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Position Title: Communications Director

Reports to: Director ejecutivo

Position Summary: The Communications Director creates and executes on messaging strategy for Empower Missouri in service of passing anti-poverty policy across the state. The person in this role must be an incredibly strong writer and storyteller who is able to create clear and compelling narratives about the realities of poverty in Missouri. The Communication Director will be responsible for all online and print communications, including social media, op-eds, letters to the editor, and organizational publications, as well as serving as a liaison with traditional media. This role supports multiple issue-based campaigns throughout the year to raise the profile of key policy initiatives and will be an integral member of the organization’s growing leadership team.

Roles & Responsibilities:
  • Oversee organizational messaging strategy in order to ensure standard and consistent use of core messaging principles in all public communications.
  • Support Policy & Advocacy Staff in creating issue- and policy-related campaign messaging for various campaigns each year. Develop one-pagers, briefing memos, sign-on letters, and social media posts to support outreach and organizing work.
  • Develop and implement a social media plan to significantly expand online presence through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and other channels as deemed appropriate.
  • Support Policy & Advocacy Staff in creation of a weekly podcast during the legislative session.
  • Manage all online communications including a weekly newsletter, organizational blog, and website(s).
  • Create event promotional plans to maximize event awareness including a promotional package to be shared with various stakeholder groups.
  • Lead strategy & execution for outreach to print and other traditional media, coordinating press conferences, pitching stories, and highlighting actions of the organization and allies.
  • Partner with Policy & Advocacy Staff to improve the visibility of Empower Missouri’s coalitions.
  • Manage and keep current organizational websites and all web content, including potential micro-sites for campaign specific efforts.
  • Update Empower Missouri print collateral (brochure, organizational one-pages, case statement, etc.) periodically to ensure accuracy and alignment with evolving core messaging.
  • Write organization’s annual report, and support Development Manager with fundraising communication as needed.
  • Support Policy & Advocacy Staff in creation of written testimony on legislative issues as needed.
  • Create images, graphics, and infographics for use on various campaigns.
  • Produce branded merchandise as needed
  • Occasionally serve as spokesperson for the organization
  • Perform other duties as requested.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • Extremely strong writing skills required.
  • Keen ability to identify and understand key audiences and their motivations as well as target messaging to those audiences
  • Creative and innovative thinker
  • Strong attention to detail and organizational skills
  • Exceptional analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Exceptional time management skills and ability to juggle multiple projects simultaneously
  • Significant experience with social media; demonstrated experience growing social media followers preferred
  • Basic graphic design skills required
  • WordPress experience preferred
  • Leadership qualities and the ability to mobilize others to action
Desired Education and Experience:
  • Minimum of five years of experience in a similar role with a nonprofit organization; 6-10 years of experience is preferred.
  • Prior experience working on issue-related campaigns preferred
  • Empower Missouri is open to a wide range of educational and professional backgrounds. Competency, passion, and experience are more important than formal education, although we certainly welcome those with formal education credentials to apply.
Salary Range and Benefits:

$55,000-$65,000 starting salary with annual opportunities for merit-based and cost-of-living raises; health, life, dental and vision insurance; generous PTO policy, paid holidays, and retirement plan

Location of Position:

This position can be based anywhere in Missouri, with anticipated 10% travel in-state, primarily to Jefferson City.

To Apply:

Email a cover letter, resume and a list of three references to jobs@empowermissouri.org


Position Title: Affordable Housing Policy Manager

Reports to: Policy & Advocacy Director

Position Summary: The Affordable Housing Policy Manager, under the direction of the Policy & Advocacy Director, oversees all affordable housing-related policy research and legislative advocacy for the organization. The Policy Manager recruits, trains, and maintains a robust, statewide Affordable Housing Coalition comprised of organizations working to build ample, sustainable affordable housing across Missouri.

Roles & Responsibilities:

Policy, Advocacy and Organizing

  • Serve as the affordable housing policy expert for Empower Missouri, including keeping up-to-date on new data and policy recommendations.
  • Amplify Empower Missouri‘s power in the Missouri Capitol Building through cultivation of relationships with key legislative and executive branch elected officials and their staff members.
  • Research evidence-based best practices on our priority issues and produce content that may be used on our communication platforms.
  • Recruit, train, & maintain a robust statewide Affordable Housing Coalition, including:
    • Keep national partner relationships active and engaged
    • Use data from national partners in advocacy efforts across the state
    • Connect with Missouri organizations who engage in affordable housing work, particularly in Southern & Central MO and steward them to be a part of the coalition
    • Convene calls and meetings of the coalition
    • Organize advocacy days at the capitol building on behalf of the coalition
  • Represent Empower Missouri at appropriate meetings or events related to affordable housing
  • Attend national level meetings related to affordable housing
  • Meet with legislators to discuss policies related to affordable housing

Organizational Stewardship

  • Contributes to grant-writing and grant-reporting process for proposals related to affordable housing and collaborates on additional grants as requested.
  • Assist with fundraising & donor stewardship as requested
  • Serve as a spokesperson to the media on issues related to affordable housing
  • Supervise interns
  • Other duties as assigned
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • Passion for ending poverty and ensuring all Missourians have access to affordable housing
  • Baseline knowledge of all of Empower Missouri’s priority issue areas
  • Strong leadership, planning and organizational skills
  • Excellent coalition-building and relationship-building skills
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously and shift priorities as needed
  • Clear verbal and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated research, analytical and problem-solving skills
Desired Education and Experience:
  • Minimum of three years of public policy, advocacy, or organizing experience, preferably in Missouri
  • Previous experience specifically working in affordable housing or other anti-poverty policy initiatives highly preferred.
  • Empower Missouri is open to a wide range of educational and professional backgrounds. Competency, passion, and experience are more important than formal education, although we certainly welcome those with formal education credentials to apply.
Salary Range and Benefits:

$45,000-$55,000 starting salary with annual opportunities for merit-based and cost-of-living raises; health, life, dental and vision insurance; generous PTO policy, paid holidays, and retirement plan

Location of Position:

This position can be based anywhere in Central or Southern Missouri. Preferred locations include Springfield, Joplin, Cape Girardeau, Jefferson City, Columbia or surrounding counties. Position will travel in-state 40-50% of the time.

To Apply:

Email a cover letter, resume and a list of three references to jobs@empowermissouri.org

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