Councilmember Helen Gym at a gathering with constituents

JOB POSTING: COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR TO COUNCILMEMBER HELEN GYM

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The Office of City Councilmember Helen Gym, a progressive champion whose work moves at the local and national level, seeks a dynamic and motivated communications professional to serve as communications director.

The Communications Director advances the work of the Councilmember through strategic communications which includes earned media, social media campaigns, digital organizing, and direct communication with constituents and community organizations. The communications director works closely with policy and community outreach staff to develop and disseminate the office’s legislative and political messages to a broad range of audiences. The communications director also composes and edits a variety of written materials, including promotional materials, official correspondence, and public statements and speeches. This is a fast-paced, prolific office which engages media at the local and national level.

Requirements for the position include: excellent writing and communications skills; commitment to racial and economic justice; understanding of key policy issues at the local and national level, in particular public education policy; media relations, social media management, basic graphic design, digital photography, e-blasts, and web communications. Experience with progressive political or community organizing initiatives is preferred.

GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Develop an overarching strategic communications framework, including messaging,
  • tactics and timeline and implement digital organizing strategies as part of major legislative or policy initiatives.
  • Develop messaging and public-facing materials for legislative, policy, and community
  • initiatives, including talking points, one-pagers, online graphics, and flyers.
  • Manage official social media accounts, including documenting daily events and accomplishments.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with local reporters across print, radio, television, and
  • online platforms and maintain a current contact list for local print and broadcast media.
  • Facilitate quotes, interviews, and the provision of background information to media on a
  • timely basis and regularly pursue national media opportunities
  • Draft, press releases, speeches, talking points, newsletters, email updates, op-eds, and
  • website copy.
  • Create infographics, social media graphics, signage and other visual materials to advance
  • policy and legislative goals.
  • Assist in informing office on city-wide and national level policy, legislation, and current
  • events.
  • Support the general administrative needs of the office.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • At least 2-3 years experience in communications and/or digital organizing.
  • Ability to regularly attend night and weekend events.
  • Driver’s license preferred
  • Resident of Philadelphia within 6 months.

People of color, women, LBGT people, formerly incarcerated people and differently-abled people are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

PROSPECTIVE SALARY RANGE:

$45,000-55,000

TO APPLY:

Submit a resume, three professional references, and a one-page cover letter detailing how your personal philosophy, skills, and goals will advance the mission of the office via email to Jennifer.Kates@phila.gov.

 

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