Earthjustice is the premier nonprofit environmental law organization. We take on the biggest, most precedent-setting cases across the country. We wield the power of law and the strength of partnership to protect people’s health; to preserve magnificent places and wildlife; to advance clean energy; and to combat climate change. We partner with thousands of groups, supporters, individuals and communities to engage the critical environmental issues of our time, and bring about positive change. We are guided by a passionate, ambitious vision for the future for people and our planet: until justice stands for all, we will never rest. We are here because the earth needs a good lawyer.
Founded in 1971, Earthjustice has a distinguished track record of achieving significant, lasting environmental protections. We achieve this by hiring people who share a passion for justice and a healthy environment. Our headquarters are in San Francisco with offices in Anchorage, Chicago, Juneau, Los Angeles, Miami, Tallahassee, Honolulu, New York, Philadelphia, Denver, Seattle, Bozeman, and Washington, DC.
The Associate Writer will practice equitable storytelling and journalism techniques to amplify Earthjustice expertise, successes, and calls to action through content and narratives crafted for digital audiences. Reporting to the Managing Editor and working in partnership with stakeholders across Earthjustice, the staff writer will take assignments from concept to completion, identifying evocative themes and message framing for popular audiences, and writing with a keen awareness of the hyper-competitive attention economy.
This position can be based in our San Francisco, CA office (preferred), however, we are open to remote candidates within the US.
For SF applicants: Due to Covid-19, Earthjustice staff are currently working remotely from approved locations through January 18, 2022.
The Associate Writer is a part-time position and will work 20 hours per week. Employees who work 20 hours or more per week at Earthjustice are eligible for benefits.
Writing & Publishing (75%)
- Serve on the editorial team within Earthjustice’s communications department, primarily focusing on assignment-based writing that includes short-form articles and explainers, rapid-response case updates, and other digital formats that elevate our work during relevant news events and tentpole moments.
- Periodically update content and stories from Earthjustice’s extensive evergreen catalog for recirculation as our casework develops.
- Occasionally contribute writing and creative input for Earthjustice Quarterly Magazine (EJQ), including front-of-the-book and back-of-the-book sections, captions and headlines, and the occasional long-form feature story.
- Participate in ideation and pitch stories for owned media (earthjustice.org/stories) based on news and cultural trends related to our casework, advocacy goals outlined by our program staff, and audience data provided by our digital team.
- Brainstorm compelling headlines and teasers for distribution via digital-social platforms.
- Work with editors and multimedia team to determine the visual needs for each piece of writing.
- Build and format stories in Drupal (CMS) with attention to goal, audience behaviors, and search optimization.
Collaboration & Culture (25%)
- Occasionally write copy for social media posts and stories, readable videos, infographics, and brand-development content and web pages.
- Connect with staff across Earthjustice programs to develop an understanding of the legal and regulatory systems we work within and how we navigate them in support of our clients.
- Participate in our Justice & Partnership Storytelling working group to learn about and strengthen our analysis of factors and issues that intersect with environmental problems (e.g. race and racism, politics and democracy, peoples’ histories, etc.).
- Engage with our marketing team to better understand our target audiences and identify high-potential content opportunities.
- Contribute ideas during quarterly project planning for stories and content that can support and enhance our program communications efforts.
- Participate in team, department, and all-staff meetings, as well as organization-wide skills development, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) trainings, and racial and cultural affinity groups.
- BA in communications, journalism, English, or a related field or comparable professional experience.
- Minimum three years of professional experience in online content production preferred; background and/or interest in environmental or social justice issues a plus.
- Critical thinker, highly competent at understanding, connecting, distilling, and effectively communicating complex issues to a popular audience.
- Interpersonal skills with the confidence to interact effectively with all levels of management, staff, and external partners. Must be able to interview people from all backgrounds and receive editing constructively.
- Excellent writing, taking joy in the written word to create engaging headlines, apt phrases, and memorable storytelling.
- Experience with AP style.
- Experience in agile publishing environments and ability to balance fast-turnaround individual assignments with deadlines for cross-team projects that have longer production timeframes. Writer may have a few short-form pieces at different stages of development each week to achieve a weekly publishing rhythm.
- Project management skills including ability to break a larger task into smaller pieces, team communication, and problem solving.
- Collaborative skills, able to pitch ideas
- Proven willingness to seek appropriate direction and guidance from supervisors when needed.
- Experience with Microsoft Office applications, including Word, Excel, Outlook, and Teams.
- Some knowledge of HTML and publishing on Drupal or similar content management systems.
- Demonstrates an awareness and sensitivity to the needs and concerns of individuals from diverse cultures, backgrounds, and orientations.
- Contributes to the creation of a diverse, equitable, and inclusive work culture that encourages and celebrates differences.
We offer a mission and employee-focused work environment and a competitive compensation package including excellent benefits. Earthjustice is an equal opportunity employer and highly values diversity.
Salary range is based on experience and location.
Salary range in San Francisco: $33.44 – $37.13/hr.
Remote salary will vary by location.
Interested candidates should submit the following via Jobvite:
- Cover letter
- 2-3 links to published writing samples
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
Please reach out to email@example.com if you are having technical difficulties submitting your application. No phone calls, drop-ins, or hard copies.
Earthjustice is driven by a passion for justice, partnership, and excellence. Our core values lead us to seek a broad range of perspectives and backgrounds to achieve our mission and to maintain an inclusive environment where all staff are valued and respected. As an equal opportunity employer, we are committed to employment practices that ensure that employees and applicants for employment are provided with equal opportunities without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, religion, physical or mental disability, medical condition, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, or any other factor that is not related to the position.
For positions located within the City and County of San Francisco Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment-qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.
For positions located within the City of Los Angeles: We will consider qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring.