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Director of Rapid Response and Political Communications

Director of Rapid Response and Political Communications
Organization: Stand Together
Location: Arlington, VA
Date Posted: 03/29/2024

Job Description

Stand Together is a dynamic and mission-driven organization committed to driving positive social change and empowering individuals to overcome barriers. Join our team and be part of a collaborative community that values innovation, personal responsibility, and the power of bottom-up solutions. Together, we will create a society that fosters opportunity, dignity, and well-being for all.
Do you want to be part of a team working every day to advance core American principles and help elect strong candidates committed to doing the same? Do you thrive in fast-paced environments where moments matter and the ability to capitalize on quick-moving opportunities can make the critical difference? Then we hope to consider you for this leadership role on our communications and marketing team.
As the Director of Rapid Response and Political Communications, you will work directly with Americans for Prosperity (AFP), the nation’s leading grassroots advocacy and accountability organization, to drive AFP’s key messages each day, react to breaking news, and insert AFP’s voice into fast-moving narratives. In close collaboration with other members of the team, this individual will take a campaign war-room approach to leading an aggressive day-to-day messaging and communications strategy across the organization.
This role is housed within the Stand Together Communications team, which exists to empower those dedicated to the betterment of themselves and others. Americans for Prosperity helps advance those shared goals by elevating voices of millions of Americans across the country to improve lives by changing policy.

Your Responsibilities Include

  • Develop and drive real-time rapid response communications and earned media strategy that advance the organization’s overall positioning and communications goals
  • Reinforce powerful policy and political messages, storylines, and narratives, in coordination with the broader AFP communications team
  • Work with AFP and AFP Action political and research teams to identify and capitalize on fast-moving opportunities to drive key messages
  • Elevate AFP and AFP Action into fast-moving news cycles on priority issues
  • Coordinate and work with partners across the integrated marketing and communications team and vendors to provide guidance on digital, content, research, event, and partnership needs.
  • Pro-actively pitch and place stories in national, state, and local news outlets
  • Cultivate relationships with key media outlets and reporters
  • Work with key stakeholders to develop messages, press releases, statements, and other communications materials necessary to best position the organization

Knowledge And Skills You Bring To The Organization

  • At least 10 years’ experience in strategic communications, public relations, or political campaigns
  • Experience developing and driving rapid response communications and earned media strategies
  • Exposure reinforcing powerful policy and political messages, storylines, and narratives
  • Experience pitching and placing stories in national, state, and local news outlets while cultivating relationships with key media outlets and reporters
  • Experience conceiving and leveraging strategic relationships with internal and external partners
  • Excellent communication skills and a proven ability to influence at multiple levels of the organization
  • Proven ability to think ahead, problem solve, engage proactively and take initiative
  • Strong decision-making skills and ability to weigh risk / reward in high-pressure environments
  • Ability to shape and harness qualitative and quantitative research to drive good economic decision-making
  • Strong analytical skill set, capable of analyzing and reacting to results-oriented data
  • Excellent persuasive writing, editing and verbal communications skills, including presentation skills

Stand Together helps social entrepreneurs supercharge their efforts to help people improve their lives. We connect them with passionate partners and the resources necessary to make a greater difference.  Through our philanthropic community, we tackle some of the nation’s biggest challenges so that every person has the opportunity to realize their extraordinary potential. Stand Together partners with people from diverse perspectives and backgrounds—including people in education, business, community non-profits, and public policy—to accomplish more together than any of us could on our own.

Our Values Working at Stand Together is different from many other organizations. We have a relentless commitment to a culture based on a business philosophy called Principle Based Management® (PBM®). Informed by the principles that allow a free and open society to flourish, PBM® prepares individuals to innovate, improve, and transform while fostering a healthy, growing organization that creates long-term value for its clients and supporters and fulfillment for its employees.

We believe that diversity in experiences, perspectives, knowledge and ideas fuels creativity, broadens knowledge, and helps drive success. That’s why we’re proud to be an equal opportunity employer and strive to treat all employees and applicants with honesty, dignity, respect and sensitivity. We welcome all qualified applicants regardless of color, race, religion, religious creed, sex, gender or gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, national origin, citizenship, ethnicity, ancestry, age, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, pregnancy (including medical needs which may arise from pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), military and veteran status, genetic information, marital or familial status, political affiliation, or any other legally recognized protected basis under federal, state or local laws, regulations or ordinances.

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