The FrameWorks Institute is an action-oriented think tank for progressive movements.

We conduct cutting-edge social science research to understand how to change the way people think, feel, and act. We engage with partners who can mobilize this research to build power around progressive solutions.

We believe framing is critical to making cultural and systemic change. That’s why we’re building a unique, integrated team of multidisciplinary researchers and real-world change-makers.

This is an exciting time to join FrameWorks. And we want you to be a part of it.

About the position: Director, Engagement Initiatives

The Director, Engagement Initiatives is a new role, serving the needs of both FrameWorks and its partners.
We recently completed an impact assessment and outlined a vision with action plans and next steps to get there. We’re seeking a seasoned, entrepreneurial engagement professional who can help us move forward and bring the vision to life.
Specifically, on behalf of the progressive movements we serve, the Director will lead engagements with communicators and other advocates to shift public discourse, influence culture, advance social norms, seed policy change, and otherwise build power around progressive solutions through framing research and strategies.

The Director will also present FrameWorks’ research findings and play a lead role in helping FrameWorks deepen and build partnerships with change-makers in economic justice, health equity, children and families, and other targeted movements. Over the long term, the director will also play a role in refining the messaging, narrative, and strategic support we offer to help our partners in the field build power around solutions to create a more equitable, just, and healthy democratic society. 

The ideal candidate will have strong applied communications skills and demonstrated experience designing and supporting communications programs or campaigns; experience working with partners and successfully building and managing those relationships; be intellectually curious, creative, innovative, insightful, and informed about contemporary social movements and policy issues; and committed to principles of inclusion and advancing equity.

This is a full-time position based in Washington, D.C. The position can require up to 15% travel under standard circumstances. (Due to COVID-19, all presentations, workshops, and other engagements will be conducted virtually until at least early 2022.)

Key responsibilities

  • Design and lead engagements with partners to apply framing recommendations in communications, narrative efforts, storytelling, and campaigns

  • Innovate new strategies and approaches to shift public discourse, influence culture, advance social norms, and seed change through framing; build relationships and work with partners who can put these strategies and approaches into practice

  • Work with partners to develop framing, narrative, and messaging guides and other products to inform relevant movements of research findings and how to leverage them to build power around their solutions

  • Work with research colleagues to ensure that the framing research and recommendations they produce are resonant with and useful for partners in the field

  • Develop deep knowledge of Strategic Frame Analysis®

Skills needed

  • Commitment to FrameWorks’ mission, including organizational commitments to equity diversity and inclusion

  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills, both verbal and written

  • Ability to learn, shape, and interpret FrameWorks’ research and recommendations

  • Ability to work with partners to translate FrameWorks’ research and recommendations into movement-building, narrative, storytelling, or communications strategies

  • Ability to effectively work independently and as part of a collaborative, multidisciplinary, partner-oriented team

  • Exceptional organizational and time management skills; ability to thrive in a fast-paced organization and get things done; strategic and practical judgment to move work forward; flexibility and ability to adapt to changing needs

Experience required
The ideal candidate will possess:

  • Eight to ten years of combined education and professional experience in strategic communications, engagement, or mobilization work with a progressive nonprofit social change organization or movement, preferably working in the fields of economic justice, health equity, or children and families

  • Experience in one or more of the following areas is a major plus: applied communications, narrative-based initiatives, campaign development and/or execution, and development of compelling products or content

  • Expertise in communicating and mobilizing around issues related to racial equity and a demonstrated ability to integrate principles of equity, justice, and inclusion into daily work

  • Strong, demonstrated success in leading teams and managing relationships with partners, coalition members, or clients in a nonprofit, campaign, or movement setting

  • Experience working collaboratively on a diverse team

Salary: $125,000, depending on experience
To apply

Please submit the following materials to jobs@frameworksinstitute.org, using the subject header line Director, Engagement Initiatives 2021:
  • Resume or CV with complete employment history and educational background
  • Cover letter explaining your interest in the position, its relevance to your career goals and past experience, and where and how equity and social justice fit into your professional and/or academic experiences
  • Up to three writing samples, especially campaign briefs, reports, and partner/client content, in a mix of styles, genres, and audiences

Review of all applications will begin immediately and continue until the search process concludes. Please check FrameWorks’ website (www.frameworksinstitute.org) to ensure that the position is still available before applying. No solicitations, please.

FrameWorks Institute is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion. Interested individuals who are BIPOC, women, persons with disabilities, and people who identify as LGBTQIA+ are strongly encouraged to apply.

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