Communications Manager Position
Posted July 25, 2019
We are thrilled to be growing our statewide team and we need you to help us find the perfect Communications Manager. This position is an action-packed and dynamic opportunity to be at the forefront of the Ranked Choice Voting movement and work with state and national leaders to secure one of the most significant political reforms of our generation. We are looking for an excellent writer who enjoys working with traditional, new and emerging digital platforms. Could this be you or someone you know?
You are an excellent writer whose words inspire. You’ve honed your communication skills with organizations/companies over several years. Now you’re ready to inspire fundamental change. You believe in fairness, in respectful debate, and the power of the majority to choose their best destiny. Although you haven’t seen democracy work to its potential, you still firmly believe in it and are discovering that the way we vote can make all the difference.
FairVote Minnesota, a nonprofit organization that advocates for more inclusive and representative elections, is at the forefront of Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) movement. RCV, quite simply, is one of the most significant political reforms of our generation. From giving voters more choice to fostering civil campaigns to decreasing the role of money in elections, to reducing polarization, RCV is transforming politics in Minnesota and across the country.
With a decade of successful elections in Minneapolis and St. Paul and starting this year in St. Louis Park, community leaders across the state are reaching out to learn how they, too, can adopt RCV. We are pushing for legislation that would allow all communities, school districts and counties to adopt RCV if that is their choice, and laying the groundwork for RCV for state and federal elections. FairVote MN is seeking committed, dynamic team members to meet this demand and continue to build the momentum for Ranked Choice Voting in Minnesota and beyond.
We currently have an opening for a Communications Manager based in our St. Paul, MN office. This is a great opportunity to work with some of the most talented people in the industry. Duties include:
- Lead the development of the organization’s marketing, media, and public relations strategies to support organizational goals.
- Work closely with a senior peer group within the organization as the communications leader on a variety of strategic initiatives.
- Work with the communications team and Board of Directors to develop and implement detailed communications plans in line with the organization’s strategies.
- Lead the generation of online content that engages targeted audiences and inspires measurable action. Develop appropriate messages, audiences, dissemination strategies, and timelines. This may include developing text, photographic, graphical, and video content.
- Hire, mentor and lead communication team members and interns, as appropriate.
- Manage relationships and contracts with external PR and digital marketing vendors.
- Oversee website development, updates, and maintenance—ensure that new and consistent information (article links, stories, and events) is posted regularly.
- Draft and edit press releases and serve as a chief media liaison.
- Develop and maintain media contact lists and relationships.
- Support logistics of media briefings/press conferences, including securing equipment, coordinating with the venue, setting up, and breaking down.
- Create and edit regular (ghostwritten) op-eds, letters to the editor, speeches, press releases, presentations, and other materials to increase awareness of RCV, FairVote Minnesota’s mission, and goals.
- Coach organization spokespersons and serve as spokesperson as needed.
- Maintain and advance the organization’s social media platforms, including managing social media calendars and crafting creative and engaging daily posts for Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other platforms as appropriate.
- Monitor news involving RCV locally, nationally, and worldwide to provide context and content to the organization’s social media followers.
- Set and track goals for social media growth and impact using analytics.
- Manage YouTube videos and Flickr photo library.
- Create and maintain a communications schedule, adjusting as needed throughout the year given changes in circumstances and strategic work plan.
- Write, design, send and monitor the action from e-newsletters for diverse audiences using NGP VAN.
- Manage digital contact lists.
- Work with contract designer to create engaging and informational flyers, posters, event invitations, sample ballots, banners, and more
- Serve on a team that develops grant proposals and other text funding strategies.
- Five-plus years of communications experience, ideally in an “in-house” leadership role within a political, government, or an advocacy entity, and with proven experience in areas such as website content, media relations, newsletters, and donor communications.
- Experience working in a political and/or organizing environment preferred, with strong working knowledge of the legislative process, protocol and political sensitivities.
- Excellent writing/editing and verbal communication skills.
- A strong track record as an implementer who thrives on managing a variety of key initiatives concurrently.
- Collaborative work style with all and diverse constituent groups, including staff, board members, volunteers, donors, collaborative partners, and other supporters.
- Extensive experience with Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram best practices, as well as how to effectively utilize those platforms’ analytics tools.
- Ability to write from different perspectives and in various“voices.”
- Knowledge of persuasive techniques and the ability to utilize persuasion in written and verbal communication.
- Graphic design and video production experience preferred
- Access to a personal computer, Microsoft Office, and Adobe Creative Suite preferred.
Send your resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org.