Center for Economic Democracy Communications Associate Jamaica Plain, MA · Full time

The Communications Associate will add capacity and expand CED’s work to “educate and inspire people who seek a world beyond capitalism.” This position will support CED’s ability to develop and deliver high quality communications and learning experiences across a range of audiences as part of our strategy to power movements for economic democracy. They will be supervised by the Director of Communications (Homefries) as an integral part of CED’s CommsEd Hub, which manages its own projects and provides support to all other CED programs and campaigns. Visit our web page for a full overview of our programs and partners.

Description

Position Summary

  • Application Deadline: 1/30/2023
  • Start date: 3/1/2023 or until filled
  • Generous benefits package, including health, dental and vision coverage, 3% retirement match, student loan assistance program, health savings account, and remote work reimbursements.
  • CED observes all national holidays and maintains a Responsible Paid Time Off policy.



Roles and Responsibilities


Our communications and education work is collectively held by CED’s “CommsEd Hub,” which will be a team of four. You will be expected to contribute to CED’s overall organizational communications, as well as several CED program areas, in the following ways:


Social media and newsletters

  • Regular, frequent content creation for social media platforms (e.g. Twitter, Facebook, Instagram) in support of CED as an organization and its programs (e.g. the Better Budget Alliance, Solidarity Economy Initiative, Movement Finance Forum, and other CED programs. 
  • Create content for, and support the design and distribution of, newsletters on behalf of CED and its programs.


Websites

  • Support website development and maintenance for both CED as an organization and various program areas (including the Better Budget Alliance, Solidarity Economy Initiative, and Economics for Emancipation).
  • Website support work may also expand to include the emerging Movement Finance Forum project.


Narrative power-building 

  • Support ongoing work with a team of spokespeople from frontline neighborhoods in Boston to promote participatory budgeting. Help build communications/narrative skills, confidence and leadership amongst spokes team members. 
  • Support other projects at state, regional, and national levels that build narrative power with community members, grassroots organizations, and coalitions as they emerge.


Participate in CED’s organizational development and culture work (all staff): 

  • Participate in collective decision-making about organizational vision, design, strategic priorities, processes, and structures.
  • Participate in co-learning with other members of the CED team.
  • Support internal staff development.
  • Support coordination between the CommsEd Hub and other circles within CED.


Other:

  • Attend and participate in national and state-wide coalition spaces (i.e. New Economy Coalition and MA Solidarity Economy Network) to further develop CED’s communications and narrative strategy in alignment with the broader economic democracy movement.
  • Help design narrative, visual, and curricular materials to mobilize target audiences in other CED programs in coordination with the Director of Communications. 
  • Produce funder-facing communications materials representing CED’s work
  • Support data maintenance and reporting related to social media and CED’s CRM.



Desired Experience and Skills


  • Recognizing that any one individual is unlikely to have all of the skills below, a successful candidate will have a minimum of 1-2 years of relevant experience in two or more of these areas, and will be excited to grow in the other areas:
  • Social media, journalism, and/or other communications roles
  • Visual artistic practice, graphic design
  • Progressive, multi-racial organizing
  • Writing for publication
  • Web development and maintenance
  • Public narrative for social change work, people-first digital organizing, storytelling, etc.


  • Experience using social media platforms and digital organizing tools to influence decision-makers.
  • Excellent organizational skills; ability to support multiple projects with competing levels of urgency; ability to balance short and long-term objectives with the big picture
  • Experience with and/or excitement to step into an increasingly horizontal, collaborative, and self-managed leadership structure: learn more about our team here
  • Interest in developing facilitation skills, workshop development, and supporting educational materials.
  • Experience with Google suite, Microsoft suite, and Canva/Adobe Suite and general tech competence  


Other Desired Attributes 


  • You’re a strong writer and a clear communicator.
  • You’re organized, thorough and diligent in executing projects and meeting deadlines.
  • You exhibit emotional intelligence and are a strong interpersonal communicator with a collaborative orientation on teams.
  • You work well independently and across teams, bringing camaraderie, humor, and a can-do attitude.


General Expectations of all CED Team Members


  • Committed to social, economic & ecological justice + working towards liberation & well-being of all people.
  • Is proficient with common technology platforms (Google Suite, Zoom, Microsoft, etc.).
  • Can align with CED’s guiding team principles: 
  • Build trust through radical candor and transparency. 
  • Recognize humanity: balance rigorous commitment to our future, our community, and ourselves.
  • Find joyful abundance through collective problem-solving.
  • Enjoys collaborative work environments and is interested in supporting the growth and success of teammates.
  • Balances initiative, vision, commitment to values & purpose with consistent attention to detail + ability to manage, prioritize, and meet deadlines in a fast-paced work environment.


Equal Opportunity Employer


Center of Economic Democracy is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, height, weight, or marital status in employment or the provision of services.




Salary

$55,000 - $70,000 per year