Communications Director

Communications Director

Unite for Reproductive & Gender Equity

Washington, DC or other URGE states (AL, CA, GA, KS, OH, TX)   |   May 4, 2021

About URGE

URGE plays a unique and critical role as a reproductive justice organization that engages young people and catalyzes their power to fight for the ability of all people to build the families they want, access the healthcare they need, and to live and love in a way that’s true to who they are. Working with young people ages 18-30, and the leadership of young people of color, women, queer, trans, and nonbinary folks, and people of low-income, URGE provides training, field mobilization and national leadership to move policy, systemic, and cultural change.

URGE is driven by young leaders. We build infrastructure through campus chapters and Community Activist Networks, where we engage individuals to discover their own power and transform it into action. Together, URGE members educate their communities and advocate for local, state, and national policies in solidarity with other justice focused groups. Young people are powerful, engaged, and ready to lead.

We believe that justice will only be achieved once each of us recognizes the power of our own experience and joins up with others to create a different future. Working across the progressive landscape, we think, learn, and act together. We work together to build strong communities where sexual health is valued, reproductive rights are upheld, and each body is celebrated and supported to be well, happy, and thriving.

If you are ready to bring your whole self into the fight for justice, URGE will have your back every step of the way. Now is the time to discover your power, claim the conversation, and build this movement. We are dedicated to the right of each person to make their own decisions about sex, gender, pregnancy, parenting, and the direction of their lives. URGE provides tools, training and leadership opportunities to young people age 18-30 nationally and in Alabama, Georgia, Texas, Ohio, California, and Kansas to mobilize for reproductive justice and win real victories for their campuses and communities!

For more information on URGE, please visit our website.

The Opportunity

URGE seeks a self-motivated, critical thinker with a keen attention to detail to lead the Communications Department of the organization. This position requires demonstrated knowledge, skills, and experience in the development and execution of strategic, multi-faceted communications plans that engage diverse audiences, increase organization visibility, and support our people, values, and programs. Working closely with other Director-level staff and above, the Communications Director will serve in senior leadership to help implement the values of the organization and manage department staff.

The ideal candidate must be a strong writer and editor that can oversee communications efforts that include a breadth of communications tactics, including designing and managing cross-platform social media campaigns, earned media strategy, marketing, website supervision, graphic design management, content development, and evaluation metrics. Experience developing research-based, values messaging and talking points a plus.

Candidates must have knowledge of and commitment to Reproductive Justice issues, as well as some experience working in the not-for-profit sector.

Specific responsibilities include:

Communications Strategy and Management

  • Develop and bottom line a long-term strategic communications plan, as well as short-term communications campaigns with timelines and deliverables.
  • Coordinate with Field and Policy Directors to provide communication support to programmatic, voter engagement, and state and federal policy activities.
  • Serve as direct manager to Communications Department staff.
  • Manage consultants and relationships with outside vendors, as appropriate.

Writing and Materials Development

  • Develop or review communications and media materials, including but not limited to web content, brochures, annual reports, fact sheets, advocacy and fundraising e-blasts, newsletters, press releases, media pitches, toolkits, trainings, and other publications.
  • Prepare and edit communications pieces for the Executive Director and other senior staff, including speeches, op-eds, and sections of reports for funders and the Board.
  • Ensure URGE style, voice, and brand consistency across all content.
  • Oversee design, production, and dissemination of all printed materials, including swag.

Other

  • Identify opportunities to lift the voices of URGE staff and members around key movement, cultural, and media moments.
  • Oversee biannual “Generation Awards” selection process and event program.
  • Represent URGE externally at meetings, conferences, events, etc.
Candidate Profile
  • Strong commitment to URGE’s mission and values (please review the Mission, Vision, and Values section below) and knowledge of sexual and reproductive health issues.
  • Demonstrated experience in communications roles.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage creative, multi-faceted communications strategies from ideation to evaluation.
  • Solid writing, editing, and oral presentation skills in English. Being able to write on a deadline a must.
  • Experience with staff management strongly encouraged.
  • Familiarity with diverse social media platforms, content management systems, website redesign, and website platforms (having worked with Nationbuilder and WordPress a plus).
  • The Comms Director must be willing to travel when COVID-19 restrictions are relaxed.
  • While URGE has a commitment to conduct its work within organizational office hours, this position will require willingness to work on weeknights and weekends, as needed.
  • Commitment to reproductive and gender justice, abortion access for all, queer and trans liberation, building young people’s political power, and dismantling white supremacy.
  • Commitment to co-creating a work environment that is just, equitable, and inclusive to all, including Black, Indigenous, and other people of color, LGBTQIA+ people, women, and people with disabilities.
Compensation & Benefits

URGE offers a competitive salary and benefits package for full-time employees.  Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience, within the range of $80K – $89K.

URGE is an equal opportunity employer. Black, Indigenous, and other people of color, LGBTQIA+ people, and those with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Contact

Liz Lombard and Angie Sessoms of Koya Partners have been exclusively retained for this search. To express your interest in this role please submit your materials here or to Angie directly at [email protected]. All inquiries and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.

About Koya Partners

Koya Partners, a part of the Diversified Search Group firm, is dedicated to connecting exceptionally talented people with mission-driven clients. Our founding philosophy—The Right Person in the Right Place Can Change the World—guides our work as we partner with nonprofits & NGOs, institutions of higher education, responsible businesses, and social enterprises in local communities and around the world. At Koya, we don’t just accept difference—we celebrate it, support it, and thrive on it for the benefit of our team, our clients, and the communities we serve.

Koya is an equal opportunity employer fully committed to creating an environment and team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, styles, and experiences. We encourage all to apply because we believe a diversity of voices leads to better discussions, decisions, and outcomes for everyone. Koya does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, military status, veteran status, genetic information, gender identity, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law. For more information about Koya Partners, visit www.koyapartners.com.