Asia Communications Manager
350.org is looking for a brilliant Asia Communications Manager to join our team of dedicated individuals who describe what the team does & how it affects the climate justice work 350 does.
350.org is building a global grassroots movement to solve the climate crisis. Our online campaigns, grassroots organizing, and mass public actions are led from the bottom up by thousands of volunteer organizers in over 188 countries. 350.org works hard to organize in a new way—everywhere at once, using online tools to facilitate strategic offline action. We want to be a laboratory for the best ways to strengthen the climate movement and catalyze transformation around the world. The values that guide and drive our work are listed here.
The role of the Asia Communications Manager is to develop and lead the communications strategy for 350.org’s campaign on community centered energy climate solutions/ just transition to renewable energy in the region.
This includes managing regional communications specialists, developing and implementing an ongoing media communications strategy, to position 350’s work and that of our partners and the communities we support in the region. This will also include aligning with global communications objectives, capturing relevant global media moments, and uplifting outputs of local communities and key partners. The work would be carried out in tandem with digital communications strategies to support 350.org’s regional campaign.
350.org is an international organization campaigning to end the age of fossil fuels and build a world of community-led renewable energy. In 2023 and beyond, we are embarking on a new strategic direction to enhance equitable climate solutions in the face of climate chaos. Our work happens across six continents, with regional and country-specific teams moving forward regional specific strategies. The Asia Regional Communications Manager and is also an integral member of the 350 Communications Community of Practice, made up of communications staff from every regional team, as well as the Global Communications Team.
The role includes identifying key audiences and building strong media relations across the region, crafting our narrative and messaging, and proactively seeking opportunities to communicate our core messages, handling media requests, and speaking on behalf of the organization in relevant forums and networks. This role is expected to conduct rapid response and background briefings where necessary, and train 350 spokespeople and partners. This is a fast-paced job which often requires juggling multiple tasks simultaneously, often tackling several issues in parallel.
Duties & Responsibilities
- Media strategies: develops and implements strategic regional communications plans for campaigns and regional events
- Develops, in consultation with regional program staff and wider communications team, a comprehensive regional communications strategy to support 350.org's regional campaigns, making sure it is aligned with our global communications objectives
- Media engagement: monitor media, identify digital and media opportunities and engage with issues relevant for 350.org’s work and broader context
- Media materials: develop regionally relevant media materials, such as press releases, op-eds, and media packages, and advise on the development of regional multimedia and social media materials when appropriate
- Media support and trainings: support and encourage the media work of 350.org network, national campaigners, and local groups in the region, and empower them to perform media work through media and spokespeople trainings
- Media relations: identify relevant media contacts, cultivate relationships with regional journalists, and further develop and maintain media contacts lists
- Management: line manage members of the communications team and oversee short term communications contractors, when necessary
- Internal collaboration: collaborate departmentally and interdepartmentally to develop alignment between 350.org’s global, regional, and cross-regional communications
- Contribute to overarching departmental strategy, including participating in quarterly step-backs, actively assessing progress towards goals, and contributing overarching department strategy and messaging
- Contribute to the regional program team’s development of priorities and plans, as well as in the development of communications plans aligned with regional campaigns and actions
- At least six (6) years of experience in communications, advocacy campaigns, and professionally practicing some of the following competencies
- Ability to manage self, others with proven mentorship ability, and projects.
- Excellent teamwork, problem solving, program planning and management skills
- An excellent communicator with first class writing and collaboration skills in English and respective regional languages
- Strong storytelling abilities and the ability to strategize creative communications outputs tailored to the regional context.
- Strong aptitude for communication, facilitation and training skills to help guide, inspire, consult and coordinate with remote and diverse teams from different regions
- Understanding of the regional media landscape, a strong media network in the region and ability to link campaigns between different countries in a pan Asian narrative.
- Willingness to do research and become knowledgeable on publications and outlets for environmental and climate change news
- Public engagement and working knowledge of the current regional and global debates on climate change and climate justice, and strong interest in working on these issues
- Ability to integrate diversity, equity and inclusion in day-to-day work
- Strong interpersonal skills and experience working collaboratively across cultures and time zones, via video conference calls and other online tools.
Preferred Skills or Qualifications
- Minimum 3 years of experience doing communications for a nongovernmental organization, nonprofit or campaign
- Network of existing contacts and ability to strengthen campaigning relationships with organisations and researchers advocating for climate solutions/ just transition to renewable energy, preferably around the world
- Experience building local to national or national to international campaign strategies
- A track record of using nontraditional and traditional media together to achieve communications objectives around grassroot campaigns
- Experience in audience engagement through digital channels
- Understanding of 350.org’s campaigns and theory of social change
- Experience developing and running communications trainings for groups of staff, local groups and volunteers
- Content creation for social and digital media
- Experience and competency working in multicultural groups
- Able to travel internationally on occasion
- Proficiency in Meltwater, Salesforce, Airtable, Falcon, Google Suite, Slack, and Zoom or similar systems
Location: Remote within India, Indonesia, Japan, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan or Turkey
Work Environment- This role is expected to work remotely with an ability to work across different time zones.
Travel- From time to time, this role may be required to travel domestically and internationally.
Employment Status: Full time (36 hours a week)
Compensation: Level2.3 (click here for salary table)
350.org is an equal opportunity employer. 350.org strives to be an inclusive and collaborative group of people who bring a variety of approaches to the work we do. We’re committed to the principles of justice, and we try to build a safe workplace where everyone is treated fairly and enjoys working together. We value new perspectives, ideas of all sorts, and different ways of working. Diverse perspectives and experiences improve the way 350.org carries out our work – including what we decide to work on and how creatively/effectively we do that. We do our best to make staff positions accessible to all potential team members, regardless of race, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, assigned gender, gender expression or identity, sexual orientation or identity, religion or creed, veteran status, marital or parental status, and genetic information. We also strive to include team members in communities most impacted by climate change or impacted by other kinds of environmental, social, and economic injustice.
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