Communications Director

20 Jul, 2020

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Communications Director

Everytown for Gun Safety
New York, NY/Washington, DC

Moms Demand Action and Students Demand Action are the grassroots networks of the nation’s largest gun violence prevention group, Everytown for Gun Safety. Since its founding by Shannon Watts in 2012 Moms Demand Action has grown into the nation’s largest grassroots group, and their red t-shirts have become a ubiquitous presence everywhere from state capitols to political rallies.  Students Demand Action, which began in 2016, is the largest student group in the country fighting gun violence, and has nearly 400 local chapters. Together, Moms Demand Action and Students Demand Action are essential forces in our work to stop gun violence, and will play a huge role in this year’s elections.

With all that in mind, Everytown is looking for a communications pro to continue to build the profile of its grassroots networks and of its founder.  The person in this position would report to Everytown’s Chief of Public Affairs and have the following responsibilities:

  • Develop and implement creative communication strategies aimed at:
    • Showcasing our wins and building the message that this fight is not only winnable, but we’re making significant progress on gun safety
    • Building a strong, consistent and aggressive narrative to frame the debate over gun violence prevention, shine a light on opponents of common sense gun laws, and gain the attention of Americans in an increasingly cluttered and competitive media environment
    • Growing the national profile of the organization and its founder by communicating the organization’s core messages, volunteer actions and voices, and achievements to a broad and diverse audience of policymakers, press, volunteers and influencers
    • Supporting the organization’s goals and priorities in politics, legislation, development and member engagement
  • Provide communications and political advice and guidance to senior staff
  • Identify compelling stories and narratives that can be shared with media and our supporters.
  • In coordination with polling experts, develop innovative and effective messaging, including the development of talking points for the group’s leadership, volunteers, internal and external stakeholders, legislators and national partners
  • Work with the Everytown digital team to amplify our messaging and boost engagement by leveraging the power and reach of Everytown, Moms Demand Action and Students Demand Action’s digital channels
  • Build and maintain trusted relationships with members of the media and political influencers to advance the organization’s strategies
  • Work closely with key staff in other departments to align goals, strategies and tactics across the organization and ensure that new messaging and updated research is shared internally and incorporated into all external communications
  • Manage small department staff, identify and define staffing needs, and oversee the hiring process

Position Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university (or equivalent educational/life experience)
  • A minimum of 7years designing and implementing creative communications strategies
  • Political experience, including electoral, issue campaign experience, government, advocacy organization, or other related work
  • Experience working with high profile principles
  • Experience leading the development and execution of sophisticated media plans
  • Deep fluency in traditional and digital media tools and tactics
  • Strong planning and organizational skills, including the ability to manage competing priorities in a timely manner and keep track of a variety of projects
  • Proven ability to thrive in a fast-paced, 24/7 organization
  • Proven ability to build and maintain relationships with a wide variety of stakeholders
  • Strong existing relationships with the media and political influencers
  • Experience hiring and managing staff
  • Experience creating and managing budgets
  • Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Ability to inspire confidence of others with personal authority, leadership skills and a collaborative work style

 

Everytown for Gun Safety provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws.

Candidates who identify as members of historically underrepresented groups are highly encouraged to apply. A diverse workforce and open culture are at the heart of our organization and vital to our success.

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Job posted: 2020-07-20