Location D.C., New York and Chicago strongly preferred.
This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to engage in the Battle of Big Ideas and shift the public narrative in the United States to achieve our vision of a new economy and just democracy, one that puts people and planet over profits and polluters. Our ambition is nothing less than to creating a new people’s politics in the country, and the Communications and Digital Director will be a leader in this work.
People’s Action is…
The mission of People’s Action Institute is to advance a long-term agenda for racial, economic and gender justice by investing in powerful state and local organizations and campaigns that win real change in people’s lives. Through strategic issue campaigns, leadership development, direct action, grassroots and digital action we engage everyday people and power organizations in building an economy and a democracy that puts people and planet first.
What you’ll do
People’s Action Institute is seeking an experienced, mission-driven professional to lead the Communications and Digital Department and organize its work to influence the public debate on issues and values, lead on top-tier earned media, manage digital advocacy and fundraising campaigns, and shape our public story.
The leader in this role will be responsible for achieving four main outcomes:
- Leading a team of communications, digital and data professionals in meeting the communications and digital needs of the national organization and our network.
- Advancing the vision and values of the organization across all of our communications channels.
- Supporting our campaigns by amplifying grassroots voices and leveraging national and regional media.
- Supporting and developing strong communicators and digital organizers on the national team and in our grassroots member organizations.
Who you are
The person we need in this role:
- Is an exceptional and persuasive story teller, writer, speaker and editor.
- Can see a communications and digital strategy through from concept to execution.
- Is an excellent manager with a track record of effectively leading a team of staff and partners to achieve ambitious outcomes.
- Can develop and manage high-level media, partner, and member relationships.
You will have a leadership role in changing the story of what’s wrong in the U.S. and how to fix it — backed up by a strong national team and a 400-staff network of member organizations in 30 states (and growing).
- Develop, manage and drive the organization’s earned and digital media and messaging strategy, coordinated through various channels, with input from staff, board and member organization leadership.
- Supervise the production of high quality, timely, original social media and digital content.
- Oversee the organization’s earned media strategy, including the creation and oversight of the execution of media plans and media relationships.
- Work with other staff to develop long-term communications strategies, including developing future report ideas, identifying messaging opportunities, and partnership opportunities.
- Ensure that the organization has strong relationships with ally organizations’ communications staff.
- Maintain best practices and operations for all digital platforms including websites and social media, mass email systems; Incorporate data-driven strategies to ensure a top-notch digital program; identify and negotiate with vendor partners to implement emerging technologies.
- Stay current on best practices, trends, and technologies related to content creation and communications.
- Supervise approximately five staff members and oversee the communications budget.
- Develop clear, coordinated processes for the execution of department responsibilities.
An ideal applicant has these qualifications:
- Extensive experience managing and building a high-performing team.
- Experience leading a fast-paced and effective communications program for a progressive organizing and/or advocacy organization, or campaign.
- 7+ years’ working experience managing communications strategy and teams in a progressive organizing or advocacy environment.
- Track record of successfully developing and executing integrated communications strategies for an organizing or advocacy organization or campaign.
- Experience with developing/executing both digital and traditional media campaign plans.
- Strong management, budgeting, analytical, and organizational skills, including relevant project management experience.
- Experience in managing people/departments/organizations during periods of change strongly preferred.
- Exceptional communication skills, both written and oral.
- Ability to work with diverse people and organizations.
- Excellent relationship-building skills with ability to organize others to move toward a common vision or goal.
- Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in communications, marketing, or a related field.
- Knowledge of legal constraints of 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) nonprofits.
- Commitment to social justice and experience with social change organizing.
- Experience creating, maintaining, and executing content and digital strategy for progressive organizations.
Salary and Benefits
Salary is based on experience and our salary scale, though we project the range to be $90,000-$100,000. People’s Action Institute’s competitive benefits package includes medical and dental insurance, 401k plan with employer contribution, flexible spending account, and paid time off in December in addition to paid vacation.
Please send a cover letter, resume and three writing samples to [email protected] with FOR COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR in the subject line. Position is open until filled. People’s Action Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer; women, people of color and LGBT people are strongly encouraged to apply.