Communications Manager

Anywhere in the US | Communications Department | Full-time | Fully remote

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Vote.org is hiring a Communications Manager to develop and run a strategy that will help us permanently increase voter turnout in the United States of America.

Company description

Vote.org is a 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 2016, and have since helped millions of Americans register to vote and cast ballots through a combination of best-in-class technology and innovative outreach. Our work has the potential to change the outcome of elections by bringing millions more voters to the voting booth.  

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

 

Job Description

The Communications Manager develops and executes Vote.org's media and messaging strategies. They are responsible for raising awareness about voting rights, civic engagement, and brand recognition for Vote.org, our CEO, and partners. This position manages the organization’s media relations, messaging strategy, and brand communications. The ideal candidate is media savvy, connected, and stays up-to-date on current events, government, tech, pop culture, and social issues. This individual is highly organized with strong writing and interpersonal skills.

 

Specific Duties:

  • Develops Vote.org’s media strategy and advises on digital campaigns and public relations for programs, partnerships, and fundraising.
  • Manages media relations, handles incoming requests, and proactively pitches a range of journalists on all aspects of Vote.org’s work
  • Maintains relationships with and serves as the main point of contact for journalists, producers, editors, and bookers.
  • Secures speaking engagements, guest columns, interviews, and other opportunities for Vote.org’s CEO.
  • Prepares briefing materials for interviews and other interactions with journalists.
  • Drafts talking points, speeches, op-eds, and other materials related to CEO or staff member’s media work and public appearances.
  • Provides logistics, staffing support, and basic media training to CEO and staff for interviews, speaking engagements, and other appearances.
  • Develops and maintains media kits.
  • Pitches CEO, staff, and team projects for reputable awards and annual lists at major publications.
  • Reviews communications elements of Vote.org’s partnership agreements, including external branding, photo usage, and messaging plans.
  • Manages media monitoring, tracking, and maintaining media contact database. 
  • Produces an annual media report to inform Vote.org’s staff and board of directors on brand awareness and coverage of our work.
  • Works with the partnerships department to cultivate relationships with media distributors, publishers, and influencers.
  • Contributes to Vote.org’s overall creative development and collaborates with colleagues on campaigns and other organizational initiatives.
  • Handles other duties as assigned.

 

Required skills and experience:

  • At least six to eight years experience managing media relations.
  • Ability to develop media strategy and effective storylines.
  • Strong editorial and creative copywriting skills that show a point of view; experience writing issue press releases, talking points, op-eds, personal essays, and speeches. 
  • Holds contacts with journalists from previous work.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and handle multiple projects and requests simultaneously.
  • Excellent judgement, leadership, and decision-making skills.
  • Self-starter who takes initiative and can run their own projects.
  • Media savvy and stays up-to-date on current events, politics, tech, pop culture, and social justice issues.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, demonstrated relationship management experience.
  • Ability to maintain composure and confidence in dealing with challenging or shifting situations.

 

Bonus skills:
We’re hoping you bring 2-3 of these bonus skills to our team: 

 

  • You have a diversity of experience in the field. Maybe you’ve been with both an agency and a nonprofit organization. Or maybe you’ve worked in both the corporate and nonprofit 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’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 (15 or fewer people).
  • You’ve worked remotely.

 

Vote.org offers a competitive salary and a strong benefits package. The salary range for this position is $85,000 to $100,000 depending on experience.

 

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.