The Position: Communications & Campaigns Director
Your job is to take our strategic communications and campaigning to the next level to support an urgent cause. Your main mission will be to direct the creation, development and implementation of bottom-up grassroots-inspired advocacy and communications campaigns that generate real-world impact in benefit of Indigenous peoples, rainforest conservation, and our planet’s climate. As a senior organizational leader, you’ll be heading up the Communications team, while also interfacing between the Program and Development teams to ensure internal alignment across strategies on planned and emergent communications and fundraising opportunities.
This is a chance to be at the center of a dynamic, passionate and international network of people who are deeply invested in the fight to protect the Amazon, Indigenous cultures, and our global climate. You should be committed to supporting a successful grassroots movement based on hard work, humility, mutual respect and honest partnership. The job is a great fit for someone looking to pioneer cutting-edge campaign and communications strategies with an inspiring, multicultural and dynamic team and Indigenous communities in the Amazon rainforest.
This position is ideally based regionally, in Ecuador, Peru or Colombia, allowing for a closer working relationship with staff in the field.
The Ideal Candidate
You’ll have an exceptionally strong background in campaigning and communications, honed in an NGO or other professional setting. You’ll be a passionate, creative and results-driven individual who is consistently on-the-pulse of innovative and creative forms of allyship and storytelling for urgent Indigenous struggles, in alignment with Amazon Frontlines’ priorities and values to drive greater support and awareness of Indigenous guardianship in the Amazon rainforest.
- Leadership: As an organizational leader, you’ll manage your own team and direct the development of our core external communication strategies to directly support the mission, vision, impact aspirations and strategies of Amazon Frontlines. You’ll also provide strategic leadership on key advocacy and organizational issues by providing empowering, culturally sensitive, and politically astute accompaniment and advice to partners and program teams.
- Campaigning: Working with our Communications team, you’ll create and lead implementation of campaign strategies using both traditional & digital media to raise awareness about the breadth and depth of our work, ensuring that the design is done collaboratively with internal and external partners. You’ll anticipate opportunities to develop winning and innovative campaigns for Amazon Frontlines, while leveraging and building our networks, resources, and digital media capacity. You’ll ensure that all campaigns are rooted in strategies that place Indigenous voices at the forefront, and mobilize and empower people to take action for the Amazon. You will serve as AF’s primary representative for campaigns; fostering and developing relationships with relevant international, national, and local coalition partners, celebrities and high level media contacts with the aim of identifying opportunities to collaborate, and coordinate campaigns with common goals and objectives
- Project Management: You’ll oversee Amazon Frontlines’ communication efforts on a day-to-day basis, including advocacy campaigns, events, newsletters, collateral for fundraising, reports, op-eds, articles, digital and social media efforts. You will use data-driven strategies to assess campaign performance and improve results and you will develop and manage annual communications budgets.
- Digital Fundraising & Development: In collaboration with Development team, you’ll produce high quality inspiring materials to engage diverse audiences such as monthly supporters, major donors, and foundations. You will also work closely with the Executive Director to leverage communication strategies, creating and supporting external communication needs such as speeches, press conferences, briefings and other channels as needed.
- Mentoring & Coaching: You’ll develop, mentor and manage a communications team ensuring efforts align to Amazon Frontlines’ mission, values, brand and the unique needs of our organizational strategies.
- Research: In collaboration with program teams, you will produce empowering, culturally sensitive and strategic original research that serve our partners’ interests, as well as the organization’s advocacy and fundraising goals.
- This position will require significant campaigning and communications experience. You should have at least 7-10 years experience in human rights or environmental campaigning and communication with a proven track record of success creating and implementing communications strategies in the non-profit sector for diverse audiences, ranging from local communities to media, the general public, conference audiences, donors and political actors. You’ll also be experienced in managing crisis communication and digital fundraising.
- You’ll have in-depth knowledge of the cultural, political and social economic issues related to environmental protection, Indigenous rights and climate change, ideally with a focus on South America and the Amazon, and the ability to understand, respect and respond to sensitive cultural nuances associated with working alongside Indigenous peoples
- AF is a multilingual team. To be effective in your role, you’ll need to be bilingual in English and Spanish and able to communicate fluently in both. You should have solid experience and proof in writing, publishing, public speaking and communications in English and Spanish.
- People will depend on the work that you’ll accomplish in this role, so you’ll need to stay organized, prioritize, plan, and solve problems as you go. We’ll be looking for a track record of follow through and effective management in a professional setting. You should also have proven experience building staff capabilities, through strategic hiring, training, mentorships and coaching, especially in a non-profit organization.
- This role will require some travel. Opportunities will also be provided for you to travel into the rainforest to get to know partner communities, which is strongly encouraged. There will also be times you’ll need to work outside normal business hours.
Desirable qualifications include, but are not limited to:
- Demonstrated network and contacts of press contacts, celebrity influencers, key media outlets and NGOs
Amazon Frontlines is an equal opportunity employer. We will not discriminate and will take affirmative action measures to ensure against discrimination in employment, recruitment, advertisements for employment, compensation, termination, upgrading, promotions, and other conditions of employment against any employee or job applicant on the bases of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran’s status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.