Communications Coordinator (Flexible Work Location)
Washington, DC or Remote
Submit cover letter, resume, and three references. Applicants will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
(This job description is intended to convey information essential to understand the scope of the position. It is not intended to be an exhaustive list of skills, efforts, duties, or responsibilities associated with the position.)
BISC is a mission and values-driven organization that recruits and seeks to retain a staff committed to excellence by fostering a work environment that is flexible, fairly-compensated, respectful, and fun.
BISC HQ is located in Washington, DC, but the location for this position is flexible. This position reports to the Director of Strategic Communications.
The Communications Coordinator is responsible for providing communications implementation support that advances BISC’s mission. This position will develop communications materials and maintain the organization’s digital communications assets including the BISC website and social media platforms. Additionally, this position will also be responsible for pitching press, monitoring, tracking and compiling media coverage of ballot initiative and referenda activity across the country, and data management and evaluation. The communications coordinator will collaborate with the program team, and BISC’s partners and allies to collect stories and information for use in external communication. The coordinator also has close working relationships with the BISC team including the Executive Director, and with external consultants such as our webmaster, annual conference planners, among others.
Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Create and implement social media strategies and campaigns; create and manage our social media editorial calendar
- Develop channel-specific, timely content, and social campaigns
- Actively monitor and engage with our social media community to drive engagement, support, and awareness of BISC
- Pitch creative concepts for organization-wide social media initiatives and digital campaigns
- Stay on top of emerging social media trends; analyze and report opportunities for growth
- Design graphics for use in external communications
- Develop website and blog content
- Create promotional slideshows/decks
- Manage our email communications
- Pitch press and build and maintain relationships with a curated list of reporters; write press releases and memos.
- Monitor, track and compile media coverage of ballot initiative and referenda activity across the country.
- Writing social media messaging, website content, email communications, news releases, memos, blog posts, and other messaging as needed.
- Proofread, edit, format, and package internal and public-facing research papers, reports, memos, and toolkits in line with BISC’s branding and editorial guidelines. Support BISC senior staff by preparing Google Slides and other presentations for convenings and board meetings, as needed.
- Ensure the consistency of BISC brand messaging internally and externally.
Communications Planning, Monitoring, Measurement and Reporting:
- In close collaboration with the Director of Strategic Communications, work on communications planning, tracking progress towards goals, measurement of social media and website reach, and preparing quarterly communications reports.
- Monitor and report trends in digital and social media strategy, marketing and design.
Education, Knowledge and Experience Requirements
The Communications Coordinator position requires at least three years of professional experience. The coordinator must be a team player who can work independently and manage multiple tasks simultaneously. Exceptional persuasive writing and proofreading skills with a commitment to progressive values and a strong competency in American politics is highly desirable.
Ideal candidate will have these qualities:
- A positive, responsive, can-do attitude, with an ability to “manage up” to meet deadlines and move projects forward
- Curiosity for the work and a demonstrated passion for politics and progressive causes
- Ability to work independently and as part of a team to develop and implement communications strategies
- Creativity, adaptability, and the ability to problem-solve
- Results-driven, detail-oriented, flexible, and organized, showing relentless commitment to meeting a high bar and a history of getting things done even in the face of obstacles
- Strong time management skills, proven ability to balance many projects at once and meet deadlines
- Exceptional writing, proofreading, and editing skills
- Experience with managing social media platforms and using content management systems (Airtable, Monday, etc.)
- Experience creating graphics, editing photos, and creating basic video content
- Experience in PR outreach and creating and maintaining media lists and drafting press releases
- Experience in managing/uploading content on websites
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office, Google Suite, Dropbox, Slack, WordPress, Canva (or other graphic design platform), Constant Contact or other email communications platform, and project management software. Knowledge of Cision a plus
- Previous work with state-level policy/political organizations, Capitol Hill or campaign experience desired
- Some familiarity with ballot initiatives and issue campaigns is preferred but not required
Salary & Benefits
- Salary range for BISC coordinator positions: $50,000 to $60,000
- 100% Medical insurance for family paid for by employer
- Dental and vision insurance paid for by employer
- Life and Accidental Death and Dismemberment coverage
- Generous Vacation leave (office is also closed between Christmas and New Years)
- Sick leave
- Generous 401(k) plan with employer matching contribution
About The Ballot Initiative Strategy Center
BISC’s mission is to strengthen democracy by implementing a national progressive strategy for ballot measures rooted in building state-based power.
The Ballot Initiative Strategy Center (BISC), a 501(c)(4) organization, is the only progressive organization that works across many policy, organizing, and political organizations, with local, state, and national leaders to analyze and support the ballot measure landscape.
We work with groups to develop the best overall strategy and support funders and partners to make the best investments. No other national organization or network is solely focused on the strategy of running the best ballot measure campaigns or aligning ballot measure campaign efforts across sectors and networks to ensure the most effective use of resources and the greatest impact.
BISC recognizes that ballot measures are a permanent part of the process in the 24 initiative states and that well-crafted measures can be a force for good public policy, civic engagement, and infrastructure building.
We strengthen the progressive movement by conducting innovative research, providing technical assistance, hosting convenings, facilitating collaboration, offering strategic advice, conducting campaign assessments and helping funders make the best decisions about allocation of scarce resources.
BISC envisions a future where progressives change the game and use ballot measures as a political and civic engagement tool for victory.
BISC’s Stance on Racial Equity
At the Ballot Initiative Strategy Center, we work to transform our country into one that is equitable and just. In our work, we strive to challenge structural racism, and center the people most impacted. BISC works with commitment to racial equity inside our organization in our operations and management processes, and externally through our research, training and organizing work with ballot-measure campaigns, partners and funders.
BISC follows an Equal Employment Opportunity Policy and employs personnel without regard to race, ethnic or religious background, descent or nationality, sexual orientation, gender (including pregnancy), gender identification, disability, marital status, age, height, weight, or military service. This policy applies to employment, internships, internal promotions, training, opportunities for advancement, terminations, relationships with vendors, use of contractors and consultants and in dealing with the general public.