Communications/Sr. Associate

Burness Bethesda, MD

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darliene boozer

darliene boozer

Communications Associate/Senior Associate for Climate

We seek candidates to plan and executive media projects for an exciting range of headline-grabbing global projects on some of the most important issues of our day, including climate change, nature protection and ocean health.

In this role, you will build on your already-established media outreach experience and skills in translating science into clear, compelling content to generate media coverage on critical issues on behalf of internationally known nonprofits, agencies and foundations. Beyond reaching out to reporters in the US, you’ll engage journalists in the UK, Europe, Latin America, Asia—and beyond.  

You ideally have 5-7 years experience in communications—with a strong emphasis on media. You know what it takes to generate news coverage. And you are eager to develop expertise in a wide range of climate and environment issues. 

You are a good fit for this position if you can:

  • Develop and execute communications strategies—including writing communications plans and developing key messages.
  • Spot and shape potential news stories, create and maintain solid relationships with press contacts and successfully place stories in the media. 
  • Write and edit compelling media pitches, press releases, statements, op-eds, talking points, fact sheets, journalist briefs and other short form media and communications products that align with a client’s strategic approach. 
  • Synthesize and translate complicated material into clear and simple language tailored to client needs. 
  • Be a strong verbal communicator who is able to convey complex ideas. 
  • Build strong digital strategies into all communication to reach key audiences and drive story uptake. 

Strong preference for a Washington, D.C., area-based employee. 

Additional languages are helpful but not required. 

Burness is a mission-driven communications firm committed to helping nonprofits advance social change worldwide. Since our founding more than 35 years ago, we’ve worked with more than 700 nonprofits globally. 

Burness offers a competitive salary and benefits package. Send resume, writing samples and cover letter to jobs@burness.com.

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