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Senior Communications Associate (New York, New York)

100% FTE
Salary commensurate with experience

This position, available immediately, is an exciting opportunity to join the staff at PolicyLink. PolicyLink is a national research and action institute that works to advance policies at the federal, state, and local level to achieve economic and social equity by Lifting Up What Works®. Please visit our website at: www.policylink.org.

The Senior Communications Associate (SCA) is a member of the communications team, reports to the Vice President for Communications, and works in partnership with PolicyLink program teams. The position requires excellent writing, editing, and strategic communications skills and a commitment to communicating the importance of economic and social equity, especially for low-income communities and communities of color.

The PolicyLink communications office is based in New York City.  In addition to strategic communications duties, this SCA position will focus heavily on developing and implementing social media strategies across the organization and the incumbent will be a member of the digital strategies team.  Duties will include: helping to provide direction across the organization to ensure consistent framing and messaging.

Position Responsibilities

  • Provide content editing for reports and articles, and write press releases and advisories, fact sheets, talking points, op-eds, blog posts/web content, letters to the editor, and commentaries.
  • Provide strategic communications counsel to PolicyLink project teams that include PolicyLink staff and, frequently, external partners; develop communications strategies that support policy agendas at the state or federal level.
  • Monitor and assess media coverage related to PolicyLink issue areas to plan and implement media strategies for all platforms.
  • Develop and implement print, broadcast, and online media strategies to achieve program goals and enhance PolicyLink image and identity as a leader in advancing economic and social equity.
  • Stay current and informed about policy developments related to PolicyLink issue areas to identify appropriate media hooks, be an avid reader and keen observer of politics and policy strategy, and be experienced in framing issues and developing messages.

Qualifications/Skills

  • BA degree; minimum five years’ experience in nonprofit communications (especially social media) or journalism.
  • Excellent writing, editing, and verbal communications skills.
  • Demonstrated excellence in planning and implementing social media strategies and using social media in advocacy campaigns.
  • Demonstrated capacity for critical, independent, and creative thinking.
  • Passion for social justice and appreciation for the role of policy in addressing the needs of low- income people and communities of color.
  • Well-organized, hard worker, able to work well under pressure and meet shifting deadlines.
  • Sense of humor, able to work as part of a team (as leader and/or colleague) in developing and implementing strategies, appreciation of the value of all kinds of diversity, good interpersonal skills, and willingness to travel occasionally.

APPLICATION PROCESS 

Send Cover Letter and Résumé to

PolicyLink – Senior Communications Associate, Search Committee 
1438 Webster Street, Suite 303 
Oakland, CA 94612

OR

Fax to 510-587-1123 or e-mail to jobs@policylink.org (include subject line: “[your name])
(Senior Communications Associate–New York). The position is open until filled.

Please note: No phone calls please. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
Excellent benefits including paid vacation, health, vision and dental insurance, and 401(k) retirement plan.

PolicyLink is committed to maintaining a diverse, multicultural working environment.

Senior Associate, Equitable Economy (Oakland, CA)

100% FTE
Salary commensurate with experience

This position, available immediately, is an exciting opportunity to join the staff at PolicyLink. PolicyLink is a national research and action institute that works to advance policies at the federal, state, and local level to achieve economic and social equity by Lifting Up What Works®. Please visit our website at: www.policylink.org.

Position Overview

We are seeking a skilled policy researcher and advocate who brings experience and passion around issues of racial economic inclusion and equitable economic development to join our Equitable Economy efforts. This associate would work on the new All-In Cities initiative (www.allincities.org), providing capacity-building support and policy research to local governments and community organizations/coalitions as they craft and implement equitable growth and development strategies. The associate would also work on research and policy development projects undertaken by the National Equity Atlas team which is a partnership between PolicyLink and the USC Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (www.nationalequityatlas.org).
This position is an excellent opportunity for someone who is eager to work in a creative, fast-moving environment to advance an equity agenda. The Senior Associate will report to the Director of Equitable Growth Initiatives.
Responsibilities would include:

  • Implementing and informing the research agenda for the All-In Cities initiative and National Equity Atlas, both of which focus on understanding current issues at the intersection of race, place, and economic growth and inclusion, and identifying and advancing effective and winnable strategies for equitable growth.
  • Working with team members to implement a suite of offerings (bootcamps, trainings, webinars, office hours, etc.) to build capacity for inclusive growth as a part of the All-In Cities initiative.
  • Conducting qualitative research and data analysis and authoring research briefs, analyses, and articles, including comparative analyses and equity profiles/research reports focused on particular regions/communities.
  • Providing research and technical assistance to local partners and to inform place-based engagements.

 

Desired Qualifications

  • Advanced degree in urban planning/policy, public policy, economics, or related social science and at least five years of research or policy-related experience, ideally in a fast-paced work environment characterized by multiple ongoing projects.
  • Experience in urban planning and development, economic and business development, or place-based initiatives, including substantive experience in an area of inclusive-growth practice (e.g., targeted employment and workforce training efforts, entrepreneurship and small business development, cooperatives, wage and job standards, etc.).
  • A commitment to advancing racial justice and economic and social equity, experience working with low-income communities of color to develop and implement solutions, and a well-developed practice of analyzing the equity impacts of policies, activities, and decisions on race, class, and other group identities.
  • Self-starter with good time management skills and ability to effectively work on multiple projects and meet aggressive deadlines.
  • Strong writing and editing skills, including the ability to produce clear, rigorous, accessible, policy-relevant documents; and familiarity with research methods and design including interviews, surveys, case studies, and content analysis.
  • Demonstrated public speaking and presentation abilities.
  • Willingness to travel (estimated one to two trips per month).

 

APPLICATION PROCESS
Send Cover Letter and Résumé to:
PolicyLink – Senior Associate, Equitable Economy Search Committee
1438 Webster Street, Suite 303
Oakland, CA 94612

OR

Fax to 510-587-1113 or e-mail to jobs@policylink.org (include subject line: “[your name])

(Senior Associate, Equitable Economy–Oakland).  Position open until filled.

Please note: No phone calls please. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Excellent benefits including paid vacation, health, vision and dental insurance, and 401(k) retirement plan.

PolicyLink is committed to maintaining a diverse, multicultural working environment.