About the Organization: 

Founded in 2016, the Students Learn Students Vote (SLSV) Coalition is a diverse group of nearly 400 local, state, national, and student nonpartisan organizations working with nearly 2,000 college and university campuses. We’re the national hub and the largest nonpartisan network in the United States dedicated to increasing student voter participation and civic engagement. Through data-driven approaches and by working with organizations, campuses, and individuals, we’re designing and advancing a shared agenda around political learning and college student voting. The SLSV Coalition is a project of the National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC). 

Position Description:

The SLSV Coalition is seeking an experienced communications professional to lead communications strategy and bring a diversity of thought and perspective to the current SLSV team. The full-time Communications Director will report directly to the SLSV Director. The Communications Director, in collaboration with the SLSV Director, is responsible for the development and execution of strategic communications to advance the SLSV Coalition’s mission, elevate its partners, broaden its reach, and strengthen the Coalition’s collective impact. This is a new position with the SLSV Coalition and offers the opportunity to further establish and refine the Coalition’s internal and external communications strategy. 

Job Responsibilities:

The Communications Director will be responsible for the following: 

  • Leading the development and execution of an integrated strategic communications plan that promotes the SLSV Coalition’s mission, elevates its partners, broadens its reach, and strengthens the Coalition’s collective impact; 
  • Managing 1-2 other team members and supporting their professional development
  • Collaborating with other SLSV team members to ensure strong message alignment across all programs, speaking engagements, and external communications; 
  • Drafting and implementing crisis management strategies when necessary
  • Actively engaging, cultivating, and managing media relationships and serving as the principal point of contact for all media interactions;
  • Identifying opportunities to elevate the stories of SLSV Coalition partners and local campus leaders and working with other SLSV team members to identify and amplify programmatic accomplishments and operations; 
  • Overseeing the day-to-day activities of the communications function, including responses to press inquiries and production of press releases, statements, op-eds, articles, speeches, and web content.
  • Supervising and assisting in the management and effectiveness of social media and digital outreach;
  • Developing and maintaining annual communications work plans, budgets, and timelines; and
  • Supporting the development of materials, reports, videos, and digital content to be used for fundraising, programming, and events.

Qualifications:

Candidates should have:

  • A minimum of 5-6 years experience in the communications field, preferably within the nonprofit or higher education sectors;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including strong editing skills and attention to detail;
  • Demonstrated success in proactively building relationships with reporters, editors, and other members of the media;
  • Demonstrated leadership in planning and executing a comprehensive strategic communications program to advance an organization’s mission and goals;
  • A track record of creative use of new media technologies and design to advance organizational goals;
  • A track record of developing and maintaining strong working relationships with and among a diverse group of stakeholders;
  • Ability to work well under pressure with tight deadlines and multiple priorities in a fast-paced work environment;
  • Excellent judgment, management, and problem-solving skills;
  • Experience managing a team, especially remotely; and
  • Experience working with analytic tracking tools

National communications and press experience is a plus, as is prior experience in student voting organizing and higher education. The preferred location for this position is in Washington, D.C.; however, the entire SLSV team is currently working remotely due to COVID-19.

Salary: $80,000-$90,000

How to Apply: 

Please send one attached document containing a cover letter & resume to [email protected] with “SLSV Communications Director – LAST NAME” in the email subject line. 

Deadline: Open until filled

Helpful Websites: 

SLSV Coalition: https://www.slsvcoalition.org/

NCoC: https://ncoc.org/

The National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC) is a congressionally chartered organization dedicated to strengthening civic life in America. We pursue our mission through a nationwide network of partners involved in a cutting-edge civic health initiative and our cross-sector conferences. At the core of our joint efforts is the belief that every person has the ability to help their community and country thrive. 

At NCoC, we value excellence, creativity, and initiative. NCoC provides a nurturing work environment and generous benefits for our employees.

We are an equal opportunity employer and an Employer of National Service. AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service alumni are encouraged to apply. Please let us know if you have served in one of these programs. NCoC is based in Washington, DC.

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