Jobs & Internships

Available Positions:

  • Communications Director
  • Washington State Director
  • Research and Policy Intern

Job Description: Communications Director

Location: Washington, D.C.

General Purpose: Main Street Alliance (MSA) seeks a Communications Director to work with the MSA network on strategic campaigns communications.

About the Main Street Alliance:  Founded in 2008, the Main Street Alliance (MSA) is a growing national network of state-based small business coalitions working to ensure that the voices of real small business owners are heard on public policy issues that are critical to their businesses, their employees and the communities that they serve. Small business owners are a powerful constituency and serve as trusted messengers with public officials, the media and the general public. MSA implements game-changing strategies that shift debates over critical economic justice issues, with impact on public policy debates at the local, state and national levels.

Duties: The Communications Director will develop and execute a strategic communications plan for Main Street Alliance, which would include framing and messaging for Main Street Alliance campaigns, developing talking points for staff and members, and creating communications products.

Responsibilities:
  • Develop, implement, and evaluate communications strategies to accomplish Main Street Alliance mission and goals.

  • Lead the generation of earned and paid media strategies that create powerful public narratives in support of Main Street Alliance campaigns

  • Supervise communications staff and interns and work closely with Main Street Alliance State Directors.

  • Direct Main Street Alliance’s rapid-response communications strategies, including email alerts, press releases and statements.

  • Direct the development, distribution, and maintenance of all print and electronic collateral including, but not limited to, newsletters, brochures, and the Main Street Alliance’s.

  • Draft op-eds, letters to the editor, blog posts and social media posts related to Main Street Alliance campaigns.

  • Develop and manage key media contacts with mainstream and business press.

Qualifications:

  • At least 5 years of communications experience in journalism, public relations, campaign management or a related field. The ability to take knowledge and transform it into exciting and useful messages, and disseminate it to the right audiences through the best distribution channels is critical.

  • Familiarity with new media tools and openness to expanding skills in this area.

  • Demonstrated experience using database management and analytics software, graphic and web design software.

  • Highly collaborative style; experience developing and implementing strategic communications strategies.

  • Excellent writing/editing and verbal communication skills.

  • Demonstrated commitment to social and economic justice, especially work within immigrant communities and communities of color.

  • Self-starter, able to work independently as well as in a team; enjoys creating and implementing new initiatives.

  • Grassroots organizing experience and/or direct experience working and communicating with business owners a plus.

  • Existing relationships and familiarity with DC-based and national media a plus.

  • Ability to speak Spanish or other languages a plus.

Supervision: The Communications Director is supervised by and accountable to the MSA National Director. The Communications Director will write and review monthly work plans with the National Director.

Evaluation: There will be an evaluation after three months and at the end of each calendar year. The review process will include feedback from affiliates, a self-evaluation, and an oral review meeting that will be summarized in a written evaluation and placed in the personnel file.

Compensation: Depending on Experience; competitive pay and benefits package.

To Apply: Email PDF cover letter, resume, references and two writing samples to jobs@mainstreetalliance.org and casey@mainstreetalliance.org with Communications Director in subject line.
Deadline to Apply: Position open until filled.

MSA is looking for committed, enthusiastic people to join our team!  Main Street Alliance is committed to equal opportunity, and are considering applicants of all races, gender, ages, sexual orientations, national origins, ethnicities, religion, and abilities. We urge people of color, and experienced organizers and activists of all backgrounds, to apply.


 

Job Description: Main Street Alliance, Washington State Director

Location: Seattle, WA

General Purpose: Main Street Alliance (MSA) seeks a state director to lead & manage the Washington Chapter of Main Street Alliance. Main Street Alliance of Washington is a program of Washington CAN!

About the Main Street Alliance:  Founded in 2008, the Main Street Alliance (MSA) is a growing national network of state-based small business coalitions working to ensure that the voices of real small business owners are heard on public policy issues that are critical to their businesses, their employees, and the communities that they serve.  Small business owners are a powerful constituency and serve as trusted messengers with public officials, the media, and the general public.  MSA implements game-changing strategies that shift debates over critical economic justice issues, impacting public policy debates at the local, state and national levels.

Job Description: The duties of The Main Street Alliance Washington State Director focus primarily on grassroots organizing and leadership development, campaign management, fundraising and partner and ally relationship building.

The ideal candidate will be a highly energetic, creative self-starter with a proven track record of leading successful campaigns, community building, raising funds and staff management.

Campaign Management

  • Work with Main Street Alliance staff and local coalition allies to develop a coordinated small business outreach and organizing plan for the state, and participate in the development of the national Main Street Alliance network.
  • Organize statewide and local tactics, action steps and events in coordination with the national small business campaign plan – leverage the voices of small business owners to impact the public debate.

Leadership Development

  • Support MSA-WA outreach staff to organize meetings in key areas around the state to build local small business leadership teams, engage small business owners on a deeper level, and identify potential small business spokespeople and candidates for a coalition steering committee.
  • Identify and develop iconic and small business leadership/spokesperson teams for direct engagement with decision-makers, media opportunities, and peer outreach through one-on-ones, organizing meetings and small business leadership trainings.
  • Engage emerging small business leaders in peer outreach and research to develop leadership and build resources for research products.

Relationship Management

  • Represent MSA-WA in coalition work, managing a network of established relationships with key community partners.
  • Develop strategic relationships with new partners and allies in Washington.
  • Represent MSA-WA in Capitol during Legislative Sessions
  • Manage relationships with local, state and Congressional elected officials 

Chapter Development, Fundraising, Administration & Management

  • Recruit and staff a diverse statewide steering committee and executive steering committee for The Main Street Alliance of Washington.
  • Work with national MSA staff and state level ally advisory committee to develop a long term fundraising plan (including foundations, major donor program, small donor program, events, etc.) with benchmarks and goals for ensuring the growth and sustainability of the MSA-WA Chapter.
  • Manage other MSA-WA staff, ensuring high quality and consistent work.
  • Work with national MSA staff to develop and implement national campaigns.

Qualifications:

  • Deep commitment to a vision of racial, social, and economic justice and to building the collective voice of small business owners in Washington.
  • 2-3 years experience in community/grassroots organizing and/or political campaigns.
  • 1-3 years legislative experience, preferably in Washington.
  • Experience working with or in small businesses.
  • Experience working in coalition to develop and implement legislative and electoral strategies.
  • Experience with foundation, individual donor and membership fundraising strategies.
  • Strong canvassing and/or door knocking skills.
  • Strong written and verbal skills, and ability to listen.
  • Ability to produce consistent, quality work in a fast-paced environment.
  • Willingness and ability to travel around the state on a regular basis and work flexible hours required.
  • Team building and staff management experience.
  • Ability to work independently and strong time management skills.
  • Strong facilitation skills.
  • Computer skills (word processing, spreadsheet & database, Power Point, electronic communication).
  • Ability to speak Spanish or other languages a plus.
  • Experience with national campaigns or large municipal/state coalitions a plus.
  • A passion for organizing and a sense of humor.

Evaluation:

  • There will be an evaluation after the first month, again at the six-month mark, then ongoing at the end of each year.

Compensation:

  • Competitive, DOE
  • Generous benefits, including health and dental coverage, retirement contributions, paid vacation, personal days, and holidays, as per personnel policies.

To apply, e-mail a cover letter, resumé and references to: stephen@mainstreetalliance.org, jobs@mainstreetalliance.org and marylenguyen@washingtoncan.org with subject line: Washington State Director

Inclusion Statement: We are looking for committed, enthusiastic people with a sense of humor to join our organizing team!  Washington CAN! and Main Street Alliance are committed to equal opportunity, and are considering applicants of all races, gender, ages, sexual orientations, national origins, ethnicities, religion, and abilities. We urge people of color, and experienced organizers and activists of all backgrounds, to apply.


Job Description: Main Street Alliance Research and Policy Internship

Location: Washington, DC

Purpose: The Main Street Alliance is seeking highly motivated, talented, and intelligent graduate- and undergraduate-level interns to join in its policy and research team. The ideal intern is detail-orientated with great interpersonal skills, flexibility, humor, good judgment, and a passion for social justice.  **Note that the position is unpaid, but every effort will be made to ensure class credit is accrued.**

About the Main Street Alliance: Founded in 2008, the Main Street Alliance (MSA) is a growing national network of state-based small business coalitions working to ensure that the voices of real small business owners are heard on public policy issues that are critical to their businesses, their employees, and the communities that they serve. Small business owners are a powerful constituency and serve as trusted messengers with public officials, the media, and the general public. MSA implements game-changing strategies that shift debates over critical economic justice issues, impacting public policy debates at the local, state and national levels.

Duties:

Responsibilities will vary, depending on the education level, interest, and training of the candidate.  In general, the intern will be responsible for supporting the policy team with research around key issues and with participation in advocacy activities. Duties will likely include:

  • Creating policy materials, including congressional one-pagers, infographics, fact sheets, sign-on letters, and other materials for internal and external audiences

  • Researching and provide analysis on policy issues related to job quality (i.e., paid family leave, earned sick leave, minimum wage)  tax fairness (international tax reform, corporate tax reform), financial reform, access to capital, the environment, and other issues as needed

  • Attending and report back on coalition meetings and hearings

  • Monitoring and tracking related news and related legislative developments using a myriad information sources

  • Assisting  with government relations and public policy projects as assigned

Qualifications & Experience:

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, interpersonal skills, and leadership skills

  • Attention to detail a must

  • Strong and demonstrated research skills

  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice and progressive social change

  • Must be able to juggle multiple priorities and tasks in a fast paced environment, but be focused when needed on the matter at hand

  • Must be able to work effectively both independently and with a team

  • Knowledge of finance or tax policy a plus

Supervision: Interns will report directly to the Deputy Director of Policy and Government Affairs and will be an integral part of the Washington, DC team.

Compensation:

  • This position is unpaid, but every effort will be made to ensure class credit is accrued.

To apply, email a cover letter, resumé, two writing samples and references to: michelle@mainstreetalliance.org with subject line: Research and Policy Intern

Inclusion Statement: We are looking for committed, enthusiastic people with a sense of humor to join our organizing team!  Main Street Alliance is committed to equal opportunity and are considering applicants of all races, gender, ages, sexual orientations, national origins, ethnicities, religion, and abilities. We urge people of color, and experienced organizers and activists of all backgrounds, to apply.


 

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