YEO Network: Communications and Programs Coordinator

People For the American Way and its affiliate, People For the American Way Foundation, are progressive advocacy organizations founded to fight right-wing extremism and defend constitutional values under attack, including free expression, religious liberty, equal justice under the law, and the right to meaningfully participate in our democracy.

Our vision is a vibrantly diverse democratic society in which everyone is treated equally under the law, given the freedom and opportunity to pursue their dreams, and encouraged to participate in our nation’s civic and political life. Our America respects diversity, nurtures creativity and combats hatred and bigotry. We believe a society that reflects these constitutional principles and progressive values is worth fighting for, and we take seriously our responsibility to cultivate new generations of leaders and activists who will sustain these values for the life of this nation.

The Young Elected Officials (YEO) Network is a program of People For the American Way Foundation and the first and only national initiative to provide support to the newest generation of visionary leaders at every level of elected office. It was founded in 2005 by young elected officials themselves and has since grown from a community of dozens to a national network of over 1,000 members across the country in offices ranging from local school boards to the United States Congress.

The YEO Network provides cutting-edge programming, invests in the full pipeline of leadership, and builds sustained relationships with our members. We provide the resources young elected officials need to effectively impact policy, foster their own development and professional growth, and elevate their leadership in the broader social change movement.

The program is based in Washington, D.C. and works with a network of rising political leaders throughout the country. The YEO Network Communications and Programs Coordinator and Advanced Leadership Coordinator will help manage and coordinate critical portfolios in an exciting growth stage for the program.

Responsibilities

  • In coordination with the YEO Network senior staff, execute and support YEO programs and policy work with a focus on internal and external communications strategy.
  • Manage a new program to develop national policy leaders and media presence within the network.
  • In coordination with the YEO Network senior staff and DC Communications Department, support the Network’s communications and branding, draft press releases and coordinate media efforts, and work to maximize YEO Network program and member exposure.
  • Manage website updates and potentially some design components.
  • Draft policy reports, network-wide communications, and marketing material.
  • Manage regular outreach to the YEO Network membership using SALSA and other database management systems.
  • Coordinate logistics for conferences, meetings, and summits of the YEO Network program.
  • In coordination with the YEO Network senior staff, execute and support all branding and communications associated with trainings and conferences.
  • Execute and support deliverables for temporary or short-term projects, including grant reports.
  • In coordination with policy and membership teams, develop all related reports for special projects.
  • Assist YEO Network Director and staff with some administrative work, scheduling, internal reporting and communications.

Qualifications

  • Preferably three to five years of experience with communications, policy, operations and program coordination or management
  • Excellent interpersonal and communications skills, and ability to work with a variety of people
  • Excellent writing and editing skills, with special attention to detail; strong familiarity with and interest in progressive policy
  • Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced environment; must be well-organized and able to effectively manage competing priorities and frequent deadlines
  • Familiarity with database management systems (i.e. Salsa, Constant Contacts, MailChimp)
  • College degree required
  • Ability to work independently, with supervision, and as part of a team
  • Entrepreneurial and strong problem-solving ability
  • Computer proficiency, including MSOffice, Outlook, and Internet tools; must have database and spreadsheet experience
  • Ability and willingness to travel when needed
  • College degree required
  • Ability and willingness to work campaign hours when needed, including some nights and weekends
  • Commitment to the values of the Young Elected Officials Network and People For the American Way Foundation
  • Some experience with design, including the Adobe Creative Suite, HTML, and web content management systems a plus but not required
  • Relationships and experience working directly with the media preferred

To apply:  Please send a resume and cover letter to People For the American Way Foundation, 1101 15th Street, NW, Suite 600, Washington, DC 20005.  Email to hr@pfaw.org. No phone calls.

People For the American Way Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer