Communications Associate, ICLEI USA

Posted by: CAKE Team
Post Date: 2/08/2024
Opportunity Type: Job
Organization/Grantor: ICLEI USA
Position/Title/Fund: Communications Associate
Type/Term: Part-time, 20 hours per week
Location: Remote
Salary: $26.50 per hour
Deadline: February 29, 2024; Open until filled
Contact Info: iclei-usa@iclei.org
Description:

ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI) is a global network of more than 1,750 local and regional governments committed to sustainable urban development. Active in 100+ countries, we influence sustainability policy and drive local action for low emission, nature-based, equitable, resilient and circular development. Our Members and team of experts work together through peer exchange, partnerships and capacity building to create systemic change for urban sustainability. This position is with ICLEI USA, the United States Office of ICLEI.

Our vision is to support local governments so that every person lives in an inclusive, just, and climate-resilient community where we all can thrive. ICLEI USA serves a network of more than 500 U.S. local governments and Tribal Nations and is known for our expertise in emissions management and accounting, resilience-building and climate adaptation, nature-based development and more. At ICLEI USA, our actions and inquisitiveness, our personal commitments and collaboration, creates an environment in which we share our perspectives and support others to do the same. Our inclusive culture empowers all of us to connect, belong, and grow.

We are seeking a part-time Communications Associate at 20 hours per week. Working hours are flexible; however, the ideal candidate will have some overlap during U.S. business hours. Some weeks might include 2-3 hours of virtual calls.  The Communications Associate will provide ICLEI USA and our member governments with engaging content, new visualizations of ICLEI data, and an improved online presence under the guidance of the Communications Officer. Regular deliverables include digital design tasks and/or content-development tasks as well as other assigned duties. 

Responsibilities:

Starting Point: Digital Design

ICLEI USA works with more than 500 cities, towns, and counties to measure, track, plan, and implement climate and sustainability goals. Much of our data is contained in the ICLEI ClearPath Climate Planner emissions-management software. Meanwhile, we’ve compiled a Salesforce database of more than 2,500 actions from local climate plans. 

Digital Design Projects

  • Support updates to www.icleiusa.org. We seek to update our website, hosted on WordPress and supported by the Divi Builder development console. Under the supervision of the Communications Officer, the Associate would complete these tasks and others as requested:
    • Upload blogs to CityTalk USA, resources, and project sheets
    • Update pages 
    • Upload media resources
    • Co-create resources, such as blogs and video content 
  • Contribute to ICLEI USA Resources and Network Communications. Over our nearly 35-year history, ICLEI has produced guidebooks, case studies, templates, and much more. Many of these remain industry standards but need a design update. The Associate will refresh these resources in ways that are engaging and appealing, often using Canva for design. Working under the direction of the Communications Officer, the Associate will contribute to and draft:
    • Twice-monthly newsletter (using MailChimp)
    • Regular blog posts (about twice per month) plus social media posts several times per week, including creating social graphics for Twitter, Instagram or Linkedin 
    • Case stories highlighting ICLEI cities and the organization (about monthly)
    • Update ICLEI templates, including slide decks, member support materials
    • Assist with reporting to the ICLEI global organization
  • Design final Reports for Fee for Service Projects. From greenhouse gas inventories to climate action plans, the Associate will support developing high-quality products for our members. Under the supervision of the Communications Officer, the Associate will:
    • Transfer content into templates (Canva, Google Docs, etc)
    • Design graphics to communicate data
    • Develop templates for future fee for service projects 
    • Ensure formatting and branding are consistent
    • Support writing and editing 
  • Track impact. You’ll keep ICLEI USA Communications Pillar updated through a quarterly brief on city-scale sustainability issues, trends, and research, and provide analytics tracking for ICLEI communications: social media reach, newsletter opens, and website traffic data. 

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Marketing, or Science Communication with a strong interest in climate and sustainability communications 
    • Preferred 1-2 years of communications experience 
  • Experience with or aptitude for graphic design, use of publishing software and or content development (Canva, Illustrator, InDesign experience preferred) 
  • Experience with newsletter writing; experience with MailChimp is preferred 
  • Experience with website management; experience with WordPress is preferred
How to Apply:

Send a cover letter, resume, and one or more examples of your communications work products to iclei-usa@iclei.org

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and the position is open until filled.

Supervision: Anne Marie Cleary Rauker, ICLEI USA Communications Officer, will guide this project via regular conference calls and a project-tracking system maintained on Google Drive.