United Nations Foundation

Director of Strategic Communications, Global Climate Action Summit

Other-See job description
Temporary Full-Time


Event Overview
The Global Climate Action Summit will convene more than a thousand leaders who see climate change as an existential threat and are committed to rolling back the forces of carbonization. Hosted by Governor Jerry Brown, the Summit will underscore the urgency of the threat and channel the energy and idealism of people everywhere to overcome it. Summit leaders will quantify the carbon emissions sub-national actors have already cut, secure bold commitments from them to do even more, show that decarbonization and economic growth go hand-in-hand, and galvanize a global movement that embraces people from all walks of life. More than just an event, the Summit will catalyze climate action through 2020 and beyond.

Position Overview
The Director of Strategic Communications for the Global Climate Action Summit will be employed by the United Nations Foundation and seconded to the office of the Governor of California. The Director of Strategic Communications will lead a team to develop and execute a communications strategy, engaging both traditional and non-traditional media outlets and platforms. The Director of Strategic Communications will be responsible for identifying and cultivating relationships with the media, including relationships with existing media partners of UNF and the State of California. Additionally, the Director of Strategic Communications will collaborate with the Director of Partnerships and the fundraising team to produce marketing material for a variety of potential sponsors. This role will also work closely with Governor Brown’s press office and the UNF communications team, to ensure that all communications align with the objectives of the Global Climate Action Summit.

This is a full-time position beginning on December 1, 2017, and ending on December 31, 2018.


  • Collaborate with Summit staff and the Governor’s press team to develop and execute communications strategy, engaging both traditional and non-traditional media outlets and platforms
  • Develop overall messaging for Summit as well as for each of the key substantive delivery announcements
  • Build amplification strategy customized to leverage partners’ communication capacities and platforms
  • Coordinate management relationships with media partners and leverage those relationships for greater amplification of the Summit in collaboration with the Governor’s press team
  • Oversee the development, distribution, and maintenance of all print and electronic collateral including, but not limited to concept notes, slide decks, and the Summit website
  • Schedule media interviews and provide appropriate background information to leadership and/or surrogates for all Summit media events in collaboration with the Governor’s press team
  • Manage and produce content for all Summit social media campaigns
  • Manage 1-3 communications team staff
  • Work closely with the Director of Partnerships and the fundraising team to define and execute partner and fundraising engagement strategies
  • Manage all Summit-related communications through the end of 2018

Selection Criteria

  • Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s Degree preferred
  • 7+ years of experience in communications for a national organization and/or campaign
  • Strong management experience and ability to liaise with multiple teams to drive success
  • Strong attention to detail and demonstrated excellence working in a fast-paced environment; ability to manage multiple priorities
  • Strong professional interpersonal skills and diplomacy
  • Ability to work independently as well as a member of a team
  • Experience working with members of the press, pitching stories and getting them placed in various types of news outlets
  • Previous experience with event communications preferred
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills required
  • Interest, knowledge of or experience in climate policy
  • Ability to work under pressure and handle stress

Benefits & Compensation

For full-time employees we offer an excellent range of benefits, including a choice of two health plans through CareFirst (PPO or HDHP). Dental insurance, vision discount plan, Life Insurance, Supplemental Life Insurance, Short-Term Disability, Long-Term Disability, Long-Term Care Insurance, Health Club Discounts, Commuter Benefits, and Employee Assistance Program.
12 Paid holidays, 4 weeks of vacation, 10 sick days, 3 personal days and 8 weeks of parental leave (mother or father). Access to the UNFCU Credit Union, 150% match on our 403b retirement plan, Flexible spending accounts, health savings accounts and discounted Zipcar membership

Other Information

About the Office of the Governor of California: California faces significant impacts from climate change, including rising sea levels, diminishing snow pack, increased size and intensity of wildfire, and greater impact from drought. As a result, California has taken a leadership role globally in responding to climate change and in working with subnational jurisdictions around the world to promote more aggressive action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and build resilience to climate change.

California Governor Edmund Gerald (Jerry) Brown Jr. and his team will lead, organize, and host the Global Climate Action Summit in September 2018 in San Francisco, CA.

About the United Nations Foundation: The United Nations Foundation builds public-private partnerships to address the world’s most pressing problems, and broadens support for the United Nations through advocacy and public outreach. Through innovative campaigns and initiatives, the Foundation connects people, ideas, and resources to help the UN solve global problems. The Foundation was created in 1998 as a U.S. public charity by entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner and now is supported by philanthropic, corporate, government, and individual donors.
The United Nations Foundation will serve as the fiduciary for the Global Climate Action Summit and provide strategic fundraising, partnership, and communications support.


Sorry the Share function is not working properly at this moment. Please refresh the page and try again later.
Share on your newsfeed