District of Columbia
Media Matters for America — a progressive, Washington, D.C.-based, nonprofit research and information center dedicated to comprehensively monitoring, analyzing, and correcting conservative misinformation in the U.S. media — seeks a candidate with experience managing multiple staff members in a fast-paced environment to serve as Deputy Communications Director in the Communications Department.
The Deputy Communications Director role is a new position within the Communications Department at Media Matters. The successful candidate will be a dynamic, skillful manager who is eager to partner with the Communications Director to devise strategy and assess organizational impact, build and retain a strong team, and improve systems to effectively manage the team's work. This person will delight in establishing clear, nimble processes appropriate for today’s hyper-charged media environment and find nothing more satisfying than achieving results through collaborative team work.
- The Deputy Communications Director reports to the Communications Director.
- Television & Radio Booker, Print Media Specialist, and Communications Associate report to the Deputy Communications Director.
- Recruit, train, and manage communications staff.
- Delegate work effectively, checking in with the team regularly and providing consistent, prompt feedback. Ensure high standards are maintained and staff members are supported to realize them.
- Develop staff by providing stretch assignments and aligning work as much as possible to each person’s skill sets, while still accomplishing necessary tasks. Ensure cultural principles are “alive and well” on the team, team morale is high, and retention excellent.
- Identify areas for staff development and, in coordination with the Communications Director, make recommendations for additional training or professional development for team members.
- Work with the Staff Director to recruit, interview, and onboard Communications interns.
Strategy and planning:
- Contribute ideas and feedback to organizational strategy and plans.
- Partner with Communications Director to help establish team goals and workplans/workflows.
- Oversee team members in creating and achieving individual goals and workplans/workflows.
Team Operations and Editing:
- Establish and maintain smooth workflows, including clear approval and editorial processes within the team and for cross-cutting work.
- Oversee the team’s metrics, ensuring that data being collected is relevant and being used to drive decisions and that collection processes are efficient and maintained.
- Ensure internal communication is transparent, constructive, and efficient; train staff members on how to select the best communication channel for the need, i.e., when face-to-face or phone chat is called as opposed to email, text, or Slack messages.
- Manage cross-organizational projects and campaigns as needed.
- Assist Communications Director in drafting, editing, and approving communications collateral.
- Oversee vendor relationships and contracts, delegating this responsibility as appropriate.
- Accomplished manager with engaging, inclusive, and collaborative leadership style. You motivate, inspire, and support people of diverse backgrounds and ages to meet high expectations day in and day out. You’ve led teams of 4-5 people in high stakes, fast-paced environment for at least 3 years.
- Proven operations expert. You have a successful operations track record. You’re an outstanding project manager who gets the big-picture vision and is accountable for achieving ambitious goals while juggling a wide range of initiatives in a rapidly evolving campaign and/or media environment.
- Demonstrable communications knowledge and experience. You can identify elements with viral potential and know how all forms of media work together within a communications department. You’re passionate about media and the effects conservative misinformation has on the public debate. You possess a deep understanding of the 24-hour news cycle.
- Superb communications skills. You skillfully and quickly synthesize information about new topics and can translate this information into plans and/or communications collateral, which you’ve also pitched successfully. Your writing and editing skills are outstanding, as are your interpersonal communication skills.
- Passion and patience for staff development. You easily build rapport with people and have the skills necessary to mentor and train the team members and create new opportunities with them. You possess the sensitivity and confidence to inspire and tap into the strengths that each member of the team brings to the organization
- An exemplar of our culture. You have high standards and rigor with a calm, egoless approach and an ability to stay unflappable when things don't go as planned. You will be responsible for upholding cultural norms while also challenging complacency. People will take their cues about who MMFA is and how it operates from your actions.
- Bachelor's degree in communications or a relevant academic discipline and 7+ years of experience in communications or a closely related field including at least 3 years of experience managing a team of at least 4-5 people.
- Experience with devising individual, department, and/or organization-wide metrics and tracking impact of work in the media space.
Media Matters for America offers competitive compensation and a comprehensive benefits package.
Minimum Education Required
How To Apply
Please visit https://www.mediamatters.org/jobs to apply through our online portal. No phone calls, please. We can respond only to candidates whom we are contacting for an interview.
Media Matters for America is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We value a diverse workforce and strongly encourage applicants of all backgrounds to apply, regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, or disability.