The Editorial and Creative team for The Public Interest Network seeks a Creative Associate. We are looking for a smart, committed and detail-oriented candidate to join our team to tell and amplify the stories of our environmental campaigns through social media, blogs, email alerts, newsletters, annual reports and other print and digital content.
The Public Interest Network includes more than a dozen nonprofit advocacy groups, all working for a greener, healthier country. Through PIRG, Environment America, Green Corps and other groups, we’re running campaigns to:
- transition our country to clean, renewable energy,
- transform our transportation systems to make them cleaner and better for us; and
- steer food production away from the destructive overuse of pesticides and antibiotics.
Through all of our campaigns, we’re challenging our country to stop tolerating problems that make no sense in today’s world of incredible technology and abundance. And we’re using research, advocacy and organizing to make a positive difference right now in people’s lives.
The purpose of our network is to build strong organizations that can win these campaigns by mobilizing people power to win a greener, healthier future. We’re hiring a creative associate to find and tell the best stories of Environment America’s work to change our country and our world to be a greener, healthier place.
If our approach sounds right to you, apply today.
The Editorial and Creative team
The mission of the Editorial and Creative team is to help our network win the country over to a new politics and a forward-looking agenda by messaging, packaging and amplifying our organizations, our campaigns and our staff.
The creative associate position
Each creative associate on our team is assigned to an organizational “beat” and charged with finding and telling the best stories to advance our campaigns.
Our team is currently looking for a creative associate to cover our environmental organization’s work. Environment America’s mission is to transform our ideas and imaginations into change that makes our world a greener and healthier place.
As a creative associate with our team, you’ll cover the state environment beat: telling and amplifying the stories of Environment America’s state campaigns and local work through social media, blogs, email alerts, newsletters, annual reports and other print and digital content. Candidate must show excellent judgement, discretion and the ability to oversee significant projects.
Some of the things you will do
- Connect: Meet and keep-up-date with the Environment America state directors and program teams, learn the issues and campaigns, and keep on top of our action, progress and results.
- Pitch stories: Find the most compelling stories to tell our activists, donors and the public. Pitch them to our team and others, leading with strong hooks that create paths to action, giving and other forms of engagement.
- Tell stories: Write (and rewrite, and rewrite again), edit and proofread stories that capture attention and motivate, excite, persuade and enlighten.
- Amplify and expand stories: Amplify your stories on social media. Expand their meaning and impact through blogs. Adapt them for email alerts and fundraisers, campaign content, direct mail appeals, newsletters, annual reports and more.
- Get and stay organized: Come up with a plan that puts you in a position to deliver what we’ve promised. Make the best use of your time and keep track of your progress. Organize the team of people you need to take your work from concept to completion.
- Get training and direction: Practice and perfect your craft. Learn new skills. Get direction up front, editorial feedback throughout, and an evaluation at completion. Keep getting better at what you do.
Why you’d be great for the job
- You’re a strong writer who has written not only academic papers but also news articles, opinion columns, blogs, campaign content and/or fundraising appeals.
- You’re a clear thinker (a prerequisite for being a strong writer) who can quickly get your head around an issue, sniff out a good story, give it structure, stay on-message, and plan your way from Point A to Point Z.
- You’re a voracious consumer of news and political content. You not only know what our network is doing, but you understand the context because you’re on top of the news on our issues, politics and the players, including other advocates and activists.
- You’re a student of communication. You understand how to tell stories differently in a tweet v. a 7-minute long-read, and how to make text and visuals work differently in a post on Instagram v. a spread in an annual report.
- You’re creative, dynamic and ambitious. You’re a firehose of new ideas. You can think your way around problems. You adapt well to changing circumstances and new developments. You want to achieve more today than you did yesterday.
- You’re organized. You have excellent judgment and discretion and the ability to oversee significant projects.
- You’re driven to change the world. The planet needs saving, and you’re ready to help save it. You believe we can organize our lives to be healthier, safer and less wasteful, and you’re ready to do your part to make it happen. You’re looking for a calling, not just a job.
These skills aren’t required, but they sure come in handy.
- Tech stuff: Do you know Canva? Adobe Creative Suite? Are you a Google Sheets wizard?
- Data stuff: Can you explain statistical significance and medians v. averages? Are you able to turn raw data into a chart that looks cool and communicates something meaningful?
- Creative stuff: Are you a good photographer, illustrator, or videographer?
Compensation & benefits
We plan on working 45-50 hours a week; sometimes we work more, sometimes less. Target annual compensation for this position is $28,500-$34,000 and is based on the relevant professional experience and/or advanced degree that a candidate has. The Public Interest Network offers a competitive benefits package. We also offer an excellent training program and opportunities for advancement.
Fill out our online application. We'll consider your application, and if we think you're a good fit, we will be in touch. Note: all finalists also will be required to complete a writing test.
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Contact Marites Velasquez at 312-544-4436 ext. 2012 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Learn more at www.TPINCreative.org.
The Public Interest Network is an equal opportunity employer.