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Nonprofit Remote Digest - Issue #72

Equality Federation is the movement builder and strategic partner to state-based organizations advoca
Nonprofit Remote Digest
Nonprofit Remote Digest - Issue #72
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Equality Federation is the movement builder and strategic partner to state-based organizations advocating for LGBTQ people. From Equality Florida to Freedom Oklahoma to Basic Rights Oregon, we amplify the power of the state-based LGBTQ movement.  

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Director of Communications
Reports To: Deputy Director
About Equality Federation:
Equality Federation is the movement builder and strategic partner to state-based organizations advocating for LGBTQ people. From Equality Florida to Freedom Oklahoma to Basic Rights Oregon, we amplify the power of the state-based LGBTQ movement.  
We work collaboratively on critical issues—from advancing workplace fairness and family recognition to defeating anti-transgender bathroom bans and HIV criminalization laws—that affect how LGBTQ people experience the world from cradle to grave in the communities we call home.
We have three primary goals:
  • Build momentum at the state and local level toward pro-LGBTQ policies;
  • Strengthen the leadership, organizational capacity, and power of our member organizations; and
  • Drive the development of a collaborative, racial justice informed approach to LGBTQ advocacy work.
Our work is grounded in long-term relationship building, creating spaces for peer-learning and networking, tailored coaching and training, and providing cutting-edge tools and strategies to our members to accelerate their advocacy.
Our team, although distributed across the country, is close-knit and works collaboratively.
The Opportunity
We are searching for someone to tell the story of our work. You’re a seasoned communications professional with the skills to grow and elevate our brand on a national level and the desire to roll up your sleeves and support grassroots LGBTQ work in the states. You bring a detail- and results-oriented approach to our day-to-day communications and provide big-picture strategic direction to not only our organization but also the national coalitions in which we participate. A racial equity analysis informs your approach to the work.
In deep collaboration with our development and program teams, you’ll create our communications plan and manage our organizational communications, including email campaigns, member communications, conference and event marketing, social media, and earned media. In coordination with the program team, you will provide messaging and communications support to our 40+ member groups through one-on-one coaching, online and in-person training, and leading coordinated campaigns around national news and advocacy (e.g., coordinating Equality Federation member group tweetstorms, LTE campaigns, etc. around a national issue such as the Equality Act or a SCOTUS ruling.)
As part of our entirely distributed team, you will work remotely and may be based anywhere in the contiguous United States with broadband internet and access to a major airport. You’ll love the flexibility and opportunity to do national work from your own community. You’ll be available for four week-long trips a year, as well as occasional travel to convenings and external conferences.
Key Objectives and Responsibilities
Equality Federation Communications (80%)
Show potential partners, funders, members and donors the impact and value of Equality Federation and our member organizations through storytelling and original content that uses sharp messaging.
  • Partner with the leadership team to develop and implement Equality Federation’s annual strategic communications plan
  • Coordinate with development and program teams to ensure our donors and potential supporters are aware of our impact in the movement for equality
  • Nurture relationships with the media to elevate our brand and our individual staff as thought leaders in the movement
  • Engaging with movement partners on message development on LGBTQ issues
  • Represent Equality Federation and our members at national communications strategy tables
  • Manage email, social media, and website programs
  • Ensure the quality of external communications
  • Monitor and enforce Equality Federation’s brand for consistency and impact
  • Manage vendor and consultant relationships (media tracking, graphic design, etc.)
Member Communications Support (20%)
In order to build momentum in the states, communications is an important tool. Our top priority is always to be in service of our members and this means helping them leverage communications strategies in the service of policy and advocacy work in the states.
  • Maintain friendly and productive relationships with staff from member organizations
  • Increase member organizations’ competency with tested, effective messaging and storytelling techniques through regular messaging resources and training to member organizations at gatherings and through email and webinars/online
  • Provide rapid response and crisis communications support to member organizations in need
  • Work with program team to support coordinated campaigns around national news and advocacy
Key Competencies/Experience
Qualified candidates will:
  • Have at least 5 years of experience working in communications, ideally at a non-profit or advocacy organization.
  • Have at least 2 years of experience managing staff, consultants, and vendors.
  • Be an exceptional writer and editor.
  • Have developed and implemented communications plans with specific goals and metrics.
  • Have expertise in digital media tools and analytics, including email, SMS, Facebook, and Twitter.
  • Know how to orchestrate an earned media plan, including building a press list, forming relationships with media, writing compelling op-eds, identifying and training messengers, and monitoring media engagement using a media intelligence tool such as Meltwater.
  • Understand current LGBTQ messaging research and be able to effectively translate findings into practice.
  • Feel comfortable working with online database and communications tools (We use EveryAction, which is similar to Salsa, Constant Contact, etc.)
  • Be able to work remotely and manage time effectively.
  • Have basic graphic design skills, such as Canva or Adobe Suite.
  • Have some experience with online fundraising, including giving days such as Giving Tuesday, and online organizing.
  • Be a strong trainer and facilitator.  
Benefits
  • This is a permanent, full-time position
  • $75,000-$85,000, depending on experience
  • Health/dental insurance, retirement plan, and flexible savings account
  • Ability to work from anywhere in the United States with broadband internet and access to a major airport
  • $100/mo home office allowance to cover internet and cell phone
  • 15 days PTO in first year and 10 paid holidays
How To Apply

  • Projected start date July 8. Travel to Equality Equality Federation’s annual Leadership Conference July 16-21, 2019 is required.
  • Job posted on May 1, 2019. All applications are reviewed and acted upon as they are received. The position will be filled as soon as the appropriate candidate is found. It is therefore recommended that you submit your materials as promptly as possible but no later than May 22. 2019.
  • Apply here: http://eqfed.org/DirComms19
  • Complete application
  • Upload a resume and cover letter in PDF
  • Optional: Upload a portfolio with examples of your work such as writing samples, example social media campaigns, and/or communications plans
  • Provide three professional references
Equality Federation is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, age, familial status, military status, religion, disability, genetic information, sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity and expression. We welcome and encourage applications from people of color, indigenous people, and transgender people.
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