Communications Associate, Voting Rights

ReThink Media seeks a Communications Associate to support their Voting Rights team’s work with leading local, regional, and national groups across the country to advance a more representative democracy, wherein all Americans have an equal voice.

We are a unique, nonprofit organization that places media and communications at the center of our movement-building agenda. We strengthen the collaborative media and communications capacity of state and national advocacy groups; increase the “voice share” of their spokespeople; and provide in-depth media, messaging, and opinion research to inform movement strategy.

We focus on long-term engagement with our advocacy partners and with the issues we take on—all driven by a belief that the stronger the groups are across an issue sector and the tighter their collaboration, the more likely they are to win real and lasting policy victories. At present, ReThink works in three distinct, yet interconnected, issue areas: the protection of human and civil rights; strengthening our democracy; and a more constructive US foreign and national security policy.

The voting rights team works to support fair and equitable voting rights. The team works closely with other ReThink Media staff focused on reducing the influence of money in politics and supporting an independent judiciary.  We highly encourage candidates who are experienced in working with diverse communities to apply.

Description

The Communications Associate reports to the Program Director for the Voting Rights team, and works to support partner groups in their efforts to amplify news voices, power rapid response, communicate collaboratively, strengthen message cohesion, and use data to drive strategy.

We are looking for a self-starting problem solver with a proven record of success with media relations. Importantly, the ideal candidate—an avid communicator who understands the role of digital strategy and storytelling in communications—will be committed to racial justice and dismantling barriers against voting. The ideal candidate will have at least two years of experience working in the fields of media, communications, and press or public relations. Experience working as a Capitol Hill or NGO communications staffer, in campaign or advocacy communications, or in pitching and placing content and/or spokespeople in the media is a plus. 

We aim to attract, develop, and retain diverse, talented, and growth-minded staff. Please see Location, Salary, and Benefits below for details about our commitment to pay equity.

Principal Duties

Specific goals will be set with the supervisor, corresponding to the following duties:

  • Monitor daily news, opinion, and social media coverage and review daily news digests from the sector in order to identify key opportunities for rapid response;
  • Draft daily clips related to top news stories with relevant social media content;
  • Assist in the development of timely and effective talking points, messaging tips and where appropriate create statements, op-eds, letters to the editor, and sample social media content, to be distributed in response to breaking news developments and ahead of known media opportunities;
  • Develop expert knowledge of key reporters and outlets covering these issues;
  • Train groups to develop and maintain tailored press lists;
  • Build meaningful relationships with partner organizations and develop expertise on the issues they work on, their unique media profiles, their key spokespeople, and their access to validators;
  • Assist groups in developing strategic communications plans and in implementing media strategies;
  • Pitch and place stories and op-eds;
  • Help provide media skills training;
  • Help coordinate social media strategies and tactics, including both longer-term efforts and rapid response opportunities.

Essential Skills and Qualifications

  • Minimum of 2 years of relevant work experience.
  • Experience monitoring news coverage, writing press materials, developing traditional and social media strategies, and/or pitching stories.
  • Strong writing, editing, and communications skills.
  • Ability to creatively and strategically frame ideas, develop stories, and synthesize complex policy issues in a way that appeals to reporters, editors, producers, and a wide variety of audiences.
  • Experience with digital content and strategy for social media.
  • Experience working in multi-racial and multi-ethnic coalitions.
  • Knowledge of print, broadcast, and online news media.
  • Proven track record as a strong team player.
  • Experience with various social media platforms (e.g. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, TikTok), and knowledge of how a communications plan must be tailored for each one.
  • Experience with Zoom and PowerPoint.

Desirable but not required:

  • Experience with editing video content for civil rights organizations and/or social media.
  • Experience with Cision, MailChimp, and/or Sprout Social.
 

LOCATION, BENEFITS, AND SALARY

This is a remote, full-time position. The position will require occasional travel to staff and planning meetings, and to presentations and trainings. ReThink aims to recruit the best people for every position and we have recently moved to an all-remote staffing model. At the same time, some locations are more immediately relevant to the strategic objectives of our work. Applicants are welcome from across the country, but will be considered in conjunction with their strategic proximity to key partner locations or constituencies. In all cases, ReThink requires employees to live within 90 minutes of a major airport to facilitate occasional travel. The salary range listed below pertains to employees in Washington, DC and might potentially be adjusted for candidates from locations with much lower costs of living.

ReThink Media is committed to pay equity and transparency in our salary, raise, and benefits structure. We regularly conduct market comparisons. All staff receive an annual 360º performance review and ReThink is strongly committed to internal and external professional development. We aim to attract, develop, and retain diverse, talented, and growth-minded staff.

This is a mid-level position that comes with a generous benefits, vacation, sabbatical, and retirement package. Salary is commensurate with experience and, if the employee is based in the Washington, DC metro area, will be in the range of $50,000–55,000, plus benefits.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

We are moving quickly to fill this position and are assessing candidates on a rolling basis, so we encourage you to apply soon. This position is open until filled.

ReThink Media is an equal opportunity employer and an inclusive organization. People of diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. 

To apply, send an email to [email protected], Subject: Voting Rights Communications Associate. Please include your cover letter and résumé as PDF attachments, with your name in each filename (e.g., resume- Smith.pdf).

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

ReThink Media is an equal opportunity employer. We strongly encourage and seek applications from women, people of color, including bilingual and bicultural individuals, as well as members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities. Applicants shall not be discriminated against because of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, color, marital status, medical condition (cancer-related) or conditions Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) and AIDS-related conditions (ARC). Reasonable accommodation will be made so that qualified disabled applicants may participate in the application process. Please advise in writing of special needs at the time of application.

DIVERSITY STATEMENT

ReThink is committed to a just and equitable society wherein all people are treated equally, opportunity is justly distributed, and all voices are heard. We affirm and seek diversity in gender, race, color, ethnicity & national origin, age, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), class, religion, ability, life experiences, and background as both a positive contribution to our organizational environment and a critical asset for informing and enabling our work. With this in mind, we are committed to maintaining a work environment that recognizes, understands, respects, and encourages the unique contributions of each member and we approach every hiring decision with a commitment to workplace diversity.