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Job Posting: Communications Director

Detroit Disability Power - Detroit, Michigan

 

The primary goal of this position is to build the power of the disability community, through accessible and strategic communications, so we can change Detroit and the world.


About us

The mission of Detroit Disability Power (DDP) is to leverage and build the organizing power of the disability community to ensure the full inclusion of people with disabilities in Metro Detroit. We organize people with disabilities and our allies, train community members about disability inclusion and dismantling ableism, and plan fun and educational community-building events. We are a social justice organization, not a service organization, meaning we advocate and build power, not offer charity services.


The ideal candidate

Detroit Disability Power is seeking an outgoing, creative, and passionate Communications Director with a commitment to accessibility and equity. The Communications Director will bring demonstrated experience and leadership skills in advancing social justice issues and diversity, equity, and inclusion for marginalized communities. The ideal candidate must bring an ability to influence and grow public and political support for the well-being of disabled people through accessible communications. The most important skills to be successful in this position include exceptional English writing skills and an ability to develop, manage, and execute a communications plan.


What you will do

The Communications Director reports to the Executive Director.


Priority job responsibilities

These are the responsibility of the Communications Director, with support from the Communications Manager:

  • § Design and implement a communications and media plan that extends across a variety of platforms and is connected to our issue campaigns.
  • § Collaborate with the DDP staff and stakeholders to strategize and implement the communications plan.
  • § Develop external communications (persuasive writing), which includes but is not limited to creating press releases, talking points, emails with Calls to Action, letters to elected officials, social media posts, and website content.
  • § Lead and supervise in the day-to-day management and handling of DDP’s back-end CRM EveryAction.
  • § Do media interviews and train and prepare other team members and constituents to do media interviews and – promote leadership in public exposure.
  • § Collaborate with key team members to drive membership and to convey policy initiatives.
  • § Manage and triage the main organizational email correspondence channel.
  • § Incorporate and integrate accessibility into the communications plan to make sure it is usable by persons with disabilities.
  • § Participate in cross training of responsibilities of other staff members in order to best serve our small organization.
  • § Identify gaps in the organization’s routine communications or public visibility and methods to fill those gaps.
  • § Set, measure, and evaluate goals, identifying milestones and needed resources (budget and other) for major communications campaigns.
  • § Be very visible and vocal to enhance the organization’s profile and cultivate relationships with the media and other groups – be a public face for organization.
  • § Identify professional development opportunities, resources, and needs for team members related to communications.
  • § Decide how best to use current communications channels and segment audiences to make communications as closely aligned as possible with program/policy priorities of the organization.
  • § Oversee, manage, and support the Communications Manager with their job responsibilities.


Secondary job responsibilities

In a supervisory role, the Communications Director will assist and collaborate with the Communications Manager in the following:

  • § Make infographics and one-pagers about campaigns and issues for the public; collaborate with DDP’s Policy Director to make these educational and persuasive pieces.
  • § Build strategic relationships with local media.
  • § Create vision and structure for DDP’s website; develop a plan with rationale and consistency.
  • § Promote events through planned strategic outreach.
  • § Review and edit funding proposals, and other materials written by other staff.


Required skills

  • § Exceptional planning skills; strategic and methodical in planning skills
  • § Exceptional English writing skills; proficient in persuasive writing skills
  • § Openness and willingness to learn new skills and communications platforms / software
  • § Openness and willingness (as you are able) to help our small nonprofit organization function in all capacities when needed (i.e., helping clean up after an event, answering the phone, etc.)
  • § Openness and willingness to be a team – must be a team player
  • § Experience with EveryAction OR the willingness to learn this CRM to become proficient in using it
  • § Knowledge of disability issues, rights, and culture and commitment to disability inclusion, dismantling ableism, and intersectional strategies- specifically a strong racial equity analysis
  • § Well organized and able to meet deadlines
  • § Ability to communicate with diverse community members and engage residents who are disabled
  • § Understanding of the political process and how decisions are made, including ability to strategize, set goals, map out and implement a plan of action
  • § Ability to think and work creatively and critically
  • § Willingness to try new things and maintain a learning attitude
  • § Desire and ability to collaborate and to build relationships locally and nationally to bolster our work
  • § Computer literacy and experience with MS Office Suite as well as advanced skills in communication delivery methods and mediums
  • § Willingness and ability to engage in big-picture and detail-oriented work
  • § A natural sense of curiosity about people and the ability to relate to them Experience initiating conversations with community members about their stories, hopes, fears, and challenges, and a willingness to have courageous conversations with strangers and volunteers
  • § Ability to facilitate meetings, trainings, and/or group gatherings that move people to action
  • § Willingness to speak up, suggest new ideas, receive feedback, adjust plans to ensure successful completion of goals, and be a part of the solution
  • § A relational leader and good team player, able to work with a broad team of staff and grassroots leaders, working well with others in a coalition setting, and motivating diverse groups of people
  • § Ability to practice showing up for co-workers with consistent follow- through and good communication
  • § Ability to drive one’s work, often working independently, learning quickly, setting goals, being resourceful and asking for help when needed
  • § Demonstrated ability to identify and repair harm in relationships
  • § Self-awareness and humility
  • § A sense of humor


Required Experience

  • § 2+ years working for a social justice and/or nonprofit organization
  • § 2+ years of progressively responsible communications experience
  • § 2+ years in a leadership and supervisory role
  • § Personal experience of being marginalized in some way; relevant lived / personal experience and the ability to articulate learning from those experiences


Position Details

This position is a full-time (40 hours a week) salaried position. The Communications Director must be able to work remotely / virtually until it is safe to return to an in person setting. Then, this position will be a combination of remote and in person from our new Detroit office in the Core City neighborhood, starting as soon as Spring 2022. Safety is a top priority for DDP as we navigate Covid-19 and our agency’s policies and protocols, following federal standards.


Compensation

DDP offers a competitive salary and benefits package that meets industry standards and Metro Detroit’s cost of living standards. The pay range is $55,000-$60,000 annually, with performance-based raises. Pay is based on candidate’s knowledge, skills, and experience. The benefits package includes earned paid time off (8 hours biweekly); holiday pay; medical, dental, vision; 403 (b) employer match; and parental leave.


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Job Posting: Communications Director

Detroit Disability Power - Detroit, Michigan

 

The primary goal of this position is to build the power of the disability community, through accessible and strategic communications, so we can change…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Start Date
    July 1, 2021
  • Application Deadline
    June 4, 2021

Salary

$55,000 - $60,000DDP offers a competitive salary and benefits package that meets industry standards and Metro Detroit’s cost of living standards. Salary comes with performance-based raises. Pay is based on candidate’s knowledge, skills, and experience.

Benefits

The benefits package includes earned paid time off (8 hours biweekly); holiday pay; medical, dental, vision; 403 (b) employer match; and parental leave.

The benefits package includes earned paid time off (8 hours biweekly); holiday pay; medical, dental, vision; 403 (b) employer match; and parental leave.

Location

Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near Detroit, MI
Associated Location
Detroit, MI, USA

How to Apply

Application process

We strive for diverse representation and inclusion at DDP. DDP values and specifically seeks applicants who are people of color, women, LGBTQIA and gender fluid people, people with disabilities, veterans, and members of other diverse identities. If this is you, know that your contributions and leadership are especially valuable at DDP.


Equal employment opportunity: All qualified individuals will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, familial status, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, or disability.


Persons interested in this position can submit the following materials to HR.DetroitDisabilityPower@gmail.com:

  • A cover letter describing your interest in and qualifications for this position OR a video or audio recording of yourself describing your interest in and qualifications for the position
  • A current resume
  • Two writing samples of past material you have written


Applications must include these materials to be considered. Please include your full name in the subject line of the email.


For questions regarding this announcement, or to request reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process, please call Maria at 616.204.5737 or email her at HR.DetroitDisabilityPower@gmail.com. To be considered for an interview, please submit your application materials no later than 5 p.m. Friday, June 4, 2021.


DPP makes every effort to instill universal design principles for the hiring and job environment. 


Application process

We strive for diverse representation and inclusion at DDP. DDP values and specifically seeks applicants who are people of color, women, LGBTQIA and gender…

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