Program Director or Associate Director, Peace & Security

ReThink Media
  • Location
    Remote, California
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Jul 29

Position description

ReThink Media’s Peace & Security program has three principal areas of focus. The first focus is on building the strategic media capacity of organizations working for nuclear arms control and disarmament. In this capacity we provide media skills training, we develop shared resources, and we help coordinate media engagement for maximum impact.

The second focus is on supporting organizations working for a more peaceful foreign policy including organizations advocating for the civilian victims of US military actions.

And the third area of focus is building the short- and long-term capacity of individual organizations to drive their messages, place their spokespeople, and engage their target audiences.

Across all of this, we are deeply committed to an agenda of diversifying the voiceshare of spokespeople on these issues and to specifically support an increase in media placements for BIPOC spokespeople, women, and people from marginalized communities.

ReThink’s approach to communications is firmly grounded in movement building. Our goal is to demonstrably help organizations become stronger, faster, more agile, and more effective in their media work.

We currently have unique flexibility in considering candidates who might serve as either the Director or the Associate Director of our Peace & Security program. Director candidates should have a minimum of six (6) years’ experience in progressive advocacy and strategic communications as well as prior experience successfully supervising full-time staff. Associate Director candidates should have a minimum of five (5) years’ experience and may be newer to direct supervision. The Associate Director position is, in essence, intended as a Program Director-in-training role.

The Associate Director and the Director directly supervise multiple Communications Associates and interns, as needed, and work with ReThink’s larger team, including the organization's Co-Founders and our unique Research & Analysis team. The Associate Director is supervised by the Program Director for Peace & Security, or by the Director of Programs when the Program Director position is vacant. The Program Director for Peace & Security is directly supervised by the Director of Programs.

The (Associate) Director works with partner organizations to coordinate joint rapid response campaigns informed by extensive news coverage monitoring and utilizing tailored press lists. They also help facilitate social media campaign work, monitoring and analyzing online metrics, providing groups with training in the use of social media tools, and the crafting and disseminating of content in support of existing initiatives.

Principal Duties

Specific goals are set quarterly, corresponding to the following duties:

  • Play a leading role in guiding ReThink's Peace & Security team, including managing team meetings and check-ins.
  • Recruit, train, supervise, and review staff with the support of the Director of Programs.
  • Craft communications strategies to meet the needs of peace and disarmament organizations; build the communications capacity of the field as a whole, as well as within individual organizations; and identify communications priorities that will have the greatest positive impact across the sector.
  • Draw upon the extensive expertise of our partner organizations and the key reporters and outlets covering these issues in order to: assist and train groups in building and maintaining tailored press lists; supervise the updating of ReThink's press lists; and quickly connect reporters and spokespeople during breaking news opportunities.
  • Liaise with funding partners in support of the Director of Programs and/or the Executive Director. Help ensure that all grant application and reporting deadlines are met. With regard to reports and deadlines, the division of labor and responsibility will be determined at least 30 days prior to any deadline.
  • Oversee the drafting of timely and effective strategic communications guidance, talking points, messaging advice, commentaries, or media statements at rapid-response moments or ahead of known media opportunities.
  • Support the individual media work of aligned groups. This often includes assisting groups in developing a strategic communications plan, implementing media strategies, building press lists, assisting in the editing and development of media content, assisting with pitching and placement, providing media training, and conducting audits of coverage.
  • Collaborate with the Research & Analysis Team on longer-term projects such as media and public opinion audits and coverage analysis of specific issues, frames, and outlets, message- testing, and the development of media accountability campaigns.
  • Provide expert training to member organizations and spokespeople in media skills such as conducting effective broadcast interviews, writing op-eds, engaging editorial boards, and driving social media strategies, among others.

Qualifications

  • A commitment to social and racial justice and equity.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and promptly, both verbally and in writing, with varying levels of organization staff, partners, contractors, foundations, and the media.
  • Ability to meet deadlines and move work forward effectively with concrete workplans.
  • Superior writing, editing, communications, and public presentation skills.
  • 5–7 years of experience working in communications strategy, community or political organizing, campaigns, or all of the above.
  • Experience monitoring and analyzing news coverage, writing press materials, developing media strategies, and pitching stories.
  • A creative and strategic ability to frame ideas, develop stories, and synthesize complex policy issues in a way that appeals to the news media and a wide variety of audiences.
  • Excellent news sense and political savvy.
  • (for Program Director) Strong training, mentoring, and/or supervisory skills.
  • Demonstrated resourcefulness and flexibility in approach to project assignments.

Desired But Not Required

  • Experience with Cision, Muck Rack, Mailchimp, CRMs, Torch, and/or Zoom.
  • Fluency in a second language.

This is a mid-level position that comes with generous benefits, vacation, health savings, sabbatical, and a retirement package. A summary of our benefits package is available upon request.

Application instructions

To apply, please follow these instructions carefully. Send your resume as a PDF attachment and make sure to include your name in the title of the attachment (e.g., resume-Jones.pdf). Also include a Cover Letter specifying whether you are applying for Deputy Director of Programs or Director of Programs, stating the reason for your interest in the position and providing a summary of your professional experience including management and supervision. Make sure to include your name in the title of the attachment (e.g., CoverLetter-Jones.pdf). Email your application to [email protected], Subject: Peace & Security Program Director. 

We believe in treating people with respect and all applications will be acknowledged. Qualified applicants will be asked to complete a brief questionnaire prior to the scheduling of interviews. 

 

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