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Job Announcement: Communications Director | Expires October 31, 2014 | PDF

Position Description

The Economic Opportunity Institute (EOI) is a non-profit public policy center dedicated to restoring the promise of the middle class by advancing public policies that promote educational opportunity, good jobs, healthy families and workplaces, and a dignified retirement for all.

As a senior-level position, the Communications Director reports to the Executive Director, and is responsible for: policy and campaign communications research, planning & execution that advances EOI’s policy agenda; graphic/publications design & management; blog, website and social media content; email blasts & list management; media outreach; and other communications-related projects and tasks that support EOI’s policy work as appropriate or assigned.

Key Responsibilities

  • Develop and execute a strategic, integrated communication plan that maximizes the impact of EOI’s research and policy development and increases recognition of EOI’s policy work and expertise among policymakers, the media, the public, and donors.
  • Work with colleagues to provide end-to-end communications support for EOI’s policy research, public education and policy advancement work, including strategic communications research/planning, public education, and policy advocacy campaigns.
  • Write and/or procure content for EOI and EOI-managed websites, blogs and social media sites.
  • Manage EOI’s social media communities to promote regular public education, engagement and discussion of EOI policy issues.
  • Monitor local/national news outlets, allied/organizational partners, and other channels for items of direct interest/relevance. Solicit and coordinate media inquiries via media advisories, press releases, etc.
  • Supervise communications interns, ensuring a high-quality experience for both EOI and intern.
  • Coordinate and collaborate with Managing Director to ensure consistent messaging between internal and external communications projects/campaigns.
  • Edit, proofread, format and produce policy briefs, research reports, fact sheets, infographics and other publications in support of EOI’s policy research, advocacy and other external communications.
  • Coordinate timely/accurate production of related communications materials with policy staff and print shop. Ensure current publications are kept in stock as needed.
  • Maintain standards for color, typestyles, etc. of all publications/materials. Coordinate design updates for website, blogs, social media, etc. as needed.
  • Develop, monitor and report on selected communications metrics to track efficacy of communications work.
  • Ensure contact database stays up-to-date based on feedback and submissions from staff, bouncebacks from e-newsletter mailings, and other online outreach.

Minimum Experience/Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Arts in public policy, political science, economics, communications, journalism, or a related field/equivalent.
  • Significant previous policy campaign or related communications experience, including development and implementation of strategies and tactics designed to advance policy objectives.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Extensive experience with Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Enthusiasm for EOI’s mission, organizational values and policy goals.
  • Friendly, approachable manner that creates positive connections with people.
  • Able to provide personal transportation when required by job duties/responsibilities.

Desired Experience/Qualifications

  • Graphic design experience with infographics, publications, fact sheets, policy briefs, press releases or similar materials.
  • Previous experience writing and/or editing public content for a blog, news agency, or other organization.
  • Previously legislative or other related public policy experience.
  • Proficiency with Adobe Photoshop, InDesign and/or other Adobe Creative Suite products.

Hours and Compensation

This is a full-time salaried position with a competitive salary, generous paid vacation and holiday package, medical and dental benefits and a retirement plan. Medical and dental benefits cover the employee, spouse or domestic partner, and all dependents. EOI participates in a retirement savings plan, contributing the equivalent of ten percent of salary after one year of employment. Paid time off begins at four weeks per year.

To Apply

Please email resume and cover letter (in PDF format only) to Aaron Keating at, with the subject line “Communications Director 2014”. Materials must specifically address how your experience/background relates to responsibilities of/qualifications for this position. Supplementary materials that highlight related qualifications or experience (such as a portfolio or other project) may be attached. No phone calls please.


This position is open until filled. Application review will begin October 27, with interviews conducted on a rolling basis thereafter. Desired start date is December 1, 2014 – earlier if possible.

EEOC Statement

The Economic Opportunity Institute is an equal employment opportunity/affirmative action employer. Women, people of color, LGBT persons, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


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