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ReThink Media is a unique, nonprofit, media and communications organization that works to strengthen the collaborative media and communications capacity of nonprofit think tanks, experts, and advocacy groups working in three distinct issue areas and sectors. These include our Money in Politics and Fair Courts, Peace and Security, and Security and Rights Collaboratives. ReThink Media's mission is to provide these organizations with access to state-of-the-art media technologies, expert communications and the latest in public opinion, media and messaging research

FULL-TIME STAFF POSITIONS

Associate Director, Voting Rights

The Opportunity

ReThink Media seeks a talented, visionary, and accomplished media strategist to be the principle leader of our Voting Rights work. With the 2018 elections fast approaching, the ideal candidate will be an experienced leader, ideally with state-based organizing and media experience, who is ready to seize the historic moment and work alongside groups campaigning to strengthen and expand Voting Rights and advance a social justice agenda that ensures that all Americans are heard from equally.  

Organizational Description

ReThink is a unique nonprofit that strengthens movements through building the capacity of state and national advocacy groups, increasing the voice share of their spokespeople, experts, and allies, and providing in-depth media, messaging, and opinion research to inform movement strategy. Working with our funding partners, we focus on long-term engagement with the groups we work with and 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 advancing a more constructive U.S. foreign and national security policy.

ReThink's Democracy team works with leading state and national organizations to build a more inclusive, representative, and reflective democracy. We provide money-in-politics, fair courts, and Voting Rights groups and their campaigns with ongoing training and capacity-building in critical media skills, direct rapid response and media relations support, strategic messaging guidance, assistance with op-ed and editorial campaigns, as well as the latest in public opinion and media analysis. Working with researchers, journalists, and the leading local, state, and national groups across the country, our Democracy Collaborative is uniquely positioned as a partner and a connector in informing movement strategy. 

Job Description

We are looking for an experienced leader with proven organizing and communications expertise within the Voting Rights field to play a pivotal role in broadening our work to include organizations and advocates working to expand voting rights and combat voter suppression. This includes working with individual groups and spokespeople across the sector to strengthen their communications work, building and broadening the collaborative capacity of groups and allies to work together, and developing shared messaging and media strategies that effectively challenge the growing number of attacks in states across the country, and in the wake of Shelby County v. Holder. More broadly, the Associate Director will be part of a larger team dedicated to advancing an inclusive, participatory, and representative democratic process that affirms the voice of all Americans.

As part of our mission, ReThink provides our member organizations with access to a state-of-the-art media database, press distribution, and clipping service. We provide ongoing training in critical media and communications skills. We monitor and conduct extensive media and opinion research, and assist groups with message development. We assist with the development and execution of digital content, strategies and campaigns. We also work to improve collaboration and coordination amongst organizations and assist groups and campaigns with direct media and public relations support, including coordinating rapid response, assisting with op-ed and editorial campaigns, and the pitching and placement of spokespeople.

The Associate Director is responsible for building the capacity of both the individual reform organizations and the sector as a whole. The Voting Rights team, within our Democracy Team, will assist groups with developing shared media and messaging strategies and multi-organizational campaigns. The project is designed to be expansive so additional organizations can participate as the field grows. It is also based on the understanding that while the goal is to strengthen the strategic communications capacity of a growing field, providing substantial benefits to individual organizations will best enable that objective.

The Associate Director will supervise one or more Media Associates, and interns as needed, and also work with the larger Democracy Collaborative and ReThink’s core team, including the organization's two Co-Founders, Digital Director, and Director of Public Opinion and Media Analysis. The Associate Director for Voting Rights will be supervised by the Democracy Collaborative's Managing Director.

The Associate Director will work with groups to coordinate joint rapid response campaigns, informed by extensive news coverage monitoring and tailored press lists. S/he will also facilitate social media campaign work, which will involve monitoring and analyzing online metrics and content on voting rights groups and issues, providing groups with training in the use of social media tools, and oversee the crafting and disseminating of content in support of existing initiatives.

The ideal candidate will have 5-7 years of experience working in strategic communications, advocacy, political or campaign communications, and will have a strong understanding of the workings of the non-profit research and advocacy community. S/he will have direct experience and/or demonstrated commitment to voting rights. S/he will also have a proven track record of staff and project management. Experience working as a Hill or NGO communications staffer, supervising or managing a communications team or campaign, and/or a proven track record in developing media outreach strategies is preferred.

ReThink’s approach to communications is grounded in movement building. Our goal is to demonstrably help organizations become stronger, faster, more agile, and more effective in their media work.

Principle Duties

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

  • Guide the Voting Rights efforts within ReThink's Democracy Collaborative, informed by the findings of an in-depth media audit and sector-wide needs assessment.
  • Craft communications strategies to meet the needs of the Voting Rights field; build the communications capacity of the field as a whole, as well as within individual organizations; and identify communications priorities that will have the greatest positive impact across the sector.
  • Draw upon extensive expertise of both the expanding field of Voting Rights organizations and the key reporters and outlets covering voting rights issues in order to: assist and train groups in building and maintaining tailored press lists; supervise the updating of ReThink's press lists; and quickly connect reporters and spokespeople during breaking news opportunities.
  • Oversee the drafting of timely and effective talking points, message guidance, op-eds and letters to the editor at rapid-response moments or ahead of known media opportunities.
  • Support the individual media work and communications capacity of groups within the collaborative. This often includes assisting groups in developing a strategic communications plan, implementing media strategies, building press lists, assisting in the editing and development of media content, assisting with pitching and placement, providing media training, and conducting audits of coverage.
  • Work in collaboration with the Data and Public Opinion Analysis Team on longer-term research projects such as media and public opinion audits and coverage analysis of specific issues, frames, and outlets, message testing, and the development of media accountability campaigns.
  • Provide expert training to member organizations and spokespeople in media skills such as conducting effective broadcast interviews, writing op-eds, engaging editorial boards, and driving social media strategies, among others.
  • Manage the recruitment and supervision of Media Associates, intern, and fellows.

Essential skills and qualifications:

  • A commitment to social justice and a genuinely inclusive democracy.
  • Superior writing, editing, communications, and presentation skills.
  • 5-7 years of experience working in communications strategy, community or political organizing, campaigns, or all of the above.
  • A proven record of effective coalition building or management of multi-organizational campaigns, including knowledge of the Voting Rights field, particularly of state-level organizations.
  • Experience monitoring and analyzing news coverage, writing press materials, developing media strategies, and pitching stories.
  • A creative and strategic ability to frame ideas, develop stories, and synthesize complex policy issues in a way that appeals to the news media and a wide variety of audiences.
  • Excellent news sense and political savvy.
  • Knowledge of print, broadcast, and electronic news media.
  • Strong training, mentoring, and/or supervisory skills.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively, both verbally and in writing, with varying levels of organization staff, clients, contractors, foundations, and the media.
  • Demonstrated resourcefulness and flexibility in approach to project assignments.
  • Experience with Cision, Neon, MailChimp, Webex or Drupal a plus.

Additional Qualifications:

This is a full-time position, ideally based in either our San Francisco Bay Area or Washington, DC office, but we will consider candidates from other locations that are willing to travel and/or mange staff remotely. The position includes moderate travel to conferences, training workshops with state organizations, and staff meetings. This position comes with a very generous benefits package, including vacation, sabbatical, retirement, a health savings account, and other benefits.

To Apply:

This position is open until filled and candidates are applying on a rolling basis. Our number one priority is finding the ideal candidate, but we are moving quickly to fill this position, so we encourage you to apply as promptly as possible. All applications will be acknowledged, but please, no phone calls. To apply, please send a cover letter and your resume to [email protected] 

Be sure to save both documents with your name in the title and include the words “Associate Director/Voting Rights” in the subject line of your email.

The salary range for this position is $80-$90K. ReThink also offers an extensive benefits package including vacation, health and dental care, a retirement plan, a sabbatical policy and other benefits intended to support long-term organizing work. 

 

Managing Director, Democracy Collaborative


The Opportunity

ReThink Media seeks a talented, visionary, and accomplished media strategist to assume the leadership of our Democracy team. With the 2018 elections fast approaching, the ideal candidate will be an experienced leader who is ready to seize the historic moment and work alongside groups campaigning to strengthen American democracy, both nationally and on a state-by-state basis. 

Organizational Description

ReThink is a unique, nonprofit organization that strengthens movements through building the collaborative media and communications capacity of state and national advocacy groups, increasing the voice share of their spokespeople, experts, and allies, and providing in-depth media, messaging, and opinion research to inform movement strategy. Working with our funding partners, we focus on long-term engagement with the groups we work with and 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 for a more constructive U.S. foreign and national security policy.

ReThink's Democracy team works with leading state and national organizations to build a more inclusive, representative, and reflective democracy. We provide money-in-politics, fair courts, and voting rights groups and their campaigns with ongoing training and capacity-building in critical media skills, direct rapid response and media relations support, strategic messaging guidance, assistance with op-ed and editorial campaigns, as well as the latest in public opinion and media analysis. Working with researchers, journalists, and the leading local, state, and national groups across the country, our democracy collaborative is uniquely positioned as a partner and a connector in informing movement strategy. 

Building a Just Democracy

Working alongside our funding partners and nearly 100 state and national groups, our goal is to help move our country toward a democratic system where all citizens are equally engaged and where both discriminatory practices and economic barriers to participation have been eliminated. 

This currently involves three primary threads of work: 

  1. Challenging the corrosive influence of campaign money on our electoral system, which currently gives disproportionate power to wealthy interests while systemically excluding poor, working class and middle-class citizens as well as communities of color and religious minorities.
  2. Strengthening the independence of the judiciary, by both raising public awareness of the growing corporate influence on the courts and by increasing public understanding of the courts role in advancing and defending civil and constitutional rights.
  3. Working to expand voter participation through better access to the ballot, strengthening voting rights, and challenging the suppression of voting rights in communities of color.

The Managing Director

The Managing Director, in coordination with the Co-Founder and Senior Campaign Strategist, serves as the organizational lead for all of our work within this sector. In this senior level position, the Managing Director will oversee initiatives to develop shared media and messaging strategies, provide media and spokesperson training, build organizations’ media outreach and rapid response capacity, provide groups with media and opinion analysis, and support multi-organizational communications initiatives and campaigns. 

Our experience has proven that by providing shared resources, eliminating duplication of efforts among organizations, developing agreed-upon overarching messages, and providing consistent high-quality consulting advice and staff support, we can successfully impact media discourse and move issues forward. While we value and affirm the importance of differentiation amongst advocacy organizations, we work to reduce competition for media attention because it often detracts from a sector achieving its maximum potential. 

The Managing Director supervises a team of five communications professionals, supported by Interns and Graduate Fellows. Additionally, they work closely with ReThink’s Analysis Team (public opinion, media framing, message development) and our Digital Director (strategy and analysis of digital work).

The ideal candidate will be a highly ambitious and motivated communications strategist with a minimum of six or more years of experience working in the field of advocacy, political or campaign communications, and/or public relations and will have a strong understanding of the workings of the non-profit research and advocacy community. S/he will have direct experience and/or demonstrated commitment to the issues of the collaborative and an understanding of the organizations working in this field. S/he will also have a proven track record of project management and a demonstrated pattern of innovation and creativity. Strong personnel and work plan management is critical. Experience working as a Capitol Hill or NGO communications staffer, supervising or managing a communications team or campaign, and/or a proven track record in developing media outreach strategies, and successfully pitching and placing content and/or spokespeople in the media is preferred. 

PRINCIPLE DUTIES:

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

  • Work closely with ReThink’s Co-Founders on annual work plans to achieve organizational objectives and grant deliverables. Meet regularly with the Senior Campaign Strategist to discuss work, adapt and revaluate plans, respond to breaking events, etc.
  • Serve on ReThink’s senior management team. Participate in setting organizational policies, establishing strategic priorities, advancing organizational development plans, etc.
  • Effectively supervise and mentor a dedicated team of communications professionals. Develop work plans for all staff and manage their overall professional completion. Facilitate ongoing check-ins and planning meetings, conduct annual performance reviews, manage the hiring process for any new hires, ensure adherence to organizational policies and values, and develop written professional development plans for each team member.
  • Assist ReThink's Co-Founders in the development of annual grant proposals and prepare regular progress reports and briefings of key stakeholders and funders of the collaborative.
  • Serve as a primary point of contact with organizations served by the collaborative, helping to set priorities and identify media strategies that will have the greatest positive impact for organizations and campaigns. 
  • Along with the Senior Campaign Strategist, act as the final editor for the quality of all content produced by the Democracy team including daily news clips, messaging and talking points, shared press lists, training materials and presentations, media and rapid response resources and engagement on listservs, and any other guides or publications.
  • Develop expertise regarding the issues and organizations served by the collaborative, the issues they work on, their unique media profiles, key spokespeople, areas of expertise, and their access to outside validators. 
  • Keep abreast of the evolving media landscape and identify media opportunities for organizations. Be able to quickly identify the most appropriate organizations or experts to connect to a reporter, provide spokespeople, write an op-ed, etc.
  • Coordinate opportunities for multi-organizational media engagement and support ongoing campaigns and policy initiatives. 
  • Manage the delivery of high quality media skills trainings to improve the core skills of key leaders from field. 
  • Facilitate the use by our allied organizations of a range of media tools, including a media database, distribution system, and news clipping service. 
  • Participate in longer-term research initiatives such as message testing and media and public opinion audits; coordinate between ReThink’s research team or outside consultants and member organizations to ensure that research is aligned with the field’s needs. 
  • Facilitate rapid response media engagement, using coverage monitoring to identify and coordinate joint responses to breaking news developments. 
  • Assist ReThink's Co-Founders in the development of annual grant proposals and prepare regular progress reports and briefings of key stakeholders and funders of the collaborative.

ESSENTIAL SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS:

  • A strong commitment to advancing a social justice agenda.
  • Ambition to develop and execute innovative campaigns, capitalize on media opportunities, and drive policy objectives via the media.
  • The ability to be substantially self-directed and self-reliant and to drive work forward following consultations on broad strategic objectives.
  • Strong writing and presentation skills.
  • Demonstrated experience in communications strategy and campaign management, with a strong preference for experience in advocacy/political public relations and state level organizing. 
  • Strong facilitation and project management skills.
  • Detail-orientation and a proven track record working in a very fast-paced, multi-faceted work environment, ideally involving media and communications and/or coalition relations. 
  • Strong supervisory skills with experience effectively managing and mentoring others. 
  • Knowledge of print, broadcast, online and social media. 
  • Demonstrated knowledge and background in the major democracy issues identified above.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, with varying levels of organizational staff, clients, contractors, and foundations. 
  • Bachelor’s degree in Public Relations, Communications, Journalism or other applicable field, or demonstrated equivalent experience. 

ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS:

This is a full-time position based in either our SF Bay Area or Washington, DC offices. Roughly 45% of ReThink’s staff is in California, 45% in DC, and 10% in other states. Applicants must be comfortable with the requirements of remote management and with working alongside a geographically diversified staff. The position will require moderate travel to conferences and training workshops, as well as staff and planning meetings. Planning meetings will most commonly be held at our head office in California; travel to key states for trainings, and to other states for conferences will be an important aspect of the position. 

TO APPLY

This position is open until filled and candidates are applying on a rolling basis. Our number one priority is finding the ideal candidate, but we are moving quickly to fill this position, so we encourage you to apply as promptly as possible. All applications will be acknowledged, but please, no phone calls. To apply, please send a cover letter and your resume to [email protected] 
The salary range for this position is $85 - $110K. Benefits, and related issues will be shared with qualified candidates prior to interviews. Be sure to save both documents with your name in the title and include the words “Managing Director” in the subject line of your email.

 

RETHINK MEDIA IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

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.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

ReThink Media is an equal opportunity employer grounded in progressive political values. We embrace applicants of any race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, 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.