Reporting Structure: This role reports to the Executive Director.

Essential Duties: The primary responsibilities include managing communications projects through coordinating with external and internal stakeholders, writing and maintaining internal and external collateral, and working hand-in-hand with the Senior Digital Communications Manager to hold ourselves accountable to team goals.

Job Classification: Non-Exempt

The Communications & Special Projects Manager will help RFS accomplish our strategic imperatives via:

Communications project management (approximately 45%):

Work with Executive Director, Senior Digital Communications Manager, and communications consultants to synthesize organizational goals into a holistic communications department plan

Manage weekly calls with all members of the communications team, including communications vendors, ensuring they have what they need to effectively pitch reporters and deal with incoming press requests

Create and maintain internal and external collateral (talking points, presentations, online content) and other writing projects as needed

Create internal processes for digital communications, media relations, and programs to better coordinate between and among departments

Partner with Senior Digital Communications Manager to identify communications KPIs (quantitative and qualitative) and track measurement to goals

Manage Run for Something organizational and candidate/alumni clips (using tools like Meltwater and/or Google alerts) and share out to appropriate recipients (internally and externally)

Cross department coordination (approximately 45%):

Owning efforts like National Run for Office Day and earned media efforts — including writing project plans, aligning with internal and external stakeholders, getting approval, running day-to-day project execution, holding the entire team accountable to the goals, and debriefing after the project concludes

Oversee and execute communications roll-outs for endorsements and other RFS initiatives in partnership with the Senior Digital Communications Manager and communications vendors. Components of an endorsement roll out could include (but not limited to) press releases, social media, exclusive and/or targeted pitches, videos, and more.

Support Run for Something team in communications-related work (10%):

Act as a thought partner with Senior Digital Communications Manager on content and as a quality assurance check on digital assets
Coach and support RFS staff on communications skills including media training and alignment on RFS messaging
Other projects as assigned by Executive Director

Note: This role does not include working with reporters. The person holding this position will support contractors doing pitching but will not be on the record nor directly connected with the press. This role involves some strategic leadership; the person holding it will, for example, draft talking points and build out holistic communications plans — but is not purely (or even mostly) a messaging strategist.

Please see job application link for further details and list of comprehensive benefits.

Note: We are unable to respond to individual inquires via email, phone, social media, etc. Only applications received at the job link will be considered.