Communications Director

06 Nov, 2019

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Communications Director

Americans for Tax Fairness
Washington, DC
POSITION SUMMARY
Americans for Tax Fairness, a national campaign of 425 endorsing organizations active on high-profile federal tax reform issues at the national and state levels, is seeking a very experienced and politically sophisticated Communications Director. A successful candidate should have at least seven years of media experience in issue advocacy, political campaigns, Congress and/or as a reporter. He or she must have strong communications strategy and messaging skills; strong media pitching skills; significant digital communications experience; be a good writer who can communicate about complex tax issues; and be comfortable operating in a fast-paced, campaign-style environment. This is a senior, full-time exempt position that reports directly to the Executive Director. It offers a competitive salary of between $85,000 and $110,000 with full health care and other benefits.
 
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
  • Create and implement a strategic communications plan that can affect the overall narrative on tax issues and influence specific tax issue campaigns.
  • Maintain knowledge of polling on tax issues; help craft the campaign’s message through talking points and other messaging materials.
  • Implement rapid response to breaking stories.
  • Develop relationships with key reporters and pitch stories to national print, radio and television media.
  • Writing and editing of media advisories and releases, op-eds, editorial board memos and reports. Work closely with a part-time writer consultant.
  • Work closely with a Digital Director responsible for e-mail activism, social media and website properties; review digital products for adherence to message best practices, operate the Executive Director’s Twitter and engage media through Twitter outreach.
  • Network with and mobilize communications staff of coalition partners to encourage message discipline, promote partners’ work and respond rapidly to events.
  • Develop and maintain close contacts with communications staff in key Capitol Hill offices.
  • Advise state partners on media strategy and prepare model media materials for events.
  • Maintain up-to-date media lists using Cision.
  • Supervise an assistant’s preparation of daily media clips and media coverage reports to funders.
 
IDEAL QUALIFICATIONS
  • Minimum of seven years progressive leadership experience in communications (issue advocacy, congressional, political campaigns, media organizations).
  • Bachelor of Arts in a relevant field.
  • Significant pitching and media relations experience, preferably including established relations with national media organizations.
  • Considerable experience working with digital media, especially social media; experience with email activism helpful.
  • Good writing and editing skills and attention to details and accuracy.
  • Experience working with state-based groups seeking to generate earned media.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively, work well under pressure, and manage multiple priorities and projects effectively.
  • Familiarity with economic, tax and budget issues very helpful.
 
TO APPLY
Send cover letter and resume to jobs@americansfortaxfairness.org
Subject line: Communications Director
 
Americans for Tax Fairness is a project of New Venture Fund (NVF), a 501(c)(3) public charity that incubates new and innovative public-interest projects and grant-making programs. NVF is committed to attracting, developing and retaining exceptional people, and to creating a work environment that is dynamic, rewarding and enables each of us to realize our potential. NVF’s work environment is safe and open to all employees and partners, respecting the full spectrum of race, color, religious creed, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, political affiliation, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, and all other classifications protected by law in the locality and/or state in which you are working.

Job posted: 2019-11-06