Grounded Solutions Network is a national nonprofit dedicated to shaping communities to be inclusive and filled with opportunity for all. Where we live matters. It determines what opportunities we have and how our kids grow up. Everyone should be able to live in a place that offers opportunity: access to jobs, parks, public transit, quality schools and stable homes. Strong and inclusive communities provide the foundation that people and families need to thrive, both in the present and for future generations. As a national membership organization, we partner with over 200 members in 45 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico to support and grow a shared equity housing sector serving nearly 255,000 families. Our work specifically targets creating and expanding the resources, programs and policies dedicated to community-led housing with lasting affordability, using a racial equity lens. Our staff team consists of recognized, national technical assistance experts, advising both local governments and nonprofits on inclusive housing policies and programs that lead to access, equity, and inclusion by providing training, tools and resources for community land trusts, deed restricted housing and inclusionary affordable housing programs.
Over the next decade, we are strategically focused on building the technical capacity and collective power of our members and the local communities we serve, to significantly multiply the impact of our data proven models and outcomes. We seek to expand our membership, pursue new dedicated resources, and recruit additional active partners, who match our sense of urgency to assist some portion of the millions of families who even prior to the COVID-19 global pandemic were paying more than 50% of their income toward housing.
Grounded Solutions Network is committed to fostering an organizational culture rooted in critical thinking and consciousness about race and class. We seek candidates who are dedicated to achieving racial equity as both a process and outcome. We are committed to building a staff team that is as racially and culturally diverse as the communities that we serve. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.
About the Position:
We are seeking a dynamic individual to plan and execute communication strategies which drive support for our 10-year “Lasting Affordability in Housing Now” vision, elevate our position as a national leader, and support the expanded use of inclusive housing policies and innovative community-led nonprofit programs to rapidly advance equity, inclusion, and racial justice. This position is part of our senior leadership team and offers a tremendous opportunity to lead development and implementation of high quality external messaging and thought leadership content that elevates our brand, facilitates and achieves prominent national media coverage, and highlights our central role in various national strategic partnerships such as the CEO Circle of Color. The position also leads professional media engagement and promotion of our high-profile national conference.
The Director works collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders to set and guide the strategy for all communications and public relations. This individual will also develop, manage, and oversee the annual communications department budget, provide leadership, guidance, and direction to a staff of 1-2 communication professionals, and manage a team of consultants. The communications team supports staff located in Oakland, CA and Washington, D.C., as well as multiple staff working in remote locations across the country.
The primary goal for this position is to create and lead an external-focused strategic communications plan.
1. Strategy/Management (60%)
2. Branding/Messaging (30%)
3. Media Relations/Digital Communications (10%)
Qualifications for Entry into this Position:
Knowledge, skills and abilities
Approximately 4 to 6 trips per year of domestic out-of-state, as needed to attend conferences and company meetings.
Washington, D.C. The organization has two primary office locations in Oakland, CA and Washington, D.C. The Director of Communications position will be based in Washington, DC to facilitate direct interaction with the Chief Executive Officer. All staff are working remotely until further notice, but applicants must be willing to transition to an office or co-working location when it is safe to do so. Other Grounded Solutions Network staff, including those supervised by the Director of Communications, may be located anywhere in the contiguous 48 states. All staff are expected to demonstrate the ability to work remotely while maintaining high levels of efficiency and productivity and communicating effectively with their direct supervisor and colleagues.
Grounded Solutions Network is a national nonprofit dedicated to shaping communities to be inclusive and filled with opportunity for all. Where we live matters. It determines what opportunities we have and how our kids grow up…
Join our team and build your career with us! We offer:
Join our team and build your career with us! We offer:
Please submit, as 1 document (PDF or word), a cover letter with salary requirements, resume and two writing samples (one writing sample should be a press release) here: https://bit.ly/2TEvD7T. Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis.
Please submit, as 1 document (PDF or word), a cover letter with salary requirements, resume and two writing samples (one writing sample should be a press release) here: https://bit.ly…