Communications Director

24 May, 2021


Communications Director

Partnership for Working Families

Ideally from a Partnership affiliate city or Washington, DC.  Affiliate cities are Phoenix, Ventura, San Diego, Oakland, Los Angeles, Garden Grove, CA, Ontario, CA, San Jose, Denver, Hartford, Atlanta, Chicago, Boston, Detroit, Minneapolis, New York, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Nashville, Seattle, or Milwaukee

Position Summary

The Partnership for Working Families (Partnership) is seeking an experienced Communications Director who will be responsible for developing, driving, and evaluating strategic campaign and organizational communications. The Communications Director will work with the Partnership’s Campaign Directors to shape winning messages and media strategies for groundbreaking national campaigns to win community-controlled infrastructure that advances racial, economic, climate and gender justice.  The Communications Director will also collaborate with both the Executive and Deputy Directors to shape and elevate the organization’s national brand. This is an exciting opportunity as the Partnership is completing a rebrand and new website scheduled to be launched in July 2021.  

The ideal candidate will have a deep commitment to social, racial, economic, and environmental justice and know how to activate communications strategies for bigger campaign wins that improve the lives of working families. A minimum of 5-10 years of communications experience, preferably in an “in-house” communications leadership role within a national grassroots movement organization. Demonstrated success in providing communications in high profile, groundbreaking campaigns is required.  While this position is a leadership role, we are looking for a prolific and skillful writer who can meet the moment when breaking stories and crises emerge that are relevant to the Partnership’s work.

The Communications Director is a full time, exempt position, and reports to the Deputy Director.  The Communications Director will supervise the Communications Manager and two communications vendors. This position can be fully remote, with travel required to headquarters and regional locations to showcase our work.


  • Design and implement a comprehensive communications strategy that elevates the profile of the Partnership and its accomplishments to key audiences.
  • Develop and execute effective messaging and framing strategies that will advance campaign goals and help achieve bigger wins.  
  • Develop and design materials, printed and digital, which elevate the Partnership’s voice and credibility for our campaigns and aid efforts to raise funds for the network.
  • Generate strategic media coverage for the Partnership and its affiliates.
  • Evaluate and improve the effectiveness of our digital and earned media strategy with the production of regular reports on the level of engagement with each medium.
  • Develop strategic campaign or organizationally driven strategies for managing our website and social media presence.
  • Develop and manage content on our website and social media accounts.
  • Supervision of communications staff and vendors.
  • Build the capacity of Partnership staff, affiliates, and allies to serve as national spokespersons and thought leaders.
  • Participate in weekly staff meetings, internal training, mandatory all staff meetings, and organization and program planning and evaluation.
  • Maintain personal organization systems, adhering to organizational policies.
  • Complete reimbursements, credit card, and lobbying reports.
  • All other duties as assigned by the Executive Director or Deputy Director.


  • 5-10 years of experience using communications as a tool to build leverage and power needed to win groundbreaking campaigns.
  • Experience managing and refining organizational branding and institutional communications.
  • Ability to collaborate and share decision making with a range of stakeholders including staff, affiliates, and allies.
  • Demonstrated commitment to social, racial, economic, and environmental justice.
  • Impeccable writing and editing skills and experience producing communications materials of different scale from long term projects to rapid turnaround requests.
  • Excellent project management skills with the ability to keep long- and short-term projects moving at the same time.
  • Experience training and building the capacity of other communicators and spokespeople.
  • Experience designing and developing high quality content for print and social media.
  • Experience managing and growing email lists and databases such as EveryAction, Cision.
  • Proven ability to develop and manage diverse relationships among campaign partners and vendors while crafting unifying communications strategy and messaging.
  • Demonstrated ability to supervise, manage and drive the organization’s communications plan.
  • BA in public policy, journalism, communication or related field or equivalent professional experience.
  • Ability to travel required.
  • The position will ideally be located in a city in which one of the Partnership’s 20 affiliates is located, but we will consider exceptional candidates who are located in other cities and major media markets. Affiliate cities include: Phoenix, Ventura, San Diego, Oakland, Los Angeles, Garden Grove, CA, Ontario, CA, San Jose, Denver, Hartford, Atlanta, Chicago, Boston, Detroit, Minneapolis, New York, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Nashville, Seattle, or Milwaukee.

Compensation and Benefits

  • Competitive Salary $85,000 – $95,00 annually.
  • 401(k) with 5% employer contribution.
  • 100% of health, dental, and vision premiums for employees and their family members (spouse/domestic partner and children). 
  • Life insurance for employees.
  • Flexible Spending Account: Employees may contribute up to $5,000 a year for childcare expenses and up to $2,500 a year for medical expenses (no employer contribution).
  • Two weeks (12 days) vacation increasing with tenure up to 20 days .
  • 12 days of sick leave per year.

Apply Online

Click here to submit  letter of interest, and resume and a link to a cloud folder with the following samples of your work that demonstrate your ability to use communications in a strategic context:

  • A writing sample of no more than 5 pages,
  • Earned media which the applicant successfully placed on behalf of a previous employer or volunteer effort, and
  • An example of the applicant’s successful use of social media on behalf of a campaign.

The Partnership for Working Families is a national network that is organizing to create quality jobs and healthy, thriving communities in major cities across the country. Together with our 20 affiliates, the Partnership is driving a progressive agenda to harness the economic power of cities and influence billions of dollars in public and private investment. Our powerful coalitions of community groups, labor unions, faith networks and environmental organizations are tackling the crises of inequality and climate change that are disproportionately impacting low-income communities of color and women.


The Partnership for Working Families is an equal opportunity employer and committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. We strongly encourage and seek applications from women, people of color, including bilingual and bicultural individuals, as well as members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities. We do not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, age, disability, or veteran status

Job posted: 2021-05-24