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Director Of Communications

Company: E Pluribus Unum
Location: New Orleans
Posted on: February 25, 2021

Job Description:

E Pluribus Unum (EPU) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization whose mission is to build a more just, equitable, and inclusive South, uprooting the barriers that have long divided the region by race and class. Led by former New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu and incubated at Emerson Collective, EPU is focused on changing the divisive narratives that perpetuate systemic and interpersonal racism, cultivating and empowering courageous leaders who are advancing racial equity and championing transformative policy change.Now, as our communities face new and evolving challenges in the face of COVID-19, this is an important moment for us to confront the reality that we are divided by design and for us double down on the hard work of racial equity and uniting our communities - not just as a question of morality but as an imperative to our ongoing stability and success.OpportunityE Pluribus Unum seeks a dynamic and experienced communications expert to join our growing team as we work to advance racial and economic equity in the South. The Director of Communications will lead the organization's communications and content strategy necessary to advance EPU's leadership, policy change, and narrative change initiatives. Utilizing various platforms and mediums, the Communications Director is responsible for overseeing message development, media relations/press strategy, brand management, strategic content development, and content distribution. The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated ability to work on a diverse team. Successful candidates are fluent in media relations and strategic communications, and bring an entrepreneurial spirit to their teams and partners who are working on some of the most pressing issues of the day. We seek a dynamic individual who can adeptly lead, is a self-starter and a quick study, and has the ability to multi-task in fast-paced environments. Successful candidates will have led communications efforts for non-profits, political organizations, government agencies, or public relations firms.ResponsibilitiesWorking closely with EPU's founder, leadership team, and consultants, the Communications Director will:* Lead communications strategy and planning, including creating long-term communications plans, goals, and priorities for campaigns and initiatives;* Guide the design and implementation of EPU's public communications strategies, including traditional media outreach and digital organizing;* Oversee production and distribution of EPU's marketing and media communications, including but not limited to media advisories and press releases, social media, e-blasts and e-newsletters, and additional promotional materials (e.g. print collateral, videos, etc.);* Identify goals for media coverage in local, regional, and national outlets, and cultivate relationships with key media outlets and reporters to increase EPU's visibility;* Prepare regular reports on EPU's communications metrics;* Manage other communications and digital staff to assist in executing day-to-day and strategic priorities;* Monitor local and national press for relevant stories;* Write media advisories, talking points, op-eds, quotes, and press statements for campaigns and initiatives;* Pitch story ideas and provide information to generate supportive media coverage;* Respond to inquiries from print, radio, and television journalists;* Build relationships with beat reporters at key outlets nationally and across the South;* Prepare and coordinate media opportunities for staff and key spokespeople;* Speak publicly at events and on the record with media; and* Set the Communications team's programmatic budget and monitor progress.Requirements* Bachelor's degree in areas of Mass Communications, Marketing, Journalism, Political Science or other relevant fields, preferred;* Minimum of 10 years of relevant experience working in-house at a public relations or public affairs agency, political or government office, or an adjacent organization;* A deep connection to or interest in the U.S. South;* A deep and broad understanding of race and equity issues and their impacts, an understanding of key racial equity principles, and the ability to communicate effectively about these themes;* Ability to analyze and present data in a clear and concise manner to share with a public audience;* Excellent writing skills and experience crafting a variety of communications materials, including op-eds, press releases, media advisories, Q&A, talking points, statements, PowerPoints, social media posts and memos, as well as other communication documents;* Highly organized and flexible, and is able to juggle multiple tasks;* Ability to prioritize competing projects and multi-task across teams working across various offices* A proven track record of developing media strategies and securing coverage in a wide range of national print and broadcast outlets;* Strong interpersonal skills and ability to collaborate effectively with a small but diverse team;* Must be based in New Orleans or Washington D.C.; some travel required;* Experience and comfort leading teams, managing multiple stakeholders, and handling multiple competing deadlines;* Unrivaled communication and organizational skills that you will leverage to lead a dynamic and talented team, cultivate a collaborative atmosphere and move the organization forward; and,* A clear understanding of social media, creative content, and paid strategies to accompany communications campaignsLocationThe E Pluribus Unum team is based in Washington, DC, and New Orleans, LA. While our team is fully remote during COVID-19, this role is expected to be based in Washington, DC, or New Orleans once conditions allow.BenefitsSalary is competitive and commensurate with experience. Benefits include health insurance, 401(k) with employer match, and a flexible work environment.

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