- Communications 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.
Position Overview: Main Street Alliance (501(c)(3)) and Main Street Alliance Action Fund (501(c)(4)) are seeking a talented, self-directed, strategic communications director to develop and execute a strategic communications plan for Main Street Alliance/Action Fund, which would include framing and messaging for MSA campaigns, creating high-profile media engagement opportunities for members, developing talking points for staff and members, and creating communications products.
About Main Street Alliance: Main Street Alliance is a national network of state-based small business coalitions working to elevate the voices of small business owners on issues that impact their businesses, their employees, and the communities that they serve. Founded in 2008 to ensure that small business owners voices were heard in the campaign to win affordable health care, Main Street Alliance now works on a range of issues in cities and states across the country, our policy agenda includes tax and budget fairness, comprehensive immigration reform, money in politics issues and a variety of job quality issues. We are led by a diverse group of small business owners at the state and national levels.
- Drive proactive national narrative. Use relationships, experience and skill to lead the creation and execution of earned and paid media strategies that create powerful public narratives in support of Main Street Alliance mission and campaigns.
- Elevate member voices. Develop, implement, and evaluate communications strategies to accomplish Main Street Alliance mission and goals.
- Plan and execute sharp and strategic campaigns. Use your experience and skills to execute narrative campaigns through use of variety of tactics including, but not limited to: rapid-response, print, video, radio, and digital communications.
- Think outside the box. Improve on existing, traditional strategies and bring new edgy ideas to the team.
- Supervise. Help develop and supervise MSA’s communications team, and work closely with full MSA team to achieve greatest impact.
- Relationship development and management. Develop and maintain relationships with MSA leaders, strategic allies, key decision-makers, and key media contacts from mainstream and business press.
- Make No Small Plans. But do make well-written ones. Work with team to develop monthly (and longer-term) work plans to drive work forward.
- Look to the long-term. Push every campaign to address not just the short-term gains but how they interact with Main Street Alliance’s long-term goals.
- Build deep trust. Invest in relationships with members, leaders and staff in order to deeply understand their self-interest.
- Be inclusive. Recognize and appreciate different ways of working and being.
- Be proactive. Ask questions. Look for new ways to engage. Take ownership of your work and bring ideas to the table.
- Model our values and culture. Model optimism inside and outside the organization, and reinforce our core values and culture. Model transparent and accountable decision- making, and build this culture on staff.
The ideal candidate should have the following experience and qualifications:
- At least 5 years of communications experience in journalism, public relations, campaign management or a related field. The ability to take policy and information and transform them into exciting and useful messages, and disseminate it to the right audiences through the best distribution channels is critical.
- Familiarity with digital and emerging 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 alongside a team.
- 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.
Salary and Benefits
Salary is based on experience; please include desired range in cover letter. Our competitive benefits package includes family medical, dental and vision insurance; 401(k) plan with 3% employer contribution after six months of employment; flexible spending account; life insurance; and paid time off at the end of December in addition to paid vacation.
Send one pdf including a cover letter, salary requirements, resume, references and two writing samples to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com with “Communications Director” in the subject line. Visit our website to learn more about us at mainstreetalliance.org.
Position is open until filled.
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.
Job Description: 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.
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.
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 Legislative Policy Director and will be an integral part of the Washington, DC team.
Class credit + stipend
To apply, email a cover letter, resumé, two writing samples and references to: firstname.lastname@example.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.