Reports to: Executive Director
Supervises: Digital Media Manager, Media Relations Manager, Storytelling & Narrative Manager, Communications Associate
Mothers Out Front is a dynamic, fully remote, fast-growing organization committed to mobilizing mothers and caregivers across the United States to advocate for a swift transition to clean, renewable energy and a just, sustainable future. We are seeking a highly motivated and experienced Director of Communications to join our senior management team and lead our communications efforts at a national level, as well as in the regions we work in. We are committed to being member-led and you will work to develop our communications strategy and mobilize a diverse group of stakeholders behind a common vision. This is an opportunity to make a significant impact by shaping and executing strategic messaging and communication strategies that elevate our mission, build our profile, and drive positive change.
About Mothers Out Front
Mothers Out Front builds our power as mothers to ensure a livable climate for all children. We are building a multi-racial, cross-class, intergenerational movement of mothers, grandmothers, and caregivers dedicated to convincing elected officials and business leaders to work for a swift, complete, and just transition away from fossil fuels to clean and renewable energy. We know that mothers have an important role to play in the climate justice movement, and, when it comes to protecting their children, mothers are an unstoppable force for change. Our goal is simple: to enable mothers to take active leadership in climate justice work by providing the structure, training, and tools for them to work together on campaigns in their communities and at the statewide level.
The core of our work is organizing and our communications work is an essential partner in building power and winning campaigns. We believe that shifting the narrative in how we discuss climate justice, its sources and solutions, is an essential component of our campaigns.
A committed, high-performing, low-ego individual, you will play a vital role in sculpting our vision for climate justice. You will set and guide the strategy for all communications, website, public relations messages, and collateral to consistently articulate our mission and values while our campaign and organizing work.
What You’ll Do
Act as an active contributor of thought leadership and organizational leadership, bringing innovative ideas, insights, and strategies to enhance our communications efforts;
Oversee all aspects of communications, including media relations, digital communications, narrative materials, and internal and external communications, while also collaborating closely with our digital organizers to ensure effective coordination and execution;
Supervise and mentor staff, fostering a collaborative and inclusive work environment. Serve as a primary driver of team culture improvements, actively promoting equity, diversity, and belonging within the team;
Set the vision and workplan for the communications department, aligning it with the organization’s strategic plan and annual goals.
Identify specific communications goals for Mothers Out Front, and develop comprehensive plans and strategies to reach them and measure progress;
Create a comprehensive communications work plan to meet the organization’s communications goals, incorporating appropriate tactics to disseminate news, have a strong social media presence, promote campaigns and events, speaking engagements for our staff, board, and mom leaders, and engage in extensive media cultivation;
Participate in overall organizational leadership by providing input, insights, and guidance on strategic direction and decision-making;
Represent the organization externally, engaging with media outlets, public officials, and other key stakeholders to strengthen the impact of our work. Develop messaging, narrative, and communications strategies on a national level and in the states and regions we work in, ensuring alignment with our mission and vision;
Train staff and volunteer leaders on branding and messaging, equipping them to be effective spokespersons/spokesmoms for the organization;
Build Mothers Out Front’s profile with the media, cultivating relationships and facilitating media coverage that amplifies our message and initiatives;
Think deeply about how to communicate our message effectively while advancing our vision, consistently seeking innovative approaches and best practices in communications;
Put in place the structures, tools and team to implement this plan;
Work collaboratively with other directors, departments, and the senior leadership team to support organizational goals and build our movement;
Elevate the stories of our work at the local, state, and national levels to inspire our members and win campaigns.
What You Will Need
Experience: A Director will need a minimum of 10 years of communications experience, preferably working in a social impact, advocacy or political organization
Management: Demonstrated experience managing teams or departments, with a proven track record of exceptional leadership and team building. Strong project management skills, coupled with sharp attention to detail, and a demonstrated ability to effectively manage competing priorities; Demonstrable focus, resilience, and the problem-solving skill to develop solutions under challenging circumstances.
Strong Communication: Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to distill complex ideas into clear, compelling messages;
Communications tactics: Proven ability to develop and execute comprehensive communications strategies, including media relations, social media, public speaking, collateral management, and brand management. Experience working with the media, and securing coverage. Experience messaging for audiences of parents or caregivers is a plus.
Interpersonal skills: build relationships and engage effectively with people from a variety of ethnic, racial, socio-economic, educational, linguistic, and religious backgrounds, as well as people of various physical abilities, sexual orientations, gender identities, and generations. Demonstrate self-awareness about how your identities may influence how you show up, interact with, and are perceived by others;
Issue expertise: A strong understanding of and how climate change disproportionately impacts low income and marginalized communities and the climate justice solutions to address that inequality issues is highly desirable;
Commitment to social justice, diversity, and inclusion: Demonstrates a strong commitment to social justice and actively works to dismantle systems of oppression, including racism, sexism, misogyny, classism, ableism, homophobia, xenophobia, and other forms of discrimination. Demonstrated ability and commitment to working with people from a variety of ethnic, racial, and socioeconomic backgrounds, as well as varying religious, educational, generational, and gender identity backgrounds.
Details: Mothers Out Front is a fully remote organization. Candidates can be based anywhere in the U.S. and will work from a home office. This is a full-time position.
Salary and benefits: The salary range for a Director of Communications is $106,000 – $135,000, depending on experience. Benefits include health and dental coverage, a 401(k) plan, flexible spending plan, paid vacation, holidays, sick days, and support for remote work set-up. We offer ongoing training opportunities, a fast-paced, dynamic, supportive, and collaborative setting and we are proudly women-led!
Interested applicants are invited to submit a resume and respond to the application questions outlining their qualifications and experience.
The deadline to apply is Friday, November 3, 2023. This search is being run by NRG Consulting Group. Please feel free to share with your networks. Reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Equal Employment Opportunity and Reasonable Accommodation
Mothers Out Front is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. The organization encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, disability, veteran status, record of arrest or conviction and any other characteristic protected by applicable law.
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