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Communications Director

The take-away

Ready to take on some of the most powerful forces in our society? We’re looking for a communications director to join our fierce, smart team challenging global corporations, holding them accountable, and creating a world where all people can thrive.

Why you’ll love coming to work every day
You’ll help change the world. We’re not kidding. You’ll be joining a team that’s not satisfied with the world as it is -- and has a vision for how it should be. Add a 40-year track record of winning campaigns and ambitious plans to win even bigger, and you’ve got a powerful force to be reckoned with. Read more about our track record.

You’ll work with awesome people. Join a team of seasoned, kind, determined, optimistic, and solutions-oriented folks. We work hard, celebrate victories large and small, and always have each other’s backs. Meet some of our staff.

You’ll be a part of fearless and winning campaigns. When you’re in the business of ending corporate abuses, you can’t be afraid to name names and stick to your guns. For 40 years, we’ve been exposing and challenging the abuses of the likes of Nestlé, Exxon Mobil, Philip Morris International, McDonald’s, Dow Chemical, and more. We don’t back down, and we run campaigns until we win. Read more about our approach.

You’ll be trusted and relied upon to operate at a high level of responsibility. You’ll thrive here if you’re ready to step into a management role. We pay lots of attention to leadership development, and we provide support and training to help you be the best you can be.

You’ll be part of an organization committed to advancing racial equity and transforming systems of oppression. We are deeply committed to prioritizing the leadership of those who bear the brunt of corporate abuse: women, people of color, low-income people, people in the Global South, and LGBTQ folks around the world. Our unique culture has been fostered by a long history of women at the helm. We know we are stronger when the organization reflects the vision of the world we’re building together. Read our values.

 

What you’ll do

Our communications are central to the overall success of both our hard-hitting campaigns and the ambitious fundraising that fuels them. Your job will be to manage the communications unit to its highest capacity so that we’re creating the most powerful and effective communications possible. Your success in this role will mobilize people around the world to action, and you will be essential in helping shift the public climate on some of today’s most pressing issues --including the expansion of corporate power under the Trump administration, water privatization, climate change, our food system, and the abuses of the tobacco industry.

You’ll be leading and working with a passionate team of communicators. We’ve got a publications program that creates compelling fundraising and campaign materials and, in collaboration with the campaigns and research staff, groundbreaking reports. We’ve got writers charged with drafting and editing donor communications that build power and move people to engage with us more deeply. And we’ve got a digital team collaborating closely with our development staff to cultivate and engage our members in the digital space.

You’ll also be working closely with our media team, which secures regular, high-level coverage of our campaigns. And, you’ll lead staff across the organization in building widespread awareness of the organization, our mission, and our 40-year track record of success in curbing corporate power.

 

Ready? Here we go!

 

Who you are

  • The rampant abuses of corporations and the outrageous amount of power they have make you mad as hell -- and you want to do something about it.
  • You are committed to and have experience advancing racial equity and working to transform systems of oppression.
  • You have a deep understanding of the power of language and communications to move people and create change. You are a top-notch writer and skilled editor, and you are fluent in framing and messaging best practices. Especially important: You can produce -- and work with your team to produce -- effective copy for all donors (base, mid-level, high-dollar) in all phases of fundraising (cultivation, stewardship, ask), and across all platforms (print, digital, talking points, and raps).
  • You thrive in a fast-paced, high-pressure, high-volume environment. You can turn on a dime when you need to. And you approach challenges as opportunities to bring forward innovative solutions.
  • You are a systems thinker: You are able to envision, create, and communicate clarity out of complexity, and you can manage complex projects on both tight deadlines and extended deadlines. You can pull this all off because you are highly organized in your thinking and your systems. You understand that planning is essential to success and have experience creating and implementing both short- and long-term plans.
  • You are a great staff manager. You have experience bringing out the best in your team, managing staff toward goals, and encouraging people to lead from their positions.
  • You like fundraising because you understand how important it is in creating social change. You have experience successfully asking people to financially support work that helps them achieve their vision of the world.
  • You have a good eye and a solid grasp of graphic design: You know your way around the Adobe Creative Suite and can talk shop with designers and printers alike. You also have a solid understanding of digital skills and tools, including HTML, WordPress, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
  • You have at least eight years of experience in doing communications work in a nonprofit setting, ideally with a campaign or a grassroots-organizing focus. You have at least three years’ experience managing a team.

 

What you’ll be responsible for in the day-to-day

  • We have a bright new organizational identity (logo, tagline, messaging)! Now it will be up to you to put that identity to work in the world so that hundreds of thousands more people learn about, find an affinity with, and enthusiastically engage with our organization.
  • Lead and bottom-line the development of the organization’s strategic communications plans and tools, which are critical to our fundraising and campaigning success.
  • Ensure communications, particularly donor communications, are impeccably written in the organizational voice and style, adroitly edited, error-free, appropriate for the target audience, and compellingly designed.
  • Supervise staff, including a communications coordinator, publications manager, and senior writer.
  • Oversee the effective coordination between the communications, development, and campaigns teams  in order to inform and produce effective communications materials and strategies that move our fundraising and campaigns forward.
  • Ensure integration of organizational communications across digital platforms and manage the organization’s editorial calendar.
  • Lead the organization in assessing, vetting, and employing innovative and effective communications strategies -- from storytelling approaches to using video to smart social media tactics.
  • Manage the organization’s communications budget.
  • Enthusiastically participate in organization-wide planning, fundraising, recruitment, and campaign activities.

 

Salary and benefits:

  • Your salary will be commensurate with experience. 
  • Our generous benefit package includes health insurance and dental coverage; FSA for transit, healthcare, and dependent care; and 401(k) with employer match.
  • Generous vacation, sick time and vacation and holiday policies.
  • Ongoing training and leadership development opportunities.
  • Energetic Campaign Headquarters complete with open, collaborative work spaces and a big social kitchen.

Location: Campaign Headquarters in downtown Boston, MA.

To apply: Attach your résumé to the online application and include a cover letter, a short writing sample, and a list of three to five references. Please include where you heard about the position.

Corporate Accountability stops transnational corporations from devastating democracy, trampling human rights, and destroying our planet. We are building a world rooted in justice where corporations answer to people, not the other way around -- a world where every person has access to clean water, healthy food, a safe place to live, and the opportunity to reach their full human potential.

Corporate Accountability is an equal opportunity employer and an inclusive organization. People of color, women, and LGBTQ people are strongly encouraged to apply. Join more than 60 smart and driven staff and interns working in this dynamic organization with a powerful network of members and allies around the world.

 

 

 

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