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The Democracy Collaborative Foundation [democracycollaborative.org], a national research and development lab for the democratic economy, seeks a director of communications to lead the crafting and dissemination of our research and analysis on the need for systemic solutions to our economic, racial, and climate crises, and to tell the stories that highlight alternative models of ownership and control of the economy. 

The person in this full-time, exempt position will be a key leader in this organization and will work closely across our teams of researchers, fellows, and community wealth builders working on visions, models, and pathways toward an equitable, sustainable, and democratic economy. 

Duties and responsibilities

Your principal duties and responsibilities as communications director include but are not limited to: 

  • providing oversight and strategic direction for all communications activities of TDC. That includes:

    • developing and sharpening TDC’s story as a transformation agent and of how its various activities fit into a coherent whole
    • representing TDC and its work in the media, with allies, and to the general public, and supporting other TDC staff in representing their work
    • ensuring that TDC’s published material meets the highest editorial standards, conforms to TDC’s style and voice, reflects our values of inclusion and representation, is up to date, easily accessible, and appropriately promoted
    • working to make TDC’s work prominent in the policy discussions and activist campaigns that are important to the organization’s mission of advancing a democratic economy
    • leading TDC in making effective use of available communications methods and platforms in disseminating its message, including social media, videos, and podcasts
    • managing staff and consultants needed to complete day-to-day communications work
    • leading the execution of rapid-response and crisis communications plans
  • working closely with executive leadership and with program managers in helping shape programs and products for maximum impact
  • collaborating with TDC’s policy director to ensure that the organization’s policy and communications outreach reinforce each other
  • supporting the executive leadership in identifying mission challenges and opportunities and helping design solutions that support the organization’s communications goals
  • expanding the number of people formally engaged with TDC’s work (through email subscriptions, social media followings, and other commitments)

Skills and qualifications

We are looking for a candidate who

  • understands and is in alignment with The Democracy Collaborative’s mission of advancing a democratic economy as a systemic alternative to our current system, and its values of community, integrity, communication, reflection, equity, balance, and ambition.
  • is specifically interested in developing effective messaging and communications products that center racial justice and justice for all marginalized people
  • has a strong familiarity with key debates around heterodox political economies and alternative economic institutions
  • grasps the power of ideas to inspire movements and the importance of their work on the ground to turn ideas into reality

The skills and qualifications we are looking for include 

  • at least 10 years of communications-related experience, including significant experience working in or writing for print or online publications on politics or public policy issues
  • exceptional skill and dexterity as a writer, editor, speaker, and strategic communicator, capable of quickly and effectively conveying complex, radical and system-changing ideas in clear, engaging, and convincing ways to diverse sets of stakeholders and supporters
  • demonstrated ability to cultivate relationships with media people who can amplify our work and make our staff a go-to source for information and ideas on systemic change
  • experience with graphic design, content management, and social media management, and can work closely with and learn from people who can translate our messaging into visual mediums
  • significant experience as a manager of projects and of people, with a facility for setting up robust systems to help colleagues work efficiently and collaboratively and an ability to smartly juggle competing deadlines and priorities 
  • demonstrated capacity to lead in embedding principles of racial equity and inclusion and equity for other historically marginalized people, within the communications department and across the organization 
  • knowing how to assess communications impact and use those assessments to adjust communications strategies and to advise broader shifts within the organization
  • the capacity to be self-directed and highly productive in a virtual organization, while actively creating an environment of collaboration and conviviality

Location

This position is virtual. The employee must have access to dedicated space and sufficient internet bandwidth to carry out the responsibilities of the position. Some amount of travel, including to occasional all-staff in-person meetings, will be required.

Compensation

The annual salary range begins at $110,000, commensurate with experience and qualifications. In addition, we offer a generous benefits package that includes health care, three weeks of paid vacation per year, and a 403(b) retirement plan with an above-industry-average employer match.

New employees shall be subject to a six-month probation period.

To apply

Send résumé/CV with references, a detailed cover letter regarding your interest in and desire to make a contribution to the mission and work of The Democracy Collaborative, and samples of published work to jobs@democracycollaborative.org. Include “VP of Communications” in the subject line. Please note that given the volume of applications we receive, we cannot respond to every applicant. No phone calls, please. We will contact all candidates who qualify for first-round interviews.

The Democracy Collaborative Foundation is committed to building a diverse workforce. We provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibit discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training. 

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