Climate Communication Specialist

Thursday, December 05, 2019 10:21 AM | Katie Helm (Administrator)

Boulder County is a forward-thinking community with over 2,000 employees serving the needs of nearly 300,000 residents. From the peaks of the Rocky Mountains to the thriving agricultural lands and urban centers on the plains, Boulder County's 740 square miles include some of the most diverse, natural landscapes and smart-growth development along the Front Range. Our county's leaders and employees have long held a commitment to being stewards of our land, environment and community. From visionary open space, land use and sustainability policies to award-winning wellness and public service programs, our county government helps foster a vibrant, healthy and active community. As individuals and an organization, we value and respect diversity, striving for a high quality of life for all employees and residents. Our policies and practices reflect our dedication to providing the very best in public service.

$5,550.00 - $7,997.00
$66,600.00 - $95,964.00

OPENING DATE: 12/04/19

CLOSING DATE: 12/16/19 11:59 PM


The Climate Communications Specialist will play a vital role in leading communications on sustainability and climate action in Boulder County and Colorado by representing Boulder County and Boulder County Public Health on the issues of air quality, sustainability, and climate change. The position will develop creative and effective climate campaigns/social mobilization, manage climate communication campaigns, oversee contractors in developing materials, represent the county in presentations to community partners, work with the media, and unify climate and sustainability communications across county departments. The Specialist should use best practices for choosing the latest communications platforms to create high-impact, innovative messaging. We're looking for someone with experience in innovative communications – traditional marketing and media will be minimal.

This is a full time position with Boulder County.  Work hours are Monday - Friday from 8:30am - 4:30pm.  Under FSLA guidelines this position is Exempt. 

Hiring salary range: $66,600.00 - $95,964.00 Annually
Classification salary range:  $66,600.00 - $95,964.00 Annually



  • Strategic development of climate-related public engagement including campaigns and communications, using best available research on what motivates climate action as well as best available research, strategies, and platforms related to communications more broadly
  • Project management of communications efforts including coordination and communications with multiple departments and partners, management of consultants as needed, and management of support positions
  • Creates a two-way dialogue with the community, especially including community member story-telling; also acts as a storyteller for Boulder County's sustainability and climate action plans
  • Works closely with public health and sustainability experts to effectively communicate the human health and welfare reasoning behind climate action
  • Acts as the first point-of-contact for Boulder County sustainability, air quality, and climate efforts by responding to public and media inquiries
  • Creates community engagement strategies around climate action that prioritize frontline communities (communities of color and low-income communities that are most vulnerable to the consequences of climate change), ensuring a focus on climate justice and health equity
  • Participates in relevant communication workgroups and action to ensure messages are consistent throughout county departments and with partner organizations
  • Participates in relevant regional and statewide local government and health collaborations to disseminate climate awareness and action strategies and to support effective policy
  • Supports county programs in designing and implementing effective persuasion campaigns about climate action
  • Supports staff in writing and submitting comments and content on local, state, and national sustainability, air quality, and climate actions and policy
  • Identifies and facilitates outreach opportunities that will strengthen relationships or create new partnerships with stakeholders and grassroots organizations (e.g. businesses, policy-makers, communities of color and the underserved, the LGBTQ community, other jurisdictions etc.)
  • Develops and maintains social media plans and messages to drive sustainability and climate action
  • Gathers information, writes, and designs reports and policy briefs
  • Drafts press releases and pitches stories to the media to promote sustainability, air quality, and climate actions and policy
  • Performs other duties, as assigned
  • May be reassigned in an emergency


PLEASE NOTE: When submitting your application be sure to include all relevant education and experience, as applications are screened based on the qualifications listed in this position announcement. Applications that do not appear to meet minimum qualifications, as outlined below, will not be considered. Resumes are not accepted in lieu of completed applications.

  • A bachelor's degree in communications, marketing, journalism, or related field, plus two years of related, professional experience, OR
  • Six years of communications campaign related, professional experience reflecting increasing responsibility, OR
  • Any equivalent combination of experience and education

  • Must include a cover letter with application

  • Must have a valid driver's license


  • Bilingual in Spanish and English
  • Working knowledge of the impacts of climate changes issues as they affect frontline communities as well as climate justice issues
  • Demonstrated understanding of effective graphic and presentation design in current and emerging media
  • Demonstrated desktop publishing and graphic design capabilities
  • Experience using Adobe Creative Suite software preferred

  • Mastery of the principles of persuasive communication, campaigns, community based social marketing, public relations, and policy communication
  • Experience designing social mobilization or advocacy campaigns
  • Ability to make communication connections within a larger system regarding sustainability and climate action
  • Ability to be proactive and solution-focused
  • Experience identifying audience perceptions and applying insights to messages and tactics
  • Advanced project management skills, with strong ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously
  • Experience creating and managing content for the web and social media
  • Experience building and implementing social media plans
  • Excellent writing, editing, and presentation skills
  • Demonstrated experience writing press releases, pitching story ideas, and managing media relationships
  • Experience overseeing the creation of publications (print and digital)
  • Ability to work effectively with other employees, the public, and representatives of governmental and partner organizations
  • Ability to exhibit cultural sensitivity in working with a diverse population
  • Must be extremely functional working autonomously, or in situations with individuals and groups of disparate interests

Boulder County is a family-friendly workplace dedicated to fostering a diverse, inclusive, and respectful environment for all employees. We prohibit unlawful discrimination against applicants and employees on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, genetic information, or any other status protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.


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An application must be completed for each position. Resumes are not accepted in lieu of application. Applications must be submitted online at Please note that all new employees and rehires are required to provide documentary proof of their eligibility for employment. Boulder County is a public employer; therefore all applications are public information.

For deaf and hard of hearing assistance, please call Relay Colorado at 1-800-659-2656.

Boulder County is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.


Job #3142(SS2)
Boulder County Courthouse Information Desk
1325 Pearl Street
Boulder, CO 80302

Climate Communication Specialist Supplemental Questionnaire
* 1. Do you have a bachelor's degree in communications, marketing, journalism or related field plus two years of professional experience or six years of communications campaign related professional experience reflecting increasing responsibility (required)?
Yes Yes    No No
* 2. Do you have a valid driver's license (required)?
Yes Yes    No No
* 3. Have you attached a cover letter with your application (required)?
Yes Yes    No No
* 4. Are you bilingual in English and Spanish (preferred)?
Yes Yes    No No
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