Communications Manager

Posted Date: September 1, 2022

Position Closing Date: Open until filled 

Location: Colorado Springs or Pueblo, Colorado

Salary Hiring Range: $55,000-$62,000

Job type: Full-time, Exempt

Position Summary

Palmer Land Conservancy seeks a Communications Manager to connect, inspire and engage the Palmer brand with current and prospective members and stakeholders across southern Colorado. This position reports to the Vice President of External Affairs and is responsible for growing and managing Palmer’s communications programs through compelling and inspiring storytelling to mobilize the next generation of land lovers. The Communications Manager will also work closely with the Membership and Events Manager, and other Palmer staff

Overview

With over 137,000 acres under permanent conservation, Palmer Land Conservancy is one of the leading nonprofit land conservation organizations in Colorado and is the 17th largest local land trust in the nation based on acreage conserved. We seek a highly creative, motivated, and passionate individual who will bring their love of the land, local food, and nature, coupled with their expertise in communications, to the team. Our ideal candidate will understand brand management and strategy and have an excellent skill-set for storytelling, writing, and design. This individual also needs to possess the leadership qualities to manage a comprehensive communications program. This is a permanent, full-time position with generous time off, a comprehensive benefits package, and significant room for growth.

Primary Responsibilities:

General Brand Communications

  • Guide Palmer’s evolving brand through the strategic development of high-quality, consistent narrative and design across all communication platforms.
  • Develop and implement an annual and iterative strategic communications process, plan, and calendar that leverages Palmer’s mission, projects, and people for social good and maximum impact.
  • Create, execute, and manage integrated marketing and membership campaigns to raise brand awareness and grow the membership base.
  • Manage the development and promotion of lifestyle based publications including Palmer’s Southern Colorado Local Food Guide, the Colorado Good Life Magazine, and more.
  • Develop, track and analyze key performance indicators (KPIs) to gain insight on brand and communication performance.

Digital Communications

  • Develop and manage a comprehensive and strategic digital communications plan to enhance Palmer’s reach and presence.
  • Responsible for design and content development for Palmer’s digital communications including bi-monthly e-newsletter, blog, and website.
  •  Manage and build Palmer’s social media strategy and online presence.

Print Communications

  • Manage the design and development of key print materials including Palmer’s bi-annual magazine, annual report, direct mail campaigns, promotional and publicity materials, and other print collateral as needed.
  • Manage the production, cost estimation, and budgeting of all materials and act as the project manager with printers, designers, and direct mail companies.

Publicity

  • Coordinate the development of paid and earned media as needed

Job Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field.
  • 5-7 years of experience working in brand management, marketing, and/or communications with event and outreach experience.
  • Passion and commitment to conservation – including nature, outdoor recreation and local food and agriculture.
  • Excellent creative writing, storytelling, and content creation skills.
  • Graphic design: Must be skilled with Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop
  • Must be adept and skilled with digital platforms including websites, eNewsletters, and social media platforms.
  • Strong project management experience with an eye for the details.
  • Comfort working in a fast-paced environment and within a variety of technology platforms.

Other Requirements

  • Valid driver’s license
  • Physical demands may involve:
    • Lifting materials and equipment – including, but not limited to, office supplies, event supplies, and boxes of swag – up to 25 pounds.
    • Working in variable weather conditions at remote locations on difficult and hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances

Benefits

Palmer offers full-time employees top tier benefits including: robust health care package which includes medical, dental, and vision benefits; retirement plan with company contribution; short-term and long-term disability; paid parental leave; generous paid time off

Company Culture


Palmer leadership values a culture of generosity, trust, and dedication to conservation. The work environment is goal-based, and work plans and performance are focused on identifying and achieving attainable, but ambitious objectives on a quarterly timeline. This is not a micro-managing environment, and instead, employees are trusted to get their work done with a high level of personal responsibility.

Palmer’s employees are hard working high performers and in exchange they are supported in pursuing work-life flexibility with policies such as open paid time off, sabbatical leave, and remote work.

How to Apply:

The position is open until filled. To apply, applicants should submit the following 1) professional writing and graphic design example, 2) resume, 3) list of three references, and 4) answers to the questions below as a single PDF to: [email protected] with the subject line: Communications Manager. References will not be contacted unless you are selected for a final interview.

 Please limit responses to no more than 200 words per question:

1.     Why does conserving land, water, and nature in southern Colorado matter to you?

2.     Describe your approach to communicating an important issue to a broad audience.

3.     Why are you interested in working for Palmer Land Conservancy and where do you see yourself in 3 years?

About Palmer Land Conservancy:

Since 1977, Palmer Land Conservancy has worked with individuals, private and public partners, and various communities to protect land forever including 20 of the region’s favorite public parks and open spaces, working farms and ranches, and iconic scenic views. We passionately promote the conservation and enjoyment of our region’s most important natural assets that define why we love Colorado: its natural beauty, locally grown food, and outdoor recreation. More info: palmerland.org