Communications Director – Nonprofit

06 Sep, 2021


Communications Director – Nonprofit

Positive Women's Network-USA
Chicago, IL

​​Communications Director

The communications director leads the efforts of Positive Women’s Network – USA (PWN) to elevate the voices, experiences, and priorities of women and people of trans experience living with HIV online and in the media. This is accomplished through strategic use of and skillful management of the various online platforms PWN uses to communicate with our members and base—including social media, our WordPress website, our Action Network email list—as well as through proactive media outreach; training and support for member and staff spokespeople; thought leadership within the organization and coalition spaces, especially as pertains to framing, messaging, and communications strategy; and creation of collaterals that educate and mobilize members and base. The communications director is a senior leadership role in the organization and contributes to organizational strategy as well as supervising communications-related staff and consultants.

About Positive Women’s Network-USA

Positive Women’s Network–USA (PWN) is a national membership body of women and people of trans experience living with HIV. We are dedicated to leadership development, movement building, and intersectional policy advocacy to advance human rights and dignity for all people living with HIV. We are a non-traditional HIV advocacy organization committed to building power for our constituency, and our policy approaches and workplace culture reflect that. Grounded in racial, gender and economic justice, PWN builds power for communities most impacted by the HIV epidemic through political education and leadership development, issue-based and electoral organizing, policy advocacy, and narrative change. PWN’s vision demands that our communities are free from interpersonal, structural and state-sanctioned violence. Our vision demands that we are free from surveillance, confinement and the carceral state–regardless of race, HIV status, immigration status, how we earn money, and which substances we use. Please visit our website to learn more about us: PWN is fiscally sponsored by Movement Strategy Center.

About Our Ideal Candidate

Our ideal candidate is both a thinker and a doer—a strategist who also likes to roll up their sleeves and do the work. As communications director, you will be developing messaging and communications strategies to support issue-based advocacy campaigns and nonpartisan electoral organizing; supporting our members and staff to tell their stories online and in the press to effect change; and working with our policy, organizing, and training departments to keep our members and base engaged, informed, and ready to take action.

We are looking for a strong writer, strategic thinker, and thoughtful coach. You have experience driving communications campaigns that integrate earned and social media, email, SMS, art, design, and video. You can balance urgent needs and longer-term goals, keep multiple projects moving, and collaborate with partners both inside and outside the organization. You understand the interplay between digital organizing, persuasion, and mobilization. You have experience breaking down complex issues for people with limited formal education and supporting them to be effective advocates for the issues that affect their lives. Bonus points if you have experience supervising staff.

Required Skills and Qualifications

● 3+ years professional experience in communications, journalism, and/or digital organizing, preferably for a social justice nonprofit, political campaign, labor union, or public entity

● Excellent writing and editing skills

● Experience with messaging complex issues for a variety of audiences

● Demonstrated experience using social media strategically for advocacy and/or electoral organizing campaigns

● Demonstrated ability to obtain favorable earned media coverage

● Team player who can work independently or collaboratively on tight deadlines

● Excellent project management skills

● Proficiency with website management and mass email systems (e.g., WordPress, Action Network, Constant Contact, Salsa, etc.)

● Proficiency with Microsoft Office and Google tools

● Commitment to racial, gender, and social justice, and experience messaging and writing with these lenses

● Experience working closely with and taking leadership from communities of color and people with less formal education

Bonus Points for:

● Experience supervising staff or consultants

● Graphic design skills (Canva or Adobe Creative Suite tools)

● Experience training and mentoring people with less formal education in messaging, media skills, and other communications skills and tactics

● Experience supporting digital organizing

● Basic HTML coding skills

● Photo and video editing skills

● Well-versed in HIV, reproductive justice, health justice, or related issues

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

● Develop and implement communications strategy, messaging guidance, and thought leadership for advocacy campaigns, nonpartisan electoral organizing efforts, fundraising drives, and other organizational goals and priorities

● Serve as main point of contact for media, serving as a spokesperson when needed and as a media liaison

● Supervise communications assistant and communications consultants

● Train, prepare, and support members to be spokespeople for the organization and for policy priorities online and in print and broadcast media

● Manage website, CRM, and social media accounts (communications assistant and/or consultants may be responsible for much of the day-to-day administration of these; you will be responsible for maintaining quality, user experience, and consistency)

● Maintain and expand PWN’s footprint in earned media

● Create or supervise creation of collaterals for a wide variety of rapid response and long-term campaigns, including but not limited to: talking points; social media content; flyers; emails; press releases and media advisories; statements; and calls to action

● Monitoring and evaluating progress toward campaign goals and organizational goals and priorities

● Representing organization publicly and providing thought leadership through media, at conferences, in coalition spaces, etc.

● Other duties as assigned

This is a full time, exempt and remote position reporting to one of PWN’s co-executive directors. Hours are typically Monday through Friday but evenings and weekends are sometimes necessary. Occasional domestic travel is required when the organization determines it is safe to travel.

 Position Type and Compensation

  • 100% FTE, full-time exempt position. Annual gross pay is $65K-$80K.
  • MSC’s 100% FTE benefits package includes:
  • 20 days vacation leave per year;
  • 12 standard holidays and 2 personal days per year;
  • 12 sick days per year;
  • 1 week paid MSC family and medical leave after one year of service; an additional week of paid leave for each additional year of service, up to 4 weeks;
  • Medical, vision, dental for employees and dependents (requires 30 day waiting period and a per paycheck employee contribution);
  • 100% employer sponsored basic life, short-term and long-term disability insurance coverage;
  • Access to a 403b retirement plan.
  • Access to FSA and Commuter Benefits.

 Positive Women’s Network and Movement Strategy Center are equal opportunity employers that do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion or belief, disability, gender, nationality, ethnicity, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), gender identity or expression, sexual orientation or any other status protected by law. People of color, people living with HIV, and LGBTQ candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

How to Apply

To apply, go to to complete our application form, upload your resume and submit required work samples.

Job posted: 2021-09-06