Director of Communications (PolicyLink)

Full Time

About PolicyLink

This position, available immediately, is an exciting opportunity to join the staff at PolicyLink. PolicyLink is a national research and action institute advancing racial and economic equity by Lifting Up What Works®. We are dedicated to improving the lives of the 100 million people in America who live in or near poverty, particularly those facing the barriers of structural racism. We are currently working remotely. Please visit our website at:


Position Overview

The power to frame, create meaning, and foster belonging. This is the invitation for the role of the Director of Communications at PolicyLink. With a passion for thinking strategically from idea to evaluation to iteration, the Director of Communications will understand the full scale of capacities within and outside of our organization, our organizational and project goals, and work to develop plans that get us closest to our goals. Developing processes where none exist, refining processes where historic systems have opportunities for greater success, and dreaming up ways to be in best relationship with one another and the work, the Director of Communications serves a vital role in the organization.


The Director of Communications doesn’t bristle at the idea of “keeping the trains moving,” they love the opportunity and challenge of creating cohesive systems that ensure projects meet goals and adhere to timelines. Serving as the glue across all communications functions in the organization, this role is dedicated to results, allowing results to drive strategies and tactics. Working closely with the Vice President of Communications, the Director of Communications leads in establishing and executing the organization’s communications plan.


The Director of Communications must believe in the power of communication, understand its role in movements, and believe that we truly can win.



· Develops and implements a communications strategy for organization, including each of the programmatic areas.

· Understands programmatic needs in order to develop and execute campaign and release strategies.

· Directs organizational messaging.

· Creates communications policies and procedures for the organization and supports compliance.

· Provides writing and editing support for a variety of organizational needs.

· Identifies and assesses communications opportunities and vehicles that could advance the objectives of PolicyLink and its partners, including thought leadership and knowledge dissemination.

· Responsible for identifying and tracking key metrics, both vanity for reporting and actionable for improving our strategies. Analyzes the effectiveness of strategies and implements improvements.

· Vendor management, working to build our vendor bench, request contracts, and submit invoices for approval.

· Leading internal and external meetings and trainings.

· Able to lead autonomously to advance key aspects of work.


Skills, Abilities, and Knowledge Required

· Developing communications strategy for national organizations, including digital, editorial, and campaign strategies.

· Passionate about both communication and equity, with a deep understanding of their interdependence.

· Skilled at executing developed strategies, iterating nimbly when needed to increase impact.

· Passionate about storytelling, narrative shift, and racial justice.

· Skilled in project management, setting and meeting deadlines, and time management.

· Adept at developing strategic partnerships.


Experience Qualifications

· Proven experience in strategic communications (having worked in a communications leadership role at an organization or agency where you were responsible for developing and executing communications strategies and plans).

· Experience leveraging communications as a tool for advocacy.

· Experience using communications as a tool to shift culture in organizations or communities.


Additional Candidate Characteristics

· Resourceful, willing to self-start and work with little direction.

· Able to manage a constantly evolving landscape, and shift priorities accordingly.

· Operating from an asset-based communications framework.

· Passionate about ethical storytelling and developing strategies to mitigate extraction.

· Sense of humor and a passion for prioritizing joy.


Work Environment

· Housed on the PolicyLink communications team.

· Reports to the Vice President of Communications.

· This position is a remote position, with travel required.


Position Type

Exempt, 100% full-time, 40 hours per week.


Compensation and Benefits

The salary range for this position is $110,000 - $130,000, dependent upon experience. Additionally, PolicyLink provides an excellent and comprehensive benefits package that includes medical, dental, vision, 401k match, ancillary benefits, access to Flexible Spending Accounts, commuter expenses, and generous leave benefits.


To Apply:

We accept online applications only.

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Please note: No phone calls please. Only those selected to participate in our hiring process will be contacted.



PolicyLink strongly values equity and believes in a just and fair society where all can participate, prosper, and reach their full potential. We work towards a more inclusive world and as such we are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, skin color, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, marital status, military status, pregnancy, or parenthood. PolicyLink is committed to maintaining a diverse and multicultural working environment.


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