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Communications Specialist
The Ecology Center is seeking a talented and self-motivated Communications Specialist to oversee its publications, electronic communications, and media relations.  This is a part-time position which could be made full-time under certain circumstances.
The Ecology Center is a Michigan-based environmental organization that works for a safe and healthy environment where people live, work, and play. Founded in 1970, the Ecology Center has approximately 6,000 members and supporters, 12 staff persons, several part-time consultants and interns, and an 11-person Board of Directors.  In recent years, the Ecology Center has led successful campaigns to close down Michigan's medical waste incinerators, improve the environmental performance of the auto industry, and save thousands of acres of working farms and valuable natural areas.
Our staff are advocates who translate cutting edge environmental science into calls for changes in policy and in the marketplace. We work in an informal team atmosphere, where individual initiative and priority setting is expected. Our methods emphasize research and scientific credibility, developing reports, fact sheets and websites, grassroots organizing with public health, environmental and health-impacted communities, and crafting effective stories for the media. The Ecology Center is the parent organization of Recycle Ann Arbor, also a nonprofit organization, which operates the premier recycling program in the state of Michigan.
Job Responsibilities
The Ecology Center's Communications Specialist will oversee all aspects of the organization's publications, media relations, and communications. The Communication Specialist will work with program staff in developing communications strategies for each program, and will coordinate the development of organizational and campaign messages and materials, including print and web-based publications, posters, fact sheets, etc.
Specific responsibilities and job functions include:
·        overseeing production of EcoLink, the Ecology Center?s monthly electronic newsletter, and From the Ground Up, our quarterly    newsletter;
·        overseeing development and production of the annual report and other publications, as needed;
·        overseeing maintenance of www.ecocenter.org and the Ecology Center?s related websites, and promoting them;
·        developing and maintaining a consistent organizational image in Ecology Center publications and presentations;  and,
·        coordinating the Ecology Center's media relations, with responsibility for press releases, media events, briefing materials, and       cultivation of press contacts.
The first three responsibilities above would have top priority for the position, particularly in a half-time appointment.  The media relations function would be a larger aspect if the position is made full-time.
The Communications Specialist will be a key participant in developing and implementing the Ecology Center's advocacy efforts, and will help develop campaign strategies. S/he would work within our Administrative work team, and be based out of our downtown Ann Arbor office.  Located in the center of the Great Lakes Basin, Ann Arbor is widely considered one of the best places to live in the Midwest, with a vibrant arts and music scene, great schools, terrific parks, and one of the best public universities in the country, all a short drive from the most beautiful natural areas in the region.
The position offers opportunity for educational and professional development.  It also has some shared organizational responsibilities and office duties.  Ecology Center staff are unionized, and actively participate in organizational decision-making.  This position is a great opportunity for a creative person to make a difference working for a nationally respected public interest organization with outstanding colleagues.
? excellent writing skills, including the ability to communicate complex issues to the general public;
? three or more years experience in writing, journalism, public relations, or related jobs;
? demonstrated ability to work well with program staff, volunteers, contractors, and vendors under deadline pressures;
? experience in grassroots organizing, advocacy campaigns, environmental issues, and/or public policy is very helpful;
? aptitude for preparing high-quality print materials;
? well-organized, self-motivated, with the ability to both work collaboratively and independently; and,
? familiarity with website design and maintenance helpful.
Salary is commensurate with relevant professional experience.  The Ecology Center offers generous benefits, including medical, dental, four weeks vacation, and retirement.
To Apply
Please send a cover letter, resume, and a current writing sample by email to jobs@ecocenter.org. Alternatively, please fax to (734) 663-2414, or mail to Ecology Center, 117 N. Division, Ann Arbor, MI  48104.  For more information, please call (734) 761-3186.
Application Deadline
Please apply before March 9, 2007. Applications received prior to March 9 will be given priority, but we will continue to receive applications until the position is filled.
The Ecology Center is an equal opportunity employer.  Women, minorities, and people of diverse cultural backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

Brigit Macomber
Ecology Center
117 N. Division
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734)761-3186 x121
(734)663-2414 fax
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