Communications Associate | popular action

About People’s Action/Institute

The People’s Action Institute (501c3) and sister organization People’s Action (501c4) are progressive national organizations that support grassroots mobilization and leadership for an agenda that reflects people rather than profits. People’s Action/Institute empowers the poor and working people in rural, suburban and urban areas to achieve change through campaigns and elections.

With offices in Washington, DC and Chicago, Illinois, and remote staff across the country, we support and advance state and national struggles for progressive policies on the environment, decarceration, health care, economic security, housing, education and more. Our member organizations, nearly 40 organizations in 30 states, improve lives by organizing campaigns and issues at the local and state level, leading statewide tables, and coming together collectively to change national policy and politics.

People’s Action/Institute has a proven track record of leadership in coordinating grassroots mobilization and advocacy to advance a range of issues at the local, state, and federal levels. Our member organizations have won important victories at the national, state and local levels, including health insurance for millions and the repeal of health care laws that discriminate based on citizenship, preventing banks of Wall Street from selling predatory payday loans to their customers; and historic legislation like the Community Reinvestment Act to victory and the creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

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The Opportunity

Our Communications Associate is responsible for providing communications support to our Communications and Digital team. The successful candidate will build relationships with members of the media, introduce the media and manage media opportunities. This position will also contribute to building our local story bank and executing our digital communications plan.

Job Overview

The Communications Associate will report directly to the Director of Communications. The Associate will play a critical role in supporting the communications objectives of the People’s Action Institute, People’s Action and People’s Action Power through media outreach and monitoring, story bank and digital communications .

As a Communications Associate, your typical day will include (but is not limited to):

Research and writing:

  • Write and edit draft products for distribution to journalists and the media, including press releases, advisories, letters to the editor and other products.
  • Find storytellers from our network and grow our story bank
  • Assist with digital communications, including writing email updates for our subscribers.
  • Perform background research to support the creation of talking points and other materials.

Presentation, reporting and analysis support

  • Perform basic media and narrative analysis to inform campaign strategies and press plans.
  • Support the team by assisting with a range of administrative tasks, including tracking media hits and mentions, compiling clips, managing press lists, coordinating and scheduling our network communications cohort, training storytellers and creating reports to help analyze the work of the department.
  • Submit interviews, stories and events for People’s Action, People’s Action Institute and People’s Action Power.

Relationship building and team support

  • Assist in building relationships and making follow-up calls with members of the press, particularly regional and local press in our priority work regions.
  • Participate in the organization of press conferences and other public events.
  • Collaborate with colleagues from other departments in an efficient and professional manner.
  • Other assigned duties

The ideal communications associate should have the following experience and qualifications:

  • Strong commitment to racial, gender and economic justice and their intersections, both inside and outside the organization.
  • Ability to work with various people and organizations
  • At least 1 year of work experience in community, union or electoral organizations working with poor and working class people in a communications role;
  • The courage to pick up the phone or schedule a Zoom meeting with new contacts to make a new pitch and the resilience to keep pitching in the face of resistance;
  • Ability to write quickly and clearly for an audience of journalists, editors and other media professionals;
  • Ability to gather and synthesize information from a wide variety of people and sources;
  • Ability to de-wonkify politics and communicate complex issues in a way accessible to the ordinary person;
  • Curiosity about the work of our local member organizations and their struggles and challenges;
  • Ability to thrive in environments with multiple stakeholders, frequent change and diverse goals;
  • Experience working with tools such as Meltwater for media contact management is preferred.

Benefits and compensation:

Status: Full-time, regular, exempt, eligible for benefits

Union position (Yes/No): Yes

Number of positions: Of them

Wage scale: A-level – $58,000 – $74,000, depending on experience

Location: May be based in our Chicago, Illinois or Washington, DC office, but remote locations may be considered anywhere in the United States except Hawaii and Alaska.

Reports to: Director of Communications and Digital

Supervises: None

Travel requirements (yes/no): Yes, up to six times a year

Benefits include: Health insurance, dental insurance, vision insurance, medical, first day of employment and flexible spending account for care of dependents after 90 days, 401(k) plan after 30 days, long term disability insurance, life insurance , 11 paid holidays plus the last two weeks of the year which includes Christmas Eve/Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve/New Year’s Day, and you accrue two weeks of vacation during your first year of employment.

Commitment to Disability, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion:

The Action/Popular Institute is a Equal Opportunity Employer; Women, people of color, people with disabilities and LGBTQI people are strongly encouraged to apply.

Vaccine transparency

Due to travel requirements and in-person interactions during employment, applicants will be required to present proof that they are fully immunized (two doses of Moderna or Pfizer vaccines or one dose of J&J plus any appropriate booster doses) against COVID-19 before starting employment. Reasonable accommodations will be considered on a case-by-case basis for exemptions to this requirement in accordance with applicable law.

Closing date: 08/26/22

Please apply here!

No phone calls, please.

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