Communications Director

14 May, 2021

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Communications Director

FreeFrom
Los Angeles, CA

ABOUT FREEFROM:

FreeFrom is a national organization, based in Los Angeles and founded in 2016, whose mission is to dismantle the nexus between intimate partner violence and financial insecurity. FreeFrom believes that intimate partner violence is a systemic problem in our society which we are severely lacking the infrastructure to address. We believe in the creativity, resourcefulness, and power that each survivor has to achieve financial independence and to build communities that support individual, intergenerational, and collective healing. FreeFrom’s work is to create that infrastructure, by:

  • growing the financial capacity of the anti-violence movement;
  • building tech resources for survivors;
  • creating peer networks that foster survivors’ collective power;
  • changing existing laws and advocating for the passage of new, survivor-centered laws at the state and federal level;
  • expanding the data and research that exists to support the field;
  • and bringing in employers, banks, and other institutions as part of the ecosystem working to support survivors’ financial security and safety.

Visit our website to learn more about FreeFrom – www.freefrom.org

FREEFROM’S WORK CULTURE:

 FreeFrom is a team of survivors, and we each bring our unique personal experiences to the work we do. We are a proudly queer, feminist, and people of color-led organization. When we build products and innovate, we do so for our own communities.

At FreeFrom, we are already modeling the types of comprehensive support we are setting out to achieve through this work. We are committed to the financial security of survivors by paying all staff living-wage salaries, providing flexible work schedules, offering financial coaching and a savings matching program, designing survivor-informed practices, and actively engaging staff in the development of new policies and best practices. Starting from within, we are building an ecosystem of support rooted in respect for the wisdom of survivors who always know best what we need and how to innovate solutions to meet those needs.

FreeFrom is also a team of nimble innovators. We intentionally cultivate a spirit of creativity and experimentation in our work, understanding that we must be willing to try new approaches and apply new frameworks in order to solve a systemic problem like IPV.

On a typical FreeFrom work day, you can find us: sharing our wins, challenges, and ideas for innovation; wearing stuffed animal slippers; talking astrology, art, literature, movies, healing, new research, and feel-good things; taking breaks to hang out with the kids who have come to work with their parents; sharing ways to prioritize self-care; testing tech, client products, and theories; and collaborating on exciting projects.

About the Position

FreeFrom is looking for a deeply committed, dynamic, and innovative Director of Communications to join our team. This individual will work closely with the CEO to develop and implement comprehensive communications strategies to build national awareness of FreeFrom’s work, activities and events.

The ideal candidate for this position is an individual who is highly organized, detail-oriented and loves to work collaboratively.

Responsibilities

  • Work with our team to develop the communications goals for FreeFrom, develop plans to reach them, and measure progress. Determine appropriate communications tactics to disseminate FreeFrom news, publicize activities, and broaden audiences;
  • Manage FreeFrom’s online presence; oversee development of FreeFrom content (or create new resources yourself), and ensure that FreeFrom’s website is up-to-date;
  • Write media advisories, talking points, op-eds, quotes, and press statements for report and product launches, and events and activities;
  • Pitch story ideas and provides information to generate supportive media coverage;
  • Respond to inquiries from print, radio, and television journalists;
  • Develop and maintains media lists;
  • Build relationships with national and local reporters in a variety of topics including related to the intersection of IPV and financial insecurity;
  • Lead communications strategy for key launches and events; and
  • Develop short term communications plans for crisis management.

Qualifications/Requirements

  • At least 5 years of communications experience, with at least 3 years of campaign or project management experience;
  • Experience creating engaging digital content and website copy;
  • Experience successfully pitching and placing stories and op-eds in major media publications;
  • A demonstrated ability to distill complicated issues into clear, persuasive messaging;
  • Comfort working with diverse coalitions in a fast-paced environment;
  • An ability to conceptualize and execute communications plans, including plans with heavy digital components;
  • Strong people skills and emotional intelligence;
  • Flexibility, openness, and willingness to experiment and innovate;
  • Outstanding communications skills (both written and oral);
  • Proven commitment to advancing social justice (experience working in the field of intimate partner and / or gender-based violence is a plus but not required);
  • Must bring enthusiasm, patience, and a desire to learn to the work;
  • Excellent organizational skills, with high accuracy and attention to detail;
  • Ability to work quickly and adapt to evolving strategies and circumstances;
  • Comfortable with taking risks and otherwise bucking trends and traditional approaches;
  • Ability to engage with tough questions in a thoughtful and respectful manner and with a trauma-informed approach
  • Commitment to FreeFrom’s mission, innovation, and the highest standards of professionalism; and
  • Strong advocacy skills and an egalitarian, inclusive, and survivor-centered philosophy.

Benefits

Benefits include:

  • Medical, Vision and Dental Insurance
  • Survivor Paid Leave Policy
  • Unlimited paid vacation
  • 401k with a 5% employer match
  • Life insurance
  • Long-term disability
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Financial and executive coaching stipend
  • Technology stipend
  • Savings and debt-repayment support
  • Vacation stipend
  • Additional optional benefits including legal, accident and pet insurance
  • Menstrual leave

How to Apply

Send descriptive cover letter, resume, a portfolio of relevant work (e.g. op-eds, press releases) and 3 professional references (name, position, relationship to you, phone number and email address) to Sonya Passi, Founder & CEO via email at sonya.passi@freefrom.org in a single PDF attachment. Please include your name and pronouns in your application.

Folks who are queer, trans, non-binary, people of color, parents, are/have been system impacted, have different abilities, are immigrants and anyone who has experienced systemic oppression and gender-based violence is encouraged to apply.

We also encourage you to apply if this job sounds like a good fit for you and vice versa, even if you don’t feel as if you meet all the qualifications/requirements.

Details:

  • Applications reviewed on rolling basis, beginning on May 15th, 2021
  • Anticipated start date: July 1st, 2021

Job posted: 2021-05-14