Full-Time (40 hours per week, full benefits)
Reports to: Deputy Chief of Strategy and Program
Salary Grade: Director
Salary Range: $100,000-$120,000
Location: Washington, DC (hybrid schedule)
Issue One is committed to winning game-changing federal reforms to fix our broken political system and create an inclusive democracy that works for everyone.
Since 2014, Issue One has worked to educate the public and Congress to pass legislation to increase transparency, strengthen government ethics and accountability, reduce the influence of big money in politics, protect the freedom to vote, and strengthen U.S. elections.
Issue One is helping lead the fight to protect U.S. elections and election workers in 2022, ensure a peaceful transfer of power in 2025, and win comprehensive reforms to combat disinformation on technology platforms. Issue One built the National Council on Election Integrity and led its $15 million Count Every Vote Campaigns to defend the integrity of the 2020 elections and push back against attempts to undermine faith in our democratic process.
Since its founding, Issue One has had an outsized impact on Washington. For example, our Don’t Mess With US and election administration campaigns helped win $825 million in federal funding for states to improve their cybersecurity and manage their elections in 2020 amid the pandemic.
Issue One helped lead the congressional push to establish a 9/11-style commission to investigate the attack on the U.S. Capitol, which passed the House, won bipartisan support in the Senate, and helped drive the national conversation about election disinformation, political accountability, and national security.
Issue One is a nonpartisan, nonprofit advocacy organization that unites Republicans, Democrats, and independents to win game-changing federal reforms; our ReFormers Caucus of more than 200 former members of Congress, governors, and Cabinet secretaries allows us to form unique relationships with current decision-makers and brings heft to our legislative and communications work. In addition, our legislative work is backed by a strong research arm, a savvy and innovative communications team, and a strong development program enabling us to have the resources necessary to win.
The Communications Director will develop and lead comprehensive communications strategies to build and amplify Issue One’s organizational brand, campaigns, and legislative priorities. Working with the Deputy Chief of Strategy and Program, the Director will set the strategic vision around messaging and serve as a thought partner across the organization.
The Director will manage a growing team of three and lead the expansion of Issue One’s innovative multimedia efforts and social media presence. The Director will oversee the continued development and growth of media relationships and direct rapid response efforts.
The Director will partner with the legislative and research teams to advance Issue One’s campaigns and work closely with staff across the organization to ensure robust and consistent messaging, voice, and branding.
This role is a fantastic opportunity for a strategic, innovative, and experienced communications professional to work on some of the most pressing issues of our time and help create an inclusive democracy that works for everyone.
Key Attributes and Qualifications
Structure and Location
This full-time role is based in Washington, DC, or the surrounding area. This job requires travel throughout the United States occasionally. The Communications Director must also work on-site in our DC office twice weekly (Tuesday and Wednesday).
The Communications Director reports directly to the Deputy Chief of Strategy and Program.
Issue One has developed a comprehensive benefits package that invests in our staff to improve their health and promote a solid work-life balance.
How to Apply:
All interested applicants can apply by clicking "apply for this job" on the top right corner of this page. Issue One encourages all interested applicants to complete this self-identification questionnaire as a part of their candidacy.
Due to the volume of applications, we will unfortunately not be able to acknowledge receipt of all applications. No phone calls, please.
Issue One is an equal opportunity employer committed to maintaining a non-discriminatory work environment. Issue One places a high value on fostering an inclusive workplace, and we are committed to building a team as diverse as the American people. We do not make hiring or advancement or other employment decisions based on race, religion, gender, gender identity & expression, sexual orientation, political affiliation, pregnancy, disability, or any other status protected by law. Individuals from across the political spectrum who are passionate about fixing our broken political system are strongly encouraged to apply.
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