POSITION AVAILABLE: Digital and Communications Manager

About Western States Center

Based in the Pacific Northwest and Mountain States, Western States Center works nationwide to strengthen inclusive democracy. For 30 years, our work has advanced social, racial, and economic justice by convening, developing, organizing, and supporting the communities most affected by inequities. We’ve played a catalytic role, working with community partners to build people-centered movements, develop new leaders, and shift culture - with our eyes on the prize of an inclusive democracy where people can live, love, and work free from bigotry and fear.

In 2018, in response to the current climate of heightened threats to inclusive democracy, we refocused our work into four pillars: Movement Building, Leadership Development, Shifting Culture, and Defending Democracy. Our programmatic focus in 2019 is to advance our work in each of these areas.

Position Overview

Western States Center is retooling and expanding to meet the urgent challenges facing our country and the growing threat of white nationalism and organized bigotry. We need a dedicated and talented Digital and Communications Manager to help us meet these challenges with updated digital tools and infrastructure, working with a high degree of independence and supporting co-workers in achieving their goals. This is a full-time position supervised by the Deputy Director of Programs and Strategic Initiatives.

We’re looking for someone who:

  • Can play a critical role in Western States Center’s program, fundraising and political campaigns.

  • Can set up a nimble and effective digital organizing infrastructure at the right scale for our needs.

  • Can capitalize on opportunities in a fast-moving political landscape.

  • Is good at finding creative, accessible ways of talking about white nationalism, reproductive justice, tribal sovereignty, and more.

  • Has solid design skills and ideally, some video editing experience.

  • Can assist in building a network of organizations and individuals committed to countering white nationalism.

Responsibilities include:

  • Developing and implementing the organization’s digital strategy to strengthen our online presence, supporter engagement and fundraising campaigns.

  • Draft, edit, publish and manage cross-platform content including website and blogs, email and events, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.

  • Schedule and maintain cross-platform editorial calendar in coordination with the program and development staff.

  • Monitor, moderate and engage with our audience(s) to build broad support for our programs.

  • Support content development and editing for fact sheets, news releases, annual reports and event fliers.

  • Create and edit graphics for use across platforms.

  • Edit and package photos for use across platforms.

  • Track and evaluate digital content to ensure it effectively supports organizing, program and fundraising goals.

  • Maintain a consistent message and tone for Western States Center’s digital tools and communications collateral and encourage social media engagement throughout the organization.

  • Provide trainings to staff to support broad digital goals.

  • Stay current with both digital media and topical news trends and platforms to ensure we are taking advantage of new opportunities across platforms and in real-time, relevant engagement.

  • Vetting media requests and escalating to appropriate staff.

  • Story bank development as needed for program campaigns and blog posts.

  • Work with leadership team to identify and execute on digital opportunities.

  • Liaise with consultants as needed.

Qualifications include:

  • At least 3-5 years of experience developing and executing digital campaigns.

  • Experience building digital organizing and fundraising capacity from the ground up.

  • Demonstrated experience in a communications-focused role.

  • Ability to work independently and to coordinate multiple projects at once.

  • Ability to thrive in a diverse, multi-racial working environment both internally and externally.

  • A strong racial and gender justice analysis.

  • Ability to learn quickly and think creatively.

  • Strong writing skills.

  • Attention to detail and ability to work under tight deadlines.

  • Strong knowledge of social media best practices.

  • Deep commitment to measurable results.

  • Experience managing multiple social media channels and a desire to keep up-to-date on the latest trends and new products.

  • Familiarity with third-party digital tools.

  • Understanding of web and social media analytics and reporting and ability to translate to program staff.

  • Ability to work evenings and weekends, as needed, to be responsive to the news cycle and opportunities.

  • Excellent critical thinking and judgment.

Extra points for the following qualifications:

  • Experience organizing against anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim, and/or white nationalist groups.

  • Experience within an advocacy and/or political organization.

  • Experience organizing in rural areas.

  • Fluency in Spanish or Arabic.

Location: The position will be based in Western States Center’s office in Portland, Oregon.

Salary & Benefits: This is a full-time exempt position. Benefits include health and dental insurance, retirement benefits, paid sick leave, vacation, and sabbatical. Starting annual salary range is $51,000-$60,000 depending on experience.

Application: Please submit the following to amyh@wscpdx.org, with the subject line “Digital and Communications Manager:”

  1. Cover letter clearly outlining the specific skills and knowledge you bring to the role;

  2. Resume detailing relevant experience, work history, education and accomplishments; and,

  3. Brief example of your work, such as a petition text, an email appeal, or a campaign plan.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. For priority consideration, please submit your application by January 4, 2019. Western States Center is an equal employment opportunity employer. Employment decisions are based on merit and organizational needs, and not on race, color, citizenship status, national origin, ancestry, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, weight, religion, creed, physical or mental disability, marital status, veteran status, political affiliation, or any other factor protected by law. Only complete applications will be considered. Due to the high volume of applications, only those selected for further consideration will be contacted. No phone calls, please.