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Current PennFuture staff openings

PennFuture -- Director of Communications

About us: PennFuture is leading the transition to a clean energy economy in Pennsylvania and beyond. We are protecting our air, water and land, and empowering citizens to build sustainable communities for future generations.

Position: PennFuture is seeking a full-time director of communications. The director of communications leads organizational communications and media relations, crafts strategy across media platforms (e.g. earned, paid, social), and guides staff in its communications with members, supporters, partners and media. PennFuture’s advocacy focuses on climate change and clean energy as well as air, water, and land issues. The director will work closely with the president and a team of legal and policy professionals along with a statewide outreach staff. This is a demanding, fast-paced position in a dynamic and highly effective organization.

Job Duties

  • Develop aligned communications strategies to serve priority issues and constituencies.
  • Engage as a senior member of staff, advising and strategizing with leadership on key issues and campaigns.
  • Coordinate content development, edit, and write, as necessary, communications including but not limited to emails, action alerts, and donor letters.
  • Act as last stop on all outgoing communications per PennFuture media policy. Coordinate content and responses with relevant staff experts.
  • Strategize, then lead, manage and/or delegate PennFuture’s social media presence including providing content for Twitter, Facebook and video channels; coach staff members executing social media about best practices.
  • Work with local, state, and national press outlets to generate coverage and stories about a broad array of work. Increase PennFuture’s media relationships while deepening existing connections. Coordinate staff responses to media inquiries. Coach staff on how to most effectively work with the media.
  • Coordinate, edit, write, as necessary, and submit PennFuture opinion pieces and letters to the editor for a variety of staffers.
  • Write and submit press releases and media advisories for PennFuture and/or coalition partners.
  • Manage Meltwater account including ongoing seeding and development of a comprehensive media database.
  • Keep abreast of news and information via social media, blogs and traditional media outlets.
  • Lead on planning/organizing/executing telepressers and press conferences for PennFuture and/or partner organizations.
  • Ongoing meetings with reporters and members of editorial boards statewide to promote PennFuture work product.
  • Coordinate, edit, write, as necessary, and publish blog posts.
  • Work with internal and external teams and designers on the creation, execution and updating of issue-specific initiatives, collaterals and websites. Manage web content as appropriate.
  • Liaise with internal staff/external designers to create print collaterals such as annual reports, flyers, and brochures.
  • Reports to: Vice President/COO.


  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to craft communications for a variety of media platforms.
  • High energy and enthusiasm for PennFuture, its work product, and brand.
  • Detail oriented and highly organized.

Education and experience

  • Bachelor's degree plus, or commensurate experience in journalism, communications or marketing.
  • Five+ years of experience leading communications efforts.
  • Understanding of energy and environmental issues preferred.
  • A stable of strong media relationships and tact with press corps.
  • Strong leadership skills and ability to work with/manage staff on site and remotely.
  • Facility with Pennsylvania and understanding of political/legislative landscape.
  • Familiarity with the Salsa advocacy platform, CMS is a plus.

Location, Compensation and Timeline: The position will be based in PennFuture’s Philadelphia, Harrisburg, or Pittsburgh office. Competitive salary based on experience. Generous benefits package includes health care, dental, life insurance and paid time off.

Submission: Please submit your cover letter, resume, initial writing sample and contact information for three references to Jacquelyn Bonomo at

Please write “Communications Director” in the subject line. The application deadline is Tuesday, November 1, 2016.

Campaign Manager, Watershed Advocacy (Harrisburg, PA)

About us: PennFuture is leading the transition to a clean energy economy in Pennsylvania and beyond. We are protecting our air, water and land, and empowering citizens to build sustainable communities for future generations.

Job Description: PennFuture seeks a Campaign Manager to lead high impact campaigns around water issues affecting Pennsylvania’s environment and communities in the Susquehanna River watershed. The Campaign Manager will develop and lead bold, sophisticated, and integrated campaigns that generate citizen action to create and improve policies that protect Pennsylvania’s local waters and public health. The Campaign Manager will be responsible for communicating watershed issues to PennFuture constituents, the general public, and decision makers. He or she will also interpret the science for public consumption, advocate for effective watershed policies, and work with PennFuture’s legal staff to advance legal action, when appropriate.

Our most urgent campaign need is in the Susquehanna watershed where the environmental issues are complex, lawmakers and most agricultural producers are entrenched, scientists and bureaucrats struggle over how to address rapid declines in the river’s biodiversity and quality, and resources are scarce. The state has issued a reboot of its plan to comply with its obligations under the Chesapeake Bay TMDL. The Campaign Manager will be responsible for oversight, scrutiny, and support of the plan.

Job Duties:

  • Develop and lead advocacy campaigns to advance PennFuture’s work in the Susquehanna and Potomac (Chesapeake Bay drainage) watersheds;
  • Leverage PennFuture’s outreach, policy , communications/media, and legal staff and expertise to support implementation of cohesive, integrated campaigns;
  • Lead and rally PennFuture’s partners to support implementation of campaigns;
  • Lead the Choose Clean Water Coalition in Pennsylvania by convening partners to work on water issues;
  • Develop and implement a grassroots advocacy strategy for water campaigns and mobilize citizen advocates in key state and federal legislative districts;
  • In coordination with the director of policy, plan and execute special events for General Assembly members and key Administration officials;
  • Interpret complex scientific and policy information for consumption by target audiences through media work and writing fact sheets, reports, white/briefing papers, testimony and other strategic communications;
  • Provide guidance to PennFuture’s work in the Delaware, Great Lakes, and Ohio watersheds as appropriate;
  • Research private and public funding sources and write proposals;
  • Increase the number of grassroots, grasstops, and partners willing to participate in campaigns;
  • Craft campaign e-mails, action alerts, website content, blog and social media posts; draft, edit, and submit letters to the editor and other opinion pieces;
  • Build support for local, state, and federal legislative priorities; occasional lobbying of public officials and government agencies;
  • Community outreach, event tabling, public speaking;
  • Perform other project and administrative duties as directed.


  • Proven success in campaign development, implementation, and leadership.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Excellent social media skills.
  • Enthusiasm for PennFuture, its mission, and its brand.
  • Detail oriented and highly organized.
  • Driver License.
  • Familiarity with non-profit organizations is preferred though not required.

Education and experience:

  • Bachelor's degree. Master's degree preferred.
  • 5+ years in campaign management or policy work.
  • Deep understanding of environmental and conservation policies, issues, and science.
  • Understanding of regional environmental and conservation landscape.

Reporting and Location : The position is based in Harrisburg, PA. This position reports to the Director of Outreach.

Submission: Please submit your cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to the Director of Outreach at Please write “Campaign Manager, Watershed Advocacy” in the subject line. The application deadline is October 14, 2016.

Current PennFuture internship openings

Donor relations intern

Description: PennFuture, a statewide environmental advocacy organization, seeks one qualified applicant in the Harrisburg and Philadelphia areas to serve as Donor Relations Intern within our Development department. The internship position will provide the individual with substantial experience in nonprofit development and management, events planning, research into donor prospects, and solicitation strategies in addition to gaining valuable experience working specifically for an environmental non-profit.

Primary Duties:

  • Help with editing proposals and reports
  • Assistance with writing minor proposals, reports and donor communications
  • Table at awareness and fundraising events
  • Pre-event preparation
  • Collaboration in event organization
  • Provide support for mailings and invitations
  • General research and data collection surrounding donor interests
  • Help in maintaining database records
Each internship position will also have its share of clerical work including envelope stuffing and administrative duties such as file cleaning and data entry.

Requirements and qualifications: Applicant(s) should be a current undergraduate student or recent graduate, with an interest in fundraising for an environmental advocacy non-profit.

  • Excellent computer skills (MS Office) and ability to learn new programs quickly (databases, etc.)
  • Outstanding attention to detail
  • Strong organizational abilities
  • Ability to operate standard office equipment (fax, photocopier, etc.)
  • Strong writing and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to juggle multiple tasks
  • Interest in a nonprofit career, ideally in development and fundraising

Compensation: The Donor Relations Outreach Internship is unpaid. We encourage you to use this internship to gain course credit and to look into work study grants within your college or university if that is an option.

Time Commitment: This position requires a commitment of 15-25 hours per week (flexible), sometime between the hours of 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday for three months in our Harrisburg and Philadelphia offices. Occasional evening or weekend work may be required.

Location: PennFuture's Donor Relations department has locations in both Center City Philadelphia and in Harrisburg - and are looking for a candidate for each office.

To Apply: Applicants should email a resume and cover letter to our Director of Donor Relations, Susanne Whitehead, at