Cultural Strategist

Posted by
Economic Security Project
New York, NY
Published 15 days ago

Position Description

Economic Security Project (ESP) is seeking a Cultural Strategist to spearhead new and creative projects that broaden ESP’s base and expands their work to new audiences. The Cultural Strategist will be passionate about building relationships and collaborating with others to come up with unique ideas for ESP’s branding and messaging. They are also regularly on the lookout for new and exciting people and groups to work with, including not so typical partnerships with creatives in a variety of mediums. The ideal candidate will have a commitment to both economic and social justice, on top of experience with campaigns, storytelling, and project management.

The Economic Security Project is a virtual office with staff in New York, California, Texas, Georgia, Washington, DC., North Carolina, and Wisconsin. This is currently a virtual position; when appropriate again according to health and safety protocols, this position will involve travel. The Cultural Strategist will report to the Executive Director, who is based in New York City. The initial salary range is $90K-$115K with benefits that include 401(k) employer match; 100% employer paid health, vision and dental coverage; and generous vacation/PTO policy. This position is full-time and considered exempt from FLSA overtime rules.

About Us

The rising cost of living, stagnating incomes, increase in unreliable work, and concentration of wealth in too few hands undermines the vision for a modern social contract: the idea that if you work hard and play by the rules, you can get ahead in America. The pandemic has only served to lay bare this brittleness. Now, record unemployment and slashed wages are pushing Americans over the financial edge, with Black and Latinx communities hit hardest by the virus and economic crisis. Without new, bold thinking, we risk leaving millions of people behind.

We can make a different set of choices. We can build an economy where caregivers can make ends meet with only one job, where individuals can weather unexpected economic shocks without falling into poverty, and where communities aren’t decimated when a corporation leaves town. We believe that when all have the opportunity to meet our basic needs and move up the economic ladder as well as the power to choose the products we buy, the employers we work for, and the way we spend our time, our families and communities thrive.

The Economic Security Project (ESP) challenges the current status quo by catalyzing ideas that build economic power for all Americans. We serve as a convener, strategist, funder, and campaigner. We disburse grants, identify gaps, develop communications research to inform the movements, and coordinate events and convenings to encourage investment and action from others. We aim to support emerging leaders in the economic justice field and ensure they have the networks, know-how, and resources to succeed. Because we believe in delivering concrete victories for families, we run campaigns in partnership with state and federal organizations to pass policies that improve people’s lives.

We’ve identified two fights we think we can win: (1) a guaranteed income that would provide an income floor for all Americans and (2) anti-monopoly action to rein in the unprecedented concentration of economic power. We pick our fights based on our analysis of where a little push could turn an idea from a trend into a substantive intervention that improves the lives of Americans.


The Cultural Strategist’s day-to-day will be shaped by the question: how can we inject our issues and priorities into the zeitgeist? It could involve collaborating with partners to cook up a provocative public activation to garner media attention, designing and executing a plan to arm cultural leaders with narratives and talking points that support our worldview, working with our campaigns and programs to integrate a cultural and narrative strategy to events, product launches, and grantmaking strategy. For example, the Cultural Strategist could:

  • Start the week recruiting creatives to design a billboard and public murals campaign in target parts of the country;
  • Strategize with the Senior Team on our overall narrative strategy, with an eye to broader public engagement exposure, and an ability to bring a critical lens that prioritizes equity in all aspects of our communications
  • Initiate and execute on opportunities to work with producers, creatives, and influencers interested in supporting our issues;
  • Collaborate with Communications Director to align our messaging and creative/narrative strategy into our campaign priorities;
  • Identify and execute on potential investments that amplify our issues.

Job requirements


  • Experience and/or commitment to economic, social, and racial justice with the ability to discuss the intersections between them
  • Experience building and managing diverse networks and relationships
  • A strong background in writing and storytelling, with the ability to create effective narratives and impactful messaging
  • Experience planning engaging and accessible virtual and in person events
  • Track record of leading projects or campaigns from inception to execution, with strong project management skills
  • Experience with creatives and/or in creative industries

Position Description

Economic Security Project (ESP) is seeking a Cultural Strategist to spearhead new and creative projects that broaden ESP’s base and expands their work to new audiences. The Cultural Strategist will be passionate…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Start Date
    June 1, 2021
  • Application Deadline
    April 30, 2021


$90,000 - $115,000


Work may be performed anywhere in United States
Associated Location
New York, NY

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