Advertising Media Director (Electoral & Advocacy)

  • Location
    Remote, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Mar 19

Position description

We’re looking for a Media Director to join our Advertising Area in a role focused on electoral advertising. (This is not a cycle position.)


When you come work with us, here’s what you’ll find:


Work that is meaningful. We are a fast-paced, deadline-driven consulting firm that only works with nonprofit clients who are essential to advancing the cause of justice, alleviating suffering, and solving the greatest challenges we face.


Commitment to Anti-Racism, Equity, and Inclusion (AEI). We envision an anti-oppressive workplace that ensures an inclusive employee experience, promotes equitable outcomes for staff, and supports clients to center accessibility and anti-racism in their programs.


Colleagues you can count on. Kind, dedicated, passionate people who work collaboratively to get things done and help you do your best.


An organization that embraces change. We strive to improve and adapt and always seek new ways that we can contribute to a just, inclusive, and sustainable world. We are also continually working on making M+R a better place for our staff.


So that’s us. Now about the work:


  • We run innovative and strategic online advocacy, digital organizing, and electoral campaigns that build grassroots power and create lasting change. We partner with progressive groups working on everything from economic justice to climate change to global poverty – think Planned Parenthood, NRDC, big national unions, healthcare advocacy groups, and more. We work exclusively with outside organizations, not candidate campaigns, because our goal is not just to win an election but to build long-term organizing infrastructure that can hold people in power accountable.
  • Day-to-day, we’re figuring out how to drive the narrative, influence policy, hold corporations and politicians accountable, recruit activists, make the most of news moments, and leave no idea unconsidered that might build power. We have a particular focus on developing new models to mobilize infrequent voters of color.



Here’s what you’ll be doing in this role:


  • Develop overall strategy for client advertising programs and organizing efforts for our integrated campaigns that focus on: passing laws at the federal, state, or local levels; driving changes to administrative and executive policies; changing corporate behavior; electoral turnout, persuasion, or motivation.
  • Manage a team of ads managers to implement, manage and QA digital advertising campaigns across our clients. This includes display, video, and paid social advertising.
  • Work across multiple clients and client teams, leading both large digital programs as well as smaller engagements. Teams can include colleagues across M+R who work in: Campaign Strategy, Digital Organizing, Media Relations, and Digital Fundraising and Advocacy.
  • Drive client strategy and advertising planning meetings. Confidently present ideas and results to clients.
  • Review and monitor media buys - digging in on performance and settings in multiple ad platforms to make recommendations for adjustments to optimize results.
  • Evaluate digital advertising performance – review and approve reports and produce analysis and recommendations on campaigns.
  • Provide guidance to graphic designers and client teams on effective creative and copy.  
  • Negotiate terms with advertising vendors, review and finalize contracts, approve invoices for all media buys.
  • Research new advertising venues and stay abreast of online advertising trends; develop and maintain relationships with vendors and partners.
  • Consistently use findings to inform best practices and train staff.
  • Lead strong teams -- rally staff behind client goals, set clear expectations, build relationships with teammates at all levels, ensure time for the team to connect, and be accountable for resolving issues.
  • Coach and mentor junior staff -- providing consistent feedback, coaching, and guidance on deliverables.
  • Drive conversations and processes that help build inclusive spaces within your teams and across M+R.  
  • Do your part to help us run smoothly, including carefully tracking all of your hours.


Skills and experiences required for this role:


  • 7-9 years of digital advertising experience that includes leading digital advertising strategy and media planning for clients in an agency setting. 
  • At least two cycles working on a political campaign, at a political organization, or political firm.
  • Experience running and measuring the impact of persuasion or awareness campaigns.
  • Experience running integrated campaigns including paid social, programmatic display and video. 
  • Experience finding and targeting harder to reach audiences.
  • In-depth understanding of how to optimize performance in digital platforms to meet client KPIs, including experience actually pulling the levers yourself.
  • Experience developing effective ad creative, in particular geared towards motivating, recruiting or persuading voters. 
  • Experience supporting the professional development of more junior staff or interns.  
  • Demonstrated ability to run meetings to identify project goals and ensure successful outcomes.  


We love hearing from anyone who strives to make the world a better place! Not sure if you meet all of the qualifications? There is no harm in applying! We are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment and strongly encourage you to apply!


Skills and experiences we expect of all M+R employees:


  • Demonstrated commitment to anti-racism, equity, and inclusion.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively to gain trust and give respect to others through honesty, integrity, kindness, empathy, and authenticity.
  • Acute attention to detail and demonstrated ability to prioritize time to meet deadlines for multiple projects.
  • Proven track record to successfully pick up new skills, including learning new technologies.
  • Drive to seek what can be improved and offer ways to fix any potential roadblocks.
  • Comfort admitting what you don’t know and recognizing that feedback is part of the learning process.
  • Ability to communicate persuasively in a way that articulates your ideas and conveys your expertise, whether on the phone, in-person, or in writing.
  • Able to work within equitable and inclusive decision making models in moving decisions and initiatives forward.


Skills and experiences that are preferred, but not required:


  • Experience developing and executing strategy for direct response campaigns, whether recruiting supporters or supporting organizing efforts through ads.

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