Communications Coordinator - Campaigns

Position: Communications Coordinator - Campaigns
Reports to: Head of Global Campaign Coordination
Location: Remote, flexible. Access to media hubs considered an advantage
Compensation: Depending on experience and location
Term: Full-time contract through to January 2017 with strong possibility of renewal
Start-date: Open until filled



The Climate Action Network (CAN) is a worldwide network of over 1100 Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in more than 120 countries, working to promote government and individual action to limit human-induced climate change to ecologically sustainable levels

CAN members work to achieve this goal through information exchange and the coordinated development of NGO strategy on international, regional, and national climate issues. CAN has regional network hubs that coordinate these efforts around the world

CAN is seeking a communications coordinator to deliver a strategy to effectively promote 100% renewable energy campaigning and other network priorities. The coordinator will work with CAN members, nodes and other allies to deliver internal coordination and alignment around key narratives, they will also work with the CAN network and media to deliver impactful campaign interventions.


  • Coordinate member communications around key campaign moments in 2016 and beyond;
  • Coordinate communications staff from members and allies to produce framing for key moments and build a post-Paris narrative for the climate movement;
  • Support 100% renewable energy campaigning with communications strategy, tools and resources;
  • Write and edit media materials including press releases, advisories and briefings;
  • Write and edit communication packs that include narratives, talking points and social media content;
  • Host press conferences and media briefings;
  • Grow and maintain CAN’s media list and develop rapport with key journalists;
  • Work with other communications coordinator(s) to develop 2-year communications strategy that integrates departmental objectives;
  • Work with regional campaigns communications officers to boost the profile of 100% renewable energy campaigns;
  • Work with communicators and campaigners focussing on 100% renewable energy pledge adoption to boost profile and increase pledges;
  • Deliver reactive media work on behalf of the CAN network as necessary;
  • Maintain CAN’s social media channels.


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent academic/vocational experience in journalism, media or communications;
  • At least 3 years experience of delivering public communications on political or scientific issues - climate communications experience an asset;
  • Strong working experience with traditional media;
  • Strong understanding of the media landscape;
  • Ability to build and maintain strong relations with media contacts - existing relations an asset;
  • Experience developing and delivering communications strategy;
  • Experience using social media platforms for campaign communications;
  • Excellent writing, editing and general communication skills;
  • Excellent facilitation skills and experience of leading a discussion of participants from diverse cultural backgrounds;
  • Ability to effectively communicate in written and spoken English;
  • Fluency in key language(s) of your region, strong skills in other relevant language(s) an asset;
  • Ability to work remotely to tight deadlines and under pressure a necessity;
  • Ability to work independently and in a remote office environment;
  • Comfortable communicating over email, Skype and using other online organizing tools;
  • Reliable internet access.


  • Identify 3 fresh stories in the international media relevant to campaigners working on the just transition to 100% renewable energy.
  • Choose 1 of these stories and write a reactive press release on behalf Climate Action Network. The release should be written to support ongoing efforts to boost 100% renewable energy pledge adoption.
  • Explain what elements you found challenging about this exercise.

To Apply

Send a cover letter and resume to with the subject: “Communications Coordinator - Campaigns."

Applications that do not contain a cover letter, resume and exercise PR will not be considered. Interviews will be scheduled on a rolling basis.

Please, no telephone inquiries. Based on the expected large interest in this position and limited capacity, only candidates chosen for interviews will be contacted. CAN is an equal opportunity employer.