Strategic Actions for a Just Economy

Director of Communications

Employment type
Full Time
27 days ago
Los Angeles

Strategic Actions for a Just Economy (SAJE) is an economic justice organization that has been building economic power for working class people in Los Angeles for over 20 years. SAJE created the nation’s first welfare-to-work bank account, organized an important and autonomous model for democratic development, T.R.U.S.T. South LA, which pioneered the use of community benefit agreements as a tool for equitable development; and contributes to the development of innovative new land use policies.

Since 2001, SAJE has focused its attention on the Figueroa Corridor, home to 200,000 working class people. The pressure of development in this area leads to the rapid displacement of historic communities of color as landlords price out or push out residents through harassment, illegal eviction, or intentional building neglect. SAJE’s current projects include tenant clinics, the South Los Angeles Healthy Homes Collaborative, internship and volunteer programs, publicly-funded tenant outreach, grassroots leadership development, and community-based projects, coalitions and collaborations that advance equity.

SAJE seeks a director to establish an organized, focused communications operation that helps advance the interests of tenants and other Los Angeles residents, particularly low-income tenants, communities of color, and residents of South Los Angeles, at the heart of our city’s and our region’s collective vision for its future.

Key Responsibilities:
Establish and lead a communications department that elevates SAJE’s visibility and public understanding of its work, including developing messaging, talking points, speeches and communication plans to increase awareness of SAJE initiatives
Lead media relations activities, including generating positive earned media for SAJE’s actions through press conferences, pitching, media advisories, press releases and building reporter relationships
Act as a spokesperson and lead ongoing media and speaker training for SAJE spokespeople; develop and share talking points regularly with SAJE leaders, staff, and partners so they are equipped to be effective ambassadors of the organization’s work
Oversee the editorial strategy and content development for SAJE’s social and digital media channels, including the web site, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and email newsletters
In partnership with SAJE’s outside communications agency, implement SAJE’s newly developed strategic communications plan, including launching new strategies and tactics to increase understanding of SAJE’s work
Measure and analyze the impact of SAJE’s communications function and media coverage, continuously adjusting to improve effectiveness
Work collaboratively with the other members of the management team to integrate their work with the communications operation
Provide guidance and tools to support SAJE staff in promoting their programs and events with target audiences
Coordinate collaborative communications campaigns with key partner organizations
Work with field staff to develop communications materials, toolkits and workshops for member activists

Desired Qualifications:
Excellent writer and communicator, with the ability to recognize and craft compelling stories and narratives that advance understanding and inspire audiences to take action
Achievement in creating and managing public relations programs, including writing talking points, media materials, and media outreach
3-4 years in a communications/policy role, ideally for a progressive cause, philanthropy, or political organization
Mindset and core values of service to the greater good, transparency, collaboration and teamwork, a bias toward action; someone who thrives on achieving results and building and maintaining solid relationships with internal partners and clients
Strong relationships and knowledge of Los Angeles civic leaders and media
Excellence in developing and running successful advocacy campaigns through digital and social media channels and news vehicles
Subject matter expertise around Los Angeles policy, housing and tenant rights issues is preferred
Spanish fluency and experience engaging with the diverse perspectives of people of color a plus

To apply

Mail, fax or email cover letter and resume to:
Cynthia Strathmann, PhD
Executive Director
[email protected]
152 West 32nd Street, Los Angleles, CA 90007