Director of Communications

01 Nov, 2021


Director of Communications

Voting Rights Lab
Washington, DC

The Voting Rights Lab is a campaign hub designed to supercharge the fight against voter suppression and build more equitable voting systems. In partnership with organizations across the country, we work to build winning state legislative campaigns to secure, protect, and defend the voting rights of all Americans.

The Voting Rights Lab is looking for an Associate Director of Communications to lead our communications work on state public policy. This role will be part of the Communications team, reporting to the Vice President of Communications, and overseeing other communications staff. They will work in collaboration with other parts of the organization, as well as external partners. Core responsibilities will include developing digital-first communications plans to promote our state policy expertise, drafting digital and media materials, directing visual content production, and supervising media outreach done by internal staff, as well as public relations consultants. For this role, we are looking for someone with 6-8 years of relevant experience. The person in this role must have a proven track record as an excellent writer and content strategist.

This is a fully remote position. Candidates across the country are encouraged to apply.

This position will require occasional travel.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
  • Lead organizational editorial calendar planning and associated rollouts for weekly, monthly, quarterly and ad-hoc products, ensuring that all of these fit strategically within our organizational and programmatic goals. Products encompass newsletters, reports, paid advertising, media placements, social strategy, briefings, etc.
  • Cultivate strategic and collaborative relationships with partner organizations, with whom we may work together on traditional, digital, and earned media coverage.
  • Cultivate strategic relationships with journalists, influencers, and other validators of our work.
  • Pitch stories, as well as provide background information for reporters (and/or supervise earned media placement).
  • Serve as a spokesperson for the organization and serve as a trainer and advisor to other organizational spokespersons
  • Develop and manage VRL’s communications plan for the State Voting Rights Tracker and other policy products. This plan should include digital campaign strategy, social media, traditional earned media, and owned media.
  • Collaborate on the 360 strategic plan for the Tracker including site development, optimization, growth, promotion, audience development, and more. Coordinate this work between various stakeholders both internally and externally.
  • Draft blog posts, newsletters, reports, presentations, press releases, talking points and other communications materials, as required. Provide creative direction for designed products.
  • Manage staff to performance and ground them in VRL’s values and theory of change
What we’re looking for in you:
  • 6-8 years of relevant experience in direct communications work with a proven track record of executing high quality work in a fast-paced campaign environment (issue advocacy or political campaigns are fine)
  • Direct experience producing digital content and experience managing traditional media specialist(s), OR direct media experience and experience managing digital specialist(s)
  • Excellent written, oral, and visual communication skills
  • Experience communicating complex policy ideas in a way that helps audiences understand and relate to them
  • A high degree of comfort with long and short-form writing
  • A snappy content creator who is comfortable working in a fast-paced, campaign environment
  • Organized, resourceful, flexible individual with strong time management skills and an ability to work independently and on tight deadlines
  • An ability to direct the production of materials with different tones and for use across varying literacy levels
  • Experience working with diverse communities and committed to acting on the belief that racial equity and social justice are critical components of our work
  • Speech writing experience, familiarity with media databases, Spanish language proficiency, design capabilities, and issue-advocacy experience are desired but not required

Compensation & Benefits:

We value our staff by offering competitive pay and a comprehensive benefits package, detailed below.

The annual salary range for Associate Director of State Communications will be $125,000 – $140,000. 

Pay will vary within this range to account for relevant experience and the cost of living in your part of the country.

We believe in equal pay for equal work, and to counter pay inequality on the team, we have moved to a non-negotiable compensation structure. We provide opportunities for advancement and performance increases in salary on an annual basis via our performance evaluation process.

At this time, we provide the following benefits for eligible employees:

  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance that is 100% employer funded
  • Access to NVF-funded health reimbursement account (HRA) to help offset co-pay, deductible, and vision/dental expenses
  • 401(k) retirement plan, with up to 3% employer match
  • Generous paid time off package, including 5 weeks vacation leave and 2 weeks personal leave, in addition to paid holidays and other PTO opportunities
  • Flexible spending account for medical and dependent care
  • Additional benefits including work from home benefits, cell phone benefits, and fitness benefits


Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

Voting Rights Lab 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.

Part of VRL’s mission is to ensure that people with records of arrest or conviction can vote.  As such, we give full and fair consideration to all applicants, regardless of a past record of arrest or conviction.

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Job posted: 2021-11-01