Communications Manager

The Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) is looking for a Communications Manager to lead its organizational communications efforts, including helping to develop a communications strategy and executing it. The need to communicate with an increasingly wide array of stakeholders comes as VCS has grown from an organization with a single focus to one with a
variety of programs and initiatives.

Launched in November 2007, VCS began by creating and managing the VCS Program, which has become the leading global greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction program in the voluntary carbon market. Since its inception, more than 1,300 projects around the world have relied on the VCS Program to issue more than 180 million Verified Carbon Units (VCUs). An important element of the VCS Program is the Jurisdictional and Nested REDD+ framework, which is designed to enable governments to leverage carbon finance to protect their forests. In addition, VCS manages the Climate, Community & Biodiversity (CCB) Standards, the most widely applied and respected tool for demonstrating positive community and biodiversity impacts of land-based climate projects. VCS is also a California-approved Offset Project Registry (OPR), helping to implement that state’s landmark cap and trade program. Finally, VCS is engaged in the development of new standards frameworks designed to drive investment in actions that generate significant and measurable environmental and sustainable development benefits.

As we emerge from a promising agreement at COP21 in Paris with a worldwide focus on reducing carbon, there is an opportunity to explain how VCS programs play a critical role in addressing environmental issues and promoting sustainable development. The VCS team is excited to bring on a Communications Manager who can help tell that story at global, domestic, and local levels.

Job Description

The Communications Manager will be responsible for ensuring effective communications with VCS stakeholders worldwide and the smooth operation of VCS’s communications efforts. Principal tasks and responsibilities will include the following:
• Ensure the ongoing development of VCS communications and effective positioning of the organization. This work will entail three distinct elements which need to be integrated. First, the Communications Manager will work with each of the various programs and initiatives to identify communications priorities, including addressing challenges and taking advantage of opportunities, and implement a plan to drive communications forward. Second, the Communications Manager will weave together the individual narratives of each of the programs and initiatives VCS manages into a cohesive set of organizational communications. Finally, the Communications Manager will develop and implement a monitoring system to track real progress in effective messaging against tangible, measurable goals and targets.
• Ensure the ongoing development and clarity of the VCS website. This will include guiding the development of a new VCS website in early 2016, individual sites for each of VCS’ programs and initiatives, and providing ongoing content and editing support. This task will involve managing and working closely with a communications consultant.
• Manage communications with stakeholders, including producing all outreach and marketing materials (eg, public statements, website content, print materials, presentations, newsletters, annual report) based on content provided by program staff, responding to media inquiries and supporting outreach efforts by colleagues.
• Refine and manage the organizational communications strategy, including a potential VCS re-branding effort which would rely on a communications and branding expert.
• Oversee the use of the VCS trademarks and brand, and ensure compliance with all licensing requirements.
• Assist with other parts of the organization as needed.

Required Skills, Knowledge and Experience

• A minimum of five years of professional communications experience in the non-profit or private sectors with astrong working knowledge of environmental and/or sustainable development issues. Marketing experience inthese fields is desirable.
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to communicate complex technical issues todifferent non-technical audiences, and experience editing and drafting documents for clients and publicpresentation.
• Good understanding of climate policy, carbon markets or landscape sustainability is highly desirable.
• Strong organizational skills with the ability to prioritize and work quickly, accurately and on deadline.
• Motivated, proactive, and resourceful with strong attention to detail.
• Excellent interpersonal skills, capable of relating to our many and diverse stakeholders, and maintaining aprofessional approach and demeanor in high pressure situations.
• Master’s degree in communications, branding, marketing or a related field is desirable.
• Fluency in English is essential; fluency in Spanish is desirable.
• Experience in graphic and website design, HTML, email campaign software, and social media is desirable.

Terms and Conditions

We offer a competitive salary and an attractive benefits package. To apply please submit the following documents:
• Cover letter (max one page) explaining why you are interested in the position and the value you would bring to
VCS and our mission to protect the environment.
• Examples of previous communications work, including representative print and web content.
• Resume/CV (not to exceed two pages).

Please note that this position is only open to applicants who have the legal right to work in the United States. All documents must be submitted to by 3 February 2016.