Associate Director, Communications
at Results

Details at-a-glance

Schedule: Full-Time

Location Requirement: Remote, USA

 

Summary

RESULTS supports a movement of passionate, committed everyday people using their voices to influence political decisions that will bring an end to poverty. Our network of volunteer advocates is supported by a staff of researchers, policy analysts, and legislative and media experts. Our shared goal is the end of poverty. We have affiliates and partners across five continents, and a network of volunteers in all 50 states.

RESULTS is looking for an Associate Director, Communications, to drive the organization’s communications and media strategy. The Associate Director is responsible for strategy and execution across three areas:

  1. Advocacy communications – Driving message and communications strategy to advance our grassroots advocacy campaigns, with a particular focus on anti-oppression, political strategy, and nonpartisanship.

  2. Media for advocacy – Leading a media strategy focused on specific policy objectives and building long-term influence on members of Congress and the Administration.

  3. Institutional communications – Developing messaging and key tools to help achieve advocacy, fundraising, and expansion targets, as well as overall organizational health and visibility.

 

Success in the role depends on sharp media and communications skills; a keen understanding of policy and advocacy; and a deep commitment to anti-oppression and to the power of grassroots advocacy. The Associate Director should be eager to dive in on leading day-to-day communications, with the vision to expand the department’s future reach and impact.

A key part of the portfolio – and focus for future growth – is supporting experts with lived experience of poverty in their media work. Individuals with their own personal experience of RESULTS campaign issues are strongly encouraged to apply.

This is a supervisory role, and works closely with a range of legislative, grassroots, expansion, and fundraising staff.

 

Key responsibilities:

 

Advocacy communications

  • Lead campaign message development and create written materials, including policy “explainers,” background packets, blog posts, and timely advocacy and media tools.

  • Coach grassroots volunteers and staff in effective messaging, with a particular focus on anti-oppression, non-partisanship, political influence, and countering harmful narratives around poverty.

  • Maintain a detailed understanding of RESULTS advocacy campaign strategy and activities, to shape cross-cutting institutional materials, track and communicate accomplishments, provide public-facing updates, and highlight grassroots actions and impact.

 

Media for advocacy

  • Lead media relations and secure regular strategic coverage of key policy issues in top-tier national media, and lead national opinion media writing and placement.

  • Design strategies to support RESULTS advocates with lived experience of poverty in their work with the media, including tailored media training, coaching, drafting support, pitching, and media relationship management, working in close collaboration with the Senior Associate, Experts on Poverty.

  • Regularly evaluate the highest-impact approach to media for impact on Capitol Hill.

  • Provide strategic guidance to staff and volunteers who are running a decentralized local media strategy across all 50 states.

  • Produce traditional media materials, including press releases, media briefs, letters to the editor, and op-eds.

 

Institutional communications

  • Design messaging to set direction for RESULTS organizational communications, working with development and campaigns teams to ensure consistency in brand, voice, and message strategy.

  • Produce core marketing and collateral materials in partnership with Creative Manager.

  • Provide strategic direction to RESULTS staff and volunteers for communicating the work and vision of the organization, including with the media.

 

Additional Duties and Management

  • Manage relevant communications staff, consultants, and vendors.

  • Manage budget to meet the portfolio’s goals.

  • Contribute to the annual International Conference and other cross-cutting campaigns team and organizational projects.

  • Contribute to fundraising efforts and grant reporting as needed and relevant to core portfolio.

 

Qualifications:

  • Extensive experience in communications and media, with a focus on policy change.

  • Readiness to develop and lead a cross-cutting communications strategy.

  • Clear commitment to the mission of the organization, to anti-oppression, and to the leadership of people with firsthand experience of poverty.

  • Political savvy, and experience distilling complex policy issues into compelling, easy-to-understand content.

  • Demonstrated track record in effective media relations, and in successfully generating opinion and news media.

  • Exceptional writing and editing skills in a variety of styles – from pithy web content to op-eds to detailed policy briefs.

  • Outstanding relationship building, cultural competency, and interpersonal skills, with experience working with a wide range of people and communities.

  • Strong professional diplomacy and leadership skills, with the ability to incorporate diverse opinions, receive feedback, and adapt.

  • Creativity, energy, patience, openness to change, and a constructive approach to problems.

 

Benefits

 

Health Insurance

  • For all staff and their families, RESULTS Educational Fund pays 100% of the premiums and out-of-pocket costs (deductibles, co-pays, prescriptions, etc.) for our CareFirst reference plan, which includes medical and dental coverage.

  • Coverage begins on the first day of the month following (or coinciding with) your start date.

  • Employees may opt to select a plan with higher coverage by paying the difference in premiums between the reference plan and the plan they select 

 

Flexible Spending Accounts

  • RESULTS offers flexible spending accounts for medical, dependent care, and transportation/parking costs to which employees may contribute with pre-tax payroll deductions.

  • Employees are eligible for flexible spending accounts on the first day of the month following 90 days of employment up to the limits allowable by the IRS.

 

Retirement & Other Benefits

  • RESULTS offers a 401(k) Retirement Plan which has both pre- and post-tax contribution options.

  • Employees are eligible to enroll on the first day of the month following their date of hire.

  • To enroll, an employee must designate an individual contribution (via payroll deductions) and choose from among a variety of investment options.

  • In addition, RESULTS will begin making an employer match on the first day of the month following an employee’s one-year service anniversary. Under a Safe Harbor Agreement, RESULTS has agreed to match 100% of the employee contribution up to 3% of salary, then match 50% on any additional contributions up to 5% of salary.

  • RESULTS also offers short-term disability, long-term disability, and life insurance coverage at no cost to employees. Short term disability insurance monthly benefit maximum: 60% of weekly earnings to a maximum of $1,500. Long-term disability insurance monthly benefit maximum: 60% of monthly earnings to a maximum of $6,000. The life insurance benefit amount is one year’s salary up to $150,000 maximum. The effective date for this coverage is the employee’s date of hire.

 

Annual Leave

  • RESULTS offers generous paid annual leave earned on an accrual basis and carried forward from year-to-year but capped at the following levels: 15 days of vacation, 10 days of sick leave, and 5 days of personal leave.

  • All leave (other than emergency sick leave) must be approved in advance by the supervisor.

  • New employees will earn leave pro-rata based on their date of hire and may use vacation and personal leave upon successful completion of 90 days of employment.

  • RESULTS generally observes nine (9) official holidays each year. In addition, all offices are closed between the Christmas Day and New Year’s Day holidays with no requirement to use annual leave.

 

Equal opportunity statement:

RESULTS believes that poverty cannot end as long as oppression exists and is committed to creating an equitable workplace. People of color, members of LGBTQ+ communities, and people with firsthand experience of poverty are strongly encouraged to apply.

RESULTS is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, disability, religion, ethnicity, national origin, gender, or sexual orientation.

 

Process for applying: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and interviews will be scheduled with qualified candidates. Due to the volume of submissions, we will not be able to respond to all applicants.

How to apply

Please send your resume and cover letter to recruitment@broderickhaightconsulting.com along with 1-3 work samples. Email subject line: “Results: Associate Director, Communications”.