Job Announcement and Description

Communications Coordinator

Alaska Community Action on Toxics (ACAT)

If you’ve got a burning desire to change the world, we’ve got a job for you. Join our small-but-mighty team that’s punching above its weight to win environmental justice and a climate-stable future for Alaska and the world. You’ll be part of a tight-knit, supportive team that loves coming to work every day to help Alaskans concerned about toxic chemicals that adversely affect human health, wildlife, the environment, and the climate. Alaska Community Action on Toxics (ACAT) is an environmental health and justice research and advocacy organization.

We seek a full-time Communications Coordinator to lead the development and implementation of an effective communications and media strategy to advance ACAT’s mission, vision, and campaigns.

The chief task of the Communications Coordinator will be supporting ACAT’s mission that states, “We believe everyone has a right to clean air, clean water, and toxic-free food. Driven by a core belief in environmental justice, ACAT empowers communities to eliminate exposure to toxics through collaborative research, shared science, education, organizing, and advocacy.”


The Communications Coordinator must have the ability to raise the visibility of our work and advance our mission through earned news media (print, radio, and television), social media, web site content and design, blogs, newsletters, and other creative communications. The individual will be responsible for cultivating relationships with local, statewide, national and international reporters and will be responsible for preparing news releases and organizing media briefings, and other press events. The Communications Coordinator must be able to produce high quality content under deadline and be adept at framing, messaging, and campaign planning.  The successful candidate will be a skilled organizer who can inspire others to contribute effectively toward meeting ACAT’s communications needs. Both strategic thinking and technical implementation are needed to succeed. The Communications Coordinator works closely with ACAT staff members and reports to the Executive Director.


  • Bachelor’s or Associate degree in a relevant field (preferred) or equivalent experience
  • 3+ years relevant work experience in media and communications, preferably with a nonprofit organization
  • Excellent organizational skills, follow through, and attention to detail
  • Proven success in media relations, including framing and pitching media stories.
  • Experience working with journalists across all media formats, with an emphasis on cultivating relationships with reporters in the mainstream, ethnic, and trade media sectors.
  • Experience with developing web content and managing social media campaigns.

Additional preferred skills:

  • A strong graphic design sensibility.
  • Exceptional messaging, writing, editing, storytelling, and presentation skills with the ability to write for a variety of audiences
  • Must demonstrate attention to details and follow through and be able to meet deadlines.
  • Possess effective project management skills, able to prioritize and tackle multiple tasks at a time within established deadlines.
  • Able to advocate effectively on the phone, in person, and online.
  • Experience working collaboratively and respectfully with individuals of diverse backgrounds.
  • Ability to build enthusiasm, collaboration, and effort among a team of people.
  • Must be creative, self-motivated, and able to work independently.

ACAT’s staff and governing board are ethnically and culturally diverse with varying lifestyles. The Communications Coordinator will join a staff of nine in the Anchorage office and four Yupik community health researchers living on Sivuqaq (also known as St. Lawrence Island). The Communications Coordinator must be committed to and passionate about ACAT’s mission.

We offer a full-time position at our Anchorage office with competitive pay, benefits, and opportunities for professional development. ACAT is an equal opportunity employer, we are committed to employment practices that ensure that applicants for employment are provided with equal opportunities without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, religion, physical or mental disability, medical condition, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information or any other factor that is not related to the position.

Benefits include: health insurance; dental insurance; generous paid time off for vacation, holidays and sick leave; parental leave; and professional development opportunities.


Salary range is $53,000-60,000 per year DOE.

This position is in-person and based in Anchorage.

Please submit a cover letter and resume to [email protected] or call 907-206-4813 with questions.


Communications Coordinator 8-19-22