Program Communications Manager

Southern Environmental Law Center

About SELC:

SELC is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. With nine offices across the region (Charlottesville, VA; Chapel Hill, NC; Atlanta, GA; Charleston, SC; Washington, DC; Birmingham, AL; Nashville, TN; Asheville, NC; and Richmond, VA), SELC is widely recognized as the Southeast’s foremost environmental organization and regional leader. SELC works on a full range of environmental issues to protect the South’s natural resources and the health and well-being of its people. Although its regional focus is the Southeast, much of its work is national in scope and impact.

SELC works in Congress and state legislatures to inform environmental laws; in regulatory agencies to implement environmental laws and policies; and in the courts to enforce the law, stop the worst abuses, and set important precedents. The organization works collaboratively with more than 100 national, state, and local groups to enhance their efficacy and achieve common conservation goals. It currently has a staff of 130, with 68 attorneys, including some of the nation’s leading experts in their respective fields. Additional information is available at

SELC prides itself on collegiality, teamwork, and mutual respect among its staff and board. We seek to bring these same values to our work in partnership with organizations, communities, and people of all backgrounds that share our mission to protect the environment of the South. The South has a rich natural diversity and an equally rich cultural diversity. To better fulfill its mission, SELC is committed to broadening the diversity of its staff. We believe this will strengthen our organization and our effectiveness in responding to the many environmental challenges affecting the South and its people.

Position Details

Program Communications Manager
Metro Atlanta and North Georgia
Atlanta, GA

The Southern Environmental Law Center is seeking a skilled communications strategist to join our team for a three-year position. We are seeking this position to provide additional capacity at a time when we are facing significant environmental threats at the federal level. This is an excellent eopportunity to join an organization that is successfully addressing some of the most important and challenging environmental issues facing the Southeast and the nation during a critical time.

About the position:

The program communications manager will oversee communications efforts for our work in Tennessee, as well as providing support for our communications in Georgia and Alabama. This person will develop communications strategies and oversee the successful implementation of all facets of program communications work, from messaging and media relations to digital and advertising strategies.

The program communications manager will be based in our Atlanta office but the position will include traveling monthly to our Nashville office to work with our staff, partners, and media there. The program communications manager will work under the leadership of the director of program communications and our Atlanta program communications manager, and in close collaboration with our communications and program teams.


We are seeking someone with a minimum seven years of demonstrated experience in communications, preferably advocacy-oriented communications, as well as excellent academic credentials. Our ideal candidate has the following qualities:

  • Track record managing multi-channel communications campaigns 
  • Significant experience working with media and establishing strong relationships with reporters 
  • Excellent communicator and writer with the ability to translate complex topics into compelling stories 
  • Strong strategic sense with ability to understand diverse range of work 
  • Highly organized with strong project management skills and ability to balance and prioritize several initiatives 
  • A team player with the ability to work collaboratively 
  • Understanding of web and digital strategies 
  • Familiarity with environmental issues and a strong personal commitment to SELC’s mission


SELC offers salaries competitive with leading national environmental nonprofits, and an excellent benefits package.

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