The new Birth to Three for All DC Coalition is organizing a grassroots movement across the District for policy and city funding to support infants, toddlers, and their families to thrive, to make high quality childcare a reality for every baby, to increase pay and skills for early educators, and to end the inequities and structural barriers that face poor children from before they are born. (Read more here and here.)
This is already an amazing campaign. Investing in the health and educational development of infants and toddlers truly affects us all — families who struggle to afford high quality childcare, early childhood educators whose important work has been undervalued and underpaid for too long, businesses who rely on employees having reliable childcare options, and medical professionals striving to meet the demands and address persistent health and developmental disparities. This campaign is committed to racial equity; our leadership and campaign staffing is majority Women of Color. This campaign will be organizing and building power across the District while moving real resources into the hands of families, caregivers, and communities
We seek a Communications Manager or Director (depending on experience and skills) to support the coalition’s organizing and political agenda, working with a diverse coalition of groups, helping communicate the experiences of those organizations and community leaders, and elevating the voices of diverse residents and communities. We are looking for a talented and creative communicator, who will be responsible for project management, strategy, messaging, working with and training grassroots leaders, social and email content, and more. This position will primarily work with the campaign coalition leadership, including DC Working Families, SPACEs in Action, and Jews United for Justice (JUFJ). This position reports to JUFJ’s Deputy Director, and will spend 80% of their time on the Birth to Three campaign, plus 20% of their time on JUFJ’s other DC issue campaign work.
- Co-create and adapt messaging strategy; ensure campaign framing and messaging is used across coalitions
- Develop and maintain campaign website and social media presence, in collaboration with staff and volunteers
- Create compelling written and visual content for webpages, action alerts, social media, petitions, op-eds, etc.
- Support and coach grassroots leaders to tell their stories and promote Birth to Three agenda
- Work with campaign leaders to develop plans for online mobilization, outreach, and volunteer development
- Develop original and compelling pitches to place stories and op-eds
- Collaborate with coalition allies to develop public-facing and PR materials and reports to support the campaign and that can be used to generate positive press coverage
- Maintain relationships with reporters and social media influencers
- Primary point of contact with campaign’s contracted PR vendor
- Create and manage a story bank, ensuring a diversity of voices and perspectives are presented
- Monitor press and social media coverage of issues and political environment; plan ahead to shape coverage
- 3+ years of experience running communications for any of: grassroots organizing; advocacy, issue, or electoral campaigns; local DC politics. This is not an entry level position.
- Experience with grassroots communities, especially working class and poor communities of color
- Excellent writing skills. Your writing should be clear, compelling, and personable.
- Exceptional interpersonal teamwork skills and ability to “manage sideways” with colleagues in a coalition.
- Visual design and communications skills – basic photography, graphic design, etc.
- Ability to analyze problems and prioritize in an imperfect world of slim resources!
Also Highly Desired
- Experience with racial justice, feminism, allyship, solidarity, etc. activism and analysis
- Experience managing interns, volunteers, or junior staff
- Experience with media and public relations
- Spanish language
Salary range is $50-65,000, depending on experience. Excellent benefits and a flexible, collaborative workplace. JUFJ is committed to building a diverse team that draws on the strengths of people with a variety of identities, backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. People of color, indigenous people, LGBTQ+ people, and immigrants are particularly encouraged to apply. You do not need to be Jewish. Please send a cover letter, resume, and 2-3 professional references with phone numbers to email@example.com. Applications are being considered on a rolling basis. Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.