Organization Overview

State Voices is a national network – built from the states up – that helps grassroots organizations win civic engagement victories and build long-term political power. Since 2008, we’ve been employing the principles of collective impact, building the capacity of partners with data analysis and shared resources, and strengthening our democracy by amplifying the voices of marginalized communities.

State Voices sustains a dynamic ecosystem of 23 state tables and organizations in every state, comprising over 1,200 partner organizations. We provide the organizations in our network with the data, tools, and support they need to help create a healthy and thriving democracy through a racial equity lens. We advance this work through three national programs: Civic Engagement (voter education, registration and turnout, issue advocacy and constituency engagement), Civic Access (voting rights and election administration), and Civic Representation (census and redistricting).

It’s our collective duty to end the systemic, relentless disenfranchisement targeting Black, Indigenous, Latinx, AAPI, and all communities of color, young adults, LGBTQ people, women, low-income, and all oppressed people. That’s why State Voices works year-round to create a more accessible, inclusive, and representative democracy.

Position Overview

State Voices has an important and compelling story to tell – our history, our scope, and our goals for this year and beyond. Throughout 2020 and 2021, we spent time establishing our identity and voice to drive a comprehensive communications strategy. In order to continue strengthening, supporting, and building the network with financial and public support – all on behalf of the larger mission of building a multi-racial democracy – we’re seeking a skilled leader who can help us connect with our audiences and strengthen our communications capacity. The Deputy Director will lead our press and media engagement, message research, and play a leading role in our campaigns.

Primary Functions

  • Lead and oversee the day-to-day execution of the communications plan, working to ensure that editorial, multimedia, digital web, email and media-based initiatives are operating efficiently and effectively
  • Lead network-wide message research, testing, and development to strengthen the success of our integrated civic engagement programs
  • Build and cultivate relationships with state and national press and media and supervise the maintenance of all media contacts
  • Manage the national earned and paid media strategy of State Voices, including press releases, letters to the editor, ads, talking points, interviews, spokespeople trainings and more
  • Supervise a small team of communicators in the Communications Department
  • Help build a thriving communications staff community within our network of State Tables and Emerging States by organizing, scheduling, and facilitating meetings, creating and sharing reports analyzing the effectiveness of communications output across the network
  • Oversee the tracking of earned and paid media analytics and archives
  • Develop and document processes for the Communications Department and how it works with stakeholders
  • Play a leading role in communications strategy and implementation with partners and coalitions to center state and local stories
  • Work across departments to find points of synthesis, capitalizing on opportunities for collaboration to iterate on our narrative strategy, our editorial calendar, our ladders of engagement, and to source stories
  • Drive both internal and external communication initiatives, including writing and project managing reports, whitepapers, annual reports, e-newsletters, and digital editorial content like blogs or special web-based editorial features
  • Perform additional duties and take on other responsibilities as needed, including but not limited to:
    • Pitching stories
    • Editorial and research-based writing support
    • Influencer engagement

Qualifications

The ideal candidate will possess many, if not all, of the following qualifications:

  • 6+ years of communications experience, with at least 3 years of direct management experience
  • Experience creating and implementing communications strategies and plans, particularly earned and paid media strategies
  • Demonstrated commitment to racial and gender equity and track record of success working with communities of color, women, low-income people, LGBTQIA individuals, and other historically marginalized communities
  • Ability for taking nuanced, in-depth, and/or complex policy ideas and bringing them to a variety of audiences from various constituencies
  • Excellent writing/editing and verbal communication skills
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Highly collaborative work style, thriving on managing a variety of key initiatives at the same time
  • Self-starter with an ability  to work independently
  • Experience managing a team across expertise levels
  • Experience working on voting rights, civic engagement, and democracy issues is preferred
  • Interest in bold and creative campaigns that shake traditional narratives
  • Ability to travel as needed for key events, meetings or convenings

To Apply:

Reports To: Director of Communications

Compensation: The salary for this position is $85,000- $105,000 and includes a full benefits package.

State Voices is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified individuals are encouraged to apply without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, sexual orientation, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status or any other protected characteristic as established under law.