Communications Manager

  • Civic Nation
  • Washington D.C. or Remote
  • Mar 07, 2024
Full time Communications

Job Description

Communications Manager

at Civic Nation

Civic Nation seeks a Communications Manager to serve as a vital part of the Communications Hub, which includes press, digital, research, video, and creative. Reporting to the Executive Vice President of Communications, this candidate will be responsible for media outreach and crafting messaging for It’s On Us, The Change Collective, and Civic Nation’s campaigns. This is a short-term position ending in November 2024, with the possibility of extension.


The Communications Team is focused on telling the story of Civic Nation’s work. Through creative messaging, digital activations, media relations, and more, the Communications Team amplifies the work of all Civic Nation initiatives and campaigns. 


Civic Nation is a nonprofit ecosystem for high-impact organizing and education initiatives working to build a more inclusive and equitable America. Civic Nation shifts culture, systems, and policy by bringing together individuals, grassroots organizers, industry leaders and influencers to tackle some of our nation’s most pressing social challenges. Seven initiatives and campaigns are a part of the Civic Nation family: When We All Vote, ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge, It’s On Us, We The Action, the Change Collective, Online for All, and SAVE On Student Debt. 


  • Execute media, public relations, and communications strategies for It’s On Us, The Change Collective, and Civic Nation’s campaigns. 
  • Create, write, edit, and send press releases, talking points, op-eds, advisories and other written materials.
  • Manage media outreach and pitching and landing stories that reach the initiative's target audiences. 
  • Work directly with the EVP of Communications to develop campaign strategies and action plans, and ensure initiatives are prioritizing equity and inclusion.
  • Work closely with initiative and campaign staff to understand the full scope of their work and help them meet strategic communications goals. 
  • Respond to incoming media inquiries, prepare initiative leaders, and follow up with reporters.
  • Partner with digital, partnerships, talent, and other teams around rollouts.
  • Work on large and smaller scale events with stakeholders, thought leaders, media, etc.


  • 4+ years of experience in communications, public relations, media relations, or press management; primarily with advocacy, social justice, policy, and/or a political focus.
  • Strong writing skills with the ability to distill information in a way that is accessible to students, administrators, and our general audience.
  • A track record of getting results in a fast-paced communications environment, balancing multiple projects on tight deadlines. 
  • Newsroom, political, agency, and/or nonprofit experience is preferred.


  • A passion for social justice. 
  • Ability to expertly execute tactics as part of an integrated approach to communications, media relations, storytelling, events, publications, and digital media. 
  • Superior attention to detail. 
  • Exceptional writing, editing, proofreading, copy editing and organizational skills. Proficient knowledge of AP style.
  • Ability to provide rapid response support in reaction to breaking news. Top-notch understanding of the news cycle and media environment.
  • Strong interpersonal, networking, and leadership skills. 
  • Comfort and confidence engaging with diverse populations. 
  • Strong ability to listen, understand, connect, earn trust of, and collaborate with a diverse group of people and employees at all levels of the organization.
  • Comfort in a rapidly changing environment and demonstrated ability to manage multiple priorities at any given time.


The Washington, DC-based salary range for this position is $70,000.00 - $75,000.00 (will be adjusted for cost of labor for the incumbent's work location) annually, commensurate with experience. Our comprehensive benefits plan includes 100% employer-paid health, dental, and vision insurance for employees, flexible paid time off, paid family & medical leave, access to a 401k plan, and more.


Candidates can expect the following hiring process and timeline (please note that this timeline may be subject to change):  

  • March 22: Applications close
  • March 25-28: First-Round Interviews
  • April 1-5:  Writing Assignment
  • April 8-12: Potential Final Interviews, Reference Checks
  • April 15: Hiring Decision announced

All candidates will be notified via email of the status of their application on or before the completion of the search.


To apply, submit a cover letter and resume here. The cover letter, addressed to Ashlynn Profit, should be concise, compelling, and include why you would like to work for Civic Nation. Applications will be accepted until March 22, 2024.


At Civic Nation, diversity, equity, and inclusion are directly aligned with the fundamental belief that people are inherently capable but often lack opportunity. We know that a diverse workforce allows us to see problems in more nuanced ways, creating the thought leadership needed to fulfill our mission and reach our goals. Civic Nation is an equal-opportunity employer and welcomes people from all backgrounds, experiences, abilities, and perspectives to apply.




$70,000 to $75,000