Organization: Colorado Center on Law and PolicyTitle: Communications Manager
Categories: Nonprofit Jobs
Org Type: 501(c)(3)
Open until filled
Resumes will be reviewed beginning on October 13, 2014
The Colorado Center on Law and Policy (CCLP) has more than a decade of experience as one of Colorado’s leading advocacy organizations dedicated to promoting justice, economic security, access to health care and sound fiscal policies.
CCLP is a leader in the advocacy community. We provide policymakers, opinion leaders, nonprofit organizations and the general public with research and education about issues of import to lower-income Coloradans; we advocate in the legislature and before executive decision makers on behalf of those issues; and we litigate them when necessary.
- Research and independent legal and policy analysis
- Education and civic engagement with diverse communities
- Advocacy on behalf of lower-income Coloradans
- Litigation and legal action for systemic change
The Colorado Center on Law and Policy advances the health, economic security and wellbeing of low-income Coloradans through research, education, advocacy and litigation.
General Description of Position
Reporting to the Executive Director, the Communications Director is responsible for overseeing the external communications of CCLP in all forms of media, elevating issues of importance to CCLP in the public discourse, and conducting public relations on behalf of CCLP. The Communications Director is also responsible for branding CCLP’s publications, creating appropriate templates, reviewing all publications for consistency of tone and message, and design and layout. Working with CCLP’s Program Directors, the Communications Director will promote their work product and assist with production of publications.
Compensation and Benefits
This is a full-time salaried position based in Denver. The salary range is $50,000 to $55,000, depending on qualifications and experience. CCLP provides a generous benefits package.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
The Communications Director is responsible for the following undertakings:
- Develop and implement an integrated, organization wide strategic communications plan to broaden awareness of poverty issues and strengthen CCLP’s brand identity across key stakeholder audiences.
- Create a brand/marketing/public relations strategy that will allow CCLP to cultivate and enhance meaningful relationships with targeted, highlevel external audiences, including the media, public officials and key influencers.
- Stay abreast of challenges and emerging issues faced by the poverty advocacy sector and CCLP to create communication opportunities.
- Work with the board and staff to recognize internal and external communications opportunities and solutions, and define and execute appropriate strategies to support them.
- Exercise judgment to prioritize media opportunities, and prepare talking points, speeches, presentations and other supporting material as needed.
- Serve as lead point person on media interactions that help promote and/or impact the organization and actively cultivate and manage press relationships to ensure coverage of issues of strategic importance to the sector, as well as CCLP’s programs, special events, public announcements, and other projects.
- Lead the generation of online content that engages audience segments and leads to measurable action. Decide who, where, and when to disseminate online.
- Manage the development, distribution, and maintenance of all print and electronic material including, but not limited to, newsletters, brochures, and CCLP’s website.
- Draft fundraising materials and manage communications related to CCLP events.
More specifically, with regard to external communications, the Communications Director is responsible for:
- Managing the CCLP website and developing new methods for communicating CCLP’s role and value as a policy advocacy organization
- Expanding CCLP’s methods of communication by locating new audiences and new opportunities for communications
- Managing all forms of external communication, including formulating and scheduling email messages to CCLP’s network, and expanding and updating the email list
- Developing opportunities for CCLP subject matter experts to communicate with community organizations, opinion leaders, and in all forms of media.
With regard to messaging, the Communications Director will:
- Develop a messaging program consistent with CCLP’s role as the premier advocacy organization on behalf of low-income Coloradans
- Develop messaging through regular contact with staff, partners and other organizations
- Keep CCLP staff updated on the messaging that we adopt and ensure that our messaging is incorporated into all external communications
With regard to social media the Communications Director will:
- Maintain a presence through social media by posting on Facebook and Twitter accounts
- Manage Facebook and Twitter accounts
- Identify new social media opportunities that are consistent with CCLP’s audience and mission
With regard to CCLP’s publications the Communications Director will:
- Oversee the layout and formatting of CCLP publications to assure consistency, quality, and integrity of content
- Edit and layout issue briefs and other documents
- Post publications to the website
- Ensure, as appropriate, that briefs and other documents are consistent with message
With regard to CCLP’s mission and policy agenda, and the interests of the poverty advocacy sector, the Communications Director will:
- In conjunction with the appropriate staff members, developing a communications plan for CCLP’s legislative agenda
- Creating opportunities to promote CCLP’s mission among new audiences
- Developing community interest in and support for issues related to poverty and economic security
- Bachelor’s Degree, minimum
- 5+ years’ experience in a communications role
- Experience managing and executing across several communications media
- Strong written and oral communication skills
- Experience with Microsoft Office Suite
- Experience with Adode Creative Suite
- Experience with WordPress and/or HTML
- Experience with Sales Force
- Ability to execute daytoday tasks and work independently
- Demonstrated skill as a capable leader, manager and coach for board, intern or volunteer talent
- A history of an entrepreneurial work ethic and a desire to “get the job done”
- Willingness to share own ideas among senior staff
- Ability to prioritize and follow through effectively
- Demonstrated commitment to CCLP’s mission
Essential Attributes for All Who Work at CCLP
- Dedication to the mission of CCLP
- Positive attitude and professional behavior
- Commitment to collaboration and teamwork
- Commitment to treating colleagues and all others in the office with respect and interacting with them so as to elicit respect for oneself
- Advocate for CCLP, its staff members and its priorities in the community
To apply, please visit our website: http://cclponline.org/about-us/employment-with-cclp/
This is a posting on Colorado Nonprofit Association’s Career Center.