Employment Opportunities

As the Ecology Center's work continues to broaden and expand, so does our need for visionary and creative leadership throughout our organization. Join us in developing innovative solutions for healthy people and a healthy planet. 

The Ecology Center is an equal opportunity employer. We actively encourage women, people of color, people of all gender identities, sexual orientations, and cultural backgrounds to apply. 

Our Diversity and Inclusion Statement

The Ecology Center works to develop innovative solutions for healthy people and a healthy planet. We are a dedicated community of individuals tackling the most pressing health and environmental issues of our time with integrity, persistence, and science. Through our expert staff and over 40 years experience, we provide credible information, strategic action, and education on complex environmental issues.

A commitment to equity and fairness is a critical component of any healthy organization, and that equity must extend to issues of race and income.  Our organizational commitment to equity extends not only to internal practices and opportunities, but also to the way in which our organization interacts with our community, our region, and the world.  We embrace an explicit goal that our campaigns, priorities, and activities increase equality and justice for all people.  As we continue to grow and develop, we must embody principles of diversity, inclusion, and equity to remain vibrant and innovative and truly be the change that we wish to see in our communities and world.  

Diverse organizations are stronger, more resilient and more innovative.  Greater diversity will help us sustain a movement in which all voices are represented and in which all communities contribute to addressing the environmental issues that confront us now, and for generations to come.  On an individual and organizational level, diversity and inclusion are important values we will continue to build upon in the coming months and years to truly help build social justice and equity.

Our Diversity & Inclusion Committee is currently working to create a long term plan that will help us advance toward our goals, including:

  • Building our competence on issues of diversity, inclusion, and equity
  • Cultivating a culture of inclusion, learning, and innovation in the organization
  • Creating internal processes that will better nurture a more diverse staff and a more inclusive work atmosphere
  • Integrating these principles more fully into our programs and communications
  • Building relationships with diverse organizations and individuals that support these goals
  • Helping to promote and grow diversity and inclusion in the environmental movement as a whole

 

Current Job Opportunities

Communications and Outreach Coordinator

The Ecology Center is seeking a three-quarter to full-time Communications and Outreach Coordinator for its Charge Up Midwest Electric Vehicle and Clean Energy campaigns, which includes public outreach and decision-maker focused communications to advance climate and energy solutions throughout Michigan and the Midwest.

Location: The Ecology Center – Ann Arbor, MI

Organization 

Founded in 1970, the Ecology Center works to develop innovative solutions for healthy people and a healthy planet. In recent years, the Ecology Center developed the country’s leading product testing service for toxic chemicals; created a statewide Health Leaders Fellowship program; and led successful advocacy campaigns to expand transit service in southeast Michigan.  The Ecology Center is the parent organization of Recycle Ann Arbor, founded in 1977, which works to build zero waste communities through convenient and innovative services. The Ecology Center has offices in Ann Arbor and Detroit. 

Duties and Responsibilities

The Coordinator position will work with the Ecology Center’s Climate and Energy Program Team to provide overall communications for the Charge Up Midwest campaign and other Clean Energy programs, including:

  • Content creation, management, and dissemination of earned and owned media—including website, newsletters, social media, media relations, brochures, branded collateral, and related materials;
  • Support the execution of the Ecology Center communications and development plans to create awareness, engagement, and revenue for the Climate/Energy programs;
  • Stay abreast of EV and Energy related news;
  • Seek, research, develop and pitch proactive news stories to enhance public awareness of the Ecology Center’s climate/energy priorities;
  • Deliver presentations and tabling at community events;
  • Assist with overall campaign strategy and tracking of campaign progress;
  • Assist with grant reporting, and ongoing fundraising; and
  • Participate in Ecology Center staff meetings, and other collective duties to be determined.

Knowledge & Skills

The ideal candidate will have experience in journalism, public relations or a related field; a proven ability to write clearly, cleanly and quickly in a variety of formats; strong social media skills, and a familiarity with environmental and energy issues.

  • B.A./B.S. degree in journalism, public relations, or related field preferred. 
  • At least 1-2 years of experience in communications, campaign communications preferred.
  • Excellent demonstrated written and oral communication skills. 
  • Strong strategic communications skills, including planning, public affairs and outreach, crisis communications, communications metrics and measurement, and marketing.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, rapidly-changing environment and to organize multiple and varied priorities.
  • Sincere commitment to work collaboratively with all constituent groups, including staff, board members, volunteers, donors, program partners, and other supporters.
  • Knowledge of the transportation and energy sectors.
  • Familiarity with and ability to quickly learn various web-based communication platforms.
  • Excellent research skills.
  • Self-starter and able to work independently.
  • Ability and willingness to travel.
  • A sense of humor.

Reports To: Director of Climate & Energy Programs 

Salary and Benefits: 

$36,000 - $42,000, commensurate with experience, with a generous benefits package including health, dental, FSA, 403(b), ongoing training, and growth opportunities. Upbeat, collaborative, and goal-oriented office atmosphere. The Ecology Center is committed to diversity and inclusion in our internal practices and opportunities, and in how we fulfill our mission of working for healthy people and a healthy planet. For more about our values and work in this area, see the Ecology Center Statement of Values on Diversity and Inclusion. The Ecology Center is an equal opportunity employer. 

To Apply:

Please send your resume, cover letter, writing sample, and three references to jobs@ecocenter.org. Please include where you heard about the position.

Application Deadline:

Application review will begin on September 8th. Applications received by that date will be given priority, but we will continue to accept applications until the position is filled.