Communications Director

  • Allied Progress
  • Aug 08, 2018
Full time PR Communications

Job Description

We are looking to hire a new communications director to help build and manage an aggressive and growing media relations team at Allied Progress, a progressive consumer advocacy organization that fights the Trump administration over consumer financial and economic issues. You can see our recent news hits, press releases, and television ads to get a feel for our work or visit our Facebook and Twitter accounts for recent updates. The position is based in DC. Read the detailed job description below for more information. Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to jobs@alliedprogress.org with "Communications Director" as the subject line.

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ALLIED PROGRESS

Position: Communications Director

Location: Washington, DC

Status: Exempt, Full-time

Reports To: Executive Director

Salary: $85-120k - Commensurate with Experience
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POSITION SUMMARY

Allied Progress (AlliedProgress.org), a project of the New Venture Fund, seeks a Communications Director to support its work standing up for consumers and holding corporate special interests and their allies in Congress and the White House accountable.

The Communications Director will be a part of the senior leadership at Allied Progress and will be responsible for rapid response, media relations and more. The position requires excellent written and verbal communication skills, the ability to think strategically about communications and research, incredible attention to detail, and strong multi-tasking and organizational skills. A flexible personality, sense of humor, and positive attitude are also essential.

This position is based in Washington, DC. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. 

Allied Progress values diversity and inclusion and encourages all qualified people to apply. 

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES AND TASK

  • Manage day-to-day external communications activities for Allied Progress, and the internal processes related to those activities.
  • Develop and execute communications plans, integrating earned, paid, and new media, to advance Allied Progress' goals. 
  • Work in partnership with Allied Progress leadership and consultants on development of paid media efforts and on project polling and messaging. 
  • Draft press materials, including talking points, press advisories and releases, op-eds, and memos in support of communications plans and goals.
  • Build relationships with print, broadcast, and new media reporters, editors, and producers.
  • Serve as a spokesperson for Allied Progress with partner organizations, key stakeholders, and the media, as needed.
  • Manage communications staff and delegate responsibilities accordingly.
  • Monitor risks and opportunities to advance the Allied Progress' position and brand.
  • Produce detailed reports of communications and other campaign activities and successes.
  • Remain flexible and perform additional duties, as required.

REQUIRED EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, KNOWLEDGE, AND SKILLS

  • Bachelor's degree required;
  • Minimum experience of 4-6 years in communications, public relations, or advocacy; issue advocacy, political campaign, and strategic experience preferred;
  • Experience landing high-profile media placements and working with reporters, editors, editorial boards, columnists, bloggers, bookers, and thought leaders;
  • Exceptional writing skills for both press and general audiences; writing should be sharp, personable, and memorable; ability to write in the voice of others;
  • Familiarity and aptitude with using social media as an earned media tool;
  • Experience framing research products into communications products; demonstrated ability to identify communications needs based on research and to work with research and campaign teams to achieve objectives;
  • Smart political judgment and ability to anticipate how others will respond to our work;
  • Calm in a crisis, and with great instincts;
  • Expertise in working independently and juggling competing priorities with strict deadlines;
  • Proven track record for being a self-starter;
  • Experience managing a team and effectively delegating responsibilities; 
  • Excellent project management skills;
  • Attention to detail;
  • Flexible personality;
  • Commitment to social justice.

HOW TO APPLY

Send your cover letter and resume to jobs@alliedprogress.org with "Communications Director" as the subject line.

NEW VENTURE FUND CAREERS

Allied Progress is a project of New Venture Fund (NVF), a 501(c)(3) public charity that incubates new and innovative public-interest projects and grant-making programs. NVF is committed to attracting, developing and retaining exceptional people, and creating a work environment that is dynamic, rewarding and enables each of us to realize our potential. NVF's work environment is safe and open to all employees and partners, respecting the full spectrum of race, color, religious creed, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, political affiliation, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, and all other classifications protected by law in the locality and/or state in which you are working.

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