Chief Communications Officer (Remote)


Chief Communications Officer (Remote) at MoveOn
Full-time •  Competitive Pay • Excellent Benefits • Work from Anywhere in the Contiguous U.S. 
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Updated application deadline: December 15, 2020
MoveOn is a diverse and vibrant community of millions of people working together to create progressive change in America. We are an innovative campaigning organization that supports people throughout the country to take action through driving impactful campaigns that influence the behavior of people and institutions, shape the outcomes of elections, and expand the realities of what’s possible. We organize to challenge entrenched power, while pursuing economic, racial, and social justice and a vision of a country in which everyone can thrive.
MoveOn has a vital role to play in securing progress during the Biden-Harris administration, and in organizing the grassroots to set up election wins in 2021, 2022, and beyond. We are building a powerful, multiracial, and economic populistmovement, and fighting for progress on health care, climate, racial justice and more. In service of that mission, in 2021 and beyond, MoveOn will drive impactful, movement-connected, multichannel, nimble campaigns aimed at impact.
As the Chief Communications Officer, your job will be to lead MoveOn’s communications work and help shepherd our organization’s influential voice as millions of MoveOn members campaign and organize for progress after the election. This is a senior management role in the organization.  You will be responsible for overall brand and communications strategy, for managing the staff carrying out the organization’s media relations, social media, creative, and culture work, for helping the organization establish clear messaging for a wide variety of efforts and scenarios, and for helping to chart broader political and organizational strategy.
Responsibilities include: 
  • Develop and implement the organization’s communications strategy, narrative framework, and messaging to advance MoveOn’s campaigns to build political power on issues including racial justice, climate, health care, democracy reform and more. Work across the organization and partner closely with senior staff & teams to drive our communications strategy across multiple streams.
  • Manage, support and develop a growing team, budget and portfolio encompassing traditional communications, cultural, creative, social media, content strategy and creation and more—to ensure our communications across channels are effective and carry consistent messages that help win campaigns and build our brand. Currently the CCO leads a team of about a dozen staff plus several consultants and vendors. Direct reports include the Chief Public Affairs Officer, Creative Lab Director, Cultural Director, Director of Media Relations and Communications Management, and the Director of Social Media.
  • Manage, execute and refine MoveOn's brand strategy -- making sure MoveOn stands for democracy, people-powered politics, and a multiracial community of millions of members all over the country working together to bring about progress.
  • Manage organizational risks in the communications realm -- including, but is not limited to, hiring crisis comms vendors, training staff on media interactions and social media expectations, developing and implementing approval processes for any products to be publicly released, and weighing in on organizational decisions that may impact MoveOn’s brand. Track record of strong political judgement including managing political risk and PR risk
  • Elevate the voices of MoveOn members whenever possible to demonstrate what grassroots action looks like and show our collective people power at work.
  • Stay current on the state of our politics, regularly monitoring the news and political developments and identifying rapid-response opportunities and other interventions that can have impact.
  • Manage MoveOn’s public presence -- including the website, logo, conference presence and more, in partnership with other teams. 
  • Be available for evening and weekend work and occasional travel as the need arises.
A successful candidate will ...
  • Be an effective leader and collaborator who also is able and willing to make hard decisions.
  • Understands how to use an interdisciplinary set of communications tools to leverage political power and tell the story of who we are - including digital and emerging platforms.
  • Have substantial communications expertise: knows how ideas flow in society, which communications channels reach which audiences, how media and information environments are structured and evolving, and how to make messages carry in ways that matter. You have practical skills and abilities in one or more of the areas of social media, media relations, creative content production, brand management, and/or cultural organizing.
  • Have a deep understanding of how the news media works, what drives stories, what breaks through, where and how and ability to craft messages and media tactics that get stories. Will be aggressive, creative and have a proven track record of garnering media attention, and ideally existing relationships with the press.
  • Be a powerful writer & storyteller: You know how to create compelling narratives, metaphors, and content that connect with and move audiences on an emotional level.
  • Be committed to centering members and member voices in the work of the organization as well as maintaining trust and credibility with various audiences
  • Value equity and demonstrate competence communicating about identity and equity: possesses a sophisticated understanding of the structures through which race, gender, class, sexual orientation, religion, ability, and other axes of identity function to unjustly distribute power and oppress some in our society, be committed to lifting up the voices and leadership of those on the front lines, and practice ongoing learning and development of your knowledge and perspective in this area.
  • Move quickly and be opportunistic: You regularly scan the news and political environments, and you are skilled at identifying opportunities to intervene in them to advance your goals. You are creative in coming up with outside-the-box ideas that can draw attention and carry a message.
  • Be aligned with MoveOn’s vision of a country and world where everyone can thrive, and with our digital-first approach that includes rapid-response campaigning and organizing and empowering grassroots activists to make change.
Required skills and experience
  • At least 5 years of experience in political, advocacy, campaign, or progressive movement roles and have a deep understanding of politics and media and can make excellent political strategic judgment
  • At least 5 years of experience doing communications work or in the fields of media relations, earned media, social media, and content development.  
  • Experience using multi-faceted communications to drive your message: earned, paid, social, digital, culture, creative/video
  • Experience managing and leading high-performing staff.
  • Have an established track record of impact: Your work will have already played a significant role in affecting movement building, public discourse, winning advocacy or electoral efforts, and/or bringing about progress.
  • Excellent communications skills, at the individual and organizational level: You are a compelling writer, editor, and oral communicator in various mediums and formats --- fast at drafting talking points and press releases that use crisp and succinct messages, with an intuitive sense of the content that will travel and resonate.
Reports to: Executive Director
Location: Position may be based anywhere in the contiguous United States. May require occasional travel.  
Classification, Salary, and Benefits: Full-time, competitive salary including benefits such as 100%-employer-paid premiums for medical, dental, and vision insurance for all staff and their children; 401(k) plan with employer contribution; employer-paid premiums for life insurance; four weeks accrued paid vacation time per year, prorated for the period that you work; 18 weeks of paid parental leave (birth, adoption, foster care placement of a child), 10 days accrued paid sick time, and paid family medical leave; staff holidays, professional development budget of $1,000, monthly cell phone and internet reimbursement of $175 per month, home office subsidy, and everything needed for a home office. Civic Action and Political Action provide equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws.
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