Communications Director

We’re hiring a communications director! Come work with us as we grow our majority in Dallas County, and turn Texas blue.

Who we are:
The Dallas County Democratic Party is on the front lines of the fight to save our democracy in a state led by conservative extremists desperate to hold on to political power, afraid of the people, and suppressing votes instead of delivering basic resources like electricity.

Our diverse county serves 2.6 million people across 900 square miles. We work each day to grow our majority in Dallas County, and turn Texas blue. We will register voters, and turn out every Democratic voter in every neighborhood with our broad coalition of elected officials, Precinct Chairs, clubs, and activists from every part of the county. 

Dallas County Democrats are an inclusive, people-powered movement that believes in equal opportunity, fairness, freedom, family, community, and a responsibility to ourselves and each other. 

About the Opportunity

The Communications Director is responsible for the leadership, direction, and administration of the Dallas County Democratic Party’s communications strategies and programs. The Communications Director will promote DCD as the leading advocate for people in Dallas County. They will coordinate efforts with the staff and the Chair to present clear and consistent messages that represent DCD’s mission and vision.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

Strategy & Management

  • Design and implement comprehensive external and internal communication strategies that elevate DCD to varied audiences using tactics and channels including: web, social media, earned media, events, search engine optimization, collateral, etc.

  • Set quantitative and qualitative metrics and results to evaluate the effectiveness of communications strategies and ensure quality standards. Proactively seek, compile, and report on feedback from recipients, both internal and external. Be able to present results against deliverables.

  • Working cross-departmentally, create strategy and lead response for crisis communications and issues management

  • Serve as internal expert of communications content for DCD, including thorough keeping up-to-date on coalition messaging and staying informed of all aspects of political and legislative issues 

  • Provide strategic guidance and execute all organization communications, including but not limited to internal and external newsletters, press materials, digital campaigns and other collateral

  • Other communications responsibilities, as assigned

 Media Relations

  • Create media relations strategies to maximize DCD’s impact across the county, pitching, press conferences, media events and more

  • Lead strategy and execute approval for all earned media, including articles for publication, press releases, media advisories, letters-to-the-editor and opinion editorials

  • Act as a spokesperson to the media on behalf of DCD

  • Develop communications strategies and lead implementation for DCD events and promotions

  • Assess events, actions, decisions and other press stories for possible impact on DCD

Digital Communications

  • Lead strategy and execute approval for digital content and publications, including campaign webpages, supporter communications, blog posts, etc.

  • Lead strategy and oversee production of videos and photography, including developing scripts/interview questions and planning shoots

  • Ensure communications and advocacy campaigns are integrated across media, email, social media and DCD’s web properties

  • Create and develop email and direct mail solicitation programs to develop small and sustaining donors

  • Collaborate on development and activation of supporter communication networks, including storytellers and speakers’ bureaus

  • Oversee the redevelopment of the DCD website

QUALIFICATIONS:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions

  • B.A. in Communications, Public Policy or related field or equivalent communications experience in a professional capacity

  • Minimum 2-4 years progressively responsible experience in communications, preferably in progressive advocacy and/or campaigns

  • Demonstrated ability to develop and implement mass communications campaigns

  • Demonstrated savvy and leadership and strategic planning experience required

  • Experience in communications across varied audiences, including donors and advocates, preferred

OTHER ATTRIBUTES, SKILLS AND ABILITIES

  • Strong written, verbal, problem solving and interpersonal communications skills

  • Highly computer literate, including experience with Google Drive and NGP Digital Tools

  • Proven ability to meet multiple deadlines and balance numerous projects in a fast paced and changing environment

  • Ability to develop and drive new initiatives, work cross-departmentally, oversee projects to completion and measure results

  • Must demonstrate a strong sense of urgency and initiative; highly organized and with the ability to achieve delivery of product under deadline

  • Ability to prioritize effectively; superb time management skills

  • Excellent teamwork skills and ability to work autonomously as needed

  • Must possess a good sense of humor and comfort with change; must possess agility to adapt to and lead through change

  • Bilingual and biliterate communication skills are a plus

Interested candidates should submit their resume, a detailed cover letter, and one writing sample to Chair Kristy Noble at chair@dallasdemocrats.org. Applicants are encouraged to submit their materials by July 31, 2021. This job posting will remain open until the position is filled.

DCD recognizes that our success requires us to be a place where a diverse mix of talented people want to come and do their best work. We are focused on building a staff that is diverse of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, national origin and all the other fascinating characteristics that make us different. Candidates of color, women, LGBTQI, and more are encouraged to apply.