Managing Director of Communications

06 Jun, 2021

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Managing Director of Communications

Groundwork Collaborative
Washington, DC

Location:  Currently remote; however, we are looking for candidates willing to relocate to Washington, D.C. once the DC government and local health officials have determined employees may return to their physical work sites.

­Position Summary

Launched in 2018, the Groundwork Collaborative is a mission-driven effort to advance an economic vision that delivers meaningful opportunity and prosperity for everyone. We work with economic policy experts, progressive movement leaders, and activists on the front lines of progressive causes in communities across the country to develop and advance a progressive economic worldview, collaborate and foster new ideas, and develop new pathways to share information. We’re committed to breaking down issue silos, supporting and amplifying each other’s work, and showing up for one another on critical economic issue campaigns.

The Managing Director of Communications will be the communications lead for Groundwork and will develop and execute the project’s overall communications strategy. This position will hire and manage a growing team that includes a senior digital manager, press secretary, digital manager, and communications associate. The Managing Director of Communications will promote the work and thought leadership of leading progressives on the economy including Groundwork’s chief economist and work with the Groundwork team to develop and distribute our message through social media, earned and paid media, and partner/allied organizations in service of socializing Groundwork’s people-centric economic worldview. We are looking for someone who is both a creative and strategic thinker and an incisive communicator.

As Managing Director of Communications, you will…

  • Manage and develop a best-in-class communications team that can be nimble and strategic.
  • Create, execute, and manage an overall communications strategy for Groundwork in collaboration with the senior team.
  • Work creatively, using all the communications tools at our disposal, including earned and paid media, digital engagement, and editorial content to advance Groundwork’s narrative of the economy.
  • Develop and execute strategic communications for issue campaigns that advance our worldview.
  • Identify opportunities—and develop materials with other relevant team members—to promote and publicize organizational initiatives, campaigns, activities, reports, and content, including those with partners.
  • Evaluate existing Groundwork communications infrastructure and further develop where necessary.
  • Supervise press, editorial, and digital content creation and dissemination.
  • Supervise and execute communications-related Groundwork programming.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

About you

  • You are a strategic thinker who has extensive experience in developing and executing a communications plan.
  • You are an excellent writer and editor, and have high standards for quality control; you know how to ensure that a shared worldview comes through across different voices.
  • You have an interest in progressive messaging on the economy and strong fluency in economic policy; you are able to translate complex ideas into easily digestible ones.
  • You have experience managing and developing a team, and can’t wait to mentor early career staff members.
  • You have experience running communications for successful issues campaigns.
  • You have a keen awareness of the news cycle and how Groundwork’s progressive economic worldview might fit into it,
  • You are savvy about breaking through in a cacophonic media landscape, and you are able to anticipate when we can get ahead of the news cycle.
  • You’re a pro at multi-tasking and working under tight deadlines in a dynamic environment.
  • You are interested in or have experience with digital strategy.
  • You have management experience.
  • You have experience with big releases and/or launches, including new campaigns and policy research, and earning exclusive media coverage.
  • You’re creative and innovative, willing to try new approaches to solving old problems.
  • You’re committed to a just, inclusive, and robust economy that delivers opportunity and dignity to people, with a particular attention to dismantling structural barriers including racism, sexism, xenophobia, ableism, and others.

In addition, it would be a bonus if…

  • You’re familiar with the progressive economic policymaking community.
  • You have existing relationships with reporters and media figures, especially those covering the economy and politics.

The starting salary for this position is $130,000, commensurate with experience. Project offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes employer-paid health, dental, and vision insurance, 3% employer match on 401k contributions, pre-tax transportation benefits, and paid holidays, vacation, sick, and volunteer time off

 

This position is not part of a bargaining unit represented by the Nonprofit Professional Employees Union.

 

 

How to apply

Apply to this job in our website or please email your resume in confidence to:

Andrew P. Zalman

Search Light Solutions

andrew@searchls.com

Please include MD, Comms on the Subject line.

 

New Venture Fund Careers

Groundwork Collaborative is a project of the New Venture Fund, a 501(c)(3) public charity that incubates new and innovative public-interest projects and grant-making programs. The New Venture Fund 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. The New Venture Fund’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.

 

New Venture Fund has extended its work-from-home and essential travel requirements through August 1, 2021. All employees must continue to work from home, and work travel remains restricted to essential, pre-approved travel only. In considering this extension, our main priority remained and will continue to be the safety of all employees. We want to ensure that you are able to impact the world in a meaningful way while staying healthy and well. NVF has also provided COVID-19 leave which staff can request to manage any COVID-19-related needs such as if they or a household member is sick, if they are unable to find childcare, and other needs.

New Venture Fund Careers

Groundwork Collaborative is a project of the New Venture Fund, a 501(c)(3) public charity that incubates new and innovative public-interest projects and grant-making programs. The New Venture Fund 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. The New Venture Fund’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.

New Venture Fund has extended its work-from-home and essential travel requirements through August 1, 2021. All employees must continue to work from home, and work travel remains restricted to essential, pre-approved travel only. In considering this extension, our main priority remained and will continue to be the safety of all employees. We want to ensure that you are able to impact the world in a meaningful way while staying healthy and well. NVF has also provided COVID-19 leave which staff can request to manage any COVID-19-related needs such as if they or a household member is sick if they are unable to find childcare and other needs.

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Job posted: 2021-06-06