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Communications Director


The Partnership for Working Families (Partnership), with our 17 affiliate organizations, is driving a progressive agenda to harness the power of cities and influence billions of dollars in public and private investment. Our powerful coalitions of community groups, labor unions, faith networks, and environmental organizations tackle the crises of inequality and climate change that reinforce economic, racial and gender injustice. Our network is building governing coalitions with a grassroots base of power to advance a vision of just, sustainable, and democratic cities by:

  • Restructuring our economy to create greater economic inclusion and racial justice, and reduce wealth inequality,
  • Reshaping our built environment to create healthier communities and slow climate change, and
  • Remaking our democracy by building power through civic engagement and leadership development.

The Partnership has a track record of working at the intersection of the economy, environment, racial justice, and participatory democracy. We have a proven model of power building through: sustaining permanent, multi-sector, multi-racial coalitions; leveraging the powers of cities to win policies that concretely improve people’s lives; and impacting key sectors of our economy to benefit workers and communities. In the current political environment, we are resisting the regressive federal agenda and innovating local and state organizing and policy to advance a progressive vision. Our long-term goal is to reclaim our country, in order to put workers’ and community members’ voices at the center of determining the nation’s future.

We are seeking an experienced Communications Director to join our team! The ideal candidate will have a deep commitment to social, racial, economic and environmental justice and know how to activate communications strategies for bigger campaign wins that improve the lives of working families.

Responsibilities
Reporting to the Deputy Director, the Communications Director will be responsible for developing, driving and evaluating strategic campaign and organizational communications. The Communications Director will work with the Partnership’s campaign directors to shape winning messages and media strategies for groundbreaking national campaigns to win community-controlled infrastructure that advances racial, economic, climate and gender justice. The Communications Director will also collaborate with both the Executive and Deputy Directors to shape and elevate the organization’s national brand.

Responsibilities of this position include:

  • Design and implement a comprehensive communications strategy which elevates the profile of the Partnership and its accomplishments to key audiences.
  • Develop and execute effective messaging and framing strategies that will advance campaign goals and help achieve bigger wins.
  • Develop and design materials, printed and digital, which elevate the Partnership’s voice and credibility for our campaigns and aid efforts to raise funds for the network.
  • Generate strategic media coverage for the Partnership and its affiliates.
  • Evaluate and improve the effectiveness of our digital and earned media strategy with the production of regular reports on the level of engagement with each medium.
  • Develop strategic campaign or organizationally driven strategies for managing our website and social media presence. Develop and manage content on our website and social media accounts.
  • Supervise and lead the redesign of the organization’s branding and website.
  • Build the capacity of Partnership staff, affiliates, and allies to serve as national spokespersons and thought leaders.
  • Participate in weekly staff meetings, internal trainings, mandatory all staff meetings, and organization and program planning and evaluation.
  • Maintain personal organization systems, adhering to organizational policies.
  • Complete reimbursements, credit card, and lobbying reports.
  • All other duties as assigned by the Executive Director or Deputy Director.

Qualifications

  • 5-10 years of experience using communications as a tool to build leverage and power needed to win groundbreaking campaigns.
  • Experience refining and managing organizational branding and institutional communications.
  • Ability to collaborate and share decision making with a range of stakeholders including staff, affiliates and allies.
  • Demonstrated commitment to social, racial, economic and environmental justice.
  • Impeccable writing and editing skills and experience producing communications materials of different scale, including long term projects and quick on-demand requests.
  • Excellent project management skills with the ability to keep long- and short-term projects moving at the same time.
  • Experience training and building the capacity of other communicators and spokespeople.
  • Experience designing and developing high quality content for print and social media.
  • Experience managing and growing email lists and databases.
  • Proven ability to develop and manage diverse relationships among campaign partners while crafting communications strategy and messaging.
  • Demonstrated ability to oversee and drive own program.
  • BA in public policy, journalism, communication or related field or equivalent professional experience.
  • Ability to travel required.
  • The position will ideally be located in a city in which a one of the Partnership’s 17 affiliates is located, but we will consider exceptional candidates who are located in other cities and major media markets.

To Apply
Please send a letter of interest, resume, and a list of 3-4 professional references including at least one supervisor. In addition, please submit the following samples of your work that demonstrate your ability to use communications in a strategic context:

  • A writing sample of no more than 5 pages,
  • Earned media which the applicant successfully placed on behalf of a previous employer or volunteer effort, and
  • An example of the applicant’s successful use of social media on behalf of a campaign.

Send all application materials to jobs@forworkingfamilies.org and include Communications Director in the subject line. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis with the first round of reviews beginning the week of July 3rd. Position open until filled.

No phone calls, please.

The Partnership for Working Families is an equal opportunity employer and committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. We strongly encourage and seek applications from women, people of color, including bilingual and bicultural individuals, as well as members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities. We do not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, age, disability, or veteran status.

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