Engagement director

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The Organization

Environmental Health Sciences is an international nonprofit headquartered in Bozeman, Mont., and with editors, scientists and journalists across the United States and Europe.


EHS exists to accelerate the growth of scientific literacy around our health and environment. We drive good science into public policy and discussion on these issues, including climate change, environmental justice, air and water pollution, energy and land development,


Endocrine disrupting chemicals – hormone hijackers – are a particular speciality, and we do this work via a number of avenues:

  • Commissioning and contextualizing science
  • Aggregating consequential news and commentary
  • Publishing award-winning journalism
  • Distributing daily, weekly and monthly newsletters
  • Partnering with other groups


We are solutions-focused and equity-driven.


We work with and within science and journalism to elevate power within communities and create opportunities so that race, gender, and/or ZIP code do not predict your health or environment.


We believe that progress is never a result of scientific discovery alone; it requires other forces: crusading journalism, advocacy, politics.

EHS programs

EHS runs a variety of programs to achieve its mission of driving good science into public policy and discussion around our health and environment. Our core strategy:


  • Alert the public to critical threats
  • Advance news cycles on core topics
  • Solve entrenched problems with interdisciplinary collaborations


EHS helps teach scientists to communicate, mentors early career scientists, and does its own science: EHS chief scientist Pete Myers has published more than 120 peer-reviewed articles.


EHS publishes two websites featuring original journalism and commentary. And we send newsletters to more than 12,000 subscribers worldwide featuring top news on our environment and health.


Our journalism has won awards from the Society of Environmental Journalists, the Association of Health Care Journalists, the Society of Professional Journalists and the Oakes Foundation, to name just a few.


We cannot make change alone. We partner and collaborate with a variety of engaged players, from corporations to NGOs to universities and scientific societies.

The opportunity

The Engagement Director is a new position, created to shake up EHS’ public-facing activities, challenge how we communicate science, and change the fundamental “stuckness” of environmental health.


  • Be a skeptic
  • Routinely challenge communication channels and approaches
  • Drive impact


The Engagement Director joins EHS at a time of growth and expanded opportunity – and in fact is essential to building that energy as EHS marks its 20th anniversary and expands to new work, markets and audiences. 


We value diversity, work in the open and do everything we can to give back to the journalism, research and nonprofit communities. EHS is an equal opportunity employer, and we’re actively seeking to increase diversity in our operation and across the fields of science, communications and journalism. We encourage applications from communities traditionally underrepresented in science and news media.


If you have any questions about this role before applying, you may book a 20-minute hiring hotline call with EHS director Douglas Fischer.


The Engagement Director oversees the interactions, growth and satisfaction of EHS’s core customers and is responsible for expanding that customer base. In doing so, the director controls the design, development and deployment of communications and publishing infrastructure.


Specific Responsibilities

  • Collaborates with the senior management team to develop strategy, and translate it into engagement priorities, goals, plans, and metrics.
  • Manages staff and develops organization to ensure success with engagement priorities and goals.
  • Participates in collaborations and relationships with institutional partners and customers.
  • Stays abreast of communications realities and trends, and ensures EHS is responsive to them in service to its goals.
  • Stays up-to-date on the environmental health landscape and develops relationships with key influencers in EH communications and influence.
  • Plans and delivers reader/subscriber/user/customer expansion and related revenue objectives.
  • Manages technology for the organization, including tech vendor relationships.

Desired qualifications

  • Experience and a track record of leading a team
  • Specific examples of having developed successful community- or advocacy-based engagement strategies
  • Outside-the-box thinking. Challenge us.
  • Innovative ideas on how to break journalism and science outside of their normal ruts – and to make new audiences outraged at conditions degrading our health and environment.
  • Compassion, and an ability to listen to diverse viewpoints
  • Eagerness to partner with colleagues and organizations, seize opportunities and advance the mission of EHS.
  • Comfort engaging on race, gender, and equity with a strong understanding of issues and power dynamics around environmental and social justice.
  • Creativity, humor and a positive spirit
  • Self-starter able to work independently and in a remote workplace
  • A data- and goals-driven ethic comfortable setting benchmarks, directing workplans and insisting on quantifiable impact and results


We are agnostic about whether the Engagement Director comes through communication and marketing, science, journalism, community organizing or some other field entirely.


We are looking for someone to challenge the fundamental nature of environmental health science and communication and lead a team intently focused on the urgency of the threats confronting our environment and health.

To apply

Submit a resume and cover letter via this form.


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