Position Overview

State Voices has an important and compelling story to tell―its history, its scope, and its goals. It is important to establish an identity and a voice, and then use both to drive a comprehensive communications strategy that will strengthen, support, and build the network with financial and public support―all in behalf of the larger mission of building multi-racial power in the service of racial and gender equity.

The Senior Communications Manager (SCM) will be responsible for designing and executing a communications plan, and will participate in the organization’s ongoing strategic planning. The SCM will report to the Managing Director.

Primary Functions

External Communications

Use digital and traditional media strategies to define State Voices’ identity and build its reputation. This will include enhancing the media profile and presence of the Executive Director and perhaps other network leaders.

  • Manage activities related to refreshing and refining State Voices’ identity and reputation through various public relations strategies:
    • Create and execute a social media presence and strategy.
    • Track analytics to measure impact.
    • On behalf of senior leadership, seek opportunities to connect with public figures and opinion makers (“influencers”) to build relationships and benefit from their promotion and amplification of State Voices’ work—on social as well as traditional media.
    • Assist with personal notes to public figures following media (TV, radio, podcast) appearances, receiving awards, publishing op-eds, blog posts, and tweets, or actions
    • Draft and place Letters to the Editor, op-eds, and blog posts for senior leadership.
  • Curate and edit the “Inside Voices” online newsletter to keep funders and allies up to date on State Voices’ work and our accomplishments.
  • Maintain and upgrade website to make it more dynamic and a more useful resource:
    • Create, curate and edit content.
    • Write or solicit blog posts from staff.
    • Create a “Meet the Experts” page to connect producers and bookers with our talented team.
  • Curate and produce State Voices-branded reports, such as the annual Post Election report.
  • Collaborate with the Board of Directors and staff members to create reports, proposals, correspondence, or any written material.
  • Provide communications guidance and assistance to state tables, as needed.
  • Manage State Voices’ crisis communication plan.

Internal Communications

Foster a sense of community and joint purpose throughout the network, via communications editorial leadership, writing support, message discipline, and internal vehicles:

  • Create materials for board meetings, including the board report.
  • Work with the Executive Team on periodic staff updates, board updates., and personnel announcements.
  • Provide editorial supervision across the organization to ensure message discipline, quality, and consistency of everything that bears the State Voices name.
  • Create a Board Handbook.

Qualifications

The ideal candidate will possess many, if not all, of the following qualifications:

  • Demonstrated commitment to racial and gender equity and track record of success working with communities of color, women, low-income people, LGBTQIA individuals, and other historically marginalized communities.
  • Experience creating and implementing communications strategies.
  • Excellent writing/editing and verbal communication skills.
  • Highly collaborative work style and thrive on managing a variety of key initiatives at the same time.
  • Relationship builder with the flexibility and finesse to “manage by influence.”
  • High energy, maturity, and leadership with the ability to serve as a unifying force and to position communications discussions at both the strategic and tactical levels.
  • Self-starter, able to work independently.
  • Enjoy creating and implementing new initiatives.

About State Voices:

Why We Exist

American democracy is being distorted and threatened by wealthy special interests that disproportionately impact public policy, and negate the power of individual advocacy. Deliberate obstacles are being placed on voter access, along with gerrymandered districts to thwart fair representation that accurately reflects the changing US demographics. These regressive tactics are making it increasingly difficult to engage a diverse citizenry necessary for a government of the people, by the people and for the people to flourish.

This systemic, relentless disenfranchisement mainly targets communities of color, along with young adults, LGBTQ people, and single women. As a result, these populations collectively register to vote, and participate in the electoral process at lower rates when compared to the general population. Cloaked in the false rhetoric of election integrity, 24 states have passed laws making it harder for these populations to vote since 2011. Constituent cynicism is reflected in dismal approval ratings for politicians generally speaking, and the legislative branch in particular. Too many lack faith that our electoral system wants to address their community needs and interests.

What We Do

Despite this bleak outlook, State Voices is motivated to respond to this full assault on our democracy, and mount campaigns that galvanize people to act with the same fervor as the opposition. To do so, our approach to Civic Engagement will be revolutionized to meet the moment. State Voices plays a crucial role as the strategic and shared resources hub; or, the national backbone organization in this model. With a network commitment to Integrated Voter Engagement  – the seamless and continuous coordination of electoral, base-building, and issue advocacy strategies – our 23 State Tables and more than 900 network partners produce more life long voters, increased capacity of community-based organizations and their leaders, and win on issues that affect impacted communities.

State Voices is presently positioned to offer support and solutions in three core areas: Capacity BuildingTable infrastructure; e.g. leadership development – expanding the skill base of local leaders from impacted communities to build their power base and achieve their objectives; and, resource development; Data & Technology – upgraded design of tools and programs to meet the needs of 21st-century organizing; Strengthening Democracy – Civic Access, Civic Engagement and Civic Representation  –  defending and expanding voting rights; coordinating voter registration, turnout, and voter protection, and fighting for full representation through census and redistricting.

Who We Are

State Voices is a national network of permanent, nonpartisan, state-based coalitions, or Tables, working year-round to create a more accessible, inclusive, and representative democracy. At the helm is Alexis Anderson-Reed, a rising leader in the social justice movement, whose career has been dedicated to community organizing, coalition building, public policy, and strategic planning in the context of racial equity and the politics of power and privilege.

To apply:

Please Include “Senior Manager of Communications” in the subject line and email your resume, cover letter and salary requirements to [email protected].

  • Resumes will be accepted until the position is filled; however, preference will be given to those who apply by April 30, 2019.
  • Please, no phone calls.
  • Women, people of color, and LGBTQIA individuals are encouraged to apply.

Compensation: The Senior Manager of Communications position has a salary range of $70,000-$85,000 annually, depending on experience. State Voices provides a competitive benefits package which includes medical, dental, vision, and 401(k).

 

State Voices is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified individuals are encouraged to apply without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, sexual orientation, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status or any other protected characteristic as established under law.