Position Name: Director of Digital Communications
Reporting Structure: This role reports to the Vice President of Communications
Location: Remote (U.S.)
Job Classification: Full Time, Exempt
Essential Duties: The primary responsibilities include serving as primary owner of Run for Something’s digital strategies and platforms, including leading the creation of content and branded assets and products and building the RFS digital and creative production team.
Run for Something is currently hiring for a Director of Digital Communications to join the Communications department. In this role, you will report to the Vice President of Communications. This is a new position, with the opportunity to make an impact on our mission by fearlessly driving our work to recruit young, diverse progressives to run for local office, share stories, and educate the public about the impact of local offices in the digital space. This position is responsible for leading Run for Something digital communications strategies and platforms, including but not limited to social media, email, websites, and paid advertising. This position also supervises the creation of digital content and media in support of those platforms and strategies, including written content, video, graphics, and audio and ensuring content aligns with Run for Something’s brand, voice, and mission. This role will also supervise the growing RFS digital and creative production team. As a member of RFS leadership, this position must also contribute, integrate, and hold themselves and their team accountable to the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) goals that Run for Something has established, and actively contribute towards the creation of a diverse, equitable, and inclusive culture.
The Digital Communications Director will help RFS accomplish our strategic imperatives via:
Digital Strategy and Management (55% of time):
– Determining and driving digital strategies to raise awareness of the work of Run for Something and share stories of impact, in keeping with Run for Something’s goals
– Primarily owning Run for Something digital properties and channels, including social media, websites, email, and paid advertising initiatives
– Supervising and leading all Digital Communications projects, including content calendars, digital partnerships, and digital multimedia projects
– Hiring and managing Digital and Creative staff
– Collaborating with team members, other departments, and external partners as needed to ensure digital projects are completed effectively and efficiently
– Responding to breaking news and supporting crisis communications as necessary
Content Creation and Message Management (30% of time):
– Supervising the creation of digital content and assets according to defined brand specifications, including but not limited to website content, video, graphics, digital ad collateral, and email templates
– Ensuring consistency in Run for Something digital messaging and alignment of messaging and content with organizational goals and brand voice
– Managing the RFS brand and style in digital spaces
Departmental and Administrative Tasks (15% of time):
– Determining and documenting team processes, including setting priorities, aligning content across platforms, building budgets, and leading cross-team collaborations
– Managing vendors and vendor relationships
– Analyzing metrics and outcomes; recommending new actions and opportunities based on needs and goals
– Manage, mentor, and coach staff in line with RFS values and performance management standards to ensure relevant key performance indicators are met; identify and support areas for professional development
– Supporting Communications departmental tasks as needed
– Support RFS goals through the creation and implementation of digital strategies to recruit young, diverse progressives to run for office
– Create standardized processes, guidelines, and a pipeline of digital content for RFS channels (including diverse stories of impact and educational content) in keeping with the goals and best practices of each property and RFS goals
– Evaluate RFS digital properties and programs and provide recommendations, with a focus on email and websites
– Develop and execute digital strategies with the goal of expanding RFS awareness in young, historically marginalized communities
– Hire and manage additional Digital and Creative staff as well as consultants
– At least 3 years of experience supervising a Digital and/or Communications team
– Mastery of digital best practices, including best practices for email, websites, social media platforms (Twitter, YouTube, TikTok, Instagram, Facebook), and digital advertising
– Strong confidence in digital creative production best practices, including video, audio, and graphics
– Experience deciding digital strategies and content for mission-driven organizations
– Strong understanding of the full digital landscape and how to adjust goals and build strategies to suit a medium’s needs
– Active engagement with and enjoyment of with digital culture
– Strong writing and editorial skills
– Experience setting team goals, building processes, and assigning priorities
– Experience collaborating across departments as well as with external partners
– Demonstrated ability to work in and contribute to a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment
– Ability to demonstrate Run for Something’s organizational values: Bold & Fearless; Open & Honest; Supportive & Respectful; Progressive & Diverse; Long-term & Strategic.
– Ability to work independently for extended periods of time in a remote environment
– Strong commitment to the Run for Something mission
– Experience determining appropriate strategies to address complex and sensitive topics
– Ability to decide when to pivot and adjust timelines and deliverables based on needs and goals, including in response to breaking news
– Understanding of accessibility best practices in the digital space
– Champion of people-centered and ethical storytelling
– Ability to think creatively, identify barriers and roadblocks, and propose solutions and recommendations
Run for Something is committed to building teams that reflect the diversity of our candidates, and to building equitable and inclusive environments that fully leverage the skills, potential, and unique perspectives of our employees. We strongly encourage applications from members of marginalized communities who have been disproportionately affected by lack of representation in elected office, including Black, Indigenous, and people of color, women, and the LGBTQIA+ and disabled communities. Learn more about our commitment here.
In order to prioritize the health and safety of our employees, all Run for Something employees are required to provide proof of COVID vaccination. Run for Something will discuss reasonable accommodations with employees who may be unable to receive a vaccine due to disability, the advice of a medical provider, or sincerely held religious beliefs.
Run for Something is (and always has been and will be) a remote office environment; you will collaborate with colleagues who are based across the United States. You should be prepared to either work from home or a location of your choosing.
When it is safe to do so, this position will require attendance at approximately 2 all-staff events per year, which may include overnight travel. The position involves attendance at a minimum of 3 departmental events which may encompass all or part of the work day, including overnight travel when necessary.
This position requires the ability to work core hours, Monday through Thursday. This position will require some nights and weekends work.
Learn more about what it’s like to work at Run for Something at our Careers page.
Essential Physical Requirements
– As this is a remote position, the person in this position must be able to communicate with colleagues, partners, and donors via phone, including conference and video calls, as well as written communication such as Slack and email.
– This position requires the ability to work on a computer for all or part of the work day.
– This position requires the ability to attend events which may encompass all or part of the work day.
– Travel may involve transportation via airplane, car travel, or trains.
– This position serves as an event representative for Run for Something, and requires the ability to lift 25 pounds, to transport supplies from location to location, and to support load in/load when on-site for events
Compensation & Benefits
Salary for this position is set at $132,600. In order to counter pay inequality and uphold internal parity, salaries are non-negotiable for new and current employees. Run for Something salary bands for a given staff level are benchmarked to the 75th percentile for our sector, and all new employees are paid at the entry point of those bands. Employees then have the opportunity to progress through current salary bands through annual cost of living increases and performance-based pay increases, and into new salary bands through promotions.
Learn more about our compensation policy here.
Benefits at Run for Something include:
– Four Day Work Week (learn more here)
– Unlimited Paid Time Off policy
– Platinum Medical Insurance (100% of premium covered for employees; 50% of premium covered for dependents)
– Dental and Vision Insurance (99.9% of premium covered for both employees and dependents)
– Professional Development Stipend
– Treat Yourself Stipend ($500 a year to do something that brings you joy)
– Equipment Stipend
– Work from Home Stipend
– Cell Phone/Internet Stipend
– 12 weeks paid family leave
– Paid Sabbatical (after 3 years of service to RFS)
~ Four weeks in organization-wide holiday closures, including a two-week winter break
– Flexible, remote work environment
Given campaign finance restrictions, candidates for this position must possess valid work authorizations, and cannot be foreign nationals. This means that we are legally prohibited from hiring anyone for this position who is not a US citizen or lawful permanent resident (green card holder).
We will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis, with priority review given to earlier applications.
Learn more about our interview process here.
No phone calls, emails, or social media inquiries, please.
Due to the volume of applications, we are unable to respond to individual inquiries. We know that applying to jobs is difficult, and we do our best to alert every applicant as to their status in the process. However, be aware that you may not receive a response from us until after the application deadline has passed. If you need accessibility or disability accommodations in any step of the application or interview process, please contact email@example.com, with the job title + “accommodation request” in the subject line.
About Run For Something
About Run for Something
Run for Something recruits and supports young progressives running for down-ballot offices in the United States. Since launching in 2017, we’ve recruited 126,000+ young people who want to run, and we’ve endorsed over 2,300 candidates across all 50 states + DC. We’ve elected 793 candidates across 49 states – 57% are women, 57% are BIPOC, and 21% are LGBTQIA+. and all are age 40 or younger. Our alumni have meaningfully and intentionally made life better for millions of Americans across the country. We are a high-reaching, hungry team changing the face of politics in America. Learn more about our work in this clip.
The Run for Something network includes Run for Something (a 527 non-federal PAC), Run for Something Action Fund (a 501c4), and Run for Something Civics (a newly launched, non-partisan 501c3).
We have ambitious plans for 2023 and beyond. Read about them in our Strategic Plan here.
We highly encourage all job applicants to visit our Careers page to learn about our work environment, values, compensation and benefits policies, interview process, and more.