1015 15th Street Northwest
District of Columbia
The Ballot Initiative Strategy Center (BISC) is seeking a talented Communications Coordinator who will support efforts to raise the organization’s profile and will work closely in doing so with the Communications Director, Director of Programs, and the Executive Director. This position will be responsible for daily, weekly, and monthly communications to staff, board, funders and external partners and media as well as BISC’s social media content and the website. Additionally, this position will monitor and track ballot initiative and referenda activity across the country and compile media coverage (traditional, new media, and blogs). It will also require data management and evaluation.
BISC is a mission and values-driven organization that recruits and seeks to retain a staff committed to excellence by fostering a work environment that is flexible, fairly- compensated, respectful, and fun.
Location: Washington, DC
Our full-time Communications Coordinator will help us increase impact by doing the following:
- Draft and prepare communications materials including daily news clips, a bi-weekly ballot measure tracker, Website content, press releases, letters, memos, reports, and more, under the supervision of the Communications Director
- Draft weekly and monthly newsletters for internal and external purposes
- Manage the social media channels including: writing posts, scheduling content and managing social media calendar, monitoring conversation, engaging with community members, and gathering insights about channel/community performance
- Monitor ballot measure activity for internal and external purposes
- Work with other staff to research state initiatives and referenda that impact progressive policies and politics
- Work to coordinate outreach communications, media campaigns and online and offline communications, including earned-media outreach and event planning and logistics
- Assist with the planning and execution of BISC’s annual conference
- Supporting other BISC and BISC Foundation projects and activities as needed
Job requirements include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Proven track record: You have solid experience working with new/social media and graphic design software (such as InDesign, Canva, or Gimp); managing Web sites and online communications with CMS systems (ETapestry or similar preferred); you have also built and maintained stakeholder email lists and used digital programs to engage the progressive community.
- Excellent writing skills: Strong writing skills as well as a demonstrated ability to write independently and under tight deadlines needed. You must be able to learn and translate BISC programming into concise communications for a variety of audiences.
- Detail oriented: Extremely organized and able to create and maintain tracking systems and lists.
- Results-driven: Flexible and organized and shows relentless commitment to meeting a high bar and a history of getting things done even in the face of obstacles.
- Effective interpersonal skills: Proven ability to communicate effectively with different personalities to move projects forward.
- Strong time management skills: Proven ability to balance many projects at once and prioritize accordingly.
- Movement Focused: Demonstrated commitment to social, economic, and racial justice; Some familiarity with ballot initiatives and experience working with state-level policy/political organizations, unions, or issue campaigns preferred.
We prefer candidates with at least 3 years of relevant experience.
Salary & Benefits
- $50,000 – 60,000 per year
- 100% Medical insurance for family paid for by employer
- Dental insurance
- Life and Accidental Death and Dismemberment coverage
- Paid vacation
- Sick leave
- Generous 401(k) plan with employer contribution
Submit cover letter, resume, and 2 recent writing samples here. Applicants will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
Ballot-measure campaigns affect everything progressives fight for. Yet, for forty years, well-funded regressive and corporate interests have dominated ballot measures to the detriment of working families, public education, women, the LGBT community, communities of color, immigrants and the poor.
The Ballot Initiative Strategy Center is changing that. BISC strengthens democracy by building a national progressive strategy for ballot measures. In ten years, BISC envisions a future where progressives change the game and use ballot measures as a political and civic engagement tool for victory.
BISC recognizes that ballot measures are a permanent part of the process in the 24 initiative states and that well-crafted measures can be a force for good public policy, civic engagement and infrastructure building.
We strengthen the progressive movement by conducting innovative research, providing technical assistance, hosting convenings, facilitating collaboration, offering strategic advice, conducting campaign assessments and helping funders make the best decisions about allocation of scarce resources.
BISC helps progressives take back the initiative.
BISC’s Stance on Racial Equity
At the Ballot Initiative Strategy Center, we work to transform our country into one that is equitable and just. In our work, we strive to challenge structural racism, and center the people most impacted. BISC works with commitment to racial equity inside our organization in our operations and management processes, and externally through our research, training and organizing work with ballot-measure campaigns, partners and funders.
BISC follows an Equal Employment Opportunity Policy and employs personnel without regard to: race, ethnic or religious background, descent or nationality, sexual orientation, gender (including pregnancy), gender identification, disability, marital status, age, height, weight, or military service. This policy applies to employment, internships, internal promotions, training, opportunities for advancement, terminations, relationships with vendors, use of contractors and consultants and in dealing with the general public.
Level of Language Proficiency
Minimum Education Required