The National Network of Abortion Funds builds power with members to remove financial and logistical barriers to abortion access by centering people who have abortions and organizing at the intersections of racial, economic, and reproductive justice.
Organizational Overview:The National Network of Abortion Funds (NNAF) builds power with members to remove financial and logistical barriers to abortion access by centering people who have abortions and organizing at the intersections of racial, economic and reproductive justice. Together with our members, we advocate for cultural and political change to ensure access for people who face the greatest obstacles to abortion access: women with lower incomes, women of color, young women, and transgender and gender nonconforming people. This is an exciting time for NNAF as we grow and nurture new funds emerging in underserved areas, deepen our support for funds working within the reproductive justice framework, and co-lead a bold national coalition campaign to increase abortion access by restoring Medicaid coverage for abortion. We are working to make access to abortion a reality for everyone, no matter their resources. We invite you to join us as the newest member of our dedicated and growing team at a time when we are explicitly focused on scaling our network and building the infrastructure of abortion funds to be fully staffed organizations with robust abortion funding budgets. NNAF is comprised of a multi-racial, multi-religious, gender expansive staff of 40, located across the United States. We know how important it is to support our remote staff to maintain connection and cohesiveness as a team. To this end, we ensure weekly one-on-one supervision, face-to-face virtual staff meetings, quarterly in-person meetings, and more.
- Position Description:
We’re seeking a proactive, responsive, and experienced Communications Manager to work with our Communications Team to amplify the profile of NNAF and member abortion funds, maintaining and expanding NNAF’s instantly recognizable and values-driven expert voice. You’re coming ready to develop and implement an innovative media engagement strategy in English and Spanish. You’re someone who loves to collaborate, and you’re ready to put your all into building and supporting the collective power of our organization and network as a whole. You’re excited to be a thought partner in the leadership of Communications work, including thoughtfully supporting the growth, retention, and professional development of staff you’ll manage. Our Communications Manager should be equally at home writing quickly and chatting with reporters in rapid response situations. You’re a social media whiz who’ll use your skills to publicly represent NNAF in the best way possible, and though it won’t be your day-to-day work, you’re ready to take over our social media when capacity requires it. You want to work with other creative and engaged teammates to develop public political education conversations that are both irresistible and thoughtfully intersectional. You’re interested in using your skills to shift cultural narratives towards compassion and autonomy, and feel inspired working alongside with a forward-thinking team in a visionary organization. Ideally, you’re someone who can balance your day-to-day work between quick moving responsive work and longer term strategy planning and feel comfortable shifting as needed.
- Supervised by: Communications Director
- Supervises: Communications Coordinator (to be hired)
- Status: The position is full-time, exempt, salaried.
- Language Requirements: English and Spanish fluency, including strong conversational, written, and verbal skills for media engagement and content creation.
- Compensation: Starting salary $65,000 - 72,000, commensurate with experience
- Benefits: Competitive benefits package currently including 100% employer paid health insurance/50% for dependents/families, a 5% employer retirement match, 3 weeks vacation, 14 holidays, generous sick time, and a commitment to professional development.
- Location: Flexible
- Essential Job Functions:
Media and Communications (approximately 40% of the position)
- Collaborate with Communications team to raise visibility of the organization and network through powerful and timely media placements:
- Increase public visibility of Executive Director, NNAF, and member organizations through pitching and coordinating media opportunities, preparing for interviews by drafting talking points, and coordinating release and promotion of media appearances, including developing and implementing Spanish media strategy.
- Take lead in creating, sending, and posting timely English and Spanish statements, press releases, and pitches to amplify the values, views, and expert voice of NNAF and member organizations proactively and in response to newsworthy events.
- Connect member funds with media opportunities, assist in creation and distribution of statements in local media markets, and coordinate local member organization quotations in NNAF statements.
- Maintain press relationships and up to date press database.
- Create and provide technical trainings to staff and network members, and model values-centered practices, on topics such as:
- Spokesperson, social media, and communications strategy trainings for fund members.
- Communications and language choice coaching for member organizations.
- Organizational voice, best practices, and guidelines for public appearances for NNAF staff that center the needs of the organization and profile of ED.
- Read news and make connections daily with how news impacts abortion funds and the political and cultural agenda.
- Along with Senior Public Affairs Manager, act as spokesperson when Executive Director and Communications Director are not available.
Digital Campaigns (approximately 15% of the position)
- Support regular digital campaign work, including annual Bowl-a-Thon and Taco or Beer Challenge events:
- Take the lead in generating robust Communications campaign plans, including strategy development of English and Spanish content creation of social and earned media for NNAF and member organizations.
- Assess and maintain critical and strategic cross-movement relationships to encourage and reciprocate engagement in digital campaigns.
- Collaborate on digital strategy for marketing and promotion of digital events including social and earned media, ad buys, and influencer outreach.
- Ensure high rates of staff and member organization participation by anticipating and responding to needs by providing needed supports, including creating and updating campaign work plans and guiding participating funds’ work on the ground.
- Assist in providing technical assistance and support for digital campaign participants.
- Supervise intern when required for event logistics and record keeping.
Management (approximately 20% of the position)
- Department Leadership: Collaborate with and support the Communications Director in thought partnership to effectively implement department work plans.
- Supervise Communications Coordinator and interns.
- Write position descriptions and hire assigned staff, conduct weekly supervision and evaluations, and foster a relationship of mutual feedback. Provide ongoing mentoring to facilitate strategic growth for assigned staff and monitor individual work plans. Conduct necessary performance improvement plans, terminations, and other personnel actions in accordance with personnel policies.
- Oversee vendor and consultant relationships for digital campaigns as appropriate.
Social Media (approximately 15% of the position)
- Support Communications Coordinator to develop and implement social media strategies for community outreach and constituent engagement:
- In conjunction with Communications Coordinator, follow and stay in touch with all network member funds’ social media to boost the work, events, and fundraising of abortion funds across platforms.
- Generate social media content for campaigns in the context of campaign plans using research and outline from other team members.
- Back-up support of Communications Coordinator for online community engagement.
Other (approximately 10% of the position)
- Actively participate in required convenings, summits, retreats, and staff meetings, and participate in required virtual staff communications.
- Protect the organization by keeping information confidential.
- Update professional knowledge by participating in educational opportunities approved by NNAF, maintaining networks, and participating in professional organizations as relevant to your role.
- Perform duties required of all staff to support smooth internal operations such as submitting timely expense reports, reimbursement requests, and timesheets.
- Perform other duties as assigned by supervisor.
Travel Expectations: Ability to travel as job requires, approximately six times minimum per year. Travel will primarily be overnight, for approximately 2-5 days, and national. Regardless of where employee lives, and barring travel delays outside of an individual’s control, employee must be able to arrive at destination on-time.
Job experience requirements
- English and Spanish fluency, including strong conversational, written, and verbal skills for media engagement and content creation.
- 5+ years experience working with media as spokesperson, including experience drafting and sending press releases, and responding to press inquiries.
- 1-2+ years managing staff.
- 1-2+ years experience planning and executing digital campaigns.
- Proven track record of successful community outreach with strong relationships in movement building.
Specific skill sets
- Knowledgeable about communications practices and social media management.
- Skilled at communicating via various social media platforms, particularly on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, LinkedIN and Tumblr.
- Ability to identify complex problems and develop intersectional issue explanations and calls to action.
- Ability to analyze information and evaluate results to choose the best solution in rapid response moments.
- Ability to develop constructive and cooperative working relationship with others and maintain them over time.
- Excellent, detail-oriented project management skills.
Preferred skill sets
- Experience training spokespeople for media engagement.
- Experience working with or in abortion funds, or other grassroots social justice organizations.
- WordPress proficiency.
- Committed to abortion access and full reproductive health care for all.
- Committed to an intersectional framework that includes, but is not limited to gender, economic, and racial justice.
- Ability to enjoy collaboration and be a part of a dynamic, highly productive and integrated team; maintain flexibility and effectively manage ambiguity in a responsive work environment.
- Self-motivated, resourceful, creative, and able to work without significant day-to-day supervision.
- Open to giving and receiving feedback and committed to practicing this regularly.
- Belief in bucking the trend through progressive policies to create a new vision for our future.
- Appreciation of working with diverse staff and board in an organization committed to racial justice.
Work Environment: The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with different abilities to perform the essential functions.
- Depending on location, a combination of in-office and virtual office at this time. Must be able to participate in online virtual communications including email, video conferencing, and other online tools used to facilitate virtual office culture and work sharing.
- This position is full time, with employee’s regular full time schedule to be approved by supervisor. Regular hours must include attendance during core business hours from 12:00pm – 5:00pm Eastern Time, Monday through Friday. Occasional work on evenings and weekends as needed.
- Must be able to conduct business in English; however, fluency in languages other than English is a plus.
- Smoke- and drug (illegal or recreational)-free environment.
- Some work at off-site locations may be required; NNAF aims for accessibility in any off-site location that we have control of, but some of them may not be fully accessible.
- This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, and scanners. Employee is regularly required to communicate effectively via computer, via phone, and in person.
- This role requires frequent sitting.
- Application Deadline: June 23, 2019, 11:59PM CT for full consideration (open until filled).
- Instructions: Click the following link and upload your resume and cover letter. If you have any questions or trouble with the application process, send a message to jobs [at] abortionfunds.org
- Estimated Date to Hire: Aug, 2019. Must be able to travel for orientation the week of August 26th.
NNAF is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any individual based on any non-merit factor, and is committed to an equitable workplace where everyone is treated as a respected and valued member of the team. In fact, NNAF actively seeks to build and maintain a diverse staff with regard to race, culture, ethnicity, class, religion, physical ability, age, gender, and sexual orientation. As an organization working in solidarity with the reproductive justice movement, NNAF is committed to fostering the leadership and elevating the voices of women, young people, people of color, Native people, immigrant and refugees, low-income people, LGBQ+, and transgender, gender non-conforming, and non-binary people, people who have had abortions, people with disabilities, young parents, people who were formerly imprisoned, people who have received funding for abortions, and people living in the many intersections of these experiences. We encourage people from these communities to apply.