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Organizational Overview

For over 30 years, Rainforest Foundation US (RFUS) has worked to address climate change and safeguard biodiversity by promoting the rights of indigenous peoples and supporting their efforts to protect and defend their rainforests. Science shows that forests managed by indigenous peoples are healthier, suffer less deforestation, capture more carbon, and contain more biodiversity than forests managed by private or public entities–including nationally protected areas. What’s more, scientists tell us that protecting forests is as important as reducing greenhouse emissions if we hope to stem the tide of ecological collapse.

RFUS works in partnership with indigenous communities and their representative organizations to protect tropical rainforests by supporting their efforts to secure rights to their lands, strengthen monitoring and land security, influence laws and policies that protect their resources, and build strong and sustainable community leadership. By investing directly in indigenous communities, RFUS connects the people rooted in the land with the tools, training, and resources to be effective advocates and protectors of the forests they call home. RFUS currently operates four country programs in Brazil, Guyana, Panama and Peru, and hosts a number of regional partnerships in Central America, the Amazon Basin and across the tropical belt.

Workplace Culture

Rainforest Foundation US prides itself on providing a flexible, equitable, family-friendly and inclusive work environment that values work-life balance. Our offices are pet friendly and located in an historic downtown Brooklyn neighborhood that is easily accessible by public transit and boasts a wide range of restaurants and services. Since the pandemic, employees can come into the office as they wish or negotiate with their supervisors to work from home or remotely.

Senior Communications Manager

EMPLOYMENT TYPE: Full time staff

LOCALITY: Brooklyn, NY, preferred, remote possible

DEPARTMENT: Communications

SUPERVISING MANAGER: Executive Director

DIRECT REPORTS:

  • Social Impact and Digital Marketing Manager
  • Writer and Editorial Manager
  • Communications Associate

Position Overview

Rainforest Foundation US (RFUS) is recruiting a highly accomplished Senior Communications Manager to lead the organization’s overall communications portfolio. This position strives for excellence in presenting the best face of the organization, establishing a recognized identity, and improving brand awareness. The position aims to increase the visibility of community-based solutions and achievements in order to influence broader agendas around climate change, forest protection and restoration, human rights, and biodiversity conservation. The role is also responsible for building a more committed and engaged base of support to drive revenue for the organization and its partners. 

The position plays an essential function of overseeing the implementation of the organization’s communication strategy, setting the bar as to the treatment of the organization’s identity and brand, and managing the team to achieve timely and professional delivery of communications products.

RFUS is set to significantly increase its impact in the coming years and the communications department has a key role to play in ensuring key audiences are informed of our accomplishments and ambitions, and inspired to join us in scaling up community-based solutions to the climate crisis. This is an exciting opportunity to manage a growing team to produce measurable impact in the years to come.

The candidate best suited for this role is a seasoned professional with well rounded experience managing the implementation of a range of communications workstreams, from press and branding to social media and digital marketing, with measurable success. The candidate will possess a meticulous attention to detail and technical fluency to achieve desired results. The candidate will demonstrate the ability to balance strategic direction with hands-on management that leverages the team’s talent and skills, raises the team’s performance, and fosters team members’ professional development.

The role reports to the Director of Strategic Impact and will oversee and manage three staff persons as well as the work of external communications contractors.

Responsibilities

  • Leads the organization’s overall communications strategy and manages the creative direction for its implementation
  • Stays informed of scientific, political, and programmatic developments in the field and how to leverage the latest communications and campaign tactics, narratives, formats, and design to appeal most to target audiences
  • Signs off on all final communications products, providing content approval for general audience communications and ensuring quality and consistency in the organization’s high level messaging, voice and brand treatment
  • Leads the development of the organization’s press strategy and leads engagement with journalists, and public relations and news agencies to pitch stories and op-eds, coordinate site visits of journalists, and manage the organization’s media list
  • Identifies priorities and targets for annual communications work plan and regularly monitors progress to ensure completion of deliverables and to meet urgent/emerging needs; works with M&E specialist to ensure metrics are collected in an appropriate and timely manner
  • Ensures annual communications work plan is staffed and operationalized adequately to achieve desired outcomes and timeframes, keeping an eye to identify and fill functional gaps
    • Liaises with staff to ensure roles and responsibilities are clearly defined
    • Advises on and signs off on individual staff work plans
    • Tracks progress on individual staff work plans, meeting biannually or quarterly or as needed, to assess and agree on adjustments needed to achieve desired performance
    • Manages day-to-day workflow by leading meetings to achieve goals, identifying and assigning tasks, and following up on next steps
    • Ensures proper allocation and accountability of tasks among individual staff members, intervening as needed to clarify responsibilities or expectations
    • Strives to ensure staff are inspired, challenged and satisfied in their individual work and performance and that inter-staff relations are constructive and productive
    • Evaluates annual department performance, assessing challenges, lessons learned, best practices, and leads integration of learning for improved performance in the coming year
  • Maintains all staff abreast of the communications department’s editorial calendar and workflow; identifies and develops systems to optimize inter- and intra-department collaboration
  • Foresees and tackles opportunities to streamline efficiency in operations, such as identifying communication requests for staff site visits, etc.
  • Develops and oversees department-level policies, protocols, and standards, including written and visual stylistic guidelines, to strengthen the work of the communications team over time
  • Defines and oversees annual budget, in collaboration with the Executive Director and Director of Strategic Impact

Requirements

  • At least 8 years’ experience in marketing, public relations and/or communications, half of which should be in a management capacity
  • Proven success in identifying and implementing strategies to meet multiple programmatic and fundraising goals as well as analyzing key performance indicators to improve effectiveness and strengthen results
  • Demonstrate superior writing skills and experience providing thoughtful editorial direction, preferably involving translating scientific data for lay audiences, including for fundraising purposes
  • Proven success in overseeing the development of a range of communications collateral, including websites, newsletters, videos, press materials, and social content, ensuring consistent written and visual organizational standards
  • Experience with outreach to influencers, the media, and sector specialists to increase the exposure of an organization’s work
  • Familiarity with the range of technical tools and applications to deliver quality communications outputs
  • Experience developing and implementing department-level policies and protocols
  • Possess highly attuned interpersonal skills and experience working constructively across teams to manage multiple priorities on short deadlines

Language

  • Full professional proficiency in English is required
  • Professional working proficiency in either Spanish or Portuguese is a strong advantage

Compensation

Compensation for this position is commensurate with experience. Full time employees (40+ hours a week) are entitled to full health, vision, and dental insurance as well as 20 days per year of vacation leave, closed offices from Christmas to New Year’s Day (inclusive) plus the 10 additional federal holidays. Beyond this, employees are entitled to 10 days per year of sick leave, 2 days per year of personal days, 3 days for bereavement leave per event, up to 12 weeks of parental leave, and accommodations for additional time off under extraordinary circumstances. For this role, nights or weekends will not be expected except possibly during work-related travel, in which case compensatory time will be accrued.

Application Instructions

Interested applicants are advised to carefully study the job description and reflect in the cover letter how your work and experience helps you meet the requirements and skills we are looking for. Applications will not be considered without the submission of a cover letter and a resume. Providing a link to a portfolio of past work is an advantage.

Please send full application to using subject line: “POSITION TITLE – YOUR NAME”

Any position-related questions may also be directed to this email address. Please note that the position will be listed as  open until filled. Interested candidates are encouraged to apply early. Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be contacted.

Other Information

The candidate must possess the legal requirements to work in the United States; Rainforest Foundation US will not sponsor visas for international candidates.

Black, indigenous and people of color are encouraged to apply.

Rainforest Foundation US does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, clients, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and clients.

Rainforest Foundation US is an equal opportunity employer. We will not discriminate and will take affirmative action measures to ensure against discrimination in employment, recruitment, advertisements for employment, compensation, termination, upgrading, promotions, and other conditions of employment against any employee or job applicant on the bases of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran’s status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

Social Impact and Digital Marketing Manager

EMPLOYMENT TYPE: Full time staff

LOCALITY: Brooklyn, NY, preferred, remote possible

DEPARTMENT: Communications

SUPERVISING MANAGER: Senior Communications Manager

TEAM:

  • Director of Strategic Impact
  • Writer and Editorial Manager
  • Communications Associate

Position Overview

Rainforest Foundation US (RFUS) is recruiting a creative, strategic and skilled Social Impact and Digital Marketing Manager to enhance the profile of the organization as we grow and strengthen our engagement with our audience. The position plays an essential function of leading the organization’s digital engagement, marketing and advertising activities. The position achieves this by creating content for all digital community platforms and discrete communications for fundraising needs. The position also serves as the standard bearer of RFUS’s visual identity, ensuring that external communications reflect a consistent look and feel of the organizational brand. The candidate best suited for this role is an avid and passionate communicator who is technically proficient to efficiently and effectively create content attuned for segmented audiences.

RFUS is set to significantly increase its impact in the coming years and the communications department plays a critical role in ensuring audiences are informed of our accomplishments and ambitions, and inspired to join us in scaling up nature and community-based solutions to the climate crisis. This is an exciting opportunity to join a growing team to produce measurable impact in the years to come.

The role reports to the Senior Communications Manager and will manage external communications contractors, such as photographers, designers, marketing and advertising agencies, etc., to help support and execute functional responsibilities.

Responsibilities

  • Leads the development of the organization’s digital engagement, marketing and advertising strategies, pursuing and implementing the latest best practices and new trends in the field
  • Leads content production for the organization’s social media, newsletters, emails, digital advertising and direct mailings, as well as for discrete fundraising needs
  • Produces and repurposes original and third-party visuals, graphics or maps for a wide range of applications, including the website and newsfeed, direct mail, newsletters, emails, social media, fundraising communications, press needs and video
  • Actively manages the organization’s social media platforms (currently Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Youtube), including preparing, scheduling, and promoting posts and covering all areas of engagement (commenting, answering private messages, etc.) to foster and build community; identifies and adopts new tools to enhance community engagement
  • Manages the development of RFUS’s branding kit, contributing to visual identity standards, guidelines and policies, and proofs products for quality, clarity, accuracy, and consistency in its application
  • Supports engagement with influencers/ambassadors, especially as it relates to those active on social media, and leads outreach and cultivation of new content partnerships
  • Evaluates results of communications metrics relevant to the position and incorporates learning to improve impact over time

Essential Requirements

  • 2-4 years experience managing organization-wide social media platforms, including digital advertising and email marketing, with proven success in cultivating new audiences and raising funds
  • Proven track record at developing and/or implementing an organizational identity
  • Proficiency in Canva as well as Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator
  • Excellent written, oral and interpersonal communications skills
  • Experience employing new and innovative community engagement tools
  • Working knowledge of WordPress and online emailing platforms, such as MailChimp
  • Detail-oriented and able to produce quality outputs in a timely manner
  • Ability to organize, prioritize and complete work independently

Preferred Experience

  • Delivering climate action related campaigns or supporting climate related causes
  • Experience with social video production using Premiere and After Effects and/or other media production platforms
  • Expert knowledge of SproutSocial or other social media scheduling tool
  • Experience in producing hard-copy communications collateral, such as trifolds, annual reports, etc.
  • Experience working with local and indigenous communities

Language

  • Full professional proficiency in English is required
  • Professional working proficiency in Spanish is required
  • Professional working proficiency in Portuguese is a strong advantage

Compensation

Compensation for this position is commensurate with experience. Full time employees (40+ hours a week) are entitled to full health, vision, and dental insurance as well as 20 days per year of vacation leave, closed offices from Christmas to New Year’s Day (inclusive) plus the 10 additional federal holidays. Beyond this, employees are entitled to 10 days per year of sick leave, 2 days per year of personal days, 3 days for bereavement leave per event, up to 12 weeks of parental leave, and accommodations for additional time off under extraordinary circumstances. For this role, nights or weekends will not be expected except possibly during work-related travel, in which case compensatory time will be accrued.

Application Instructions

Interested applicants are advised to carefully study the job description and reflect in the cover letter how your work and experience helps you meet the requirements and skills we are looking for. Applications will not be considered without the submission of a cover letter and a resume. Providing a link to a portfolio of past work is an advantage.

Please send full application to using subject line: “POSITION TITLE – YOUR NAME”

Any position-related questions may also be directed to this email address. Please note that the position will be listed as  open until filled. Interested candidates are encouraged to apply early. Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be contacted.

Other Information

The candidate must possess the legal requirements to work in the United States; Rainforest Foundation US will not sponsor visas for international candidates.

Black, indigenous and people of color are encouraged to apply.

Rainforest Foundation US does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, clients, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and clients.

Rainforest Foundation US is an equal opportunity employer. We will not discriminate and will take affirmative action measures to ensure against discrimination in employment, recruitment, advertisements for employment, compensation, termination, upgrading, promotions, and other conditions of employment against any employee or job applicant on the bases of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran’s status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

Institutional Giving Manager

EMPLOYMENT TYPE: Full-time staff

LOCALITY: Brooklyn, NY, preferred, remote possible

DEPARTMENT: Management

Position Overview

Rainforest Foundation US (RFUS) is recruiting a full-time Institutional Giving Manager to join its growing and dynamic fundraising team. This position will primarily help mobilize funding from foundations, corporations and governments in support of the organization’s long-term strategy that delivers solutions to the world’s most urgent challenges, including the climate crisis, biodiversity loss, and sustainable development for local, forest-based communities. 

The Institutional Giving Manager will drive the expansion of our institutional development program. The Institutional Giving Manager is responsible for identifying new prospective donors, establishing and maintaining relationships with RFUS’s institutional funders and working closely with RFUS programs and communications staff to draft and submit funding proposals and reports. The Institutional Giving Manager will steward prospects and existing donors to ensure RFUS’s fiscal strength, increase the organization’s visibility, and demonstrate the impact of programs.

The ideal candidate will have experience growing and managing a diverse portfolio of funders and grants in line with strategic organizational priorities, and a demonstrated capability in forming strong relationships with funders and partners.

The position is best suited for an experienced and dynamic fundraiser with exceptional writing and verbal skills and a passion for building and stewarding relationships. The ideal candidate will have at least five years experience in the field and is eager to join a high growth organization at a critical time for the protection of the planet’s tropical forests. It is also a great opportunity to be an integral part of a growing development team. The Institutional Giving Manager joins a 5 person development team and reports to the Executive Director.

Responsibilities

  • Oversee prospecting, stewardship, and expansion of organization’s private and corporate foundation constituency base
  • Direct and facilitate a timely and efficient proposal writing process, pooling all available resources
  • Work creatively and collaboratively with program managers to develop compelling cases for funding
  • Work closely with program staff to produce interim and final reports to institutional funders
  • Ensure that grants are acknowledged in a timely and accurate manner
  • Collaborate with relevant staff and consultants to create fundraising collateral materials
  • Work closely with RFUS Development Operations staff to maintain complete and organized internal files for all corporate and foundation donors, prospects, and grants
  • Track and report on institutional giving goals and progress
  • Other duties as assigned

Requirements

  • Minimum 5 to 7 years fundraising experience, with a proven record of successful fundraising results in the institutional giving arena
  • Impeccable writing skills, with a specific emphasis on grant writing and/or experience with creating compelling and persuasive proposals
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Exemplary organizational skills, with the ability to manage multiple tasks and competing priorities
  • Ability to exercise judgement and discretion when handling sensitive and confidential information
  • Strong proficiency with Microsoft Office and a complex CRM (Virtuous preferred)
  • Experience with program budgeting and an understanding of financial statements
  • A proven track record of working well with others, adapting to others’ work styles, and professional interactions with co-workers and/or vendors
  • Strong listening skills, giving full attention to what other people are saying or asking, taking time to understand the points being made, and asking questions when appropriate
  • Knowledge of, or strong interest in learning about the issues relevant to the organization’s mission and strategy (forest protection, indigenous peoples rights, climate change)

Language

Full professional proficiency in English is required

Compensation

Compensation for this position is commensurate with experience. ​​Full time employees (40+ hours a week) are entitled to full health, vision, and dental insurance as well as 20 days per year of vacation leave, closed offices from Christmas to New Year’s Day (inclusive) plus the 10 additional federal holidays. Beyond this, employees are entitled to 10 days per year of sick leave, 2 days per year of personal days, 3 days for bereavement leave per event, up to 12 weeks of parental leave, and accommodations for additional time off under extraordinary circumstances. For this role, nights or weekends will not be expected except possibly during work-related travel, in which case compensatory time will be accrued.

Application Instructions

Interested applicants are advised to carefully study the job description and reflect in the cover letter how your work and experience helps you meet the requirements and skills we are looking for. Applications will not be considered without the submission of a cover letter and a resume. Providing a link to a portfolio of past work is an advantage.

Please send full application to using subject line: “POSITION TITLE – YOUR NAME”

Any position-related questions may also be directed to this email address. Please note that the position will be listed as  open until filled. Interested candidates are encouraged to apply early. Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be contacted.

Other Information

The candidate must possess the legal requirements to work in the United States; Rainforest Foundation US will not sponsor visas for international candidates.

Black, indigenous and people of color are encouraged to apply.

Rainforest Foundation US does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, clients, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and clients.

Rainforest Foundation US is an equal opportunity employer. We will not discriminate and will take affirmative action measures to ensure against discrimination in employment, recruitment, advertisements for employment, compensation, termination, upgrading, promotions, and other conditions of employment against any employee or job applicant on the bases of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran’s status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

Communications Associate

EMPLOYMENT TYPE: Part-time staff (20 hours/week)

LOCALITY: Brooklyn, NY, preferred, remote possible

DEPARTMENT: Communications

SUPERVISING MANAGER: Senior Communications Manager

TEAM: 

  • Writer and Editorial Manager
  • Social Impact and Digital Marketing Manager

Position Overview

RFUS is recruiting a highly motivated Communications Associate to support its communications team. The associate will support the implementation of the organization’s audience and donor engagement strategies, particularly through the website and targeted email communications to enhance the organization’s overall online presence and to increase its individual donor base.

The associate will report to the Senior Communications Manager and coordinate closely with the communications and fundraising teams, as well as other team members. The associate will also liaise with external vendors, including printers, web developers, designers, and volunteers, as needed.

Responsibilities

  • Supports the management of the organizational website and the production of organizational newsletters and other email marketing materials, including collecting and analyzing metrics to improve engagement
  • Keeps an eye on SEO optimization of the website, in particular for all new or revised content, tracking SEO performance, proposing and pursuing strategies (such as backlinks) to improve website rankings
  • Supports the production of program or fundraising communications as needed, including drafting copy, identifying images, suggesting formatting options, etc.
  • Monitors for consistency of organizational brand and style in communications outputs
  • Leads logistical support needed for periodic in-person or virtual events
  • Maintains RFUS’s digital assets database and archives, providing support to all RFUS team members to locate assets in a timely manner and managing upkeep of the filing system
  • Collects metrics for all communications-related key performance indicators
  • Manages working files for the department and archives completed communications projects and outputs on a quarterly basis

Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in communications, the arts, journalism, marketing, environmental studies, international relations, sociology, or related field
  • 1-2 years’ experience supporting the management of an organizational website and/or the development of email communications
  • Experience with WordPress and Elementor a plus
  • Experience with SEO and the collection and analysis of engagement metrics a plus
  • Excellent written, oral, and interpersonal communications skills
  • Detail-oriented and able to produce quality outputs in a timely manner
  • Ability to organize, prioritize, and complete work independently
  • Interest and motivation to work on issues relevant to the organization
  • Experience working with local and indigenous communities is an advantage

Language

  • Full professional proficiency in English is required
  • Professional working proficiency in either Spanish or Portuguese is a strong advantage

Compensation

Compensation for this part-time position is $22/hour for 20 hrs/week. While part time employees (30 hours or less a week) do not qualify for medical insurance coverage, they are entitled to 10 days per year of vacation leave and closed offices from Christmas to New Year’s Day (inclusive) plus the 10 additional federal holidays. Beyond this, employees are entitled to 5 days per year of sick leave. For this role, nights or weekends will not be expected except possibly during work-related travel, in which case compensatory time will be accrued.

Application Instructions

Interested applicants are advised to carefully study the job description and reflect in the cover letter how your work and experience helps you meet the requirements and skills we are looking for. Applications will not be considered without the submission of a cover letter and a resume. Providing a link to a portfolio of past work is an advantage.

Please send full application to using subject line: “POSITION TITLE – YOUR NAME”

Any position-related questions may also be directed to this email address. Please note that the position will be listed as  open until filled. Interested candidates are encouraged to apply early. Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be contacted.

Other Information

The candidate must possess the legal requirements to work in the United States; Rainforest Foundation US will not sponsor visas for international candidates.

Black, indigenous and people of color are encouraged to apply.

Rainforest Foundation US does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, clients, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and clients.

Rainforest Foundation US is an equal opportunity employer. We will not discriminate and will take affirmative action measures to ensure against discrimination in employment, recruitment, advertisements for employment, compensation, termination, upgrading, promotions, and other conditions of employment against any employee or job applicant on the bases of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran’s status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

Internships

Do you support Rainforest Foundation US’s mission of protecting tropical forests and defending the rights of indigenous peoples? If so, an internship at our New York City office is a great way to gain skills related to your interests, while offering crucial assistance to advance our mission. Rainforest Foundation US is seeking dedicated and qualified applicants to support our work in a variety of capacities, from research to communications and fundraising. Based on our needs and your qualifications, we may be able to design an internship specifically for you.

If interested in an internship position, please contact us at with your resume and a cover letter explaining your interest in our organization and our mission.

Volunteer Positions

No positions currently available. Please check back soon for updates.

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