Director of Communications

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Supporting young, diverse progressives to run for office

About Run for Something  
Run for Something recruits and supports young progressives running for down-ballot offices in the United States. Since launching in January 2017, we have recruited more than 80,000 potential political candidates, endorsed over 1,800 and elected more than 600 — and over half of those candidates are women, over half of them are BIPOC, and 21% are LGBTQIA+. Our alumni have meaningfully and intentionally made life better for millions of Americans across the country. We are a high-reaching, hungry team changing the face of politics in America.

The Run for Something network includes Run for Something (a 527 non-federal PAC), Run for Something Action Fund (a 501c4), and Run for Something Civics (a newly launched, non-partisan 501c3).

We highly encourage all job applicants to visit our Careers page to learn about our work environment, values, compensation and benefits policies, interview process, and more.

Position Name: Director of Communications (or Senior Director of Communications for experienced applicants*)
Reporting Structure: This role reports to Co-Executive Director Amanda Litman.
Essential Duties: The primary responsibilities include Communications Program Strategy & Execution (50%) and Management & Leadership (50%).
Job Classification: Full Time, Exempt

Position Summary:
The Director of Communications’ primary role is to strategize and execute the Run for Something network’s communications efforts, which includes earned media, organic social media, and paid advertising across the different entities. The RFS communications department works to lift up and maintain the organization’s brand and awareness, recruit young leaders to consider running for office, amplify the work of RFS PAC-endorsed candidates and alumni, and support all external-facing efforts of the RFS team broadly. In addition, this position supervises two staff members and manages an external vendor.

As a member of the RFS Leadership Team, this position must also contribute, integrate, and hold themselves and their department accountable to the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) goals that Run for Something has established, and actively contribute towards the creation of a diverse, equitable, and inclusive culture.

*We are open to this position as Senior Communications Director for strongly qualified candidates. More information can be found below under Additional Qualifications (for applicants seeking the title of Senior Director of Communications). Salary for the position of Director of Communications is $97,500 and for the Senior Director of Communications is $110,300. See salary information below for more details.

The Director of Communications is a high-level role and leader on the RFS team. They will ensure that many programs, projects, and stakeholders are moving efficiently and effectively toward the key goals:

Strategic planning and execution [50% of time]:
– Develop and execute short-term and long-term communications plans across the RFS network in service of brand awareness, recruitment, and support goals
– Liaise with and manage up to co-executive directors in service of the department’s goals
– Work with communications team and consultants to ensure all outbound communications are aligned and on deadline; support internal and external team members
– Coordinate with other RFS departments to facilitate cross-team projects and internal communication
– Coordinate with external partners around communication efforts

Management and Leadership [50% of time]:
– As a member of the RFS Leadership Team, contribute to organization-wide strategy and initiatives; be an active leader and advocate for RFS’ philosophy, mission, values, culture, and DEI goals throughout the organization
– Continuously evaluate and innovate on communications strategies and tactics; support external communications skills across the organization
– Create and manage annual department budgets
– Manage, mentor, and coach communications team staff (currently, a Senior Digital Communications Manager and a Communications & Special Projects Manager) in line with RFS values and performance management standards to ensure relevant key performance indicators are met; identify and support areas for professional development; advise and direct communications consultants
– Guarantee legal compliance of communications work across entities
– Comfortable with ruthless prioritization of time and projects in service of departmental goals

Key Goals 
– Building out weekly, monthly, and quarterly communications plans that take into account both short-term and long-term campaigns and goals
– Effectively managing and coaching the communications team, RFS leadership, and consultants to accomplish departmental goals
– Setting, pursuing, and evaluating DEI goals for internal and external communications programs (e.g. staff development as well as outbound communications)
– Innovating on known best practices in communications, management, and related work to support the strategic growth of the organization, including expanding the department with new tactics and focuses

– Experience managing a communications team — relevant organizations might include (but are not limited to) a political campaign, 501c3s, 501c4s, and/or media companies
– An understanding of the national political communications landscape
– Experience with both managing the strategy of and direct execution on the various tactics of a communications program (including social media, working with the press, and paid ads)
– Demonstrated ability to work in and contribute to a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment
– Experience managing a departmental budget, ideally one that includes paid media
– Experience managing and developing a staff of direct reports, ideally in a remote environment
– Strong writer, especially in short-form and medium-form content (social media, blog posts, op-eds, video scripts, talking points)
– Comfort with or able to quickly learn platforms like Airtable and Meltwater (or other clips and social media monitoring tools); using and analyzing data to make decisions and tell stories
– Ability to demonstrate Run for Something’s organizational values: Bold & Fearless; Open & Honest; Supportive & Respectful; Progressive & Diverse; Long-term & Strategic.
– Ability to work independently for extended periods of time in a remote environment
– Strong commitment to the Run for Something mission

Additional Qualifications (for applicants seeking the role of Senior Director of Communications) 
– Demonstrated, deep experience in multiple communication functions (i.e. social media, press, paid media, partnerships)
– Experience managing principals
– Experience managing larger, more complex teams
– Past experience serving on an executive leadership team
– At least 5 years of experience in electoral and/or movement work

In order to prioritize the health and safety of our employees, all Run for Something employees are required to provide proof of COVID vaccination. Run for Something will discuss reasonable accommodations with employees who may be unable to receive a vaccine due to disability, the advice of a medical provider, or sincerely held religious beliefs.

We value diversity at Run for Something. We strongly encourage applications from members of marginalized communities who have been disproportionately affected by lack of representation in elected office, including Black, Indigenous, and people of color, women, and the LGBTQIA+ and disabled communities.

Work Environment 
Run for Something is (and always has been and will be) a remote office environment; you will collaborate with colleagues who are based across the United States. You should be prepared to either work from home or a location of your choosing.

This position will require some nights and weekends work.

When it is safe to do so, this position will require attendance at approximately 2 all-staff events per year, which may include overnight travel, pending COVID safety guidance.

Run for Something is not just an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to building teams that reflect the diversity of our candidates, and to building equitable and inclusive environments that fully leverage the skills, potential, and unique perspectives of our employees.

Essential Physical Requirements 
– As this is a remote position, the person in this position must be able to communicate with colleagues and partners via phone, including conference and video calls, as well as written communication such as Slack and email.
– This position requires the ability to work set, core hours, Monday through Friday.
– This position may require travel approximately 5% of the time, pending COVID safety guidelines.
– The position requires the ability to work on a computer for all or part of the work day.
– The position requires the ability to attend events that may encompass all or part of the work day.
– Travel may involve transportation via airplane, car, or trains.

Compensation & Benefits 
Salary for the Communications Director is set at $97,500 and salary for the Senior Communications Director is $110,300. In order to counter pay inequality and uphold internal parity, salaries are non-negotiable for new and current employees. Similarly, there are no title increase negotiations; to qualify for Senior Director, applicants must meet the additional qualifications noted in this job description. Run for Something salary bands for a given staff level are benchmarked to the 75th percentile for our sector, and all new employees are paid at the entry point of those bands. Employees then have the opportunity to progress through current salary bands through annual cost of living increases and performance-based pay increases, and into new salary bands through promotions.

Benefits at Run for Something include: 
– Unlimited Paid Time Off policy
– Platinum Medical Insurance (100% of premium covered for employees; 50% of premium covered for dependents)
– Dental and Vision Insurance (99.9% of premium covered for both employees and dependents)
– Professional Development Stipend
– Treat Yourself Stipend ($500 a year to do something that brings you joy)
– Equipment Stipend
– 401k
– Work from Home Stipend
– Cell Phone/Internet Stipend
– Half Day Fridays (year-round!)
– 12 weeks paid family leave
– Paid Sabbatical (after 3 years of service to RFS)
~ Four weeks in organization-wide holiday closures, including a two-week winter break
– Flexible, remote work environment

To Apply
Apply at this link. We will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis, with priority review given to earlier applications. The deadline for applications is noon ET January 3rd, 2022. Please note that the Run for Something offices are closed from December 20th-January 3rd. Screener interviews will not be scheduled until the week of January 10th.

The target start date for this position is March 15, 2022.

No phone calls, emails, or social media inquiries, please. Due to the volume of applications, we are unable to respond to individual inquiries. We know that applying to jobs is difficult, and we do our best to alert every applicant as to their status in the process. However, be aware that you may not receive a response from us until after the application deadline has passed.

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