Full Job Description
The Black in HR Talent Services has been exclusively engaged by the Black Mamas Matter Alliance for a search for their next Communications Director.
Black Mamas Matter Alliance (BMMA) is a national Black women-led cross-sectoral, multi-disciplinary alliance. We center Black Mamas to advocate, drive research, build power, and shift culture for Black Maternal Health, Rights, and Justice. We envision a world where Black Mamas have the rights, respect, and resources to thrive before, during, and after pregnancy. BMMA was created out of a need to form a national voice and coordinating entity that can hold space and serve as a platform for Black women-led initiatives that are working to address the issues that impact maternal health disparities and inequities using the birth and reproductive justice, and human rights framework across all sectors. BMMA provides technical assistance, trainings, and capacity building for grassroots organizations, maternity care service providers (e.g. clinicians, midwives, doula networks and community health workers), academia, and the public health sector. We recognize that maternal mortality and morbidity is a global concern, and frame domestic maternal health policy and research within the global Black Feminist context.
BMMA is looking for a masterfully creative Communications Director that is able to thrive in our startup environment, and in developing content that can display the complex spectrum and intersectional components of Black Maternal Health, Rights, and Justice through the promotion and support of BMMA’s initiatives. Candidates should be able to develop BMMA’s strategic communications plan rooted in the organization’s values, goals, and mission. The ideal candidate is an excellent verbal and written communicator, adept with print and digital communications as well as media relations, and is highly proficient in health literacy and translating public health information into culturally responsive information geared towards communities impacted by the issues. Additionally, the candidate should be effective in using design graphics and images to help convey information; be proficient in media, website, and social media analytics; and be able to translate information into impact reports. The ideal candidate should be flexible self-starter, and adaptable to a dynamic, startup working environment, be timely, and maintain professional and consistent communication. Candidates should include a cover letter describing candidate’s specific interest in the job & BMMA.
- Develop and implement an annual strategic communications plan rooted in BMMA’s values and establish communications processes for BMMA initiatives and programs.
- Formalize templates, style guides, preferred language, key messages, and brand strategy to ensure consistent use among internal and external partners.
- Oversee media relations, maintaining media lists, triaging and responding to media requests, and seeking ways to respond to developing stories.
- Spearhead organizational advocacy statements; draft press releases, media advisories, op-eds, letters to the editor, talking points, and other media materials.
- Develop and maintain a database of internal and external partners, influencers, and entities in order to build an ecosystem of movement collaborators.
- Lead the development and management of the annual Black Maternal Health Week campaign and ensure a sound and robust strategy for collaboration and impact with internal and external partners and sponsors.
- Support Leadership with writing well-crafted programmatic, impact, and theory of change language for grant proposals and donor communications, primarily for new areas of work
- Work closely with staff, alliance members, vendors, and consultants in planning BMMA’s Black Maternal Health Conference and Training Institute.
- Collaborate with staff on social media strategy; develop new ways to share our message with external audiences; monitor the organization’s online engagement; and develop social media toolkits.
- Manage communication with partners, funders, and stakeholders to strengthen relationships and expand support towards organizational sustainability.
- Develop and compile quarterly reports and web analytics to inform content creation; setting benchmarks and goals to track progress and growth.
- Serve as traditional and digital media relations liaison for BMMA and manage media relationships with key publications and journalists.
- Package source materials in maternal and reproductive health, rights, and justice to shape educational documents, messaging, and other communications products.
- Monitor and ensure compliance with communications-related requirements of grants, donors, and funders.
- A Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in communications, journalism, public health or related fields
- Proficient knowledge in Black feminism, and demonstrated experience translating health information relating to public health, reproductive justice, human rights, social sciences, and/or maternal and infant health
- Experience building social media channels and executing social media strategy for maximum engagement, particularly for mission-driven non-profits or through cause-based marketing
- Proficient in: Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe Creative Suite: InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash, Acrobat, basic HTML, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, LinkedIn, and YouTube, Hootsuite (other social media management/monitoring tools – a PLUS!), basic HTML and website publishing, especially via WordPress (or other CMS skills), and Mailchimp/Constant Contact (or other email marketing platform)
- Intermediate skills in photography and video creation and editing skills for social media
- 5+ years of proven experience producing a wide variety of high-quality, multimedia communications products for nonprofits, academia, coalitions, and/or public health agencies
- 5+ years of experience developing and managing collaborative partnerships and soliciting input from a broad set of stakeholders
- 2+ years of experience with interpreting data and creating stories based in research (qualitative and quantitative data)
- Prior supervisory experience 2-4 years
- Excellent organizational, verbal, and written communication skills with meticulous attention to details
Job Type: Full-time
Pay: $72,000.00 – $82,000.00 per year
- Dental insurance
- Health insurance
- Paid time off
- Vision insurance
- Monday to Friday
- One location
Temporarily due to COVID-19