Job: Communications Director
Company: WORKING PARTNERSHIPS USA
Location: San Jose
Posted on: June 25, 2022
Working Partnerships USA is seeking a strategic and experienced
storyteller to lead our communications team, lift up the voices of
marginalized communities, and drive transformative campaigns for
economic, social, and racial justice. Over the past few years,
we've built a powerful communications department that can both
drive fast-paced campaigns and shift the underlying narrative
terrain on which those campaigns are fought. Our team leverages
Working Partnerships' research and policy expertise, organizing,
and innovative civic engagement programs in order to explain
complex issues, expose the harmful structural forces and myths that
hold back progress, and tell the stories of worker, tenant, and
grassroots leaders who stand up to win better lives for their
families and communities. Now, we're looking for a new leader to
carry this work forward. As Communications Director, you'll be
developing messaging and communications strategies, telling our
stories online and in the press, frequently taking charge of
rapid-response outreach, and managing a team of talented
communicators. The ideal candidate is a strong writer, strategic
thinker, and thoughtful coach. You have experience driving
communications campaigns that integrate earned and social media,
email, SMS, art, design, and video. You can balance urgent needs
and longer-term goals, keep multiple projects moving, and
collaborate with partners both inside and outside the organization.
You understand the interplay between digital organizing,
persuasion, and mobilization, and can partner with organizers to
use communication channels to support all three aims. You'll report
to our Deputy Executive Director and work closely with our
organizing, policy, and fundraising teams. The Organization Working
Partnerships USA is a community organization bringing together the
power of grassroots organizing and public policy innovation to
drive the movement for a just economy. Based in Silicon Valley, we
tackle the root causes of inequality and poverty by leading
collaborative campaigns for family-sustaining jobs, stable and
affordable housing, healthy communities, and a democracy where all
our voices are heard.
- Managing a team: you have experience running effective
meetings, juggling multiple projects, providing quality
supervision, and helping staff thrive in their roles.
- Developing communications strategies to win campaigns and shift
narratives: you can partner with our policy, organizing, and
fundraising teams to develop communications plans - integrating
earned and social media, email, sms, digital organizing, videos,
etc - often in a rapidly-evolving political context.
- Earning supportive media coverage: you've crafted pitches and
press releases, built relationships with reporters, prepared people
from diverse backgrounds to speak with reporters, and staged press
conferences and actions.
- Managing email and social media channels: you have demonstrated
experience growing an audience, creating engaging and persuasive
content, and moving people to take action (contact their elected
officials, come to an event, donate).
- Balancing urgent and long-term communications needs: you can
pull together a rapid response across earned and social media in a
couple hours, while keeping multi-month projects to shift
narratives on track. You can effectively and tactfully triage and
prioritize requests for support from other team members and ally
- Crafting messaging and narratives: you're well versed in
messaging frameworks like the race-class narrative, can read a
research report and pull out puchy toplines, and ideally have
experience with longer-term narrative shift projects.
- Supporting digital organizing: you understand how
communications can fit into digital and online-to-offline
organizing models. You can work with organizers to bring in new
supporters (through digital ads, organic content, social media
outreach, etc) and move them up a ladder of engagement. You've used
(or are excited to explore) tools like texting platforms (Hustle,
ThruText, Strive) and relational organizing apps (OutreachCircle,
OutVote) that overlap between communications and organizing.
- Incorporating art, multimedia, and technology: you can write
video scripts, collaborate with artists, guide graphic designers,
and explore ways to fold new technology into communications
strategies. Bonus points if you have an eye for design or
experience creating videos, infographics, and websites.
- Commitment to social, racial, economic, environmental, and
- Experience managing communications for advocacy organizations,
political campaigns, elected officials, or union/community
- Experience in a supervisory role.
- Ability to work nights and weekends regularly as needed.
- Strong work ethic, project management skills, and personal
commitment to excellence. Physical Requirements The physical
requirements listed are representative of those that must be met to
successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable
accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities
to perform the essential functions.
- Sit, bend, and reach with hands and arms.
- Lift approximately 20-25 lbs. on occasion.
- Stand and move throughout the office.
- Have consistent and reliable attendance.
- Interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral,
diagram, or schedule form.
- Work under pressure with changing, ambiguous priorities.
- Communicate effectively and promptly to clients or employees of
- Climb stairs and steps.
- High level of manual dexterity to adeptly type and use computer
- Auditory and visual skills - Specific vision abilities required
by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision,
peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust
- Follow written and oral instructions and procedures.
Compensation & Location Annual salary range from $80,000 to
$100,000 and will be based on experience. Generous benefits package
including full family health, dental, and vision insurance; paid
vacations and holiday leave; and 401(k). This is a full-time,
exempt position and an excellent opportunity for those seeking
career advancement over time. During COVID-19, our entire staff is
remote. Long-term, being based in Santa Clara County is preferable
given the geographic focus of our work, but for the right candidate
we're open to someone located elsewhere in/near the Bay Area area
who can travel to our San Jose office a few times a week. Working
Partnerships USA is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer.
People of color, women, LGBTQ, and local residents are strongly
encouraged to apply. Apply now To apply, please send your resume,
cover letter, and writing/work samples to email@example.com .
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