ENGAGE MIAMI HIRING A COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR

Summary

Engage Miami and the Engage Miami Civic Fund are seeking a full-time Communications Director to enhance our ability to communicate with our members, the public, the media, and young people across Miami-Dade. We’re looking for an authentic, talented and resourceful communicator who is passionate about building grassroots political power for young people in Miami-Dade County.

The Communications Manager will manage our online presence, media outreach, printed materials, and special projects to advance the goals of our organization. This is a new position for Engage and presents a tremendous opportunity for leadership, creativity, innovation, and impact. You’ll be part spokesperson, part reporter, and part creative guru. If you are a strategic thinker with strong written communication skills, the ability to break down important and complex topics, have a good eye for our brand, and are deeply motivated to elevate Engage Miami and the voices of young people, then we encourage you to apply!

You’d be a good fit if you’re comfortable writing for a wide variety of audiences (sometimes it's a press release, sometimes it’s a Facebook post that’s meant to make a young person laugh out loud), if you have some graphic design skills or at least a great eye for good, clean design, and you can juggle multiple projects without dropping the ball. Bonus points if you have previous communications experience, especially with email writing, press, and social media. You’d be working on a very supportive team, with opportunities for growth and taking initiative on big projects. The Communications Director will report to the Executive Director.

About Us

Engage Miami and the Engage Miami Civic Fund’s missions are to build a more just, democratic, and sustainable Miami by developing a culture of civic participation for young people that is BOLD, CREATIVE, IMPACTFUL, and LOCAL. We are shattering the myth that young people and Millennials are apathetic by reimagining civic access and information for the 21st Century in Miami.  We believe in “Speaking Youth To Power” by helping young people register to vote & learn everything they need to know to cast a ballot. We develop new civic leaders, we win social justice policy change, and we build power for our generation- the largest and most diverse- in the street and at the ballot box. We are an affiliate of the Alliance For Youth Action, a national network of local groups helping America’s biggest and most diverse generation take our seat at democracy’s decision-making table.

Job Activities

  • Work closely with the Executive Director to develop, implement, and evaluate a communications strategy and plan that supports and advances the goals of the organization

  • Spearhead our winning Knight Cities Challenge project- Rep MIA- which will present the most relevant information about local representatives’ votes in easily shareable, bite-sized chunks directly to people’s smart phones.

  • Write, design and edit a variety of Engage’s publications, communications, and materials, including our annual report, emails, brochures, invitations, social media content, & more

  • Maintain engaging and accurate websites and social media profiles for Engage Miami and Engage Miami Civic Fund

  • Draft and send regular email blasts, including online actions to support our advocacy aims, to our email list, as part of mini-campaigns and efforts to keep our email list engaged

  • Support Engage’s fundraising efforts by designing and implementing online fundraising campaigns, communicating with Engage’s monthly members, and giving supporters an opportunity to see all elements of our work

  • Design, and/or coordinate with contracted designers, graphics for social media or presentations, reports, field materials (stickers, t-shirts, etc.) and advertising materials

  • Position Engage to craft the narrative around young voters in Miami-Dade. Proactively frame the messaging for our advocacy work

  • Develop and maintain a consistent organizational brand for Engage Miami

  • Coordinate media relations, including proactively identifying opportunities to reach out to the media, and writing press releases, media advisories, and talking points

  • Pitch in as needed in other areas of the organization, including in both programmatic and fundraising work (i.e., help register voters at busy times, pitch in on collaborative projects, help review grant proposals)

What We’re Looking For

  • An authentic, grounded person with a strong sense of why voting and civic engagement is important and a deep commitment to building power for young people in Miami

  • Commitment to Engage Miami’s mission and the organization’s values, goals and objectives

  • A highly organized and detailed oriented person (seriously) who is able to work independently, able to work as a part of a team, and able to work under pressure

  • Self-starter who shows strong initiative, sets high standards for individual and team performance, and is committed to constantly improving upon every aspect of our work

  • Strategic, creative thinker with strong problem-solving skills & analytical ability

  • Very strong written communication and editing skills, and an ability to write and produce content for a wide variety of audiences (formal & informal) in accordance with our organization's voice. Ability to write/produce funny, punchy content that appeals to a wide audience of young people.

  • Demonstrated work style that is flexible, respectful, and collaborative

  • Proven ability to effectively & thoroughly manage projects with many moving parts to produce high-quality results

  • Positive, solutions-oriented attitude and enthusiasm for designing and implementing new initiatives

  • Willingness to work nontraditional hours on a regular basis & campaign hours during election season

  • At least a year’s professional experience in communications or journalism is a plus

  • Graphic design skills are strongly preferred, with an eye for Engage’s brand a must

  • Reliable transportation and a driver’s license strongly preferred

  • Spanish language skills are a plus, but not required

Position Details

This is a full-time position. Salary range is $44,000-$48,000, commensurate with experience. Medical insurance and sick and paid time off are also provided.

If You’re Not Sure Whether to Apply? Apply!

Our ideal candidate has professional communications experience and at least a familiarity with graphic design BUT, we are looking for the absolute best person to decode politics and elevate the voices of young people. The same goes for formal educational experience-if you don’t have it, no big deal. If you have at least some of the qualifications and skills listed above and this job excites you, we encourage you to submit your application!

We welcome applications from all, and strongly encourage women, people of color, people with disabilities, immigrants, and members of the LGBTQ community to apply.

To Apply

Please submit a cover letter and resume as one PDF attachment to Engage Miami’s Executive Director, Rob, at rob@engage.miami. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis with priority given to applications submitted by Thursday, September 21st.