We seek candidates with 5-7 years of experience in public relations for a communications position working with nonprofits, international agencies and foundations. This position will work primarily on issues related to climate change. 

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. 

In this role, you will manage or execute climate-related media projects in the areas of science, health, forests and health equity. Experience in one or more of these areas is desirable. Projects will be both U.S.-focused and global in scope.  

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

  • 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 client’s strategic approach. 
  • Spot and shape potential news stories, create and maintain solid relationships with press contacts, and successfully place stories in the media. 
  • 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. 
  • Develop and execute communications strategies—including writing communications plans and developing key messages.
  • Build strong digital strategies into all communication to reach key audiences and drive story uptake. 
  • Go deep on content knowledge about climate climate, with a focus on topics that include health equity and environmental justice, deforestation, conservation, and agriculture. 

Strong preference for a Washington, DC, area-based employee. 

Additional languages are helpful but not required. 

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