Communications Coordinator

The Communications Coordinator is responsible for all aspects of a sophisticated program that includes press and traditional media, messaging, social media, managing an online profile and presence, online organizing, and working closely with field organizers and senior staff.  We are looking for a full-time communications coordinator to manage NOC’s press and communications work across issues and strategic campaigns.   

Neighborhoods Organizing for Change (NOC) is a grassroots, member-led organization building power in under-resourced communities and communities of color across the Twin Cities. NOC works at the intersection of race, the economy and public policy in an effort to produce systemic change in Minnesota. 

Based in North Minneapolis, South Minneapolis, and expanding into East Saint Paul, NOC members use issue campaigns, leadership development, community organizing, and electoral organizing to achieve measureable wins toward equity statewide. NOC is a collaborative, movement-building organization where decisions are made by people who are most affected by the inequities we seek to change.  A leader in the realm of new media, NOC has engaged over 600,000 community members in social media through innovative partnerships, the ongoing production of community-made videos and media-art, and consistent online organizing. 

In 2014, NOC is launching an ambitious project to develop the leadership of communities of color through strategic alignments, civic engagement, community organizing, and intersectional issue campaigns.  Having created a solid foundation of members, campaign wins, and public credibility, NOC has the extraordinary opportunity of growing into a statewide and member-funded power organization capable of effecting structural change toward equity, and led by people of color from a diverse mix of ethnic identities, sexual identities, gender identities, national identities, racial identities, religious identities, and experiences of diaspora.

Active NOC campaigns

  • Education Equity
  • Political leadership and civic engagement
  • Transit Equity
  • Housing Justice
  • Environmental Justice

While NOC currently has five campaigns, we approach these campaigns as intersectional and interconnected.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Create and implement an organization-wide, multi-platform communications plan.
  • Work with video artists, members, and content producers to maximize impact of NOC’s media materials.
  • Manage membership communications and media relationships.
  • Lead strategic messaging and both issue-based and organizational storytelling.
  • Create and manage a robust “media skills” leadership development program for NOC members.
  • Analyze and evaluate impact of communications plan, incorporate evaluation into strategic communications planning.
  • Write press releases and media advisories, serve as media spokesperson when needed, secure significant earned media coverage for NOC campaigns.
  • Use social media and new media to build NOC’s overall online presence and impact.
  • Manage NOC’s website, ensuring content is accessible, timely, and well organized, and also work to increase site traffic.
  • Develop and implement a plan for communicating regularly with members, donors, allies, and other stakeholders of the organization, through newsletter, e-blasts, and other forms of communication.
  • Assist staff on fundraising appeals and promotional materials (including brochures and annual reports).

Qualifications

  • Three to five years of experience with strategic communications for grassroots community organizing.
  • Knowledge of social justice movement-based messaging and storytelling, fluency with racial justice narratives.
  • At least two years of experience working with new media tools, emerging social media and online tools, and established tools including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, petition vehicles, video production.
  • Excellent press and earned media skills.
  • Familiarity with Minnesota’s political landscape and electoral/legislative process.
  • Ability to manage and energize a committed group of staff, allies, strategic partners, and volunteers.  
  • Experience with leadership development.
  • Demonstrated accountability to under-resourced communities and communities of color.
  • Ability to work in multi-cultural, multi-gendered, multi-sexed, and multi-racial settings.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, some design experience.  Brings empathy, passion, and humor to the work.
  • Ability to deliver results in a fast-paced and self-directed environment.

Neighborhoods Organizing for Change is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. We desire a diverse pool of applicants and particularly encourage applications from women, people of color, and the LGBTQ community and immigrants.

Please email completed applications to hiring@mnnoc.org. Completed applications will include a cover letter, resume, and at least 3 references.   Position will be open until filled, preference will be given to applications received by Tuesday, November 18th 2014.

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