Director of Media Communications

Hip Hop Caucus is hiring a Director of Media Communications to oversee media strategy for the organization. This role manages the day-to-day of publicity campaigns and cultivates media support and awareness. It reports to the Senior Director, Media and Communications, often interacting with the Executive Director and the President.

Responsibilities:

Essential duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • In partnership with Leadership, develop and implement annual communications plans, including: overall brand positioning, communications pillars, strategic planning, including tone and content strategy
  • Perform audience research. Plan and execute both long-term and short-term PR plans and initiatives for the organization, working closely with the Sr. Director of Media and Communications
  • Lead the development and implementation of comprehensive PR campaigns, including: press events, speaking engagements/panels, press briefings, media tours, set visits and screenings as applicable
  • Proactively identify traditional and unique opportunities to maximize press coverage across multiple outlets/platforms. Develop strategies to support those opportunities
  • Pitch stories to a broad range of media, follow-up on media requests, and foster close working relationships with members of the media
  • Compose accurate, well-written press materials (e.g., plans, press distributions, statements, op-eds, pitch letters, Q&As, fact sheets, and proactive/reactive messaging)
  • Partner with cross-functional teams such as digital, production, organizing, and policy to ensure cohesive messaging and coordination
  • Manage and work closely with outside publicity team on messaging and creative assets for press purposes
  • Media prep and when needed, provide media training to organizations’ staff, spokespeople, influencers, volunteers and stakeholders
  • Manage budgets for media campaigns.
  • Track media coverage and creating reports for internal teams and external stakeholders

Education/Experience:

  • Four year college degree in Communications or related field is preferred
  • Minimum 7 years previous experience in Media/Public Relations field. Television, network or studio industry a plus. Issue advocacy or political experience a plus.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:

  • Strong interest in advocacy and fluency in Hip Hop culture
  • Strategic thinker with a strong media relations background and proven placement results
  • Able to identify and prioritize potential news opportunities to deliver a balanced brand conversation
  • Able to quickly understand diverse sets of ever-changing policy, political, social, and environmental issues and distill and communicate them effectively
  • Demonstrable verbal and written communication skills
  • Solutions-oriented and able to manage multiple projects under tight deadlines
  • Able to compose and edit a variety of creative, issue-oriented, and regional-based communications
  • Highly detail-oriented and driven to consistently meet deadlines
  • Strong team player, able to balance and blend various department needs and views into effective PR strategy
  • Proficiency in Google Suite and Cision
Compensation & Benefits

The location for this position is flexible.

The annual salary for this role will be based on experience and qualifications. Hip Hop Caucus also offers a generous and comprehensive benefits package.

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About Hip Hop Caucus

Hip Hop Caucus’ (HHC) movement began in 2004, and it is a non-profit that leverages Hip Hop culture to encourage young people to participate in the democratic process and operates a non-partisan 501(c)3 organization and a 501(c)4 organization. Through a collaborative leadership network, HHC addresses core issues affecting underserved communities. HHC programs and campaigns support solution-driven community organizing led by today’s young leaders.

Our mission is to use the power of our cultural expression to empower communities who are first and worst impacted by injustice. Our members, as well as our dedicated national team, span the country and globe. We are multiracial and we center our work in communities of color. We span Gen Z, Millennials, and Gen X, and we come from diverse backgrounds and experiences. Our vision is for racial justice, healthy communities, and a healthy planet. We focus on addressing core issues impacting underserved and vulnerable communities, with programs and campaigns that support solution-driven community organizing led by today’s young leaders. Through a collaborative network, we hold elected officials accountable, shape policy, and build more diverse and powerful movements to ignite positive change.

What We Do

Cultural Organizing

We organize 14 – 40-year-olds, who identify with Hip Hop Culture, and share values of justice and equity. We connect the Hip Hop community to the political process to build power and create change.

Cultivate Leaders

We create platforms for cultural and grassroots leaders to use their voices, creative talents, and networks to educate, energize, and mobilize people and communities.

Engage Large Audiences

Through partnerships with artists, creatives, celebrities, and media we create content and share it through cultural channels reaching millions of people and inspiring action. It’s not only large audiences that we engage, we are intentional about engaging our communities on the frontlines of injustice.

Foster and Promote Thought Leadership

We source solutions for local to global challenges from our communities, and advocate for them to decision makers and influencers. We partner with a broad range of organizations, and we have a respected presence in the halls of the U.S. Congress, Federal Agencies, State Legislatures, and the United Nations.

Our Focus Areas

Strengthening Democracy

We register, educate, and mobilize voters through our non-partisan “Respect My Vote!” campaign. We fight against attacks on voting rights and advocate for election system reforms that make voting easier. We empower returning citizens who can vote and advocate for full enfranchisement in all 50 states. Visit RespectMyVote.com.

Climate Change and Environmental Justice

We advocate for climate action that will stop and reverse the impacts of the climate crisis that are happening now from the perspective of BIPOC communities for which pollution and climate impacts are life and death issues. Think 100% is our climate justice communications and activism platform. Visit Think100Climate.com.

Civil and Human Rights

From police violence and criminal justice reform, to quality public education, healthcare, immigration, Indigenous rights, women’s rights, LGBTQ rights, and racial justice, we lead and act as allies on the most critical civil and human rights issues of today.

Economic Justice

We advocate for an economy that works for everyone. We promote divest-invest strategies pulling money out from industries that harm our communities and investing in economically, socially, and environmentally empowering solutions. We stand with activists demanding good jobs, access to capital for communities locked out of industries, and fair housing.

For more information on Hip Hop Caucus, please visit www.hiphopcaucus.org.