MJ Eckhouse, Communications Assistant, August 17, 2020
We seek a highly motivated individual with a passion for writing and developing cause-oriented communications campaigns. The ideal candidate is a top-notch writer with a diverse portfolio showcasing an ability to write a variety of copy that motivates readers to act. We seek a self-starter who thrives in a fast-paced environment and collaborates easily with others.
The Staff Writer is on the front lines of reaching tens of thousands of people with the Alliance for the Great Lakes’ water protection agenda every day. They will lead the Alliance’s digital and direct mail fundraising campaigns, manage the Alliance’s social media channels, and develop a wide range of copy including email action alerts, blogs, webpages, and fact sheets. The Staff Writer will need the ability to switch content format, style, and tone as needed to achieve goals.
Above all we are looking for someone who has a passion for non-profit communications, is a curious people-person, and has a strong interest in environmental and water issues. The Staff Writer is a core member of the Alliance’s Communications & Engagement Team and will partner closely with the Alliance’s Development Team. They will also work with staff throughout the organization.
A typical day for the Alliance’s Staff Writer might look like this: The day starts with a quick scan of the Alliance’s social media accounts and Google alerts on key Alliance campaign issues to have a pulse on what’s happening in the news and what’s of interest to our supporters and partners. They’ll then join the Communications & Engagement Team’s daily 30-minute check-in video call, where the team shares out key updates from the previous day and discusses any key project changes. The Writer might then spend time drafting content for an end of year giving season appeal letter, tracking down final approval on a print newsletter article from a staff expert, writing a breaking news tweet announcing a win on a key Congressional vote, brainstorming ideas with the team for the annual report theme, and building a blog page for a profile of an Alliance volunteer.
The Staff Writer reports to the Vice President, Communications and Engagement.
The Alliance for the Great Lakes is a nonpartisan nonprofit working across the region to protect our most precious resource: the fresh, clean, and natural waters of the Great Lakes. The Alliance is a four-star Charity Navigator organization. Learn more at greatlakes.org.
Please e-mail a cover letter, resume, references and 3 writing samples or a link to an online portfolio that showcases a variety of copy to: email@example.com. Include job title in the subject line.
Applications will be accepted in a rolling basis until the position is filled. Materials should be compatible with Microsoft Word or Adobe Acrobat. Applicants will receive confirmation of receipt of their materials and further guidance and updates about the hiring process by e-mail, with interviews provided for finalists. No phone inquiries please.
The Alliance for the Great Lakes is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The search process will reinforce the Alliance’s belief that achieving diversity requires an enduring commitment to inclusion that must find full expression in our organizational culture, values, norms, and behaviors. The Alliance’s vision is a healthy Great Lakes for people and wildlife, forever. Its mission is to conserve and restore the world’s largest freshwater resource using policy, education and local efforts, ensuring a healthy Great Lakes and clean water for generations of people and wildlife. For more information about the Alliance’s programs and work, please visit us online at greatlakes.org.