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Whether you can help out with an extra hand for event mailings or envelope stuffings, or donate time for data entry, web assistance, or research, your assistance is invaluable.
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JOB OPENING: COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR
Basic Rights Oregon seeks a full-time Communications Director to develop and implement a strategic communications plan that achieves education and campaign goals and engages constituents as primary spokespeople. The ideal candidate has a proven ability to win positive media coverage for the organization’s priorities and build relationships across identity. He or she will be committed to getting results in a fast-paced environment and able to provide leadership in integrating racial justice into all our communications. The Communications Director supervises the Communications Coordinator and is a member of the management team. This position is based in Portland, Oregon and reports to the Executive Director.
About the Organization
Basic Rights Oregon (BRO) works to ensure that all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Oregonians experience equality by building a broad and inclusive politically powerful movement, shifting public opinion, and achieving policy victories. Over the next three years, we are building our largest-ever education campaign to increase support for marriage equality, launching our trans-inclusive health care initiative, and increasing our work as an ally for racial justice.
The Communications Director will be responsible for the following:
- Message development to support BRO’s strategic plan, campaigns, and education initiatives.
- Manage consultants to engage in public opinion research or factual research.
- Plan, lead and execute strategic communications to shift public opinion and move constituents to action.
- Develop and maintain professional relationships with statewide and local media. Regularly pitch positive message-based stories to media and manage requests for press comment/interviews.
- Identify, train and deploy constituents as spokespeople in the media and at public events.
- Work closely with staff to draft or edit internal and external materials, including messaging documents, electronic communications, grant proposals, etc.
- Work with consultants and volunteers (printers, copywriters, designers, direct mail consultants, broadcast media firms) to facilitate creative work not directly conducted by BRO staff.
Basic Rights Oregon seeks candidates who excel in relationship-building, are results-oriented, and have strong project management skills. The ideal candidate will have:
- At least 5 years of related experience, including 3+ years communications experience.
- Strong writing and editing skills. Attention to detail and ability to meet deadlines.
- Demonstrated experience delivering strong quotes to print, television and radio media, including ethnic press.
- Ability to self-motivate, self-direct, and manage multiple projects simultaneously, as well as a commitment to teamwork and a sense of humor.
- Demonstrated experience working with communities of color, trans/gender variant and LGBT youth communities and a commitment to the mission of the organization.
- Experience building online communications and social-networking programs to scale preferred.
- Familiarity with development of a professional issue campaign’s communication components (polling, direct mail, broadcast media, etc.) preferred.
- Experience managing consultants and mentoring staff preferred.
How to Apply
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and should include resume, cover letter and the names and contact information for three references. Please submit applications electronically to Basic Rights Oregon Executive Director Jeana Frazzini at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Candidates may be required to submit writing samples or undergo skills assessment as part of the application process.
Basic Rights Oregon is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse, multicultural work environment. People of color, people with disabilities and people of diverse sexual orientations, gender expressions and identities are encouraged to apply.
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