Communications Officer

Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI)

Seattle, WA, United States 🇺🇸

Employment type: 25-40 hours per week, depending on candidate interest and capabilities (see below)

Salary range: Competitive compensation package commensurate with experience and qualifications

Duty station: Seattle, WA (preferred); Somerville, MA, or Davis, CA, possible

Application deadline: 3 April 2017

Start date:As soon as position filled

SEI’s U.S. Center seeks an energetic, versatile, intellectually curious, highly collaborative writer and communicator to help us identify and tell stories from our work, raise our global profile, and increase our impact.

U.S. Center staff work on a wide variety of timely environment and resource issues, from climate change policy to water resource planning. While this job is U.S.-based, it could involve projects around the world, as well as opportunities to collaborate with SEI’s centers in Europe, Africa and Asia. The U.S. Center offers an international working environment, a warm and friendly culture, development opportunities within the field of communication, and the ability to support a dynamic research team.

SEI is a mission-driven, independent international research organization working to advance sustainable development through research, policy analysis and capacity-building. Headquartered in Sweden, SEI has a global reach with seven centres spanning four continents. SEI communications staff work closely with researchers to plan projects, shape messages, identify compelling stories, and share those stories and messages with diverse audiences, often collaborating over several months or years on a single project.

This position will report to the SEI-US Center Director and also be part of SEI’s global Communications Team, under the guidance of the SEI Director of Communications.

Primary responsibilities

The key responsibility of the SEI US communications officer is to work with Center staff to communicate their research effectively, developing and executing communications strategies in collaboration with the SEI global communications team (which may require occasional early AM calls). The SEI US communications officer will:

• Help researchers to identify key audiences for their work, and formulate key messages targeted to those audiences.

• Identify the most useful outputs for a project, including communications plans, publications, web stories, media outreach and multimedia, and connecting projects with relevant SEI global comms resources.

• Write web stories, Q&As, blogposts and other materials for the SEI website, social media and other online venues, and help researchers to develop such materials.

• Identify opportunities to develop visual and multimedia materials, and develop or commission these materials, in collaboration with SEI global comms colleagues.

• Identify opportunities for media outreach, and pursue these opportunities; this is likely to include written and phone-call pitches to journalists, as well as occasional press releases.

• Lead communications for different research projects such as the SEI Initiative on Fossil Fuels and Climate Change.

• Represent SEI-US on the global communications team, helping to raise the U.S. team’s profile within SEI and collaborating with colleagues worldwide.

• Support SEI-US management with communications needs.

Possible additional responsibilities (depending on skills & interests)

• Edit and (co)write SEI publications, as well as external reports and journal articles, in line with SEI’s publications procedures.

• Help build communications capacity within the U.S. Center, by providing advice, one-to-one coaching and group training, as appropriate.

• Prepare marketing materials for SEI-US projects and programs, such as brochures and online materials, and assist with grant writing and proposal materials.

• Help organize events related to SEI-US projects and programs, including communications and logistical support.

• Produce “digital native” materials, including interactive online features, data visualizations and/or videos.


• B.A. or B.S. degree and at least 5 years of highly relevant work experience, in professional journalism and/or writing/editing/PR for environmental programs, research organizations, or non-profits.

• Excellent writing skills, including ability to explain complex policy and/or scientific issues and keen attention to detail, as demonstrated through accurate, precise writing and good proofreading.

• Warm, friendly, intellectually curious, with an entrepreneurial spirit and an eagerness to try new things; excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work with a diverse team and partners around the world.

• Interest in environmental issues, natural resources and/or sustainable development.

• Excellent time management skills and ability to juggle multiple projects at once.

• Basic web skills (e.g. image editing, ability to quickly learn a new CMS).

• Additional capabilities such as strong editing skills, Spanish and/or other language fluency, and advanced web or multimedia skills, will create opportunities to expand the role of this position.

How to apply

Please submit your application online by 3 April 2017, including:

•Cover letter highlighting relevant qualifications and experience.

• Curriculum vitae or résumé (as attachment).

• Three professional references. We will alert you before contacting your references.

• Three recent writing samples (via URL links).

Candidates must be eligible to work full-time in the United States.

SEI is an equal opportunity employer. We value diversity and do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.