Communications Director (or Manager)

Anywhere in the United States Full-time Allows remote

Vote.org is a fiercely nonpartisan nonprofit startup that uses technology to simplify political engagement, increase voter turnout, and strengthen American democracy. We believe that Americans want to vote, and will vote in higher numbers -- and more consistently -- as voting becomes more convenient. We launched in April of 2016, and have since helped millions of Americans register to vote and cast ballots via a combination of best-in-class technology, and innovative proactive outreach. Most recently, we ran the single largest nonpartisan Get Out The Vote (GOTV) drive in Alabama history.  Our work has the potential to change the outcome of elections by bringing millions more voters into the voting booth.

We’re looking for a Communications Director (or Manager) to develop and run a strategy to make Vote.org as American (and ubiquitous) as apple pie. We’ve got three major programs up and running, each with different needs. 1) A massive voter turnout programs and the controlled experiments we run to assess their impact 2) A legal program around electronic signatures and 3) A campaign to encourage companies to give their employees paid time off on Election Day (ElectionDay.org). Each of these is chock full of excellent communications opportunities.

We’re looking for a strategic, tenacious, creative, inspired, detail-oriented, communications professional to tell the story of these programs to key audiences. It’s a great opportunity to build a communications program from the ground up at a startup non-profit organization with an amazing brand.

You’ll also have the opportunity to do some exciting partnership work to get us in front of big audiences by working with publishers, distributors, and celebrities.

Vote.org is deeply committed to diversity. We strongly encourage women, people of color, first-generation Americans, new parents, single parents, people with disabilities, and members of the queer community to apply.

 

You’ll thrive in this role if:

  • You’re a creative strategist, but you also love getting your hands dirty and executing on a strategy.
  • You’re an obsessive and varied media consumer, and you have a great sense of the news cycle and how an organization can stand out.
  • You’re excited by the idea of working with a loud and proud female founder on thought leadership and captivating a media audience.
  • You’re a systems person. You’re ready to impose order on what has been a gentle sort of chaos.
  • You’re excited by startup culture and non-traditional non-profit organizations.
  • You love to write, and prefer to do so on a daily basis.
  • You’re high impact, low-ego, and kind to yourself and others.


Key Responsibilities:

Strategy

  • Develop and execute on earned media strategies for our core program areas and organization.
  • Develop a thought leadership program to secure critical speaking engagements, guest columns, and other opportunities for Vote.org’s Founder.
  • Develop and execute on our public communications strategy which will include items like our annual impact reports, our public facing website, social media, and communicating regularly with key audiences.
  • Manage teams of consultants working to support this communications role such as email and mobile strategists, graphic designers, and PR professionals.
  • Develop systems for tracking and reporting on our impact.

Earned media

  • Cultivate excellent relationships with reporters, editors, and producers that result in extensive coverage.
  • Write and edit excellent materials for press: opeds, press releases, talking points, issue statements.
  • Plan and manage media-facing events.

Partnerships

  • Cultivate relationships with media distributors, publishers, and celebrities.
  • Pursue opportunities to get Vote.org’s story and/or civic engagement tools in front of large audiences.

 

Required skills and experience:

  • At least 5 years of experience in relevant communications roles.
  • Creative strategist with demonstrated experience getting your hands dirty with execution.
  • Demonstrated success building relationships with journalists and generating extensive earned media coverage.
  • Superior writing, oral communication, and research skills.
  • Organized, attention to detail, and ability to switch between contexts easily.

 

Bonus skills:
And we’re hoping you bring 2-3 of these bonus skills to our team (possibly more):

  • You have a diversity of experience in the field. Maybe you’ve been with both an agency and a non-profit organization. Or maybe you’ve worked in both the corporate and non-profit worlds.
  • You’ve got existing relationships with reporters, editors, and producers that you can bring with you to Vote.org.
  • You’ve done media partnership work before and have relationships with media distributors and publishers.
  • You’ve done celebrity engagement work before and have relationships you can leverage.
  • You’re familiar with voting related issues, organizations in the space, how they position themselves, and media outlets that tend to cover these issues and organizations.
  • You’ve run campaigns with an organization and understand how to move a set of issues forward.
  • You’re up to date and conversant on the technical pieces of the job, everything from tracking and monitoring to digital communications and social media.
  • You’ve worked on a small team (10 or fewer people).
  • You’ve worked remotely.

 

Some of the benefits of working for Vote.org:

  • High impact, meaningful work. 2018 often feels like a kick in the teeth. Working at Vote.org is an antidote to this feeling.
  • Short commute. We all work from home, and it is just the best. Live and work wherever you’d like as long as it’s in the United States, and you can get to a major airport when needed.
  • Flexible work schedule. Need to take 3-5pm off every day to hang out with your kids after school? No problem.
  • Excellent health benefits. Fully covered health, dental and vision for the employee, and generous coverage for your children.
  • Generous time off.  3-5 weeks of mandatory vacation, 12 paid holidays, and we all take the week between Christmas and New Years off.
  • Retirement accounts. We offer both a 401(k) and a Roth 401(k) since we want you to retire one day.
  • Awesome slack channels. Including #pets, #politics, and #OMG-WTF-LOL.

 

Salary and Title:

Ideally we’re looking for a director level candidate, but we’re open to hiring the right person at a manager level. For a manager we’re looking for 5+ years of experience and will pay between $80K and $95K. For director level, we are looking for a minimum of 8 years experience, with at least 3 as a director, and we will pay between $100K to $115K. These salary ranges are for applicants in the Bay Area, New York, and DC markets. Salary will be adjusted based on cost of living for other markets.

 

To Apply:

Submit at application via Recruiterbox. You’ll need a resume and the ability to answer a handful of short questions in lieu of a cover letter.  We may process a round of early applications first, and we will close applications if we fill the position early. Applications officially close on May 25, 2018.

Vote.org is deeply committed to diversity. We strongly encourage women, people of color, first-generation Americans, new parents, single parents, people with disabilities, and members of the queer community to apply.

Vote.org is an equal opportunity employer.  This means that we don't discriminate against people because of their race, ethnicity, sex, age, religion, national origin, marital status, pregnancy, personal appearance, veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, family responsibilities, matriculation, genetic information, or political affiliation.