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Be a part of building a democracy that values racial equity, inclusive dialogue and public engagement!
Are you ready to use your skills as a writer, editor, or media professional to make a difference by promoting racial equity, civic engagement, and civil dialogue in communities nationwide? Everyday Democracy is seeking a Director of Communications with a demonstrated commitment to these values who will set and guide the strategy for the organization’s communications, website, and public relations messages and collateral for its diverse range of constituents, donors, media, and other audiences.
Everyday Democracy, project of the Paul J. Aicher Foundation, is a privately operating not-for-profit foundation dedicated to strengthening deliberative democracy and improving the quality of life for all people in the U.S. by addressing institutional racism and other structural inequities. We have more than a quarter-century of experience working with grass-roots organizations and public officials helping them to engage people and address critical public issues, all through a lens of racial equity. Everyday Democracy (formerly the Study Circles Resource Center) is recognized nationally as the creator of innovative tools for public engagement and problem solving. We work with partners to build and strengthen a civic infrastructure that encourages and values public participation.
Does our story intrigue you? If yes, then consider helping us enhance it by joining our fun and focused organization. Work in an environment where you, your ideas and your success matter. We practice what we preach. Everyday Democracy values work-life balance and flexible employment conditions that support creativity as well as accomplishments. Our competitive compensation package includes 100% coverage for employee’s health benefits, short- and long-term disability insurance, life insurance, generous vacation and leave time, participation in a non-contributory retirement plan, and participation in pre-tax reimbursement accounts.
The Director of Communication leads the unit that develops the organization’s communication strategy and, collaborating with other Directors, implements a multi-faceted plan for enabling Everyday Democracy to advance its mission. The incumbent must fully understand the organization’s vision of participatory democracy and be able to develop communication tactics that convey racial equity as central to Everyday Democracy’s dialogue to change process and its role in movement building. The outcomes of the position include:
· Observing and listening for relevant events, engaging colleagues, and maintaining communication networks that will bring information to the organization and generate ideas for engaging partners;
· Developing and implementing a collaborative communication and marketing strategy that integrates ideas, resources, materials, and training guides to deliver a consistent message for diverse audiences;
· Directing a staff of associates who use art, prose, digital-media and data, as well as personally performing certain creative functions, to produce the tools and techniques necessary for initiating public dialogue and problem solving, and for delivering and developing our message nationally and locally;
· Managing internal communication systems and functioning as the organization’s media representative and spokesperson, to assure a unified and consistent organizational message;
· As an integral strategic partner, using communication objectives to support and advance our fund development strategies.
Suitable applicants will indicate the following qualifications.
· Bachelor’s degree is required; Master’s or other post-graduate degree in Communications, Business Administration, Public Relations, Marketing, or Media Production, or a related field, is preferred.
· At least seven (7) years working in the field of business communications or public relations or marketing, of which at least four (4) of those years are working in a supervisory or management position; such experience working for a not-for-profit organization is preferred.
· Work experience should: Demonstrate responsibilities for developing and executing communication strategies for social change, democratic reform, or democratic participation; evidence of ability to inspire and manage a diverse team to achieve goals; development and maintenance of mutually beneficial relationships with a broadly diverse group of people or institutions, and demonstrate the ability to network with agents for change; indicate a strong understanding of racial equity and related structural inequities, civic engagement, and/or public policy processes; fund development campaign experience.
More information about Everyday Democracy may be found at www.everyday-democracy.org.
To apply, send your resume and a cover letter (which describes your suitability for the position) by email to:
- Francine Nichols, Director of Administrator, Everyday Democracy, email@example.com
Everyday Democracy believes that one of the great strengths of community is the rich diversity of its residents in race, religion, national origin, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age and physical ability. Everyday Democracy affirms publicly its moral and legal commitment to a policy of equal opportunity employment.
Full benefits health, dental, short and long term disability, 401k
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