• Communications Director

    Job Locations US-WA
    Posted Date 2 months ago(12/4/2018 7:48 AM)
    Job ID
    # of Openings
    Housing and Shelter
    Fiscal Sponsorship Projects
    Location : Name
    A Way Home Washington
  • Overview

    A Way Home Washington (AWHWA) (www.awayhomewa.org), a fiscally sponsored project of TSNE MissionWorks (www.tsne.org), is mission-driven to prevent and end youth and young adult homelessness across Washington state. AWHWA partners with the state Office of Homeless Youth, philanthropic foundations, advocates, and service providers who support over 13,000 unaccompanied young people experiencing homelessness in Washington. AWHWA leads and coordinates these stakeholders as we work collectively to build a statewide system so that local communities can respond to youth and young adult homelessness in their areas.


    The Communications Director is responsible for high-level communications and strategy to ensure that AWHWA produces consistent, creative, and high-quality communications products that continue to build and maintain the organization’s brand and reputation with all audiences.


    This leadership role will direct strategic planning and develop content for all of AWHWA’s external and internal communications, including media outreach and management, as well as storytelling across various platforms and projects.


    Responsibilities include developing and implementing a statewide public relations campaign to raise awareness of youth and young adult homelessness and inspire a wide range of audiences to get involved in preventing and ending this problem. The campaign will support our Anchor Community Initiative (ACI) – an innovative program to end youth homelessness in four Washington communities by 2022. The initial four communities are Pierce, Spokane, Yakima, and Walla Walla Counties, with hopes to eventually expand to a total of 12-15 communities across the state. The Communications Director will work with local stakeholders to ensure messaging alignment and clarity.


    The Communications Director will build strategic partnerships to expand AWHWA’s network of supporters across the state.  As part of this role, the Communications Director will oversee contracts with communications consultants to support the work and provide specific deliverables as needed. The Communications Director will also engage with a diverse group of important external partners, as well as the entire internal AWHWA team.


    Content Development & Outreach

    • Design, develop, and implement a statewide communications campaign to support AWHWA’s strategic goal of preventing and ending youth and young adult homelessness;
    • Develop and implement an annual, internal communications plan for the organization;
    • Work with AWHWA staff to generate regular content and lead writing, editing, production, and execution of blog posts, newsletters, videos, articles, and messaging that reflects and elevates our efforts;
    • Lead and manage all social media content for AWHWA (Twitter, Facebook);
    • Draft op-eds and other communications, including content for public speaking engagements, on behalf of the Executive Director, other principals, and the organization;
    • Collaborate with members of AWHWA stakeholder groups to develop and deliver personal narratives to external audiences about experiences of homelessness in youth and young adulthood;
    • Lead and support the AWHWA communications workgroup, comprising communications staff from partner organizations;
    • Develop and regularly update the AWHWA brand and style guide, including supporting consistent staff use of all logos, letterhead, and related materials;
    • Edit written content according to AWHWA style standards, as well as diversity, equity, and inclusion considerations;
    • Create and maintain a library of AWHWA assets and content;
    • Act as key point of contact for AWHWA website maintenance, lead regular website content management, and provide active leadership through website re-design projects;
    • Identify key audience targets and growth opportunities among key stakeholders, policymakers, and the general public;
    • Lead and guide relationships with communications consultants to enhance AWHWA products.

    Media Strategy & Management

    • Develop thoughtful, creative media outreach strategies to promote AWHWA’s work;
    • Develop AWHWA media list and cultivate relationships with members of the press;
    • Manage and vet media requests;
    • Position AWHWA as the “go-to” source for youth and young adult homelessness issues in Washington state;
    • Pitch stories and provide resources to reporters;
    • Write press releases and coordinate press conferences for major announcements and launches;
    • Monitor local, state, and national news related to AWHWA and issues related to youth and young adult homelessness.

    External Affairs & Strategic Partnership Development

    • Serve as a public face of AWHWA when the Executive Director is unable to appear at events;
    • Assist the Executive Director in managing key external partnerships among advocacy coalitions;
    • Work with the Executive Director and AWHWA team to find new opportunities for strategic community partnerships, including with businesses, philanthropic organizations, and other nonprofits.

    Hours and Travel


    This is a full-time, exempt position. Regular office hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. PST, may include occasional evening or weekend hours for special events, as well as occasional to moderate overnight travel throughout Washington state and/or to national destinations.




    The salary for this position is between $75,000 and $80,000 annually, commensurate with experience.


    We will consider exceptional candidates who demonstrate a strong combination of the specific qualifications and skills described below.

    • Exceptional verbal and written communications skills, including strong copyediting experience;
    • Proven record of developing media strategies, pitching stories, and managing media relationships;
    • Organized, efficient, and self-motivated;
    • Demonstrated attention to detail, efficient work habits, and project management skills;
    • Creative problem solver and critical thinker;
    • Highly proficient experience with social media platforms and personal interest in learning new tools;
    • Able to distill and translate complex concepts, including policy issues, to lay audiences;
    • Expert use of Microsoft Office software, including Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Excel;
    • Enjoys working in a dynamic, fast-paced environment as a part of a growing, high-performing team;
    • Demonstrated professionalism, good humor, patience, and the ability to handle stress;
    • Highly experienced leading coalitions and workgroups, as well as overseeing communications consultants;
    • Demonstrated commitment to supporting diversity and inclusion, both internally and across our efforts to serve all youth and young adults experiencing homelessness in Washington state.
    • A minimum of 5-7 years of experience in communications, marketing, media relations, or related field;
    • Professional experience in a nonprofit environment, familiarity with youth and young adult homelessness is a plus.

    Physical Demands/Work Environment


    Little or no exertion, may require extended periods at a computer. May occasionally be required to lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.


    TSNE MissionWorks/A Way Home Washington envisions a society grounded in the principles of social and economic justice. As such, we strive to achieve excellence through a diverse and inclusive workplace that honors the unique talents and lived experiences of each person. Our vision and values are reflected in all our employment-related decisions, including hiring practices. Accordingly, TSNE MissionWorks actively seeks people who bring diverse backgrounds and perspectives to join us in our work.


    As an EOE/AA employer, TSNE MissionWorks/A Way Home Washington will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin or ancestry, age, sexual orientation, gender identification, genetic information, veteran or disability status or any other factor prohibited by law.  


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