Director of Engagement & Communications
The Director of Engagement & Communications is a newly created position aimed at undergirding a democratic, informed governance structure, while strengthening members’ efforts to secure and maintain permanently affordable spaces and build assets for low-income DC residents. This position is responsible for helping to build member bench strength; create and facilitate a variety of pathways for member involvement; and develop multidirectional communications that both solicit input from and report out to members, allied organizations, and the broader community. We are also committed to fostering an organizational culture rooted in critical thinking and consciousness about race and class, including the systems that have impeded society’s progress on those fronts. While the Director of Engagement & Communications will promote the Douglass CLT mission and CLT model, the position will also contribute to continual assessment of the efficacy of Douglass CLT’s efforts in this regard.
Duties and Responsibilities
In partnership with fellow staff as well as lessee and general members, including the board of directors, this position will lead efforts in two broad areas:
Membership and Community Engagement
- Guide refinement and implementation of our community engagement strategy
- Develop and coordinate targeted membership recruitment and retention campaigns
- Build community action, including collaborative campaigns, within our membership and with allied organizations
- Support leadership development, campaign development, work planning and activities
- Help to facilitate the development of the Chapter model, strengthening the broader Douglass CLT collective while preserving deep local connection
- Develop, coordinate, and/ or produce events for membership and other stakeholders, including training around the CLT model, and other topics identified by members
- Coordinate and facilitate committees or workgroups related to community engagement functions
- Support local community advocacy that advances the mission of the Douglass CLT, particularly the intersection of racial, economic, and environmental justice with housing and commercial affordability and anti-displacement efforts
- As an integral part of the engagement plan, create and work with members and other staff to implement a communications plan
- Create and collaborate with others to develop materials that effectively conveys the Douglass CLT approach to a variety of audiences, utilizing images, charts, infographics, multi-media, etc.
- Draft and assist in drafting communications materials to keep members and other stakeholders informed, including a newsletter and annual report
- Assist in preparation of grant proposals, reports and other content
- Update and maintain website; develop/ oversee social media and other creative methods of outreach and engagement
The Director of Engagement & Communications may be required to perform additional duties to support the Executive Director, including project management and administrative functions.
Qualifications and Competencies
The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated commitment to racial equity, social and economic justice, and progressive social change, along with experience in implementing a broad array of community engagement and communications activities. You must have interest in the community land trust model, and community development generally. Additionally, the position requires:
- 7-10 years of relevant community engagement/ organizing and communications experience covering the breadth of work responsibilities listed above; this is not an entry-level position
- Exceptional interpersonal, teamwork, active listening, group facilitation skills
- Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite; experience working with Salesforce or comparable CRM and mass mail service; and willingness to learn other technology tools
- Excellent writing skills: clear, compelling, and personable
- Ability to set, manage, and meet multiple deadlines simultaneously
- Basic visual design skills (infographics, graphic design, etc.) and ability to work with consultants
- Conversational Spanish or Amharic is appreciated, but not required
- Experience working with low-moderate income communities of color, preferably in DC
- Preference to candidates who have experience in affordable housing, community economic development
Terms of Employment
This is a full-time salaried (exempt) position. Some evening and weekend work is likely. The Douglass CLT is an Equal Opportunity Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.