Communications Manager

13 Nov, 2020


Communications Manager

Sandy Hook Promise Action Fund

Communications Manager

About Sandy Hook Promise Action Fund

Sandy Hook Promise Action Fund is a 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization committed to protecting all children from gun violence in schools, homes, and communities. The SHP Action Fund champions a holistic policy platform that promotes gun safety, youth mental health, and violence prevention education. The organization works at the state and federal level to pass nonpartisan legislation through inclusive partnerships, diverse grassroots education, and community mobilization. It is part of Sandy Hook Promise , founded and led by several family members whose loved ones were killed in the tragic mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012.

Commitment to Racial justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion:

SHP strives to ensure its culture and work environment reflect the values of racial justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion (REDI) and is responsive to the views and issues of the diverse communities with which we live and work. SHP is interested in candidates who have demonstrated a commitment to building an equitable and diverse work environment.  

Position Summary:

The Communications Manager will support and execute a communications strategy to advance the policy priorities of the Sandy Hook Promise Action Fund. This person will work to broaden our reach and impact through both proactive and reactive communications that grow awareness of our federal and state legislative efforts. The Communications Manager will collaborate with team members across our organization, including legislative affairs, grassroots engagement, communications, and digital marketing, while serving as a subject matter expert on policy communications. The Communications Manager reports into the Vice President of Policy & Partnerships.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Co-create and execute a comprehensive communications strategy for the Action Fund that includes traditional media, digital media, web, and other creative content
  • Field and manage day-to-day media relations 
  • Track violence prevention and school safety news related to SHP’s policy priorities and flag engagement opportunities
  • Craft external communication tools and talking points for the use of SHP’s senior leadership, policy team, and supporters
  • Write web, email, and SMS copy for education, advocacy, and fundraising
  • Write and edit external-facing printed and digital materials related to policy
  • Liaise with partner organizations on coordinated communications
  • Coordinate with SHP’s marketing team and other staff members to help execute the above


  • Excellent writing and copyediting skills
  • 2+ years of experience in media relations and external communications
  • Commitment to support and foster diversity, equity, and inclusion values through digital and communications strategies
  • Experience managing projects involving multiple people with the ability to hold self and others accountable
  • Ability to work consistently across departments to support varying goals
  • Appetite to work in a collaborative, fast paced environment and meet tight deadlines
  • Ability to think creatively and utilize digital tools (social media platforms, video, etc.) to promote and advance SHP’s policy priorities
  • Frequent consumer of policy-related news
  • Ready to embrace opportunities for growth and learning new skills


SHP offers a competitive benefits package, including generous paid time off and holidays, parental leave, health, vision, dental, and life insurance, partner and dependent coverage, and an Employee Assistance Program. Our organization operates within a distributed workforce, allowing for location flexibility across the country for most positions. We provide remote office support for all staff. 

Equal Opportunity Employment

SHP is committed to providing equal employment opportunity in all our employment programs and decisions. Discrimination in employment based on any classification protected under federal, state or local law is a violation of our policy and is illegal. Equal employment opportunity is provided to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth or related medical condition including HIV/AIDS status), sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, ancestry, national origin, age, disability (mental, intellectual, learning, or physical), veteran status, genetic information, marital status, partnership status, tobacco usage, alien- age or citizenship status or any other prohibited factor. Members of all under-represented groups are encouraged to apply. 

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Job posted: 2020-11-13