Job Description:

The Interim Communications Manager is a temporary contract position responsible for overseeing BirdNote’s communications activities until the Director of Communications position is filled, most likely in the fall of 2021. This is a part-time position for 10 - 15 hours/week.

Essential Functions:

  • Manage the development and distribution of organizational communications, including the weekly email newsletter, social media, blog posts, photo essays, and related content.
  • Work with organizational leadership to determine the appropriate BirdNote response to emerging news, events, and opportunities.
  • Work collaboratively with the production team to promote the BirdNote daily show and podcasts.
  • Support the fundraising team’s campaigns and donor communications initiatives.
  • Oversee special projects such as the BirdNote calendar.
  • Serve as communications counsel to the leadership team (Executive Director, Development Director, and Production Manager).


  • Write, edit, and proofread copy for a broad range of communications following AP style and BirdNote’s style and brand guidelines.
  • Respond to questions and comments (as appropriate) from members of our social media communities, and to listener inquiries, as requested.
  • Select inspiring photos as needed for email campaigns, web pages, and other communications according to BirdNote brand guidelines.
  • Refresh the home page content at with the latest content and fundraising campaign promotions. 
  • Ensure a consistent voice across BirdNote communications; uphold BirdNote brand guidelines.
  • Supervise and mentor the Communications Coordinator.
  • Chair the #BringBirdsBack Communications Committee and oversee #BBB communications activities.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Skills and Abilities:

  • Highly developed written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to engage effectively with staff, board members, listeners, and partners.
  • Team player who listens, welcomes feedback and ideas from others, and genuinely seeks collaboration. 
  • Commitment to excellence.
  • Track record of exercising judgment and maintaining confidentiality.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and meet tight deadlines.
  • Experience with Google office productivity tools as well as Adobe Photoshop and InDesign preferred.


  • Bachelor’s degree in communications or a related discipline.
  • At least five years of experience managing communications for a non-profit organization.
  • Experience working in the public media industry.
  • Knowledge of birds and related environmental issues as well as a personal commitment to BirdNote’s mission.


$30 - $35/hour DOE

Contractor will not be eligible for employee benefits.

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