Employer: Texas 2036

City: Austin

Position Description:

The Director of Communications will help develop and lead the execution of a comprehensive communications strategy designed to keep the public, policymakers, media, supporters and donors informed, engaged, and motivated in our mission. This person will work with our policy, data and development teams as well as our strategic partners to strategically and tactically integrate messages across multiple channels.

The Director of Communications’ responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
● Plan, investigate, draft, and refine content for Texas 2036 that promotes our policies, data, and mission in the most engaging ways
● Draft speeches and talking points, ranging from keynotes to monthly video newsletters
● Plan and execute media outreach strategies that develop relationships with reporters and producers across the state.
● Prepare our executives and policy and data team members for interviews
● Manage website, social media, email, advertising and action center mobilization programs including website maintenance and administration, developing and managing targeted social media advertising campaigns, and developing email programs that cultivate audience engagement and generate action
● Edit, fine-tune, bulletproof and spot-check communications
● Teach and encourage writing and communications best practices
● Perform other duties as assigned to help the organization achieve its long-term goals

The ideal Director of Communications candidate will have a combination of the following qualifications and experience:
● Experience writing for a newsroom, government agency, non-profit, public relations firm or political campaigns
● Experience with both traditional and digital media. Familiarity with WordPress, Mailchimp, social media, and digital media advertising preferred.
● Experience engaging and mobilizing audiences to donate and contact elected officials
● Excellent interpersonal skills, solid editorial judgment, and the ability to write quickly and concisely
● A passion for helping Texas to be the best place to live and work through our bicentennial and beyond
● Knowledge of Texas history, government, media, and culture preferred
● Excellent time management skills and ability to multitask and prioritize responsibilities
● Highly motivated, entrepreneurial self-starter with a strong, positive, ‘can do’ attitude
● A bachelor’s degree, preferably in a writing-intensive discipline

Texas 2036 knows there are great candidates who won’t have everything we’ve described above, or who have important skills we haven’t thought of. When in doubt, apply and use the cover letter to tell us more.

Compensation and Benefits
Compensation is competitive and commensurate with experience. Texas 2036 employees are eligible to participate in several organization-sponsored benefits including health, vision, and dental insurance with employee premiums paid by Texas 2036, cell phone reimbursement, and a 401k matching program. In addition, you will be entitled to generous paid time off, comp time, and paid parental leave policies. Texas 2036 provides a flexible and entrepreneurial work environment in which we expect personal accountability in efficiently performing high-quality work in collaboration with colleagues and representing the organization well through professional communication and conduct.

The Director of Communications will be based out of Texas 2036’s Austin office and must be willing to travel as needed (up to 10% of the time) to cities across Texas for meetings with various stakeholders, including editorial boards, board members, stakeholders and colleagues.

Employment Eligibility and COVID Vaccination
Candidates for this role must be eligible to work in the United States without sponsorship. Consistent with our legal obligation to provide a safe work environment, Texas 2036 requires proof of vaccination against COVID-19 prior to employment. Texas 2036 does not discriminate against individuals based on any protected characteristic including race, color, national origin, religion, sex or gender, disability, or genetic information.

About Texas 2036
Texas 2036 is a nonprofit organization building long-term, data-driven strategies to secure Texas’ prosperity through our state’s bicentennial and beyond. We offer non-partisan ideas and modern solutions grounded in research and data on issues that matter most to all Texans. We are a dynamic organization seeking energetic individuals passionate about making a positive impact on the future of Texas.

Application Instructions:
To apply for the Director of Communications role, please visit texas2036.org/jobs.