Institute for Sustainable Communities (ISC)

Communications Officer | Full Time



Communications Officer

Location: Montpelier, Vermont or Washington, D.C.

Position Summary

ISC is a leading organization helping neighborhoods, cities, and regions across the United States to accelerate effective and equitable climate solutions. The U.S. Communications Officer sits at the core of everything we do – supporting the U.S. Program Team on a wide range of communications, outreach and marketing needs for a diverse portfolio of programs and audiences, in close partnership with ISC’s central communications team. The successful candidate will bring a passion for ISC’s mission; creativity; strong work ethic; outstanding writing, editing, social media and project management skills; and the ability to thrive both in a team and independently. The ideal candidate also will have prior experience working on issues of climate change.

The Communications Officer will play a key role in framing program communications under ISC’s strategic direction for 2019-2022. Recognizing that structural racism undermines efforts to build strong communities in the face of climate change, ISC will strengthen its understanding of, and work to, advance equity and inclusion in its programs and internal practices. ISC seeks an individual to fill this position who will bring a strong disposition towards, and the ability to advance, ISC’s commitment and ability to execute on this goal.

Key Responsibilities

* Support the execution of ISC’s overarching communications plan and delivery of key ISC messages through program work.

* Work with project leads and program staff to develop major communications deliverables (e.g. resource guides, case studies, reports, etc.).

* Utilizing a racial equity lens, create strategies that advance equity in all U.S. communications activities.

* Lead the development and distribution of the U.S. Program’s monthly e-newsletter to an audience including partners, past event attendees, and donors.

* Advise program staff on outreach and communications approaches that will help programs succeed within budget and time constraints.

* Support the development and maintenance of project-specific websites.

* Promote the U.S. Program through social media and earned media in close collaboration with ISC’s central communications team.

* Other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

* Understanding and appreciation of ISC’s mission and the capacity to tailor and communicate the unique aims and values of the organization and our partners to a wide range of audiences

* Outstanding writing and editing skills, in particular the ability to convey complex topics clearly and concisely

* Ability to work productively with diverse individuals from differing backgrounds (government, private sector, advocacy, nonprofit organizations, and community-based organizations)

* Knowledge of and experience in working with communities of color and underrepresented communities, those most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, to lift-up their work, leadership, and experiences

* Experience executing social media outreach campaigns

* Excellent analytical, problem-solving, and strategic thinking skills

* Videography and photography skills a plus


* Undergraduate or higher degree in a relevant field

* Three to five years of professional experience in communications, outreach, marketing, or public relations, including nonprofit experience, at least two of which have been in diverse environments working with content that reflects equity as a journalistic value

* Direct education or experience in communications supporting urban policy issues relevant to ISC’s mission and program areas, including climate change, environmental justice, sustainability, housing, urban planning, equity, or transportation

* Bilingual English/Spanish a plus

* Commitment to the ISC mission and goals

Working Conditions

Office environment. Some domestic travel (10%-15%).


Since 1991, the Institute for Sustainable Communities (ISC) has worked in the United States and around the world to help communities, cities, industry, and NGOs accomplish their environmental, economic, and social goals. ISC uses training, technical assistance, peer-to-peer learning, and demonstration projects to help unleash the power of local people and institutions to address immediate challenges and opportunities – all while building those on-the-ground solutions into national and international best practices and policy. At the heart of the organization’s approach is results-focused, authentic and pragmatic engagement with all stakeholders, which unearths locally-driven and equitable solutions to the biggest challenge we face – global climate change. Learn more at


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ISC is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to a diverse workplace. People from diverse racial, ethnic and cultural backgrounds, women, and persons with disabilities are highly encouraged to apply.