Job Announcement: Communications Director

February 15, 2019

Ours to Change Mississippi (OTC) believes that Mississippi’s future depends on having an educated populace. We are working to ensure that Mississippi fully funds K-12 public education by 2020. This long-term effort is committed to building an infrastructure that can also support other campaigns for the future of the state, including universal Pre-K.

We are looking for someone who will lead our communications strategies, supporting staff and volunteers to effectively communicate OTC’s message, and utilizing different traditional and modern media platforms to do so.

Primary Roles and Responsibilities:

The Communications Director will be responsible for the following:

  • Create and implement forward thinking organizational branding, messaging and communications plan to promote the Ours To Change Mississippi mission and goals.
  • Develop, implement and lead a comprehensive communications and media strategy.
  • Use polling and focus group research to disseminate best messages to target audiences.
  • Draft written communications materials including emails to supporters, press releases, website language, etc.
  • Secure earned media for Ours To Change’s initiatives and serve as OTC’s liaison to members of the press.
  • Manage digital communications for OTC, including social media accounts including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and websites.
  • Translate complex ideas into easily digestible and socially shareable messages using graphics and video.
  • Develop suites of branding standards for digital projects—including websites, social media campaigns and everything in between. Collaborate with web developers to build user-friendly web platforms.
  • Ensure OTC’s values of equity and inclusion are centered in our messaging.

Required Qualifications: 

The best candidates for this position should possess each of the following qualifications:

  • Five (5) years or more of work experience as a program or project manager successfully leading communications efforts around education, civic engagement, advocacy campaigns, and/or political campaigns.
  • Substantial past work experience in communications.
  • A willingness and ability to work long, irregular hours, as needed, and to travel regularly within Mississippi.
  • Excellent, demonstrated ability work well under pressure, manage and undertake detail oriented work, communicate effectively, and assure projects meet deadlines.
  • Proven ability to create and work collaboratively with a wide range or partner organizations.
  • Strong time management skills with ability to multi-task across projects.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion and a passion for OTC values.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Strong knowledge of Mississippi.
  • Minimum of 5 years or more of relevant experience in journalism, media relations and/or communications.
  • Bachelor’s and/or Master’s degree in journalism, communications or related field.
  • Ability to speak and write in a clear and understandable manner for internal/external relations.
  • Excellent news writing and editing skills required, preferably involving public policy, with an emphasis on science and/or environmental issues.Strong organizational and project management skills essential.
  • Strong relationships with major state and regional reporters, and bloggers are a plus.
  • Proven record of securing placements with traditional and digital media.
  • Strong social media skills/understanding.
  • Thorough knowledge of social media tools, including Twitter and Facebook.

Compensation and Benefits:

The position of Communications Director is a full-time position, with salary and benefits commensurate with the position’s responsibilities and the person’s depth and range of relevant experience.

To apply:

Send cover letter and resume to subject line: OTC – CD.