Make the Road Nevada (MRNV), a 501(c)(3) organization holds a vision for Nevada that begins with building a strong grassroots foundation in Las Vegas and it ends with elevating the power of
working-class immigrant communities in every community around the state. We do this by informing, empowering, and mobilizing our community to take action on important issues that directly affect their families and loved ones.
Make the Road Action (MRA-NV), a 501(c)(4) organization is committed to building power for justice in immigrant and low-income working-class communities of color. MRA operates in five states - New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Nevada, and Pennsylvania. We work to create social change, connect voters to the candidates and issues that are most important to them, and work hands-on in a fast-paced environment to create long-term impact in the communities that need it most.
Make the Road States (MRstates), a 501(c)(3) organization is the national home for the second-generation Make the Road family of organizations that serves to uplift the voices of working-class, immigrants, women, LGBTQIA people, and people of color.
The Communication Director (CD) must be able to create powerful, clear, and strategic messages and disseminate them effectively using a wide range of communications tools and technology. This role requires being flexible, self motivated to work independently, able to take initiative, and also skillful at working collaboratively with the departments and coalitions. CD ensures that communication and digital messaging aligns with the organization's mission and values and is able to navigate crisis communications.
Key responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Represent MRNV/MRA with coalition partners and allied organizations.
- Supervise, develop and implement campaign strategy and plans on a week-to-week basis with communications and digital staff and interns which may also include covering actions, rallies, press conferences and other organizational activities.
- Directly responsible for supervising and guiding the work of the digital/comms team across the state.
- Serve as the lead organizational point for writing and editing press releases, opinion pieces, and other materials for news media/public dissemination.
- Work in conjunction with the organization’s Senior Leadership Team to produce campaign materials including write ups, reports, and summaries.
- Working in partnership with the MRS national Communications team in cultivating and maintaining relationships with key reporters, editors, and producers locally and nationally.
- Responding to news media inquiries and requests, this may include being the individual who will be responsible for representing the organization on-camera in these interview requests.
- Working with the comms/digital team in planning, managing, and creating social media and website content including shooting and curating photos.
- Planning and executing press conferences and other media events, providing direct in-person support as well as remote support when appropriate (press requests in other parts of Nevada).
- Developing and pitching stories to tv, radio, print, and digital news media outlets in Spanish and English.
- Training MRNV spokespeople for public hearings, press conferences, interviews, and other public speaking opportunities.
- Work effectively with the MRNV/MRA/MRS to coordinate strategies, identify opportunities and advance our policy agenda to build power for our members and working Nevadans.
- Help develop and maintain relationships with allied organizations and individuals.
- Developing and writing strategic messages and communications for campaigns and programs, including web content, newsletters, social media posts, speeches, and public statements.
- Creating materials for internal and external use by coalition teams, such as talking points, fact sheets, brochures, flyers, PowerPoint presentations, etc. by expected time frame.
- Record and report metrics as part of individual work plans, campaign plans and organizational goals.
- Support in funding proposal reports and manage grant deliverables by expected due dates set forth by the grant agreement.
- Eligible to work in the U.S
- Required to be fully vaccinated with an FDA approved COVID-19 vaccine prior first day of employment
- At least 3-5 years of experience doing communications and media work for advocacy campaigns or other organizations.
- Minimum of 1-3 years of experience managing budgets and a staff.
- Demonstrated ability to develop and implement strategic communications plans, craft messages, and produce clear, compelling materials.
- Deep commitment to social and economic justice issues, as well as to building power for working families.
- Experience with websites, social media, and emerging media platforms, and understanding of communications technology trends.
- Familiarity with media outreach and the news industry overall.
- Ability to problem-solve and generate ideas, and to do so under deadline pressure while maintaining good humor.
- Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively as part of a team and also to work independently, with the self-motivation to produce excellent work on time.
- Ability to anticipate needs and plan accordingly, coordinate complex activities, prioritize conflicting demands, and meet deadlines with minimal supervision.
- General knowledge of Nevada politics.
- Bilingual Spanish/English fluency (written and verbal) a plus.
- Team-building skills
- Decision-making skills
- Effective verbal and listening communication skills
- Attention to detail and high level of accuracy
- Time management skills
- Proficiency in GSuites Programs, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
- A high level of emotional intelligence and the ability to use that intelligence to appropriately adapt to the organization’s needs
- Project/Task and Goals Focus
- Empathetic Outlook
- Excellent written and verbal communication
Salary and Benefits:
Starting salary is based on a scale set by a democratically-elected personnel committee and will depend on factors such as experience and education. MRStates offers an excellent benefit package including health insurance, 401K, and generous paid vacation, sick, personal days. The salary range for this position is from 67,000 - $74,000.
How to Apply:
Please attach cover letter/resume and submit all documents to the Make the Road States Career Center
MRStates is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to a diverse staff. Women, LGBTQ, people with disabilities and people of color strongly encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will be afforded equal employment opportunities without discrimination because of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, age, genetic information, disability or marital status.