Communications Manager

National Black Worker Center Project (NBWCP) seeks an accomplished and innovative Communications Manager to develop, coordinate, and execute a communications plan for all NBWCP program areas. This position will require the candidate to immerse themselves in the work we do nationally and within our network, and to be able to fully understand and disseminate Black worker’s narratives. The ideal candidate will have a deep understanding of traditional and new media, and should be willing to adapt an organizers’ mentality and a passion for movement-building. The Communications Manager will guide the communications strategy

Overview of Responsibilities:
• Develop, coordinate, and execute an integrated communications strategy across multiple media platforms to engage and grow NBWCP’s community.
• Manage an ongoing editorial strategy and calendar, by coordinating with movement partners to advance advocacy efforts and create engaging and integrated content.
• Monitor news cycle and public discourse related to movement work and goals, including leading rapid response to determine when organizational response is necessary and manage next steps.
• Keep the staff apprised of organizational and project specific communication, talking points, news coverage, and social media activities.
• Manage the development, distribution, and maintenance of all print and electronic collateral including, but not limited to, ongoing email newsletters, brochures. Work in close coordination with development on marketing and fundraising materials.
• Develop a vibrant and dynamic web presence, particularly by updating and adding to the existing website, and ensuring a consistent and engagement social media presence.
• Provide programmatic support to partners by:
 Leading partners in the co-development and implementation of narrative strategy, framing/messaging, and corresponding campaigns.
 Support partners with media/communications-related trainings and share knowledge, research, and practices, particularly as it relates to effective digital media strategies.
 Ensure work moves forward, measurable goals are met through clear and consistent evaluation and measurement of impact.
• Manage and maintain relationships with reporters and other media contacts. Pitch stories and spokespeople, write news releases, support in drafting op-eds and other necessary media communications. Maintain comprehensive and shared media list.
• Work across all program areas to effectively manage lists and list-building strategies.
• Review and contribute to grant proposal writing, reporting, and communication with funders.
• Further develop and maintain organizational brand guide and train staff on logo/identity usage, external presence, and key messaging.
• Periodically update our website and public relations materials to consistently articulate NBWCP’s mission.
• Supervises Communications intern.

Required Qualifications and Competencies
• A demonstrated commitment to the shared values of the National Black Worker Center Project including experience working for social justice.
• A commitment to anti-racism, base building and leadership development that on directly impacts the Black community.
• Cumulative 3-5 years’ experience in two or more of the following: advocacy, electoral, union or community organizing campaigns, journalism, public relations or advocacy communications, project/program management.
• Excellent writing, editing and verbal communications abilities.
• Experience with social media management tools design skills.
• Strong analytical and strategic thinker who considers mission and vision of organization in all their planning and actions.
• Good organization, time management, and planning skills.
• Dedicated team player with abilities to work with staff, board, and partner organizations.
• Effective listener who seeks and accepts feedback. Looks for opportunities to learn and grow in their work.
• A passion for learning and helping others.

In response to disproportionately high levels of unemployment and low wage work in black communities, the National Black Worker Center Project was launched in 2012. The National Black Worker Center Project (NBWCP) is a national network of black worker centers. We support and incubate worker centers who empower black workers to advance their rights and improve the quality of jobs in key employment sectors. We provide education about the impacts of low-wage work and unemployment on black communities, and work to prevent racial discrimination in hiring and other employment practices and policies.
Through our network we intervene in the labor market to improve racial and economic employment conditions. Partnering regional black worker centers are located in Los Angeles, CA, Chicago, Il, New Orleans, LA, Baltimore, MD, Raleigh-Rocky Mount, NC, Greenville, MS, Washington, DC and Oakland, CA. Our network is comprised of membership-based, and member-driven organizations that utilize a combination of leadership development, organizing, policy advocacy, and strategic communications to build power to address the black job crisis.

Organization Name: 
National Black Worker Center Project
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Job Type: 
Full Time
Triangle Area NC
Wake County
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How to Apply: 

Please email a cover letter, resume, recent writing sample, and the names and contact information for three references to: Please include “Communication Manager” in the subject line.

National Black Worker Center Project is a project of NEO Philanthropy (NEO). NEO is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion or belief, disability, gender, nationality, ethnicity, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, or any other status protected by law. Women, people of color, LGBTQ candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Salary and Benefits: 

Competitive salary depending on experience. Generous benefits include medical, dental, vision, life and disability coverage, vacation days, sick leave, personal days, 401(k) employer contributions, and flexible spending program options.