Strategic Communications Director

By |2023-01-22T18:26:12-05:00January 22nd, 2023|

Website workingwa Working Washington

ABOUT WORKING WASHINGTON: 

Working Washington is a national leader in new forms of worker organizing and shifting the debate about economic justice and building an economy that puts workers first. Along with our partner organization, Fair Work Center, we build worker power through education, organizing, and enforcement. We currently lead innovative campaigns organizing delivery workers in the gig economy, enforcing Seattle’s domestic worker bill of rights, and making Washington’s workplace laws among the best in the country. We are building a statewide base of workers who will continue to drive our future campaigns to reduce income inequality, center the needs of immigrant workers and workers of color, and shift the balance of power back to working people.

ABOUT THE ROLE:

We seek a creative experienced communicator to provide strategic vision and direction for our work shifting the narrative around work, workers, and our economy. We are looking for someone with a mastery of persuasive communications across a variety of target audiences and media platforms, and who is a strong leader and confident spokesperson. They should have a sharp understanding of political debates and the narrative on the economy and strong ability to articulate worker-centered alternatives and the intersection between racial and economic justice.

The ideal person in this role will work fluidly across teams in the organization, collaborating on messaging and content development to support our base building, campaigns, enforcement and fundraising teams, while amplifying worker stories and voices throughout. In addition to this role, we are also hiring for a Strategic Communications Specialist that this position will directly supervise. Whenever possible, a racial equity lens should be applied to each responsibility under each section below.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

Staff Coaching and Development 

  • Directly supervise one communications staffer, ensuring they have consistent work plans, feedback, and coaching to succeed in their role, and support training and mentoring of staff throughout the organization, ensuring that they can integrate organization’s communications strategy and priorities into their work

Organizational Voice and Brand 

  • Provide strategic direction over digital communications to support our campaigns with emails, action alerts, and other communications efforts to win and enforce new workplace rights statewide
  • Lead the ongoing work to refine and strengthen our organizational voice and brand
  • Represent the organization and provide strategic communications support to coalitions in which we are active

Strategic Communications & Storytelling

  • Manage and help execute an annual communications plan to advance our organizing, enforcement, campaign, and development work across a wide range of mediums (earned media, talking points, email, social media, video, surveys, action alerts, and more)
  • Train staff to coach worker leaders to share their experiences with other workers, elected officials, media, and social media
  • Develop new ways to challenge the dominant narrative around work and income inequality through worker voices and storytelling

Social Media & Digital Communications

  • Develop, grow, and manage social media strategy to support worker stories, organizational voice, and support for various organizing campaigns

Media Relations

  • Serve as organizational spokesperson on specific actions and events where neither organizational leadership nor worker leaders are appropriate voices
  • Oversee staff management of media relationships, including pitches, story placement, and responses to media inquiries
  • Maintain and grow network of relationships with local and national media to expand earned media

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS 

  • Mastery of core communications functions demonstrated ability to develop compelling narrative and use storytelling for movement building and change
  • Demonstrated experience working with politically underrepresented and historically marginalized communities, and training and supporting workers as spokespeople
  • Strong project management skills and ability to track multiple deadlines and priorities
  • Enjoy collaborating on new/emerging projects, and able to thoughtfully communicate and discuss ideas as well as proactively ask for help
  • Prior experience managing a team and/or supervising and coaching staff

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Prior experience working in community or labor organizing or campaign settings
  • Working knowledge of the state’s political landscape, including basic mechanics of state and local governance and legislative processes
  • Lead the ongoing work to refine and strengthen our organizational voice and brand
  • Possess an understanding of digital organizing strategies
  • Experience supporting fundraising for both 501(c)3 and 501(c)4 organizations
  • Knowledge of national political and worker organizing landscape
  • Professional proficiency in a second language, preferably Spanish

OTHER INFORMATION 

Salary & Benefits: This is a management position with the anticipated salary range being between $85,000 – $100,000, depending on relevant experience. We provide a generous benefits package, including exceptional medical, dental, and vision care, 5% employer 401k contribution, substantial holidays, vacation and sick leave, and an ORCA card for employees in the Puget Sound area.

Location: This is a salaried overtime exempt position that we anticipate being based in our Seattle office, though we are open to candidates who may primarily work out of our Yakima office. We are a hybrid workplace and expect this role will have a combination of in person work and work that can be performed remotely.  It may require occasional evening and weekend work and occasional travel throughout the state.

How to Apply: Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to jobs@workingwa.org with the applicant’s last name and “Communications Director” in the subject line. In your cover letter, let us know why you’re interested in this role and which skills you believe will make you successful in it. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and we will accept applications until the position is filled.

Commitment to Equity: Working Washington is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We strongly encourage people from communities most negatively affected by historical and ongoing inequity to apply, such as: people of color, immigrants, women, lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, trans, and gender non-conforming people, and people with disabilities. We seek candidates whose lived experiences reflect the lived experiences of the workers we support. If you need disability, language or other accommodation in the application process, please contact Zhi Chen at zhi@workingwa.org.

To apply for this job email your details to jobs@workingwa.org

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