, scalable solutions with the goal of supporting resilient, thriving communities that will endure for generations to come. The Global Permanence Fund was created by ZOMALAB to support Enduring Earth by providing dedicated support to the partnership, deal expertise, and a pool of flexible deal capital. The Fund is a founding partner of Enduring Earth alongside World Wildlife Fund, The Nature Conservancy, and Pew Charitable Trusts.


About the Position

You’ll join a top-notch team and innovative partnership committed to community economic development and the durable protection of millions of hectares of land and ocean. You will advance the planning and development of external communications for Enduring Earth. You will work in close coordination with Enduring Earth’s Managing Director, the Executive Management Team, and communications, marketing, and development teams of the four partner organizations. You will work across teams to: Develop marketing and communications strategies for Enduring Earth; Coordinate the development of public facing materials; Plan and execute high-profile public events; and Coordinate on media strategy and outreach.


What you will do

In collaboration with the Enduring Earth Managing Director and the four partner organizations:
• Develop short- and long-term external communications strategies for Enduring Earth, including Setting communications goal; Identifying key audiences and representative messengers; Developing key messages; and Planning contingencies for anticipated challenges and opportunities.
• Develop communications strategies for specific deals led by the various partner organizations
• Lead the communications working group, ensuring the development and implementation of the Enduring Earth media outreach strategy.
• Oversees the development and correct implementation of a style/visual identity, brand guide, and toolkit of deal collateral for Enduring Earth, including compliance by all partners of standard operating procedures, guidelines for logo use, agreed-upon messaging, and use of templates to be customized for each deal to ensure a standardized portfolio.
• Coordinate with the Resource Mobilization Committee to support the development of reports, proposals, or donor-facing materials.
• Coordinate with the ‘Public Launch Task Force’ to support the planning for Enduring Earth’s participation in external events, including major international events.
• Cooperate with the Development, Marketing and Communications teams of each partner organization to develop tactics and work plans for implementation, ensuring clarity around responsibilities, funding, and timelines
• Supervise external contractors in production and translation of communications tools.
• Develop corresponding content strategies and implementing tactics for Enduring Earth Communications (e.g., web content, project communications, and event planning).
• Coordinate and act as the nexus between communicators across the four partner organizations
• Represent Enduring Earth at external meetings, workshops, press events and briefings, whenever necessary.
• Provide content expertise to support the Marketing, Communications and Development teams within each organization.
• Ensure consistent messaging on programmatic issues and reactive communications for key external and internal audiences.
• Other duties as assigned.


Who we are looking for

Qualifications required for your success:
• A Bachelor’s degree or equivalent is required, with 6 years of experience conceptualizing, developing, implementing, and managing communications strategies that support an entity’s goals. An advanced degree in a relevant field (i.e., business, environmental management, public policy, or law) is preferred, with at least 3 years of experience.
• Demonstrated ability to build trusted relationships in a complex environment and to collaborate across multiple partners, institutions, and international cultures to achieve shared goals.
• Experience with mission-oriented, strategic communications or brand marketing, and success as a creative and effective communicator is essential. Experience navigating communications for a coalition or partnership highly desirable.
• Excellent oral and written communication skills, able to write for publication and to edit others’ work for a variety of audiences.
• Able to understand programmatic work and build and implement communications strategies that will promote program initiatives. Understanding of conservation issues, particularly those related to protected and conserved areas is desirable.
• High level of interpersonal skills, able to work as part of a high performing, culturally diverse, international team.
• Strong time management and organizational skills, including experience effectively managing multiple projects at once. Able to operate both collaboratively and with a high degree of independence and discretion.
• Strong commitment to mission, goals, and values of the Enduring Earth collaborative.

Characteristics for success:
• Exceptional interpersonal skills and a trusted team member who exhibits integrity, discretion, and good judgment every day.
• Outcome oriented and able to be adaptable without losing focus.
• Committed to serving others and collaborating to achieve the results that define team success.
• Acts humbly, listens actively, and engages in open and constructive dialogue to find the best ideas and solutions.
• An excellent listener who can work productively and diplomatically with a wide array of people and institutions.
• Encourages and leverages the expertise of others to achieve your goals
• Passion to do high-quality work, continuously learn and achieve results.
• Brings a great attitude and positive energy, is resourceful to advance projects independently and flexible and adaptable when priorities change.


Benefits Information*

Compensation Range: $95,000 - $140,000

Benefits Information: We offer a comprehensive and generous benefits package which includes medical, dental, and vision insurance, a 401 (k) retirement plan and paid time off.

*This information is provided to comply with Colorado Law


ZOMALAB is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to building and maintaining a culturally diverse workplace. We encourage women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans to apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status of protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with a disability.

Basic Qualifications

• A Bachelor’s degree or equivalent is required, with 6 years of experience conceptualizing, developing, implementing, and managing communications strategies that support an entity’s goals. An advanced degree in a relevant field (i.e., business, environmental management, public policy, or law) is preferred, with at least 3 years of experience.
• Demonstrated ability to build trusted relationships in a complex environment and to collaborate across multiple partners, institutions, and international cultures to achieve shared goals.
• Experience with mission-oriented, strategic communications or brand marketing, and success as a creative and effective communicator is essential. Experience navigating communications for a coalition or partnership highly desirable.
• Excellent oral and written communication skills, able to write for publication and to edit others’ work for a variety of audiences.
• Able to understand programmatic work and build and implement communications strategies that will promote program initiatives. Understanding of conservation issues, particularly those related to protected and conserved areas is desirable.
• High level of interpersonal skills, able to work as part of a high performing, culturally diverse, international team.
• Strong time management and organizational skills, including experience effectively managing multiple projects at once. Able to operate both collaboratively and with a high degree of independence and discretion.
• Strong commitment to mission, goals, and values of the Enduring Earth collaborative.