Communications Manager

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About the Clean Energy Transition Institute

Founded in 2018, the Clean Energy Transition Institute is an independent, nonpartisan nonprofit organization working to accelerate an equitable transition to a clean energy economy in the Northwest by advancing deep decarbonization strategies. We provide unbiased research and analysis to guide climate and energy policy and a neutral platform to help diverse stakeholders debate and resolve the trade-offs associated with deep decarbonization.

Why Join the Clean Energy Transition Institute?

In just three years, the Clean Energy Transition Institute has become a reliable source for independent analysis of how to transform the Northwest to a clean energy economy. We developed the research and modeling that showed how the region could decarbonize affordably by 2050, which led to our being chosen by the Washington State Department of Commerce to conduct the technical analysis that underpins the Washington 2021 State Energy Strategy.

That work, in turn, led to our providing analysis that substantiated the Montana Governor’s 2020 Climate Solutions Council’s recommendations for decarbonization strategies and modeling in Oregon, where our work helped win passage of the nation’s most ambitious clean energy standard in June 2021.

We are focused now on helping Washington and Oregon get on the path to decarbonization by 2030 by translating high-level modeling results into concrete actions and using web, print, and video communication tools to explain how the clean energy transition can unfold in the Northwest.

As the Communications Manager, you would play a critical role in editing, producing, and publicizing our research and policy analysis; building our social media presence; and ensuring that the work we produce is noticed and helps accelerate an equitable clean energy transition in the Northwest. You would report directly to the Executive Director.

About this Position

The Communications Manager will be responsible for managing the Institute’s communications strategy and ensuring that our website, blogs, social media, publications, and marketing materials are well-written, well-designed, and widely disseminated to the audiences we aim to influence.

The Ideal Candidate

We seek a Communications Manager who is a strong and creative writer capable of translating complex technical analyses into crisp, clear communications and is committed to a rapid and equitable clean energy transition in the Northwest. Familiarity with report design and production, as well as regular blog writing and social media engagement, are required. A background in journalism, as well as knowledge about the energy sector and climate and clean energy policy, desired. Ideal candidates will be highly organized, keenly attentive to detail, and independent thinkers capable of working in a start-up environment.

Required Skills and Qualifications

We are looking for a skilled Communications Manager with strong verbal and writing skills to oversee our studies, reports, and outbound communications to stakeholders and supporters, as well as our online content and social media. For this position, we particularly value:

  • Excellent writing, communication, storytelling, and project management skills
  • Ability to edit and package technical studies
  • Familiarity with InDesign and WebFlow or equivalent tools
  • Skill with blog writing and social media
  • Strong PowerPoint and visual design skills
  • Experience managing webcasts and stakeholder convenings
  • Experience working with graphic designers
  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to prioritize work, manage time and deadlines effectively, and follow through on commitment
  • Ability to work individually or within a team
  • A healthy skepticism, an attention to detail, and a commitment to accuracy
  • Ability to think innovatively and strategically about, and participate in, advancing the Institute’s long-term goals using an equity lens
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience at a minimum in English, Communications, Journalism, or Marketing

Essential Functions and Specific Responsibilities

  • Develop and execute a print, digital, and social media communications strategy
  • Oversee the development of website content, newsletters, presentations, collateral materials
  • Edit and package technical reports and work with designer to produce professional reports
  • Drive a social media strategy to publicize the Institute’s work products
  • Support writing Annual Report, Case Statement, and other materials to promote the Institute
  • Measure, report, and adjust communications activities based on outcomes
  • Foster teamwork, collaboration, and learning to contribute to a positive work environment

Equal Opportunity

We actively seek applicants and employees of diverse race, religion, creed, color, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, political ideology, ancestry, national origin, citizenship status, disability, veteran status, and medical conditions.


This is a competitive, full-time position, with compensation commensurate with the job requirements and the candidate’s experience.

How to Apply

Please email your resume, cover letter, and writing sample assembled in a single PDF and labeled with your name to Your electronic cover letter can be addressed to Eileen V. Quigley, Executive Director, Clean Energy Transition Institute.

Application Deadline is
November 30, 2021
Application is open until position has been filled.
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