Communications Director

Minneapolis, MN, US

NMW is seeking a Communications Director to lead its Campaign communications and marketing team. NMW and the Campaign offer a highly challenging and intellectually engaging environment, an opportunity to meet and interact with thought leaders in multiple disciplines and the chance to be part of a great team of people who are dedicated to protecting the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, Voyageurs National Park and the Quetico-Superior ecosystem.

The Communications Director would report to the Executive Director and work on the Campaign’s media relations, external communications and help drive content and messaging strategy as the lead of our communications and marketing team.



  • Serve as a strategic communication advisor to organizational leadership, and other senior staff on organizational priorities.
  • Participate in senior-level meetings and planning sessions on the direction and priorities of the organization.
  • Develop structures within the organization to ensure quality and consistency in all external communication products and materials.
  • Manage all public communications including newsletters, social media (Twitter, YouTube, etc.), reports, collaterals, presentations and website.
  • Work with members of NMW and The Campaign team to prepare content/materials for external meetings and speaking engagements (i.e., research briefings, speeches, talking points, etc.).
  • Work closely with organization’s development staff to plan and execute communication focused on fundraising and strengthening funder relationships.
  • Oversee all of the organization’s media relations and regularly interact with the media to raise the public profile of The Campaign.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with reporters (local and national) who focus on issues related to The Campaign.



  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent professional experience
  • Minimum of 6-8 years experience in a combination of wilderness, environmental, political, governmental, and/or non-profit communications or other relevant communications background.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Experience in public lands, conservation, and/or political campaigns in a management or leadership capacity; politically sophisticated
  • Experience devising and implementing strategic and effective use of social media outreach (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, e-newsletters, etc.).
  • Experience supervising the production of communication products (print, video, etc.).
  • Demonstrated skill in proactively building relationships with top-tier reporters and editors, and in successfully positioning issues with the media to achieve high-impact placements.
  • Experience developing and managing budgets for communication activities.
  • Highly organized and attentive to detail
  • Team leadership skills
  • Ability to work independently
  • Willingness and ability to travel
  • Passion for protecting the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and the Quetico-Superior ecosystem
  • Trustworthy
  • Ambitious and takes initiative; committed to getting the job done



  • Compensation for the Communication Director includes a competitive salary and an excellent package of health and other employee benefits.
  • Position will be located in Minneapolis, MN with regular travel to Duluth, MN; Ely, MN; and Washington, DC.
  • The Communications Director position is a full time salaried position with the Northeastern Minnesotans for Wilderness an IRS recognized 501c3 organization.


To Apply: Send resume, writing sample and cover letter to [email protected], subject line: Communications Director.