The GGJ National Organizer Positions have been filled.
GGJ is looking for a Director of Communications to join our team!
Applications Due: Monday, June 22, 2020.
Flexible Location. During COVID-19 travel restrictions, all of our programming and organizing work is happening remotely. Once travel restrictions are lifted, travel will be required for this position on average 5-10 days per month in the US, and 15 days per year internationally.
Compensation: $70,000-$73,000, commensurate with experience. Full-time with benefits beginning after 3 month introductory period, including health, dental and vision coverage and generous vacation.
Grassroots Global Justice Alliance (GGJ) is an alliance of over 65 member organizations.
GGJ is organizing to build an agenda for power for working and poor people and communities of color. We understand that there are important connections between the local issues we work on and the global context, and we see ourselves as part of an international movement for global justice. GGJ focuses on bringing grassroots organizations (GRO) into a long-term process of relationship building, political alignment and the development of transformational leadership, particularly for working and poor women and gender-oppressed people of color. We weave and bridge together US-based GRO groups and global social movements working for climate justice, gender justice, an end to war, and a just transition to a new economy that is better for people and the planet. For more about GGJ, visit our website: https://ggjalliance.org
Position Summary: This position will lead Communications Strategy for the alliance, supervise & mentor the communications team, elevate the visibility of alliance leadership and members, support the leadership of member groups playing communications roles in programs, and coordinate with our allies. This position will report to the GGJ Deputy Director.
Lead GGJ narrative strategy and communications plans (40%)
- Craft the organization’s communications strategy
- Create and regularly update communications strategy according to organizational priorities, with defined outcomes and activities
- Edit communications written by staff or contractors to ensure consistent narrative across e-blasts, fundraising materials, social media messaging, etc.
- Create and lead media communications plans for GGJ programs including member engagement, media presence, and orientation of spokespeople.
- Supervise Comms Staff and Coordinate Communications Team
- Supervise and Mentor Communications Coordinator in comms strategy
- Lead weekly Communications Team meeting: create agendas & facilitate
- Supervise contractors: writers, graphic designers, video producers, printers as needed
- Oversee consistent documentation of activities for internal and external communication.
- Ensure summaries & reports of key programs for website, communications to members, supporters, funders and allies.
- Train and coach GGJ staff and members on messaging.
Lead GGJ external communications and coordinate consistent public profile (40%)
- Conceptualize and lead earned media strategies for GGJ
- Work with Narrative Strategist to craft public-facing narrative.
- Draft and circulate press releases and media advisories during high program periods.
- Work with staff, contractors and members to create media & press content (op-eds, press releases with quotes, talking points).
- Orient spokespeople for talking to press during programs.
- Pitch media outlets on doing interviews with members and staff on key topics
- Develop and maintain media relationships
- Maintain and grow database of media contacts.
- Develop a strategic plan for relationships with journalists, media outlets. (Identifying sector of media, key focus areas, etc.)
- Ensure consistent social media presence (coordinated with comms team members).
- Develop a plan and protocols for echoing member communications.
Ensure Robust Internal Communications Infrastructure (10%)
- Supervise & mentor Comms Coordinator to keep systems updated, accurate and clear, including collective comms calendar, website, e-blasts, social media presence, contact lists, staff comms systems.
- Explore and implement improvements to internal communications infrastructure.
Participate in GGJ team (10%)
- Active and timely response on all communications (email, phone, texts, messaging apps)
- Attend weekly virtual meetings with staff, members and allies.
- Participate in and support preparation for quarterly in-person staff meetings, annual Coordinating Committee meetings, and other events as necessary.
- Compliance with GGJ remote working policies and procedures (calendaring, availability online, response time to communications, receipts, etc.)
Required Qualifications and Experience
- At least 7 years of experience with communications for US-based grassroots social justice organizations and Black & Brown led organizations.
- Strong track record of managing a comprehensive strategic communications plan, including media relations, digital advocacy, and narrative strategy.
- Knowledge of national landscape of climate/environmental justice, familiarity and political alignment with some of the GGJ frameworks of Global Well-being, Just Transition, Grassroots Feminism, Grassroots Internationalism.
- Ability to work independently while maintaining close communication with remote team.
- Friendly, outgoing, personable approach to communication.
- Ability to write and speak English language.
- Experience in multi-racial, multi-generational, multi-cultural settings.
- Knowledge of common computer applications: MS Office, Google docs, Dropbox, and Zoom video tele-conferencing systems.
- Familiarity with CRM systems and Database management (Powerbase).
- Experience using social media & web development tools: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, WordPress.
- Ability to work flexible hours (evenings and weekends), including communicating with allies in other parts of the world in different time zones.
- Willingness to travel (when permissible according to COVID-19 travel restrictions): average 5-10 days per month in the US, and 15 days per year internationally.
- Driver’s license and liability insurance.
- Ability to write and read additional language(s) besides English, preferably Spanish.
- Strong peer-counseling, conflict-management, and crisis management skills.
- Please upload as one combined document: 1) a cover letter, 2) resume, 3) a written sample of at least 750 words you wrote (published or unpublished), and 4) a sample communications project plan that you have created from previous work.
- Additionally, please provide 3 references with phone numbers and email addresses. Please include someone who has supervised you and someone you have supervised or mentored.
Only candidates that are being considered will be contacted.