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Director of Media & Content

Elemental Excelerator

Elemental Excelerator

Marketing & Communications
New York, NY, USA · San Francisco, CA, USA
Posted on Friday, June 21, 2024

About Elemental Excelerator

Elemental Excelerator is a nonprofit investor dedicated to scaling climate solutions for deep community impact. With a 14-year track record, we invest in companies pioneering essential solutions to pressing climate challenges, making neighborhoods and homes cleaner, healthier, and safer. We've invested in over 160 climate companies to date and successfully stewarded $180 million in government and philanthropic resources, leveraging our expertise to de-risk technologies and attract additional investment. Core to our work supporting innovation and entrepreneurs, and essential to our five-year strategy, is the central role of social equity and community impact in the implementation of climate technologies.

We are a dedicated, passionate and diverse team that thrives in a fast-paced environment driven by a shared desire to maximize impact. At Elemental, where we are constantly pushing the edge of innovation, we find ourselves at an exciting inflection point - with more federal funding into climate solutions and philanthropic engagement than ever before, we will be steadily growing our team to meet the moment. Join us at Elemental Excelerator and be part of the next phase of our journey.

About the role

Elemental is seeking a Director of Media & Content to join our Comms and Creative team. In this role, you will be responsible for our owned and earned content, crafting and executing strategic communications plans, creating and revising content to ensure consistent and clear communication across channels, and providing stellar management of agencies and consultants. This position will report to the MD of Engagement and manage agencies and freelancers. The role will also be tasked with working cross-functionally with other teams to advance high caliber communications.

Key Responsibilities Include:

  • Create and oversee execution of proactive and defensive communication strategies.
  • Lead the drafting of content and the execution of strategy of a range of communications, including media advisories, press releases, talking points, proposals, newsletters, blog posts, social media content, and other content.
  • Oversee and manage top tier media stories, create evergreen media moments, and communicate accordingly with reporters.
  • Build warm and trusting relationships with team members, agencies and consultants over the phone, zoom, email, and in-person..
  • Lead public affairs campaigns by developing and executing communications plans.
  • Discover and understand the needs and goals of each internal client and create a tailored communications approach for each, seeking appropriate cross-functional review as needed.

About You

People describe you as a self-starter, problem-solver, and someone with a growth mindset who multitasks well and thrives in a fast-paced environment. Ideally you’ve served as a press secretary or media director for a government agency or a top advocacy organization, climate technology start up, fast-moving foundation, or investor. You identify as a relationship-builder and have existing relationships with senior level reporters and editors at a variety of beats. You value building a diverse, inclusive, and equitable team (including agencies and consultants) and appreciate hearing different perspectives. You take pride in your ability to listen deeply to various stakeholders and collaborate effectively to produce the best possible outcomes. You lead with empathy and believe in cultivating a continuous feedback culture based on respect, responsibility, humility, growth, and joyful work. Above all, you want to leave a lasting, positive impact on the world around you and believe deeply in a just transition to a low-carbon world.

Qualifications (even if you don’t meet 100% of the qualifications, we still encourage you to apply!)

Desired skills:

  • Previous experience as a press secretary or media director for a government agency or a top advocacy organization, climate technology start up, fast-moving foundation, or investor.
  • Experience working on issues related to climate, investing and/or social or racial justice advocacy.
  • A strong ability to draw connections across teams and identify new opportunities.
  • Exceptional people management skills and the passion to build phenomenal high-functioning teams.
  • Strong project management skills with a seasoned ability to prioritize, multi-task and meet changing deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
  • Exceptional organizational skills and an excellent attention to detail.
  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills.

Standout skills:

  • Significant experience working with the national media, including in crisis situations, as a media director or equivalent role in an organization, company or agency.

Compensation & Benefits

This is a full-time "at-will" position working at least 40 hours per week.You will be asked to travel for work periodically.

The salary range for this role is $106,400 - $191,000, which is based on market data and the organization's compensation philosophy. Also, please note that while we strive to benchmark against for-profit companies and try to be as competitive as possible, we are a non-profit. Our offer will be within the range as required by certain state laws and individual salary offers will vary within the range depending on location, relevant education, knowledge, skills, and experience. We also offer comprehensive employee benefits, including a professional development stipend and three weeks paid time off (more details here).


We will consider candidates in New York or the Bay Area. Elemental has a hybrid working model and if you are within a reasonable distance to one of our offices in New York, DC, Bay Area, or Honolulu, we are asking employees to come into the office at least one day a week to build community with the team. Currently, most people come in 1-2 times a week, but we encourage those who are interested to come in more often if they’d like.

Other Details:

We will accept and review applications on a rolling basis. Although all applications will be considered, we may be unable to respond to all inquiries. Please note that we do read cover letters, so we advise spending adequate time on them to share your relevant stories and experiences with us. We also ask that you refrain from using tools like Chat GPT and keep the cover letter to 1-2 pages long.

Elemental is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and has a strong commitment to diversity. Candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Candidates from the following groups are especially encouraged to apply: Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC); members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning, intersex, asexual (LGBTQIA+) communities; people who have disabilities; veterans, and people from low-income backgrounds.

Elemental is also committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, activities, programs, and employment opportunities in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and other applicable laws.