Communications Manager

TEA Fund is seeking a Communications Manager in the Dallas/ Fort Worth area who will expand and strengthen the communications programming that supports the mission of TEA Fund. The Communications Manager will work closely with the organization’s staff to develop, manage, and execute a comprehensive communications plan, which includes media relations, online and offline campaigns, creating dynamic written content, social media management, visual storytelling, and contribution to the communications needs of the organization’s fundraising goals. The Communications Manager will be responsible for strengthening the public voice and identity of TEA Fund by polishing our branding, values-based messaging, and tone. The position is full time and pays $52,000 – $55,000 plus benefits.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Develop and execute annual communications plan for the organization

  • Partner with Executive Director and Development Director on strategic communications and messaging to support our mission and vision and grow the capacity of the organization

  • Create campaign plans and coordinate with appropriate colleagues, community partners and partnering with the Development Director on fundraising solicitations and campaigns through direct mail and electronic communications

  • Update and implement organization’s communications tools (i.e. boilerplate, messaging matrix, annual content calendar, photo library, monthly media archives, Google alerts, etc.)

  • Maintain, schedule, and update content on social media accounts (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter), manage paid advertisements and associated budgets for campaigns as needed, field amplification requests from partner organizations

  • Regularly update content on website such as blog posts, staff changes and event information in a timely fashion

  • Partner with Executive Director to regularly send targeted and mass emails to our listserv, track open rates and analyze data with a focus on increasing the efficiency of our communications

  • Partner with Development Director to co-lead our annual “Bowl-a-Thon” peer-to-peer online fundraising campaign, managing online communications

  • Partner with Executive Director and Organizer on drafting talking points and/or messaging related to advocacy and/or policy initiatives and campaigns

  • Partner with Executive Director on drafting talking points and remarks for public speaking engagements

  • Partner with statewide coalition communications committee on coalition strategies during the Texas legislative session

  • Partner with the fellow co-plaintiffs and appropriate coordinators on communication efforts related to our existing lawsuit
  • Create profiles in Nationbuilder for event and training attendees

  • Serve as primary press contact for the organization, build lasting relationships with reporters and editors in target media markets
  • Execute communication plan to target alternative and diverse media markets

  • Partner with Executive Director to draft and distribute all media materials, including press releases, media advisories, media kits, pitches, and rapid response statements

  • Edit all correspondence sent out from organization to maintain consistency

  • Support communications needs of TEA Fund’s special events (i.e. creation of communications timelines, invitation/save-the-date content and design, email language, social media and website promotion, etc.)

  • Create simple fliers and/or graphics for social media and print communications as needed

  • Oversee communications-related budget and expenses related to communications expenses

  • Prepare detailed monthly communications report, including social media and earned media analytic reports, to Board and Executive Director


    Secondary Responsibility:
  • Build relationships and represent TEA Fund and our values among local community organizations

  • Maintain accountability to administrative systems and procedures, including submitting expense reimbursements, credit card reconciliations, invoices, and so on by the deadlines assigned, as well as submitting content for the organizational calendar

  • Participate actively in staff meetings and retreats

Represent TEA Fund in National Network of Abortion Funds programming and leadership opportunities

Qualifications: 
TEA Fund is looking for someone with strong personal organization and attention to detail who has the proactive spirit needed to develop creative communications strategies and the leadership skills to execute them.

Required:
Basic knowledge of  landscape of abortion access and reproductive rights in Texas.
Minimum two years experience with some or all of the following: media relations, graphic design/formatting, editing, content writing, messaging, social media, utilizing various communications tactics informed by key data points and trends, multi-faceted communications campaigns, branding, website management. Demonstrated ability to articulate and reach goals, build meaningful relationships, work collaboratively, be flexible and lean into experimentation, work through tensions and conflicts, utilize organizational tools and document progress, adapt to rapidly changing situations in politically challenging environment. Experience using/learning advanced technology (i.e. email, Google Suite, Google Hangouts, Slack, Trello, Tresorit, etc.). Experience using/learning at least one graphic design software (i.e. Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop, Canva, etc); social media tools (i.e. Tweetdeck, Sprout Social, etc.); bulk email software and/or customer relations management (CRM) software (i.e. Nationbuilder).Must be comfortable working remotely with heavy online communication. Exceptionally strong written and oral communication skills.

Preferred:
Previous experience in communications for grassroots organizations or causes with challenging landscape due to political nature or stigma of focus area. Experience using/learning at least one graphic design software (i.e. Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop, Canva, etc); social media tools (i.e. Tweetdeck, Sprout Social, etc.); bulk email software and/or customer relations management (CRM) software (i.e. Nationbuilder). Strong analysis of and demonstrated commitment to reproductive justice, queer and trans rights, intersectionality, and anti-racism. Spanish-language fluency, ability to translate communications materials from English to Spanish.

Values-Driven Hiring:
TEA Fund is committed to investing in the leadership of people of color, people who have had abortions and/or who have received funding from an abortion fund(s), low-income people, people with disabilities, immigrant people, native people, formerly incarcerated people, queer people, trans people, and gender nonconforming people. We do not discourage applications from or discriminate against people with a conviction history and you will not be asked about your conviction history at any point in the hiring process.

Position Details 

This full-time salaried position will be located in the Dallas/ Fort Worth area and the desired start date is January 15, 2018.            The position is remote. Some travel within TEA Fund supporter/donor bases (Dallas/Fort Worth) and minimal travel outside            of the state (for conferences and professional development) is required. The salary is $52,000 – 55,000 plus a                    comprehensive health care package, unlimited paid time off, and more. The Communications Manager directly reports to the Executive Director.

To Apply:
Send Resume and Cover Letter to jobs@teafund.org with Subject Line: Communications Manager. Please submit by December 1, 2018. Submission open until job filled.


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