Department: Programs, Advocacy and Action (PAA) / Advocacy and Strategic Communications Unit
Reports to:  Director of Advocacy and Strategic Communications
Position: Exempt, Full-Time (35 hrs/week)
Location:  Cambridge, MA

SUMMARY

UUSC is a human rights organization with the belief in the inherent worth and dignity of all people. UUSC strives to advance human rights, dismantle systems of oppression, and uplift and affirm the inherent worth and dignity of all people. We center the voices and experiences of those most affected and strengthen those grassroots groups and movements who are organizing themselves to advance these goals.   We are seeking a seasoned communications professional develop and manage the organization’s public relations and communications, including communication strategies that will advance UUSC’s mission and goals.

The Associate Director of Strategic Communications works within team focused on advocacy, organizing, and communications and across functions to develop and lead communications strategies that advance UUSC’s human rights and organizational goals.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Work closely with the Director of Advocacy and Strategic Communications and the Executive team to determine the structure, strategies and deliverable goals of the Communications unit.
  • Oversee the design and implementation of UUSC’s communications  strategies and tactics, including effective framing and messaging for campaigns and to advance UUSC goals.
  • Manage day-to-day operations of UUSC’s communications unit, including media relations, digital engagement including via website and social media, messaging, creative content, including writing and design, and brand and marketing. Oversee multi-channel work, including that of UUSC website and social media outreach.
  • Develop and execute media strategies that expand media coverage for key issue areas. Build and maintain productive relationships with media, including sourcing and pitching proactive stories, handling reactive media requests, and realizing media events.
  • Oversee consistency of UUSC’s branding and messaging across teams and platforms, and develop/update, or oversee updating, brand and messaging guidelines as needed.
  • Develop and support great storytelling to inspire interest in UUSC’s work and advance our strategies. Work with colleagues to generate compelling content that can be used across channels and platforms to highlight UUSC and partners’ impact.
  • Work in close partnership with the Development department marketing staff to develop, implement, and evaluate communications strategies that will strengthen our organizational impact.
  • Establish and maintain communications systems to strengthen our communications impact, processes, learnings, and evaluation, including facilitation of any needed technology support.
  • Recruit, supervise and motivate other staff members in Communications unit.
  • Facilitate collaborative work among staff and with allies and partners on opportunities to advance shared goals.
  • Oversee the work of communications consultants, and manage contracts with these consultants.
  • Perform other duties as assigned or required.

QUALIFICATIONS

This is a management position, and we are looking for a highly competent leader ready to be part of a complex, dynamic, and values-driven body of work.  Because this position leads our communications strategies, we need someone with:

  • At least 8 years of communications experience, including with media, public relations, and advocacy-related communications methods, and at least 3 years experience managing staff and consultants.
  • Excellent media contacts and strong networking skills. Ability to build and maintain strong relationships with relevant media, PR contacts and the online community. Extensive knowledge of the U.S. media and a track record of successful media outreach experience, including high-level placements and strong existing relationships.
  • Skilled in developing and executing communication strategies that advance advocacy or program goals. Well-honed skill for identifying clear goals and accompanying communications strategies and tactics that drive towards a defined win.
  • Able to design strategies to influence particular decision-makers and audiences, with proven ability to manage communications campaigns with impact.
  • Proven ability to develop and motivate staff and build great teams.
  • Experience using digital communication tools, including email marketing, websites, and social media, to advance goals, support outreach and engagement, and analyze metrics and ROI.
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills, including with messaging and storytelling.
  • Strong leadership and interpersonal skills, and a highly collaborative team player. Able to work across themes and functions to develop and implement strategy and methods.
  • A strong track record of positioning an organization to achieve tangible outcomes in a competitive communications environment.
  • Skilled and enthusiastic for learning and evaluation related to communications and able to oversee and support methods in this area.
  • Familiarity with and passion for human rights and environmental justice, with a strong racial and social justice lens.

Compensation and Benefits: Competitive salary based on experience (starting annual salary between $80,000 to $110,000 per year). UUSC offers a generous benefits package including: health, dental, and life insurance, STD/LTD, 403(b) option, retirement plan with 9% of salary contribution to pension plan after 1 year of job retention, flexible spending plans for medical and dependent care, commuter allowance, and and generous paid time off.

Non-Discrimination and Equal Employment opportunity: UUSC is highly committed to the principle of equal opportunity in employment. People with disabilities, people of color, and people from minority communities are encouraged to apply.

Interested candidates may email a cover letter and résumé in confidence preferably to: employment@uusc.org  or mail to: Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (Attn: Director of Human Resources), 689 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139.