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Director of Communications

Virginia Organizing is a non-partisan statewide grassroots organization dedicated to challenging injustice by empowering people in local communities to address issues that affect the quality of their lives. Founded in 1995, Virginia Organizing has 18 active local chapter areas across the state.

Job responsibilities:

As Virginia Organizing’s Director of Communications, you will be responsible for developing materials and strategy to cultivate relationships with supporters, decision-makers, and media around the state. As with most areas of our organizing work, almost everyone on staff takes part in our communications work. You will have a central role in creating and coordinating all of the organization’s external communications.

As part of a diverse, hard-working, and values-driven staff, you will help real people make real change at the local, state, and national levels.

Specifically, your work will include:

  • Writing and editing statewide emails, newsletters, flyers, media advisories, reports, fundraising appeals, and social media posts
  • Editing and proofreading coworkers’ materials
  • Developing relationships with journalists and editors to increase Virginia Organizing’s visibility and promote our goals and campaigns throughout the state
  • Coordinating Virginia Organizing’s media events and assisting with other gatherings and workshops
  • Working with Virginia Organizing leaders, staff, and others to recruit people to write letters to the editor and op-eds
  • Managing our website and social media
  • Training new staff members and chapter leaders in our communications work
  • Developing and executing a strategic communications plan

Qualifications

Driven by a commitment to Virginia Organizing’s vision for a more just Virginia, you believe that people who are most directly affected by public issues should have a seat at the table. You are passionate about promoting leaders who speak for the organization and make decisions about local campaigns. You want to use your critical thinking and interpersonal skills to build a powerful statewide organization.

Successful applicants will also have:

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work independently, which includes managing your own work schedule, setting priorities, and accomplishing long-term goals
  • Willingness to participate in occasional evening and weekend activities and travel occasionally throughout the state
  • Strong personal organizational skills
  • Strong computer skills (Google Suite, Microsoft Office, Canva, Meta, Adobe, Zoom, etc.)

Compensation 

Virginia Organizing’s starting salary for this position is $50,000 and increases with experience. Full-time employees receive generous benefits, including full health, dental, vision, and childcare benefits, in addition to paid vacation, sick, parental, and family leave.

We strongly encourage women, people of color, people with disabilities, and members of the LGBTQ community to apply.

To apply, please send a letter of interest, a copy of your resume, and three references to Brian Johns, Executive Director, at bjohns@virginia-organizing.org.

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