Communications Strategist

| Washington, DC, USA
Employer Provided Salary: 78,000-97,000 Annually
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ABOUT

Equis is a set of organizations (including Equis Research, Equis Institute, and EquisLabs) working to create a better understanding of Latinos, innovate new approaches to reach and engage them, and invest in the leadership and infrastructure for long-term change and increased engagement. 

Since 2019, we have served as a hub for Latino research and innovation, leaning into the complexities of Latino voters in the United States, ensuring they get the sophistication of treatment and level of attention that matches their critical role in the electorate. Equis is also committed to developing Latino leaders across the progressive space, serving as a convener of organizations and individuals leading Hispanic-focused programs. The scope of our work is designed to engage Latinos in multiple arenas because we believe that this moment requires a complete rethinking of how we engage Latinos. 

POSITION SUMMARY

Equis is seeking a Communications Strategist to support all levels of planning and execution of a robust communications strategy. Reporting to the Director of Communications, this position will ensure the implementation of the communication strategy, support and maintain reporter relationships and monitor internal and external sources to measure impact. The ideal candidate is a strong communications writer and material developer. In addition to having exposure to media relations.. 

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Execution of Strategic Communications Plan: Support the execution of a comprehensive communication strategy that aligns with the organization and departments’ goals and objectives.
  • Material Creation and Development: 
    • Lead the development of compelling materials, including talking points, press releases, op-eds, blog posts, pitches and briefings.
    • May serve as the primary writer and/or editor in the material development process. 
    • May help manage external consultants or freelancers in the development of communications materials.
    • Ensures that all materials effectively communicate our mission, values, and key messages, and convey a clear, unified image.
  • Media Relations: 
    • Support and maintain relationships with key media contacts to secure coverage of our research, initiatives, and projects. 
    • Proactively pitch stories and respond to media inquiries in a timely and effective manner.
  • Issue Monitoring and Analysis: 
    • Stay informed about current events, legislative developments, and emerging trends related to Latino electorate and community, and political advocacy. 
    • Monitor media coverage and public discourse to identify opportunities and challenges, and provide timely analysis and recommendations to leadership.
  • Stakeholder Engagement: Build and maintain relationships with key stakeholders, including talkers, ally organizations and partners, to advance our department goals and amplify our impact.
  • Evaluation and Reporting: 
    • Establish metrics and key performance indicators (KPIs) to measure the effectiveness of our communication efforts. 
    • Track and analyze data, clips, projects and assets to assess impact, identify areas for improvement, and report progress to internal stakeholders.


MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • 3-5 years of demonstrated and relevant experience in communications, with specific knowledge of and demonstrated results related to strategic communications and media relations.
  • Keen awareness of the news cycle and how Equis' worldview might fit into it. 
  • Excellent communicator and writer with presentation, proofreading and editing skills, including the ability to make complex issues understandable and relevant to external audiences.
  • Ability to work collaboratively and effectively with diverse groups and people, including across departments and teams internally and externally at all levels.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently, drive progress, share vision, adapt and thrive in a fast-paced environment. 
  • Experience managing external consultants and freelancers. 
  • History and understanding of political nuances and deep familiarity with the societal, cultural, and political landscape of the Hispanic and Latino community.
  • Strong analytical and strategic thinking skills, along with the ability to manage high-pressure situations.
  • Flexible and resilient, willing to innovate and try new approaches to problem-solve. 
  • Comprehensive ability to communicate in Spanish both verbally and in writing. 


Preferred Qualifications

  • 4+ years of advanced experience in communications, in political, electoral, advocacy, and campaign environments. 
  • Rapid response and some digital or social media experience.
  • Existing relationships with reporters and media figures. 
  • Fluency in Spanish, reading, verbal and written. 
  • Familiarity with Google Slides, Keynote, Canva or similar presentation software tools. 
  • Experience utilizing Mailchimp, Google Suites software, and ClickUp or other similar project management tools.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Prolonged periods of sitting at a desk and working on a computer 
  • The ability to communicate with colleagues, partners, and clients via phone, video call, and email

WORK ENVIRONMENT

Equis is a national remote office environment with team members located across all continental U.S. time zones. Candidates should be prepared to either work from home or a location of their choosing that is located within the continental United States. Equis has implemented a pro vaccination policy, subject to exemptions. Candidates must be willing to follow the established policy to prevent and limit the exposure of COVID-19.

This position requires the ability to work core hours Monday through Friday in your local time. This position will require occasional nights and weekend work and some in-person attendance for all-staff or department level events, approximately 2 per year, which require overnight travel. 

COMPENSATION & BENEFITS

This is a fully remote (USA only), full-time position, Exempt with occasional domestic travel and a competitive salary range of $78,000-$97,000K per year. This salary range represents a good faith estimate of what Equis may pay for this position at the time of posting. The salary offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as budget availability and commensurate with the selected candidates’ experience. The salary offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as budget availability and commensurate with the selected candidates’ experience. As the role progresses, there is potential for salary growth and professional development opportunities commensurate with the evolution of the role. This position is currently funded through 2025.

Our generous Benefits Package includes 100% Medical, Dental, Vision at no premium for employees, Company Paid Life Insurance, Health Reimbursement Account with employer contribution, Unlimited PTO, generous paid holidays, 4% Employer Match 401(k), Annual Professional Development Stipend, Work-from-home Stipend, Paid Parental Leave, Short-term disability, Long-term disability, wellness stipend and Emergency Relief Fund. Equis observes office-wide holiday closures in accordance with the federal government alongside additional summer and winter breaks.

HOW TO APPLY

Not sure you meet all qualifications? Let us decide! Please send your resume and cover letter via our career page. For your application to receive full consideration, please explain in your cover letter why you are interested in working at Equis and how your background and/or experience demonstrate your commitment to Equis’s core goal of enhancing the well-being and power of the Latino community. In the submission of an application, your consent is provided to share your resume with partnering organizations.


NON-DISCRIMINATION STATEMENT

Equis believes in an open and inclusive work environment that encourages respect and is free from all forms of discrimination, harassment, including but not limited to sexual harassment. We embrace our differences as we prohibit unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, color, genetics, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, disability, or military status in any of our operations. We prioritize not just equality, but equity in our practices and policies. Given who our employees are and the community we serve, we pay special attention to equity in the arenas of racial justice, gender justice, educational access, citizenship status, and language justice. 

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

Equis is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, creed, national origin or ancestry, ethnicity, sex, gender identity (including gender nonconformity and status as a transgender or transsexual individual), sexual orientation, marital status, age, physical or mental disability, citizenship, past, current or prospective service in the uniformed services, predisposing genetic characteristic, domestic violence victim status, or any other status protected by applicable federal, state, or local laws. 


Equis is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities. If you need reasonable accommodation because of a disability for any part of the recruitment process, please email ptc @equislabs.us.

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