A JOTW “Can't Wait” job announcement from Voices for America's Children

A JOTW “Can't Wait” job announcement from Voices for America's Children

from George L. Askew, MD, FAAP:

Vice President, Communications and Marketing, Washington, DC

Voices for America's Children (www.Voices.org) is a national, nonprofit,

nonpartisan network of child advocacy organizations committed to

speaking out for children at the local, state and federal levels of

government. Founded in 1984 and based in Washington, DC, we support 60

member organizations located in nearly every state. VOICES supports

members advocating for children in their states, advocates directly for

effective national public policies, and leads national campaigns to

improve public policies affecting children throughout the United States.

Reports to: President & CEO and Deputy CEO

Do you have a passion for children, deep interest in public policy and

desire to make an impact on both the national and local levels? If you

are a communications professional who can answer yes to all three

questions, you may be a strong candidate for an organization that is a

true nationwide network advocating for kids.

Voices for America's Children is in search of a seasoned communications

pro who can direct all of our internal and external communications. We

are a 25-year old organization engaged on the most crucial issues

affecting children and families. Our new VP of Communications and

Marketing has the opportunity to work with a dynamic Washington, DC

staff and experts in member organizations throughout the country to make

an immediate and strategic impact on our objectives

Desired Qualifications

· Minimum 7-10 years of communications experience, including

writing, message development, media relations, event planning,

marketing, and Web site development

· Degree in communications, public relations or journalism, or

equivalent experience

· Experience in advocacy, campaign, social justice, civil rights

and/or political communications work

· Experience in the use of strategic advocacy communications for

public interest and/or policy issues

· Expertise with electronic advocacy for fostering network

communications and for use in advocacy

· Ability to lead initiatives, multi-task and work within teams

and/or coalitions

· Familiarity and understanding of key policy issues affecting

children and families

· Exemplary writing and editing skills

· Demonstrated skills as a strategic and tactical thinker

· Supervisory experience

Essential Functions / Responsibilities

The Vice President for Communications and Marketing will:

· direct and supervise the communications team;

· develop and execute strategic communications and marketing


· work closely with both the Government Affairs and Policy and

Development teams

· lead the effort to provide communications guidance and support

to VOICES' staff, member organizations, general public and media.

The Communications team is responsible for using communications vehicles

and strategies to both 1) support the organization's policy objectives

and 2) raise awareness for, and increase visibility of, the organization

and its key spokespersons.

Specific responsibilities include:

Position the organization as a national voice for children with the

capacity to effect change in Washington and beyond

Develop, coordinate and execute comprehensive communications and

marketing plans to support the implementation of the organization's

strategic plan and/or campaigns

Working with VOICES members and their communications directors in

developing a VOICES strategy for supporting members in sharing

communications ideas, strategies, and resources and identifying and

responding to needs for additional communications and messaging work.

This may include

1. Developing a resource clearinghouse of member communication and

messaging strategies on specific policy goal areas;

2. Developing a resource clearinghouse of member communications

and messaging strategies regarding electoral advocacy;

3. Participating in and providing direct consulting and technical

assistance to member advisory committees in developing their policy

agendas; and

4. Staffing a member communications network and learning


Develop, write, edit and/or produce: communications components of

reports; news releases; statements; talking points; speeches; letters to

the editor; opinion-editorials; e-newsletters; brochures; annual

reports; grant proposals; marketing, and other collateral materials

Ensure branding strategy is integrated into all aspects of

organization's work

Oversee all proactive and reactive media relations efforts

Work with team to enhance the communications capacity within the VOICES


Provide communications and marketing counsel to VOICES' president and

executive team

Develop and maintain relationships with key media covering issues

relative to the organization's mission and policy objectives

Identify and develop external partnership relationships

Act as communications liaison to external coalition partners

Produce and manage press events

Collaborate with IT team on web site content and development

Travel on an as-needed basis

Represent VOICES in a professional manner

Status: Full-time; exempt

To Apply: Send cover letter, resume, references, and writing sample to


Nothing in this job description restricts management's right to assign

or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

Speaking up for America's children on Capitol Hill, in State

Legislatures and in City Halls

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