Field Communications Strategist
Housing Narrative Lab
Position Title: Field Communications Strategist
Hours per week (average): 40 hrs.
Overtime Status: Exempt
Location: Remote, with some in-person meetings
The Housing Narrative Lab is reshaping the public debate and narrative around homelessness through cutting edge research, education and training and capacity-building communications. We are looking for a communications professional with deep experience organizing or working with grassroots organizations to join our team. If you have a passion for building the power of impacted people and are a natural storyteller who values how narratives shape our view of the world, and have an entrepreneur’s spirit to seed and grow something totally new, then join us at the Housing Narrative Lab.
We are looking for a field communications strategist who knows the difference between narrative and messaging, revels in today’s topsy-turvy media landscape and excels at using (and training) the tools of the trade. The person in this position will build and manage relationships with state-based and local stakeholders and allied organizations working to change what people think about homelessness, in order to support lasting policy change. This role will be tasked with developing strategies, and providing communications training and support for partners and their housing justice campaigns. Familiarity with housing justice and homelessness issues will be helpful.
The salary range for this position is $70k-$75K (determined based on experience and qualifications for the position) plus generous benefits. Comprehensive benefits package includes employer-paid health, dental, and vision insurance, 3% automatic contribution and a 3% match on 401k contributions, pre-tax transportation benefits, and paid holidays, vacation, sick, and volunteer time off.
Responsibilities and Tasks
- Develop and implement external relations strategies towards state-, regional- and community-based organizations and leaders in close collaboration with the Housing Narrative Lab program staff.
- Create content for the Lab’s website and other platforms.
- Provide partners with communications leadership, guidance, training and strategic direction for narrative change in their state and local advocacy campaigns.
- Represent the Lab to organizational partners as needed to achieve project objectives and advance shared communications and narrative shaping goals.
- Monitor news and other sources to identify local and statewide homeless and housing justice campaigns.
- Develop and maintain state and local grassroots and media contacts.
- Organize virtual webinars or in-person briefings, and produce reports for internal and external interested stakeholders.
- Help manage a communications narrative fellowship program for grassroots partners, including identifying qualified partners, developing a curriculum, training, mentoring and managing grant agreements, deliverables and progress reports from participants
Education, Experience, Knowledge, Skills and Ability
- Demonstrated experience in strategic communications or related work.
- Significant experience working with grassroots groups in communications, building and managing coalitions.
- Proven experience using the tools available to communicators, including op-ed writing, media pitching, social media management, content creation (graphics, video).
- Excellent writing and communications skills, including experience writing and implementing communications plans for advocacy campaigns and creating content that lifts up stories and messages that move people to action.
- Demonstrated skill and comfort in proactively building relationships and building trust, credibility, and goodwill with a range of stakeholders.
- A demonstrated commitment to social and racial justice issues and understanding of challenges facing immigrant communities, communities of color, and low-income families.
- Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work with a broad and diverse set of partners, allies and others.
- And loads of creativity, vim and passion for the work.
Valued and Non-Essential Education, Experience, Knowledge, Skills and Ability
- A background working on housing or social justice issues is strongly preferred.
How to Apply
Please upload your cover letter, resume and two content/writing samples below.
The Housing Narrative Lab is a project of New Venture Fund (NVF), a 501(c)(3) public charity that incubates new and innovative public-interest projects and grant-making programs. NVF is committed to attracting, developing and retaining exceptional people, and to creating a work environment that is dynamic, rewarding and enables each of us to realize our potential. NVF’s work environment is safe and open to all employees and partners, respecting the full spectrum of race, color, religious creed, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, political affiliation, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, and all other classifications protected by law in the locality and/or state in which you are working.
To center the safety and well-being of its employees, New Venture Fund requires that any employee who is required to conduct in-person activities for their job must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 within four weeks of their start date. This position may require candidates to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Accommodations may be sought and approved in accordance with the law by contacting human resources at HR@newventurefund.org.
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