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Senior Policy Communications Manager

Jobs For the Future
Washington, DC 20004
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Jobs For the Future

Jobs for the Future is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to diversity in its workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status, or other legally protected status. Jobs for the Future requests priority referrals of Protected Veterans for this job opening, and all other externally posted company employment opportunities.

Apply by: May 14, 2021

About JFF:

JFF is a national nonprofit that drives transformation in the American workforce and education systems. For over 35 years, JFF has led the way in designing innovative and scalable solutions that create access to economic advancement for all. Learn more about JFF and join us as we build a future that works.

About the position:

The Senior Communications Manager for JFFs Policy Unit presents an exciting opportunity for an experienced professional in communications with an avid interest in public policy and a proven track record of reaching policymaker and influencer audiences. JFF believes policy change is essential to create lasting, systemic improvements that ensure all people thrive in the economy and to scale evidence-based reforms locally, regionally, and nationally. Anyone joining JFF at this time will be part of a stimulating period of organizational growth. They will have the chance to help us move toward our mission by integrating innovative solutions with the traditional expertise that continues to propel our nations education and workforce systems.

Funded by the Policy Unit, this position reports into the Policy Associate Director, and also is a member of the JFF Communications Team, comprising events and marketing communications experts. This role inhabits the best of both worlds as a member of a robust policy team driving JFFs work to advance nonpartisan, practice-informed public policy while also working with other communications colleagues on producing top-flight deliverables. In this position, you will drive the Policy Unit communications strategy with a data driven, digital first, outside in approach and advocate development of bold, high-impact content.

What you'll do:

  • Communications Strategy
    • You develop and lead the execution of the Policy Units strategic communications plan, including identification and tracking of key performance indicators aligned to unit strategy, funded projects, and JFFs relevant priorities, to ensure JFF reaches priority policy audiences in timely and relevant ways to deepen our reputation and influence.
    • On an regular basis, you analyze audience reach and communications preferences to guide development of communications content and refinement of strategies
    • Collaborate with members of the Policy Unit in the conceptualization and execution of deliverables and communications strategy in new funded proposals
  • Earned, Social, Owned Media and Events
    • You develop and execute social media and marketing communications campaigns to promote content and thought leadership of Policy Unit. This includes creating content regularly for social media channels (e.g. Twitter, LinkedIn), developing toolkits for use of JFF staff and field partners to promote Policy Unit content over social media and their networks, and producing email blasts to policy e-newsletter subscribers
    • Partner with the Policy Unit and JFF Events Team to produce highly effective and engaging virtual and physical events and activities that raise awareness and engagement with JFFs policy content and with JFF policy subject matter experts.
    • You cultivate and activate relationships with news media (popular and trade) and with bloggers, conference/webinar hosts, podcasters, and e-newsletters, and collaborate with JFFs PR firm, in order to widen coverage of Policy Unit content and thought leadership and to position Policy Unit members as subject matter experts to encourage interview requests.
  • Editorial Consultation
    • You advise Policy Unit members on news angles, key messages, and types of content to pursue in the development of content to ensure relevant responsiveness to national policy discussions and priority policy audiences.
    • You package existing policy content to leverage real-time opportunities for impact in policy discussions and to align with needs and interests of particular policy audiences
  • Liaison and Relationship Management
    • Serve as an ambassador and broker between the Policy Unit and JFF Communications Team to ensure each group understands, collaborates on, and executes the operations and process involved to produce high quality, high impact deliverables.
    • You keep the Policy Unit current on key aspects of JFF communications goals and content.
    • As domain manager, you navigate competing streams of communications work in the Policy Unit and set appropriate expectations among Unit and Communications colleagues.
  • Project Management
    • You lead the marketing communications project management process, including workflow and budget, to ensure on-time, on-budget production of Policy Units content by editors and designers on JFFs Communications Team.
  • Growth and Learning Mindset
    • As a key communications partner at JFF, you will continue to share pertinent marketing and communications tools, developments, and best practices with the Policy Unit and Communications Teams.
    • You will develop understanding of the Policy Units emerging and responsive approach to change in the market/field.
    • You will continually increase your domain expertise and content knowledge of your Units work to more fully inform your communications decisions and guidance

Who you are:

  • You are a communications professional with at least seven years of relevant experience including marketing, persuasive and news writing, social media, video and podcasting, and public relations.
  • You are a consumer of politics, news, and social media who keeps a pulse on what education and economic issues are tracking.
  • You have a working knowledge of federal or state policy environments.
  • You are comfortable working in a fast-paced environment and embracing ambiguity.
  • You excel as a collaborator and an individual contributor.
  • You have experience with project management systems; with Workfront a plus.
  • You possess high energy and passion for JFFs mission; ability to apply JFFs core values to all areas of your work.
  • You model inclusive leadership, working effectively with diverse staff, and building and stewarding an organizational culture that embraces diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • You build positive, effective, collaborative relationships wherever you work.
  • You are a curious and adaptive learner, with a willingness to take in new information, perspectives and data to inform your work.
  • You demonstrate a growth mindset and a desire to continuously improve in your work and approach.
  • You have a willingness to travel up to 10% of the time. Travel will be more frequent (up to 25%) for applicants outside of Washington, DC.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at JFF:

JFF is committed to sustaining a diverse community with a work environment that is welcoming, respectful, and encouraging to all. JFF fosters a culture of inclusion that celebrates and cultivates diversity along multiple dimensions, including race, ethnicity, sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, national origin, socioeconomic status, religion, ability, culture, and experience.

To apply:

As part of your application, please include your resume and a thoughtful cover letter, addressed to David Altstadt, outlining how your skills and experience meet the qualifications of the position.

JFF offers a competitive salary and benefits package, commensurate with experience and skills.



Posted: 2021-04-10 Expires: 2021-05-11

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