Program Officer or Program Associate, Communications @ Verra

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Program Officer or Program Associate, Communications


Job Title: Program Officer or Program Associate, Communications

Location: Flexible: Washington, DC or remote (working with significant overlap with US business hours)

Start Date: Immediately

Reports to: Director of Communications and/or Senior Manager of Communications

Verra is a global leader helping to tackle the world’s most intractable environmental and social challenges. As a mission-driven non- profit organization, Verra is committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, improving livelihoods, and protecting natural resources across the private and public sectors. We support climate action and sustainable development with standards, tools, and programs that credibly, transparently, and robustly assess environmental and social impacts and enable funding for sustaining and scaling up projects that verifiably deliver these benefits. We work in any arena where we see a need for clear standards, a role for market-based mechanisms, and an opportunity to generate significant environmental and social value.

Verra manages a portfolio of standards, including the:

Do you have experience developing compelling content? Are you social media savvy? Do you have an interest in telling the story of how our standards help combat climate change, benefit people and create a sustainable future? Then this might be the right role for you.

A day in our collaborative office might include . . .

  • Writing a story about an exciting project that demonstrates the impact of one of Verra’s standards.
  • Posting that story on our social media channels with a compelling hook and asking relevant partners if they would help amplify the reach of the story.
  • Researching and compiling data, key facts, and information that helps us develop effective messages we can deliver to target audiences and the media.
  • Working with a diverse group of internal and external partners to make media-rich content, including short videos, podcasts, graphics, or visual stories that explain and tell the story of our impact.
  • Tracking media coverage for Verra’s focus areas.

Specific functions you will be responsible for . . .

  • Helping plan and implement communications activities that advance our organizational and strategic goals.

  • Producing compelling content about Verra’s work and our impact and ensuring that content reaches its intended audiences.

  • Developing an array of creative and high-impact communications products, including short videos, infographics, fact sheets, web pages, presentations, and conference materials.

  • Strategically positioning Verra as a thought and action leader on our social media channels by developing a consistent and influential voice and regularly sharing high-value content from Verra and our partners.

  • Posting to our website, helping to manage our content, and working with the team to improve its design.

  • Helping manage stakeholder email lists and disseminate information through various communication formats, including e-newsletters and internal email updates.

  • Helping to organize, curate, and catalogue our communications assets (photos, b-roll, testimonials, talking points) while identifying gaps in our collection and deploying assets so they can be used effectively at relevant moments.

  • Supporting additional communications and market development activities in collaboration with other Verra teams and staff members, such as preparing for and organizing events.

You bring with you . . .

  • At the Program Officer level, at least 1-2 years of experience working in communications.
  • A love of storytelling and influencing knowledge, attitudes, behavior, and policy through communications.

  • Experience writing in a variety of styles and with attention to detail.

  • A curiosity and willingness to experiment and then evaluate the impact of our content, learning what kinds of content help Verra achieve our goals and grow our audience.

  • An interest in sustainability, carbon markets, addressing climate change, and how social and economic benefits are generated for people where projects take place.

  • While not required, experience with video/audio production and editing, graphic design, photo-editing, and corresponding software such as Adobe Creative Suite is highly desired. We have a strong interest in developing more media-rich content such as videos and podcasts.

  • While not required, experience with content management systems such as WordPress or Drupal is also a plus.

  • While not required, fluency in a second language is a plus.

  • Strong attention to detail and interest in knowledge management.

  • An interest in how the media covers sustainability, environmental, and climate topics and how narratives emerge and change.

  • A drive to succeed and go above and beyond.

  • A great attitude, flexibility, and team-player mentality.

In this role, you will grow and expand your expertise by . . .

  • Learning about innovative ways of advancing climate action and sustainable development through carbon markets and standards.

  • Getting rewarding experience with a broad of communications functions for both small, short-term projects and long, large-term projects. The ability to make an impact is enormous.

  • Working at a fast-paced, environmentally-focused non-profit organization.

You will know you are successful if . . .

  • You are seen as a reliable and capable addition to the team.

  • The team functions more smoothly because of your support.

  • Your knowledge of carbon markets and sustainable development grows.

  • You help push team deliverables across the finish line on schedule.

  • The content you create and distribute resonates, reaching its target audiences, and helps Verra make measurable progress toward its goals.

You will join a team . . .

  • From diverse locations and backgrounds, including carbon market and sustainability experts, ex-government representatives, auditors, communicators, and more.
  • Committed to driving finance to projects and programs that advance climate action and sustainable development through high-quality standards.
  • That embodies the values Verra has established for itself, and which include Teamwork, Results, Integrity, Balance, and Exploration.

Compensation at Verra

To help us attract and retain top talent, we pay employees competitively to the market. In return, we expect each employee to, at a minimum:

  • Meet expectations in terms of work effort and performance;
  • Take the initiative to build the skills and knowledge needed to do their job effectively; and
  • Embody Verra’s values.

For this position, the salary range is US $52,253 - $58,071 (Program Officer) and US $40,782 - $46,666 (Program Associate), depending on experience.

We will recognize employees who go beyond expected performance with salary increases and/or promotions, but the bar for earning those rewards is high.

Salary is one component of Verra’s total compensation package, which also includes:

  • Health, vision and dental care, and life insurance;
  • Verra contributions to each employee’s retirement plan;
  • Verra contributions as required by national labor laws in countries where staff are located;
  • Paid Time Off (PTO), sabbatical, and other leave allowances; and
  • Funds to support professional development.

How to Apply

To apply, please send us the following:

  • Cover letter (not to exceed one page)
  • Resume/CV (not to exceed two pages)
  • 2 brief writing samples (please attach as a combined Word / PDF file, or include hyperlinks to published online stories in the file)

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This job announcement may be used to fill multiple positions at the Program Officer and/or Program Associate level.

Verra provides equal opportunity for all job applicants and employees and is committed to providing a work environment free of discrimination. We conduct our recruitment and hiring without regard to race, color, religion, gender identity, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, marital status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetics, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, and local law.

Entry-level, Mid-level

Nonprofit- NGO






2021-06-11 00:00