(as of 5/2019)
- Director of Strategic Outreach
- Director of Business Affairs
Director of Strategic Outreach
InsideClimate News (ICN)is looking for an innovative strategic outreach pro who loves to be hands-on in every aspect of the work. You'll implement creative new strategies to take our growing Pulitzer Prize-winning news team and its work to new audiences and communities.
The Director of Strategic Outreach will develop, put into action and oversee our efforts to reach new audiences by:
Participating in strategic planning with senior staff ahead of publication, and collaborating with colleagues across the organization.
Identifying and developing creative and cost-effective ways to reach desired audiences, including building a robust social media presence.
Placing stories with appropriate media partners.
Placing reporters on broadcast media when they break news, or important news breaks.
Analyzing and monitoring news and social media mentions and performance, setting targets and recommending ways to improve.
Hiring junior staff over time to grow this new organizational capacity.
In short, the Director of Outreach will get ICN's work in front of the people and in the places where our journalism will resonate—but where it's not yet reaching.
The primary deliverables are measurable reach and impact, and growing the subscriber base of our free newsletters. Over time we expect the director to identify and hire additional staff to fully develop this new organizational capacity.
This is a job for a creative self-starter with experience in public relations, communications and/or digital marketing who has proven success in strategic communications plans for reaching key audiences. The ideal candidate is enthusiastic about ICN's journalism and the issues we cover and is driven to reach a wider and more engaged audience.
This is a chance to be part of a team that has become a leader in deep reporting on climate change accountability and energy issues. It is an exciting opportunity to work on one of most consequential issues of our time.
We prize accuracy, creativity, clarity, flexibility, adherence to deadlines, good news judgment and a strong work ethic. An ability to excel in the culture of an entrepreneurial and collaborative news organization is a must.
Strong writing and communications skills are primary
At least 4-6 years of experience in a public relations/communications/digital marketing/community outreach position, with solid experience developing and executing brand-building and media relations campaigns.
Prior experience managing social media platforms and crafting engaging, professional social media posts is a must.
Deep familiarity with Google analytics and an ease with data analysis.
Strong understanding of current industry best practices.
A passion for developing and experimenting with new ideas.
Superlative people skills and collaborative nature.
Knowledge of environmental science, energy and climate change is a plus.
Founded in 2007, InsideClimate News is an independent, non-profit, non-partisan news organization that covers clean energy, carbon energy, nuclear energy and environmental science—plus the territory in between where law, policy and public opinion are shaped. Already one of the largest environmental newsrooms in the country, ICN is committed to establishing a permanent national reporting network, to training the next generation of journalists, and to strengthening the practice of environmental journalism.
Our operation is largely virtual: We have a hub in New York, one in D.C. and another in Boston, and staff from California to Maine. Our newsroom has always been driven by self-starters. We are staffed by professional journalists, many of whom bring decades of experience from leading media organizations, including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, ProPublica, Los Angeles Times, Bloomberg News and Frontline. Others come from top programs for science writing and investigative journalism, among other backgrounds. Good ideas propel the operation, wherever they originate.
We have a supportive culture of collaboration and high standards of professionalism. At our core, we are motivated by accountability journalism and storytelling that has the impact to improve the public interest.
We have earned national recognition for our work and many of the most prestigious awards in journalism, including the Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting and finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. For more, please see: http://insideclimatenews.org/about.
To apply, send your résumé, a cover letter to and three references to:
Stacy Feldman (executive editor) at
In your cover letter, describe your public relations/communications experience, some of your success stories, and how (briefly) you could help raise ICN's visibility.
Director of Business Affairs
InsideClimate News is searching for a Director of Business Affairs to assist in fundraising activities, revenue generation projects and operations management, and over time, to staff a business infrastructure to sustain an increasingly complex organization. This is an exciting opportunity for a collaborative self-starter to become a key member of a collegial and cohesive non-profit news enterprise and help to grow it to the next level at an important moment for the organization. This position will report directly to the founder and publisher.
InsideClimate News, now in its 12th year of publication, operates the largest dedicated climate newsroom in America, if not the world. We are independent, non-partisan and non-profit. At relatively modest cost, we consistently produce award-winning, high-impact work, including consequential investigations that permanently alter the national climate conversation.
ICN launched in 2007 with two people and some pilot funding. We have grown carefully and incrementally and today our annual budget accommodates 18 full-time staff, as well as a cohort of part-time contractors. The increasing size of both the organization and our budget has led us to create this full-time position, designed to help us build further support atop our solid financial base that is diversified, loyal and healthy.
Minimum 10 years relevant fundraising, management, or entrepreneurial experience
Superlative communications skills, highly organized and thorough
Strong writing ability vital; comfort with budgets and spreadsheets a must
Demonstrated people skills
Flexible and creative project manager and problem solver
Marketing experience a big plus
- Fundraising – Conduct donor research, write grants and reports and develop fundraising materials. Support special programs and a planned capital campaign.
- Revenue Generation – Oversee ICN's online donor operation (run by a third party). Track syndications and handle licensing requests. Manage special events and corporate sponsors.
- Operations – Provide support to publisher and executive editor in payroll processing and contracting, accounting and auditing. Place recruitment ads and manage other logistical needs.
To apply, send your résumé, a cover letter and three references to:
David Sassoon (Publisher) at
(No phone calls please)
In your cover letter, describe your relevant experience, some of your success stories, and how (briefly) you could help grow ICN's enterprise to the next level.
Other Jobs at ICN
InsideClimate News seeks to make several hires in the coming years to expand the scope and depth of our 12-year-old operation.
If you'd like to explore a fit with ICN, please get in touch and let's start a conversation. A big plus of any of these jobs is good knowledge of the climate and energy arena—the history, the issues and the major players.
To apply, send your résumé, a cover letter explaining why you would be a good fit, three references, and no more than five links to your best clips to:
Stacy Feldman (executive editor) at