MoveOn is a people-powered force for progress. We wield independent political power by bringing millions together to take action and mobilize for a just society where everyone can thrive. We are the homebase for millions of people who refuse to accept the status quo and are moved to take action for progressive change. For more than a generation, MoveOn has been a bulwark against the radical right, channeling our voices to end wars, protect democracy, and advance justice for all.
As the Chief Communications Officer, your job will be to serve as MoveOn’s senior communications strategist and help to shepherd our organization’s influential voice as millions of MoveOn members campaign and organize for progress. You will be responsible for the overall brand and communications strategy of the organization, including the profile leadership of the Executive Director. Currently the CCO leads a team of about a dozen staff plus several consultants and vendors. As the CCO, you’ll be responsible for nurturing a growing communications department and strengthening collaboration across the organization. You’ll oversee and support this team to ensure we strategically drive media relations and social media and content strategies in support of our campaigns, brand and organizational priorities. You will also advise on broader political and organizational strategy and drive crisis communications as necessary.
The CCO reports to the Executive Director and is a key member of the senior management team. They are a key strategic partner to our Chief of Program, as well as to all senior managers within the organization.
- Oversee, develop and implement the organization’s brand and organizational reputation marketing strategy, including but not limited to leveraging and supporting the profile development of MoveOn’s Executive Director. Work across multiple departments to implement brand strategy in support of the broader organizational goals.
- In partnership with key internal stakeholders and in collaboration with multiple departments across the organization, develop and implement the organization’s overall communications strategy and narrative framework. Relatedly, oversee, guide and support the media & messaging team’s execution of messaging and the content & engagement team’s execution of content and social media strategy to advance MoveOn’s campaigns and elevate the organizational brand and narrative.
- As a member of the senior leadership team and a key partner to the Chief of Program, inform and consult on the overall programmatic priorities of the organization and help infuse strategic communications insights into individual campaigns.
- Continue to develop, manage and support a growing team, budget and portfolio encompassing print and broadcast media, social media, content strategy and creation and more—to ensure our communications across channels are effective and carry consistent messages that help win campaigns and build our brand.
- Oversee the management of organizational risks in the communications realm — including, but not limited to, ensuring MoveOn has sufficient crisis comms support, that we employ adequate quality control on our products, and that we continuously are working to strengthen and protect our brand.
- Oversee, help build and resource processes, practices and capacities that help ensure our various communication streams adequately elevate the voices of MoveOn members whenever possible to demonstrate what grassroots action looks like and show our collective people power at work.
- Stay current on the state of our politics, regularly monitoring the news and political developments to identify rapid-response opportunities and other interventions to advance our programmatic mission and organizational strength.
- Oversee and ensure the sound management of MoveOn’s public presence — including the website, logo, conference presence and more, in consultation with other teams.
- Be available for evening and weekend work and occasional travel as the need arises.
A successful candidate will…
- Be an effective leader and collaborator who also is able to do and not just direct the work, who is willing to make hard decisions, and who leads grounded in our mission and a sense of possibility.
- Be an organizational change agent – has a natural ability and interest in leading within changing organizations, can inspire team members to continuously grow and support a changing organization, has a teaching approach to the work, and has built some resiliency practice to help navigate the challenges required to drive organizational change.
- Be able to manage a plethora of incoming requests in a fast paced environment, move nimbly to navigate and drive prioritization and decision-making in collaboration with numerous stakeholders, and committed to transparent and timely communication to ensure everyone is on the same page.
- Must be able to thrive in a remote working environment with staff living throughout the entire country.
- Be able to self analyze and reflect on your own work and how you show up, as well as listen and take in feedback to grow and strengthen your own leadership.
- Must be able to navigate and engage in healthy disagreement and facilitate team and cross-department collaboration challenges.
Have relevant experience and expertise
- Have a deep understanding of how the news media works, what drives stories, what breaks through, where and how and ability to craft messages and media tactics that get stories. Will be aggressive, creative and have a proven track record of garnering media attention, and ideally existing relationships with the press.
- Have substantial communications expertise: knows how ideas flow in society, which communications channels reach which audiences, how media and information environments are structured and evolving, and how to make messages carry in ways that matter. You have practical skills and abilities in media relations and/or earned media, as well as one of the following areas:crisis communications, social media, creative content production, and/or brand management.
- Fast and compelling writer: You know how to create compelling narratives and messages that connect with and move audiences.
Be values aligned
- Be committed to centering members and member voices in the work of the organization as well as maintaining trust and credibility with various audiences.
- Value equity and demonstrate competence communicating about identity and equity: possesses a sophisticated understanding of the structures through which race, gender, class, sexual orientation, religion, ability, and other axes of identity function to unjustly distribute power and oppress some in our society, be committed to lifting up the voices and leadership of those on the front lines, and practice ongoing learning and development of your knowledge and perspective in this area.
- Move quickly and be nimble: MoveOn is a rapid response organization at its core. To be successful here you must be able and excited to move rapidly to capture the media moment. You regularly scan the news and political environments, and you are skilled at identifying opportunities to intervene in them to advance your goals. You are creative in coming up with outside-the-box ideas that can draw attention and carry a message.
- Be aligned with MoveOn’s vision of a country and world where everyone can thrive, and with our digital-first approach that includes rapid-response campaigning and organizing and empowering grassroots activists to make change.
Required skills and experience
- At least 7 years of experience doing communications work in the fields of media relations, earned media, or crisis comms and at least 2 years experience with brand management, social media, and/or content development.
- At least 5 years of experience in political, advocacy, campaign, or progressive movement roles and have a deep understanding of politics and media and have excellent political strategic judgment. Preference for experience in electoral campaigns or other rapid-response high pressure environments.
- At least 7 years of management experience, at least 2 years in a senior leadership role.
- Experience using multi-faceted communications to drive your message: earned, paid, social, and digital media, along with content production and other creative tactics.
- Experience leading in high pressure environments, including making informed but difficult decisions and bringing stakeholders along with you
- Have an established track record of impact: Your work will have already played a significant role in brand building, affecting public discourse, winning advocacy or electoral efforts, and/or bringing about progress.
- Excellent communications skills, at the individual and organizational level: You are a compelling and expedient writer, editor, and oral communicator in various mediums and formats with an intuitive sense of the content that will travel and resonate.
Reports to: Executive Director
Location: Position may be based anywhere in the contiguous United States. May require occasional travel.
Classification, Salary, and Benefits: At MoveOn, we commit to equity in our compensation philosophy and practices. We are committed to equal pay for equal work. To counter systemic compensation issues in this country and pay inequality, we have a non-negotiable compensation practice. We utilize benchmarking and peer organization data to ensure we provide competitive nonprofit compensation and benefits. The annual salary for this position is $190,000. In addition to the base salary, we offer a monthly home office subsidy. We also offer an internet and phone subsidy of $2,100 annually and a health and wellness subsidy of $900 annually. All of these cash benefits are added to your bimonthly paycheck. We offer strong medical, dental, and vision benefits, which are free to employees and children of employees (spouses or domestic partners can be added at a subsidized rate). We offer employer-paid premiums for life insurance; four weeks accrued paid vacation time per year, prorated for the period that you work; 18 weeks of paid parental leave (birth, adoption, foster care placement of a child), 10 days accrued paid sick time prorated for the period that you work; paid family medical leave; and 8 staff holidays and 6 floating holidays. We contribute 5% to your 401(k) after six months of employment. We also offer $1,000 in professional development budget each year for each staff member.
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