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Communications Coordinator for Latin America, Environmental Issues

Full-time
USA - Bethesda, MD
12 Jul

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Burness, rated by Washingtonian Magazine and the Washington Post as one of the best places to work in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area, is seeking a communications coordinator to join its global practice, supporting our Latin America and environment team on human rights and land rights issues of Indigenous Peoples and deforestation and environmental issues. We are looking for a creative, detail-oriented person who is passionate about communications and global development.
Burness is a public relations firm serving nonprofit organizations around the world. Since 1986, we have sought to empower people with information that can be used to improve the human condition and advance social change. We do so recognizing that caring for others starts with modeling our own caring environment—one where all employees are valued and respected for their particular talents and contributions, welcomed into the process of company decision-making, and supported in their personal and professional dreams.
Requirements:
Education, experience, technical skills and competencies:
• BA/BS (Communications, International Relations or International Development preferred)
• One year of work experience
• Fluency in Spanish required
• Mastery of Microsoft Office suite (Word, Excel, PPT, are necessary; experience with Outlook a plus)
• Experience working in social justice or environment issues
• International travel or living experience is a plus (in Latin America, Africa or Southeast Asia preferred)
• Communications and/or event coordination experience is a plus
• Knowledge of Mailchimp, social media advertising and basic HTML code is a plus
Personal attributes and competencies:
• Self-motivated and thrives in a team environment
• Highly organized and detail-oriented
• Possesses desire to learn and excel in a high performance, fast-paced environment
• Able to multi-task and meet deadlines in multiple time zones

Responsibilities:
• Landscape tracking to see how an issue or organization is covered, in addition to fast-acting research on news stories, journalists and issues in the news related to the environment and Indigenous Peoples issues
• Daily production of accurate notes from meetings under deadline
• Writing short-form documents, including emails directed to journalists, and proposals
• Finding the right journalists to cover our stories through solid media list research using phone calls, web searches, media databases and social media
• Supporting team members in planning events and field visits in Latin America
• Media monitoring to track coverage and social media pick-up of client work and writing and compiling reports on impact of press outreach efforts
• Contacting journalists for media promotions through email, phone and twitter
• Supporting team members in researching and fact-checking media outreach materials
• Coordinating and conducting electronic distributions of press releases, media advisories and other written materials
• Providing administrative support to the team as necessary. This includes scheduling meetings, researching travel, updating media data bases and processing travel expenses.
In the forestry-environment arena, we've helped to elevate the issue of deforestation and stopping deforestation as a key solution to climate change through the release of dozens of reports, organizing events at the major climate change meetings, and op-eds.

Burness offers excellent benefits, four weeks paid vacation, including tuition assistance for professional development and a friendly, collegial working environment. Salary range is 45K—55K. Send resumes and a cover letter (one-page each max) ASAP to ((...)). No phone calls (...)