Senior Communications Specialist (1-yr Contract)

New York City, New York
$57-$75K Based on Experience
Dec 17, 2019
Metro Area
New York
Full Time

Greenpeace U.S. (GPUS) is hiring a Senior Communications Specialist to join our Media & Communications team. This individual will develop, coordinate, and implement external communications to connect Greenpeace's campaign messages and overall mission  with key targeted audiences.

This position requires the ability to work independently while maintaining strong team relationships and a willingness to travel for a significant portion of their time. The ideal person would have a strong passion for storytelling and communication, the ability to adapt to crisis and circumstance, and able to collaborate and co-create with a range of people.

This role is an exempt, full time role based in Washington, DC or New York, NY and will report to the Media Director.



  • Lead the development of regional, national, and international communication and media strategies, including the development of key messages for global Greenpeace campaign projects
  • Lead communications strategy for a crisis response situation, including initiating the response
  • Lead communication design across multiple platforms, including visuals, traditional media, digital technologies, and creative confrontation


  • Respond quickly, succinctly, and creatively to breaking news
  • Develop and maintain relationships with reporters, television producers, and other news decision-makers in the United States
  • Produce written materials including press releases, press advisories, op-eds, letter to the editors, fact sheets, tweets, macros,Q&As, etc  
  • Identify, brief and train Greenpeace employees to act as spokespeople. Facilitate incoming media requests including background materials, appropriate spokespeople, etc
  • Act as a credible public spokesperson for Greenpeace, e.g., giving media interviews or speaking on panels


  • Manage the creative production process with internal staff or creative agencies for relevant media, visual, and online materials
  • Coordinate media events such as press conferences. Perform other duties as assigned by the Media Director and or Global Project Lead.
  • Manage the health of various online social communities through message guidance and output management. Work with the social media team to plan and implement weekly social media output, as well as community management

Minimum requirements include:

  • University degree or comparable communications experience
  • At least 4-5 years experience working in a media outlet, PR firm, or working in the communications department of an  NGO with demonstrated ability to secure earned media

Additional qualifications for this role include, but are not limited to:

  • Sound news judgment and solid U.S. contacts in both news and feature media
  • Experience pitching reporters, editors, and producers on a variety of types of stories
  • Spanish language skills strongly preferred.
  • Basic understanding of the main social media platforms is a must. An interest in podcasting and other emerging broadcast mediums would be a bonus
  • Experience with racial and social justice issues is preferred
  • Fluency in written and spoken English, and another language desirable (especially Spanish)
  • Ability to handle numerous tasks at one time and to work in stressful situations
  • Ability to write quickly, creatively, and efficiently on deadline
  • Ability to work effectively within a team of strong-willed and independent thinkers
  • Ability to travel nationally and internationally with little notice

If you want to save the world from climate change and believe in environmental justice, please submit an application on our careers page. Applications will be review on a rolling basis and will conclude once we have found the best candidate.

Greenpeace is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, class, sex, gender, sexual orientation, disability, family/marital status, religion or other protected classes. We strongly encourage applications from marginalized communities. If you require assistance applying to this opportunity, please contact

 Only applicants eligible to work and live in the United States without any legal restrictions need apply for this opportunity.


Greenpeace USA values a healthy work-life balance and has flexible, family-friendly employment policies. Our competitive benefits package for full-time employees includes medical, dental, and vision coverage with low contributions from staff. We have options for pre-tax flexible spending accounts for medical and dependent care costs. Greenpeace employees enjoy generous 401K matching and time off for vacation, sick, personal, and parental leave. After five years, staff are eligible for a paid sabbatical. To encourage public transportation use and biking, we offer subsidies for staff who choose to bike or ride mass transit to work. Greenpeace is committed to the growth and development of staff and fostering a creative workplace culture. For more information, check out our benefits plan.

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