Communications Manager

  • Freelance
  • Full Time
  • DC Metro Region
  • Applications have closed

Fossil Free Media

Nonprofit media lab supporting the movement to end fossil fuels

Fossil Free Media (FFM) is a nonprofit media lab that supports the movement to end fossil fuels. We do this by providing strategic communications support for frontline organizations and national coalitions; developing important movement resources, from building online influencer networks to perfecting talking points; and running our own, hard-hitting campaigns that expose industry propaganda and shift public opinion.

We’re looking to hire a Communications Manager to support our work. This role will focus on supporting Fossil Free Media’s Washington, D.C.-based communications efforts, including the new Make Polluters Pay campaign to hold the fossil fuel industry accountable to paying for the growing cost of climate damages.

Our ideal candidate is a talented writer and communications campaigner who understands fast-paced political environments, and a team player, creative thinker, and problem solver committed to the fight for climate justice.


  • Support Fossil Free Media’s (FFM) work by providing communications strategy and execution for our campaigns, including the Make Polluters Pay (MPP) campaign
  • Lead in-person D.C. communications events, stunts, and creative direct actions in support of MPP, including logistics and planning and engaging with partners, members of Congress, and press
  • Develop our press contacts, both journalists and outlets that can feature our content, engage with media to secure coverage of our priorities, and track press contacts and developments in the media industry
  • Craft compelling communications content — press releases, blogs, op-eds, etc — that support Fossil Free Media and our allies’ political objectives
  • Develop materials (i.e. talking points, messaging guides, research) that support our communications objectives
  • Generate ideas for communications tactics that will raise public awareness and demand for lawsuits, Congressional action, and other efforts to hold the fossil fuel industry accountable
  • Recruit and develop, train, and track spokespeople and partners in support of our campaigns
  • Report on the performance of the communications strategy
  • Support and develop relationships with frontline communities fighting the impacts of climate change and fossil fuel projects in their regions

Required Skills & Qualifications

  • 2-4 years of experience in communications, with a preference for political communicators
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills. Ability to write for a variety of audiences and platforms
  • Experience working with the media, including as an on-the-record spokesperson, and excellent news judgment
  • Understanding of the climate and environmental space and federal politics
  • Understanding of basic campaign organizing strategies and tactics
  • Campaign experience and a creative, can-do approach campaigning
  • Highly organized, able to manage multiple projects at once without sacrificing quality
  • Efficient time and workload management skills
  • A resilient and flexible team player who is a fast learner, can handle a fast paced, high pressure, highly collaborative team culture

Desired Skills & Qualifications

  • Political campaign and/or Capitol Hill experience
  • Experience in and dedication to the climate movement
  • An understanding of issues around fossil fuels, fossil fuel development, and the political landscape of these issues
  • Experience using media outreach databases like Cision, Meltwater, etc.
  • Connections with journalists in the climate, political, and communications space

Position Type:

Contract position: the role will be hired as a contractor with our fiscal sponsor, the Sustainable Markets Foundation
This role will be responsible for achieving certain deliverables. There is no set number of hours per week, but we estimate the work will take approximately 40hrs a week
Will report to Fossil Free Media Campaign Director and Communications Strategist

Application Deadline: Dec. 15, 2023

Start Date: Immediate (negotiable)

Compensation: $6,000-$8,000/m, 12 month contract; finally salary commensurate with experience

Location: Must be located in the Washington, D.C. metro area

How to Apply: Please apply by sending your resume and an introductory email explaining your background and interest in the role to [email protected]. Women people, people of color, members of the LGBTQ community, and members of other historically disenfranchised groups are especially welcome and encouraged to apply.