Millennial Action Project - Washington, D.C.
Position: Director of Communications
Position Type: Full-time
Reports to: Vice President, Strategy & Public Affairs
Location: Washington, DC
ABOUT MILLENNIAL ACTION PROJECT
Millennial Action Project (MAP) has an audacious mission: activate young leaders to bridge the partisan divide and build a more functional democracy. MAP is a national, nonpartisan organization dedicated to supporting the next generation of elected leaders. We provide the resources, networking, and capacity-building opportunities for these policymakers to forge productive partnerships on the issues affecting the future of our country.
In 2013, MAP organized the nation’s first and only caucus for young members of Congress, the Congressional Future Caucus, to build coalitions on future-oriented challenges. MAP also scaled this model into more than 30 state legislatures, each with a Future Caucus consisting of young, high-potential legislators, and now engages more than 1,600 young legislators nationwide. Learn more at www.millennialaction.org.
ABOUT THE ROLE
The Director of Communications will be responsible for leading MAP’s press and media operations to amplify Future Caucus members and success stories, promote new narratives about the next generation of problem-solving, and build the MAP brand. The Director of Communications reports directly to the Vice President of Strategy and Public Affairs, manages communications staff, and provides leadership, supervision, and oversight of the organization’s communications, public relations, digital, and earned media strategies.
The individual in this position will play a key role in strategically advancing MAP’s efforts in support of a more functional democracy, driven by the inclusive and effective leadership of young policymakers. The role includes heavy press and media engagement and will serve as our primary liaison with reporters; it also includes significant writing, especially blog-like stories related to the impact of our legislator-members from both sides of the aisle. The breakdown of responsibilities is approximately 45% press outreach, 45% writing, 10% communications management and strategic communications.
The ideal candidate is a strong, creative writer and an experienced communications professional who will bring sophisticated media strategies to our organization. Communications experience with a state or federal legislative office or agency is preferred but not required.
- Execute and adapt our communications strategy to tell MAP's story and to communicate our mission, ethos, and activities to stakeholders, funders, and the general public
- Boost the visibility of legislators and Future Caucuses in their communities through effective storytelling
- Help to frame the collective work of young lawmakers as a national movement for better government
- Execute and expand our storytelling capabilities as an organization, especially through the launch of our new Young Lawmakers’ Storybank project
- Proactively identify opportunities for MAP leadership and staff to speak at conferences, give deskside interviews, and participate in other media engagements
- Create messaging toolkits, draft talking points, and write speeches for MAP leadership and Future Caucus members
- Draft written communications materials on behalf of MAP and its leadership, such as media advisories, press releases and statements, op-eds, emails, blog posts, and social media posts
- Plan and oversee the execution of a digital strategy on multiple channels, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Medium
- Build and maintain media relationships at the local, state, and national levels
- Manage Digital Manager, edit and approve staff-generated materials, and work across departments to provide communications strategies and support around programming and development
- Monitor the news cycle and provide rapid response to timely, legislative actions and issues
- Analyze and report on metrics to determine the success and impact of communications strategies
- Oversee website redesign, maintain website content, and ensure that all content is relevant and current
- Draft and coordinate event-related communications
- Publish and distribute policy papers, policy research, and our Annual Report
- Perform other communications-related duties as needed
- 4-7 years of relevant experience
- Ability to multitask, prioritize, and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment
- Exceptional written and verbal communications skills, with strong editing capability
- Personnel and project management experience
- In-depth familiarity with communications best practices
- Knowledge of current events and issues related to MAP’s work
- Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
- Creative, entrepreneurial, and self-motivated attitude
- Sincere commitment to MAP’s mission of working across party lines
- Proficiency with Adobe Creative Suite, Squarespace, Hootsuite, Quorum, Cision/PR Newswire, and graphic design experience a plus
In 2020, MAP unveiled a set of organizational value statements developed collaboratively by our team. This ethos represents what we believe in at MAP, and what we have worked to establish during the last seven years. These are the values we have set for ourselves, and what we see come to life through our legislators in our network, partners, and supporters:
- Listen first
- Be inclusive and always say ‘We’
- Build trust through integrity
- Empower others
- Break barriers
- Innovate freely
While MAP is currently in a hybrid work environment, candidates must be located in Washington, D.C. or able to relocate to Washington.
Salary range for this position is commensurate with experience, $90,000 - $100,000. Highly competitive benefits are provided, including remote work stipend, 401(k), generous vacation policy, professional development stipend, and comprehensive health benefits.
CULTURE AND CONNECTION
Fun organizational culture including regular employer-paid lunches, happy hours, and service opportunities. While working remotely, our team has remained connected and collaborative through regular virtual social activities, Slack, retreats, and more.
As an equal opportunity employer, MAP is committed to a diverse and inclusive work environment. We strongly encourage members of historically underrepresented groups to reach out, including people of color, women, LGBTQ+ individuals, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and multilingual individuals. Reference checks are conducted on all prospective new hires.
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