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Cassie Kelly, Digital Organizer, February 22, 2019

The OEC family of organizations seeks a Director of Communications, based anywhere in Ohio with a strong preference for Columbus, who is a creative and innovative thinker able to translate their vision into actionable steps through program execution. This position requires leadership and the proactive pursuit of new solutions and strategies for growth and engagement.

The Director of Communications is responsible for integrating all elements of the organization (policy, development, legal, and organizing) into a unified public communications program with a strategic voice through various traditional and innovative tactics. The Director will create or oversee message development, public communications, member communications, and creation of publications and digital content to support programs and fundraising, to raise the profile of the issues, and to build a movement of environmental supporters across the state.

The Director leads the organization’s communications plans and efforts.


  • Charting a course for long-­term communications that attract, motivate, and move important audiences to action to protect Ohio’s environment;
  • Creating relationships and processes within the organization to break down silos, and shares information across teams through overseeing all of the organization’s communications activities, including day-­to-­day operations and coordinating with other staff, board members, and volunteers with a consistent voice;
  • Designing and implementing strategic, cost-­effective communications programs that drive toward annual goals, reflect our annual plan, operate efficiently and deliver a solid return on investment;
  • Measuring the success of campaigns and designing cutting edge experiments and testing that refine OEC tactics and strategies;
  • Developing initiatives to support field and policy operations through innovative strategies that integrate traditional communications with new tools and tactics.

Performance Expectations

This position helps set the direction and ensure the health of our organization. The individual must be a skilled communicator, manager, and planner, and understand how to translate the organization’s goals and outcomes into daily action. Some statewide travel, minimal out of state travel, and some evenings and weekend work is required.

The Director of Communications must be positive, able to juggle many different projects at once while delivering quality results, adept at prioritization and project planning, and able to distill complex topics into understandable messages for the public. They must lead systems for evaluating the success of the communications efforts based on quantitative and qualitative data. The Director of Communication must be dedicated to diversity, equity, and inclusion priorities of the organization and thoughtfully seek to incorporate those principles into public communications.

The Director of Communications must proactively build relationships with partner organizations and communications professionals, media professionals, and senior leadership within the organization. This is a hands on position that requires a willingness to get out into the field and talk with people in order to capture stories and understand the public’s pulse on environmental issues.


Demonstrated success in the communications field including message development, testing and research, narrative writing, new and digital media, and branding is required. Knowledge and past experience with legislative and political communications strategies, working with polling firms and translating polling results to effective messaging, and communications strategies in support of community and/or grassroots campaigns is a plus.

Possess a commitment and enthusiasm to protect Ohio’s environment and an approach to management that empowers others and develops leadership. Knowledge of environmental, economic, and justice issues, politics, as well as experience with nonprofit advocacy organizations, is highly desirable.


Salary for this position is $53,000-$63,000. Excellent benefits include employer-paid health, vision, dental, and life insurance; flexible and dependent care spending account; generous paid time off; and employer-matched retirement fund.

About the OEC

The Ohio Environmental Council is the state’s most comprehensive, effective and respected environmental advocate for a healthier, more sustainable Ohio. Our experts work daily to restore, protect, and strengthen the quality of life for families and communities — from the air we breathe and the water we drink to the food we eat and natural resources we enjoy. Find out more at

The OEC is committed to inclusion and diversity. We seek to hire staff that reflects the diverse communities and perspectives that comprise Ohio. Qualified candidates of all backgrounds are highly encouraged to apply.

The OEC prohibits discrimination of employment, promotion, compensation, terms, conditions, or privileges of employment on the basis of gender, disability, race, age, national origin, color, creed, sexual orientation, sex (including marital and parental status), gender identity and expression, religion, economic status, ethnic identity, veteran’s status, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

How to Apply

Send your cover letter explaining why you are interested in serving in this role and what past experiences help you meet the qualifications, resume, writing sample, and three references to with “Director of Communications” in the subject line. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.