We are seeking a Communications and Outreach Manager.
EcoViva supports community-led social justice movements in Central America implementing innovative solutions to poverty, environmental degradation, and climate change. We work with nonprofits in El Salvador and Honduras working to improve local livelihoods through activities such as organic farming, disaster preparedness, youth leadership, and the protection of Central America’s largest mangrove forest. We provide funding, technical assistance, and alliance-building support to ensure that the voices and concerns of local people are heard by national and international policy makers. We also bring individuals and groups to El Salvador to learn about and participate in our work through our Community Empowerment Tours (CET) program.
With three full-time staff members, a consultant based in El Salvador, a strong board of directors and volunteer base, and an annual budget of just under $500,000, the organization has built a solid track record of programmatic and policy successes. We’re looking for the right person to support this team.
The Communications and Outreach Manager will engage with our supporters and other stakeholders. They will work from the Oakland office, writing and editing content for our blog, social media, newsletter, and other print media, coordinate special events and our Community Empowerment Tours (CET) program. They will likely travel to Central America at least once in order to become familiar with our work on the ground.
Attract public attention to EcoViva, our partners and the issues we work on. Manage information flow to our base and other key stakeholders through our newsletter, other print material, website, blog and social media. Promote EcoViva through speaking opportunities, public events and house parties.
Responsibilities will include:
- Managing EcoViva’s website content
- Managing production of timely and relevant blog posts
- Sending eBlasts to supporters.
- Managing social media presence
- Managing publications (annual report, appeals, newsletters), in coordination with ED
- Working with International Fellow/Field Coordinator to obtain timely information from the field for online and print publications
- Supporting our media strategy in coordination with Programs and Policy Director
- Speaking about EcoViva at events and for media interviews as needed
Community Empowerment Tours (30%)
Manage the Community Empowerment Tours program to strengthen alliances and support improved outreach to potential supporters.
- Recruitment and follow-up for Community Empowerment Tours
- Follow-up with individual CET participants to engage them in our work on an ongoing basis
- U.S.-end of logistics for upcoming tours, with support from ED
- Keeping tours’ guidebook and related materials current
- Identifying relevant course materials for academic CETs
- Tracking relationships with institutions and individuals involved with CETs
- Occasionally travel and facilitate tours in Central America
Fundraising Support (20%)
Maintain and increase support for EcoViva and its partners. Acquire new donors and improve support from grassroots donors through house parties and events. Ensure that our donor base continues giving through appropriate communication and contact. Build our donor base through online outreach strategies.
- E-appeals for fundraising campaigns, in coordination with ED
- Working with Executive Director on print appeals
- Online fundraising campaigns
- Providing support to produce special events as needed
- Inputting data and assisting in data management tasks as needed
For all categories: Supervise interns and volunteers working on relevant tasks as needed
- Understanding and interest in EcoViva’s mission and values
- Superior written communication skills
- Spanish language proficiency (written and spoken)
- Highly developed interpersonal communication skills
- Some experience and/or demonstrated interest in fundraising, particularly with individual donors
- Planning skills, and attention to detail
- Ability to work independently and as part of a team
- Experience working in Central America or Latin America, or with Central American communities in the U.S.
- Familiarity with online communications platforms, i.e. social media, email, blogging, etc.
- Comfort with technology
Reports to: This position reports to the Executive Director.
Status: This is a full-time, salaried position; however, we are willing to consider slightly reduced hours to accommodate parents and others with commitments outside of work.
Compensation: Mid-$40s, depending on experience. Health and dental benefits available. Employer-sponsored retirement.
Start-date: July 2018.
How to Apply
To apply, please send a cover letter explaining your qualifications for this specific position, together with a resume (no longer than 2 pages) to hr[at]ecoviva.org.
EcoViva is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and an equal opportunity employer. People of color, LGBTQI and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Due to the volume of applications we may not respond to all inquiries. No calls please.