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MCAN - Massachusetts Communities Action Network

MCAN
Massachusetts Communities Action Network


Communications Director

Based in Dorchester, MA


JOB DESCRIPTION
Massachusetts Communities Action Network (MCAN) seeks a dynamic, justice-focused communications expert to join our statewide team. This position will help build the narrative and digital power of MCAN and its six local affiliates, elevating the voices of marginalized communities and communities of faith with a strong coordinated narrative and digital presence in the public arena.

ORGANIZATIONAL OVERVIEW
MCAN is a network of six faith- and values-based community organizations working for economic and racial justice. Our faith and values and our critical racial analysis call us to fight for a Massachusetts where every person can live a life of dignity. We believe that those closest to the issues are the best suited to lead our campaigns, and our organizing approach includes storytelling, relationship building, and training to develop the power of community leaders.

**MCAN works extensively with labor unions in Massachusetts. We are Co-Chair of the Raise UP Massachusetts Coalition of unions, community, and faith based groups that works on raising the Minimum Wage, Paid Family Medical Leave, and the Millionaire’s Tax.

MCAN and its member affiliates provide leadership across multiple campaign spaces, including economic justice (raising the minimum wage, winning Paid Family and Medical Leave, jobs and job training for youth and excluded workers, and winning a millionaire’s tax to increase state investment in education and transportation); criminal justice (statewide and local reforms to reduce incarceration and create opportunities for formerly incarcerated people); immigrant justice (MCAN affiliates are deeply involved in sanctuary work and state and local legislative campaigns to welcome immigrants); and education justice (increasing access to career technical education, addressing inequities in school funding; creating more welcoming and healing school environments). MCAN affiliates also regularly engage in non-partisan voter engagement work.

Our statewide affiliates are: Brockton Interfaith Community, Essex County Community Organization, Pioneer Valley Project, United Interfaith Action, Worcester Interfaith, and I Have a Future.

For more information visit: www.mcan-pico.org.

ABOUT THE ROLE
This position will be responsible for all external communications, including:

  • Work closely with clergy and people of all faiths and races and who are directly impacted by racial and economic inequality to bring a people-centered, faith voice to all communications
  • Coordinating brand and messaging strategy, especially helping build and drive a coherent narrative that can cut across our various issue campaigns and across our affiliate members
  • Build online organizing strategies to reach our constituencies and move people to action
  • Lead digital communications efforts in support of state and regional policy campaigns to maximize press coverage, drive media outreach, develop digital strategies for external communications, and develop and nurture relationships with leaders of online platforms
  • Train staff, clergy, and volunteers leaders in strategic digital communication
  • Create compelling and creative visuals to advance social justice; video, photo, art
  • Ensure digital communications strategies are data driven, tracking performance metrics
  • Successful candidates will have led communications efforts for grassroots, political, religious, labor, public relations firms, news media outlets, or other advocacy based non-profits.

SHOULD BE ABLE TO

  • Draw on an intersectional analysis of racialization and other forms of oppression
  • Work with diverse faith institutions and racial/ethnic communities
  • Collaborate with local organizing staff on new ideas, directions, and tools for communications and online organizing tools
  • Willingness to periodically travel around the state and to national convenings
  • Experience with digital online platforms like WordPress, Salsa, HTML, CSS, Photoshop
  • Compelling storytelling capabilities to transform information into visual (video, photo, and graphic) and interactive executions, facility with Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Photoshop, etc.), video-editing software (Final Cut, etc.)
  • Update and maintain our social media presence, including daily monitoring, posting, scheduling and reporting social media platform updates
  • Work at campaign pace without sacrificing quality
  • Manage multiple projects concurrently, prioritizing work effectively on deadlines
  • Write compelling copy under tight deadlines
  • Write and manage e-blasts and e-newsletters
  • Draft news releases, media alerts, op-eds, and letters to the editor
  • Build strong relationships and pitch local and national media
  • Update the organization’s website and database regularly

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Firm grasp of available tools and platforms in the social media space
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
  • Previous experience in community organizing a plus
  • Proficiency in Adobe InDesign and Photoshop highly desired
  • Knowledge of HTML, website content management and graphic design a plus
  • Cultural competence to work in a multi-racial, multi-faith environment

PREFERRED SKILLS

  • Experience working with low-income and/or immigrant communities of color, with a commitment to cultural sensitivity and respect for differences
  • Ability to work well independently, and within a team
  • Commitment to the continuous improvement of service quality and the organization’s mission

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS
As a full-time employee, salary is in the $60,000 to $70,000 range and is based on experience. Benefits includes health insurance, mileage, and a monthly reimbursement for cellphone. The job includes regular evening work and some weekend work.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE
To apply please send the following materials to Lorreta Rocha at lrocha@mcan-pico.org:

  • An electronic file of your résumé (preferably in PDF format).
  • A cover letter stating why you want this position and your qualifications.
  • A writing sample or other relevant content that demonstrates your communications experience and skill set.

Applications will be accepted until this position is filled. MCAN has a strong commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion – people of color, women and members of other under-represented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

MCAN provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, MCAN complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the organization has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training. MCAN is an equal opportunity employers and does not discriminate against otherwise qualified applicants on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, ancestry, age, sex, marital status, national origin, disability or handicap, or veteran status.

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