Organization: Family Values @ Work
Position Title: Communications Associate
Location: Anywhere in the US (with willingness to travel)
Position Type: Full Time
Salary: $58,000 plus a benefits package that includes health insurance, employer retirement contribution, telework, paid family and medical leave, paid vacation, paid sick and safe days, employer FSA contribution, and partial internet and phone reimbursements.
Family Values @ Work (FV@W) is building power and momentum toward a new economy founded on an infrastructure of caring, equity, and respect. We name and reject our economy’s historic and ongoing dependence on coerced or underpaid labor and the oppression of women—particularly Black and brown women—immigrants, indigenous and enslaved people and their descendants. We demand a new economy that honors the invisible caregiving work that undergirds every industry and every workplace.
Family Values @Work is looking for a proactive Communications Associate to provide support for our Communications Director. This is a great opportunity to develop and strengthen public relations skills by developing relationships with diverse journalists and media personalities and contributing to the overall communications goals of the organization.
Reporting to the Communications Director, the Communications Associate is responsible for supporting the successful development and implementation of earned media strategies, as well as the effective execution of annual communications goals in support of FV@W’s organizational objectives and social justice feminist theory of change. The Communications Associate will support the FV@W’s 27-state network in partnership with the Communications Director, helping to bolster the Network’s communications and media capacity, and working to elevate stories from the local to the national level, to ensure that our local and national goals are being met. The Communications Associate is responsible for the implementation of media relations strategies to promote FV@W’s work and importance and is also responsible for responding to media requests (in partnership with the Communications Director) and proactively reaching out to media outlets.
- Prepare and distribute daily press clips.
- Track FV@W and Network press hits.
- Help establish new relationships with reporters by identifying journalists who uplift FV@W core issues.
- Maintain media contacts lists.
- Work closely with the Communications Director to identify and pitch local and national stories highlighting FV@W and Network spokespeople and work.
- Drafting op-eds, blogs, and press materials to include newsletters, statements, and press releases.
- In conjunction with the Communications Director, respond to inquiries from reporters, and facilitate interviews, press stories, etc.
- Assist with media-related events.
- Actively monitor state-based media outlets and keep key FV@W leadership and staff up to date on breaking news, earned media opportunities, and important developments.
- Participate fully in brainstorming and planning sessions on communications work.
- Proactively identify and create news hooks.
- Complete special projects as assigned.
- Support Voices of Workers (spokesperson development program) work.
- Provide technical assistance to the Network through offering trainings and actively supporting their communications goals.
Job Skills and Qualifications:
Our ideal candidate will:
- Have at least three years of work experience.
- Have a proven ability to support and/or run earned media campaigns.
- Have experience and comfort with public speaking and cold-calling reporters.
- Have experience with media writing and working with PR software.
Our ideal candidate will:
- Be able to swiftly assess shifting priorities, prioritize them, and work independently.
- Possess excellent communication skills, in writing, in person, and on the phone.
- Write and edit proficiently and quickly.
Our ideal candidate will:
- Have sharp instincts for communications and public relations.
- Be motivated and a self-starter who operates with integrity and a strategic approach.
- Be a team player with a nimble and flexible style, who enjoys operating in a dynamic environment.
- Have a deep appreciation for the mission, with the ability to swiftly develop in-depth knowledge of key issues facing FV@W and our Network.
- Be able to communicate with diverse groups, work with a multicultural workforce, and be sensitive to and appreciate cultural differences.
- Be a smart, direct, and confident leader with a clear and informed opinion.
- Have knowledge of and interest in pop culture.
While this is subject to change, we anticipate the following process over a six-week period:
- 30-minute screening;
- 60-minute initial interview;
- 90-minute final interview with presentation exercise;
- Offer made to the final candidate;
- Final meeting with the Hiring Supervisor.
FV@W seeks applicants that reflect the diversity of our broad network. We are an equal employment opportunity organization that does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, age, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, disability, marital or parenting status. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to email@example.com by May 4, 2022.
Family Values @ Work (FV@W) is building power and momentum toward a new economy founded on an infrastructure of caring, equity, and respect. We name and reject our economy’s historic and ongoing dependence on coerced or underpaid labor and the oppression of women—particularly Black and brown women—immigrants, indigenous and enslaved people, and their descendants. We demand a new economy that honors the invisible caregiving work that undergirds every industry and every workplace.
ABOUT FAMILY VALUES @ WORK
Family Values @ Work, a national network of grassroots state organizations, and its partner, the Labor Project, have supported the movement to win paid sick and safe days, paid family and medical leave, affordable high-quality child care, and other caregiving policies across the country, with many more wins on the horizon. These local and state advances are bringing new access to care supports to more than 55 million people and building national momentum for policies that value families at work. We fight for policies that are inclusive of and affordable for all, and which address the roots—not just the symptoms—of injustice.
FV@W staff raise national funds to support the local and state work of our partners in more than two dozen states and provide those partners with technical assistance in strategy, communications, fundraising, and peer learning. We know that long-term investments of resources and partnerships are what build movements. We are aligned around shared principles that contribute to a strong and integrated movement for economic, racial, and gender justice. For 18 years, we have built the capacity, power, and relationships to advance and enforce policies, change culture, and win campaigns on new issues that emerge from the communities that ground our network.
We are building the world we need and deserve, where economic survival and the ability to care are in harmony. It is a world where we celebrate interdependence and value the labor of care both within and outside the home; we all have access to caregiving support from birth until old age; we all have jobs with dignity and equity; and we all have time for ourselves and our families—to rest, heal, care for each other, pursue life outside of work, and thrive.
- Reverse the devaluation of caregiving rooted in systemic racist practices
- Value a broad range of caregiving needs of all families
- Prioritize the leadership of those most impacted by the lack of economic and social justice
- Recognize all family definitions and structures
- Ensure local and state grassroots organizations drive national policy
- Uphold unions and collective bargaining as essential to our democracy
- Ground our work intersectionality to build long-term power
- Build power and solidarity across economic justice issues