Location Washington
Job-type Permanent
Salary $194,321 - $207,276
Reference 16148

Verra is a global leader helping to tackle the world's most intractable environmental and social challenges. Catalyzing tangible climate action and sustainable development outcomes, Verra is leading the path of carbon verification by tackling some of the most pressing environmental and social issues of our day.

Verra's standards and programs are trusted by a broad range of stakeholders, provide innovative solutions to environmental and social problems, and work for people and the planet by supporting projects and activities that deliver a range of benefits to communities and their surrounding environments.

As Chief Communications Officer you will lead the team responsible for developing, executing, and refining all aspects of Verra's communications, including the establishment of positive narratives about the work that they do, the development of authoritative responses to criticisms, and the effective and efficient administration of all communications workflows.

Your day might include:

  • Presiding at a meeting of your team to review ongoing communications activities, to assign responsibilities, and to monitor progress.

  • Finalizing a request for proposals for external assistance to design and implement a major new communications initiative.

  • Providing final and authoritative judgment on the wording of a news release, following close consultation with relevant staff.

  • Engaging with a business process specialist to identify how to streamline and optimize the performance of activities conducted by your team.

Trusted by a broad range of stakeholders, Verra is committed to helping reduce and remove greenhouse gas emissions, improve livelihoods, and protect natural resources across the private and public sectors.

You will be responsible for:

  • Leading a team of communications professionals, including consultants.

  • Leading the development of an integrated communications strategy for Verra, which could include specific sub-strategies for each of our certification programs, to influence media and public narratives and to build Verra's brand.

  • Providing authoritative oversight over the editorial quality of all of Verra's outputs.

  • Identifying the nature, objectives, and audiences of materials aimed at helping Verra to achieve its communications objectives.

  • Providing direction to Board members and staff members about means of educating the media about environmental and social markets, particularly carbon offsetting and sustainable development.

  • Overseeing Verra's website and ensuring that it is always up-to-date and is accessible and useful to viewers.

  • Developing and implementing social media strategies.

  • Developing and managing the communications budget.

  • Identifying and mitigating communications-related risks.

Verra is growing in size, currently running 7 programs and standards, in order to meet the increasing demand for quality environment al and social standards and is currently almost 100 FTEs operating in 17 countries.

What will you bring?

  • Extensive familiarity with environmental and social markets such as carbon markets, carbon crediting, and offsetting

  • Effectively leading staff, strategic partnerships, and budgets.

  • A vision for and experience managing a broad, multi-tiered, multimedia communications portfolio.

  • Proven track record of driving positive narratives across multiple media platforms.

You will grow and expand your expertise by:

  • Building a strong communications team that proactively drives the narrative throughout the arenas in which Verra operates.

  • Crafting a compelling narrative and ensuring the development of a robust and diverse portfolio of materials about Verra and its work.

  • Collaborating closely with a group of highly committed professionals to drive finance to effective climate and sustainable development solutions around the world.

How will you know you are successful?

  • Verra will be perceived as a leader in administering environmental and social crediting programs, and there is a cohesive and externally recognized narrative around the mission of the organization.

  • The communications team will be motivated and works seamlessly with the other teams in the organization to deliver high-quality work products.

  • Verra's senior staff will be regularly consulted, which is reinforced by stronger contributions to evolving dialogues in the areas they work in, being quoted or appearing in various media outlets, and having prominent speaking roles at influential conferences.

  • The narrative in leading journals and other news outlets surrounding carbon offsetting is more informed and accurate, and thus more supportive of the work Verra does.

  • Verra's communications strategies are implemented optimally, in a timely fashion, and within budget.

If you are interested in joining a business that will give you professional and personal opportunities to grow and build, consider the role above.