Press Secretary, States Program

Salary Range:
$92,000 - $105,000
December 30, 2022

Position Summary

Evergreen is seeking a highly motivated individual to serve as a Press Secretary for the States Program. The States Press Secretary will lead communications and media outreach for Evergreen’s new and growing states team, lead development and expansion for the program’s communications plan, and will be responsible for crafting communications materials for the program, including but not limited to talking points, memos, op-eds, memos, and press releases. 

The ideal candidate is an exceptional writer and communicator that has significant experience developing relationships with reporters and working with press, including on-the-record experience, story pitching, rapid response and social media.

If you have built a robust communications program, can think creatively and jump in wherever necessary on a fast-paced, nimble team and care deeply about the climate crisis and its solutions, we want to hear from you.

Responsibilities and Tasks 

    • Spearheading communications planning and execution for the states team, working closely with consultants and other members of the team to identify and maximize communications opportunities
    • Partner with teams across the organization to bring state-level climate policy to life for the press 
    • Drafting and editing  press releases, memos, talking points, op-eds, and other materials as needed under tight deadlines;
    • Developing relationship with state press corps in target states, as well as national and climate press outlets and reporters;
    • Proactively seeking out news opportunities and creative placement strategies as part of short- and long-term planning;
    • Assisting in the development and implementation of earned media plans, building media events and garnering significant press coverage for cutting edge climate policy and advocacy efforts;
    • Identifying and executing rapid-response opportunities for media engagement;

Education, Experience, Knowledge, Skills and Ability   

We are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job so we encourage you to apply, even if you don’t believe you meet every one of our qualifications as described

    • 4+ years of experience in campaigns, issue advocacy, or a related field; candidates with experience in Michigan or Pennsylvania are a significant plus
    • Ability to build and execute robust, multi-state communications plans
    • Highly motivated, a strong and fast writer, who is willing to pick up pieces of projects when needed as well as take ownership of projects and see them through to completion. 
    • On-the-record and/or media relations experience required. Experience with climate issues a significant plus.
    • Experienced coming up with story ideas and finding creative ways to drive press.
    • Ability to work in a fast paced environment, prioritize tasks, learn quickly.
    • High attention to detail
    • Ability to multi-task and manage multiple projects at once
    • Ability to work well with multiple teammates and across multiple teams
    • Passion for defeating climate change 

First-Year Milestones

In your first 90 days you will have:

    • Gained a strong working knowledge of Evergreen, our target states and, our priority issues 
    • Taken over drafting press materials for the states program
    • Reached out to and begun building relationships with relevant national and target state reporters
    • Worked with the rest of the states team to identify 2023 communications goals

In 6 months you will have:

    • Developed individualized communications plans for target states, tailored to the unique environment and advocacy priorities in each state
    • Built relationships with national reporters covering state climate policy and members of the press corps in target states
    • Successfully earned media coverage in every target state

In 1 year you will have:

    • Identified and capitalized on opportunities to inject Evergreen’s states work into both state and national news cycles
    • Developed 2024 states programs communications plans, informed by lessons learned and knowledge gained through your work the 2023 program

Compensation and Benefits

Salary: $92-105K/year

Benefits: Comprehensive benefits package that includes 100% employer-paid health, dental, and vision insurance, 3% employer match on retirement plan and paid holidays, vacation, sick, and volunteer time off.

How to Apply

Please submit a resume and an optional cover letter or reference materials (portfolio, website, blog, published articles). You will not be penalized for not including a cover letter and we encourage you to submit any materials you believe will help us best assess your qualifications. We will accept applications through December 30th with priority given to the earliest applications. Please note that our application system cannot yet auto-respond and while we will review every application, we are unable to contact and respond to every applicant. We are very grateful for your interest in Evergreen Action.

About Evergreen

Evergreen’s mission is to lead an all-of-government mobilization to defeat the climate crisis and build a just and thriving clean energy economy by raising standards, catalyzing investment, and centering justice at the heart of economic transformation.  We collaborate with climate and community leaders and advocate for policymakers to adopt the urgent climate and economic policies that science demands.

Hiring Statement

Evergreen is committed to attracting, developing and retaining exceptional people, and to creating a work environment that is dynamic, rewarding and enables each of us to realize our potential. Evergreen’s work environment is safe and open to all employees and partners, respecting the full spectrum of race, color, religious creed, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, political affiliation, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, and all other classifications protected by law in the locality and/or state in which you are working.