Communications Manager

Posted Date: February 5, 2021
Position Closing Date: Open until filled
Location: Colorado Springs, Colorado
Employment Status: Full-time, Exempt


With over 136,000 acres under permanent conservation, Palmer Land Conservancy is one of the leading nonprofit land conservation organizations in Colorado and is the 18th 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 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 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. 
  • Develop, track and analyze key performance indicators (KPIs) to gain insight on brand and communication performance.
Digital Communications
  • Responsible for the 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 direct mail campaigns, newsletters, impact reports, promotional and publicity materials, and other print collateral as needed. 
  • This position is responsible for the production, cost estimation, and budgeting of all materials and acts as the project manager with printers, designers, and direct mail companies.
  • Coordinate the development of paid and earned media as needed, including press releases.
  • Working closely with the fundraising team, develop and implement programs and events that engage Palmer’s target audiences and donors in Colorado Springs, Pueblo, and Fremont County. 
  • Post-COVID, coordinate Palmer’s signature fundraising events including the Southern Colorado Conservation Awards and Women in Conservation.

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 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.

Salary & Benefits

Salary range is $50,000 - $55,000 DOE. Palmer offers full-time employees excellent benefits including: employer-paid health, dental, and vision insurance, short-term and long-term disability, and generous paid time off and holiday observances. The position is based out of Palmer’s Colorado Springs office located in beautiful downtown, and in close proximity to ample recreation and open space opportunities.

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?

Interview Process

If selected for an interview, there will be a 3-step interview process held remotely by Zoom (with the potential for a socially-distanced, in-person meeting following the Zoom interviews). It may include:

  1. A screening interview by Zoom conducted by the Communications and Fundraising Director (20 minutes)
  2. A second interview with the Communications and Fundraising Director. (30 minutes)
  3. A possible third interview with the CEO. (30-60 minutes)

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, important 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.