Media Relations Manager

About Community Change and Community Change Action:

Community Change builds the power and capacity of low-income people, especially low-income people of color, to lead powerful and dynamic movements for social change. With our community-based partner groups, we bridge the grassroots and the national, supporting outsider strategies to disrupt the status quo while also building pathways to influence the insider conversation.

Our vision of a better world centers the leadership of impacted people of color to move our work on immigrant rights, economic justice, and racial equity, including a focus on jobs and housing, early childhood care and education, income supports, and immigration reform.

This position also supports Community Change Action , an affiliated 501(c)(4) advocacy organization. While motivated by the same core values – equity, inclusion, and justice – Community Change and Community Change Action operate independently of one another and each organization has its own board of directors.

Position Description:

Community Change is looking for an experienced and savvy media relations manager to oversee our outreach in mainstream media nationwide. We are looking for a seasoned communicator who will be critical in creating the kind of content that will move people to action. The right person understands the intersection of economic justice, policy, media and the power of voices to make the change we want to see in the world. A portion of time will be spent doing work for Community Change’s sister organization, Community Change Action.

Principal Responsibilities:

  • Creating communications strategies and developing effective messages for our social and economic justice work that centers Community Change and Community Change Action as part of a progressive future for the country.
  • Pitching stories and developing relationships with high-level and elite media in order to highlight the work of Community Change and Community Change Action and our issue campaigns.
  • Developing creative ideas to strengthen Community Change and Community Change Action’s public brands among diverse audiences and raising the visibility of community organizing, building power and growing leadership in communities of color.
  • Writing media advisories, statements and press releases.
  • Acting as a liaison at public events for press and as a spokesperson if needed.
  • Creating high level content, such as writing op-eds, designing graphics and/or producing video or other multimedia content.
  • Managing content creators, such as Community Change and Community Change Action communications fellows and guiding their work from idea to realization. Working as editor, mentor and coach to fellows.
  • Administrative duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • More than six years working in journalism, communications or related field. Preference for candidates with at least eight years of experience or more.
  • Extensive experience developing media strategies, pitching stories, working with or writing press releases and planning press events.
  • Demonstrated skills as a writer, content creator and editor.
  • Top-notch communications and presentation skills.
  • A high degree of comfort in managing multiple tasks and deadlines and working in a fluid and fast-paced environment. Flexibility and ability to shift and move a must.
  • Commitment to social and economic justice, collaborative processes, and the participation and leadership of low-income people and their organizations.
  • Knowledge of key issue areas, such as poverty and economic justice, and the role of politics and policy to affect change in issue areas.

This person reports to: The Director of Content Strategy and Development

Community Change recognizes a staff bargaining unit affiliated with IFPTE Local 70, a union for non-profit workers. This position is included in Community Change’s bargaining unit and covered under the terms of the collective bargaining agreement.

Salary and benefits: $75,000 – $80,000 annual salary. Community Change also offers an excellent benefits package, which includes 4 weeks of annual paid vacation; additional paid holiday leave between December 24 and January 1; 8% employer contribution to retirement account after six months of employment (and 3% employer contribution for the first 6 months); and a choice of generous health insurance plans.

This position is located in Washington, DC.

Closing Date of Position: Open Until Filled

How to apply: Please click here to submit a cover letter telling us why you are the perfect person for this position as well as salary expectations, a resume, and three samples of your work.

Community Change is an Equal Opportunity Employer