Director of Communications

Young Women’s Freedom Center seeks a senior-level Director of Communications to join our fierce team of directly impacted cis and trans young women of color leaders and drive our external and internal communications efforts.

This person will report directly to the executive director and work across all departments of the organization to support our organizational, advocacy, programmatic and fund development work.  This person will also supervise the Communications Manager. Like all members of the Young Women’s Freedom Center team, the Director of Communications will believe in the expertise of directly impacted people to identify and lead the change needed to support true and transformative justice.

This person will have a deep understanding of the criminal, social, and gender justice spaces across California and apply that knowledge to developing actionable and targeted communications strategies, as well as guide tactical implementation to achieve our goal of decarcerating and decriminalizing all girls, women and Transgender and Gender non-conforming people in California.

Key duties and responsibilities: 

Planning, Strategy and Messaging:

  • Develop communications plans for Young Women’s Freedom Center’s key initiatives and campaigns to reach target audiences and achieve goals
  • Lead internal communications committee to determine communications objectives, priority audiences and activities
  • Participate in planning sessions for all departments to lift up the organization’s stories
  • Work with individual team members to develop communications capacity including messaging training and media interview 
  • Ensure that Young Women’s Freedom Center’s brand voice is consistent across external and internal materials, including materials produced for partnerships with fellow community-based organizations
  • Understand trends in the communications field and demonstrate thought leadership on our key issues
  • Guide organization’s rapid response efforts to internal and external events
  • Manage communications-focused consultants supporting Young Women’s Freedom Center initiatives, including in public relations, design, photographers and videographers 

Implementation:

  • Work with local, regional, and national press to pitch stories, promote local events, maximize media coverage, and Young Women’s Freedom Center’s visibility
  • Produce publications, blog posts, statements, annual report, op-eds, and other materials and content
  • Help prepare staff for media appearances
  • Develop and review content for Young Women’s Freedom Center channels, including website, social media, email and more
  • Update Young Women’s Freedom Center website and sub pages as needed
  • Develop social media strategy for the organization, ensuring that content created supports the strategy
  • Develop and manage content calendar, and email updates
  • Manage and support virtual and in person events
  • Develop messaging and talking points for Young Women’s Freedom Center leadership and advocates to participate in movement events 

Internal Communications:

  • Keep staff, board, and donors apprised of Young Women’s Freedom Center’s work
  • Provide support as requested by the development team and executive director
  • Contribute to the annual budgeting process, ensuring that needed resources are identified and secured, and being accountable for project expenses

Our ideal candidate has: 

  • 7-10 years of experience in strategic communications, preferably in a movement or advocacy organization or agency environment focused on racial and social justice
  • Proven commitment to racial and social justice, and demonstrated results using communications to advance justice
  • 5 years of supervisory experience
  • Meticulous attention to detail, high level of dependability and flexibility and ability to work in a fast paced environment juggle multiple priorities and projects simultaneously
  • Demonstrated understanding of the issues Young Womens’ Freedom Center focuses on
  • Experience working with diverse audiences, such as community leaders, elected officials, youth, directly impacted people, and general public
  • Project management and collaboration experience including inter-departmental or multi-disciplinary projects and shepherding projects from inception to completion
  • Demonstrated ability to work across teams; leadership and supervisory experience desired
  • Strong personal organization and ability to self motivate/manage
  • Excellent written, editing, presentation and interpersonal skills 
  • Demonstrated ability to stay up to date on what’s happening in social justice, mass media and popular culture 
  • Familiarity with digital platforms and systems, and a commitment to learning and adapting to new and emerging tools and platforms

How to Apply: 

Email resume and cover letter to info@youngwomenfree.org with “Communications Director Application” in the subject line

Deadline to apply: 7/31/2020

We strongly encourage candidates who hold marginalized identities and nontraditional professional backgrounds to apply. Young Women’s Freedom Center does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), national origin, age (40 or older), disability, or genetic information.

  • Position Title: Director of Communications
  • Program: Leadership Team
  • Location: San Francisco (ability to work remote during COVID-19)
  • Classification: Full time
  • Reports to: Executive Director
  • Compensation: This is a full-time position with a competitive salary and excellent benefits. $85-90,000 annually DOE.

More info about YWFC:

The Young Women’s Freedom Center is a Leadership and Advocacy organization focused on building the personal and collective power of cis and trans young women and gender non conforming folks that have been incarcerated and experienced life on the streets.  YWFC creates opportunities for the young folks to find their voice,  build their power,  gain skills and opportunities, and to transform the conditions that keep them trapped in cycles of violence, poverty, and incarceration.

The Young Women’s Freedom Center is one of the first non-profits in the United States run and led entirely by young women. From the beginning, we have organized young women who were the most marginalized in San Francisco — those in the street economies and the juvenile justice system — to design and deliver peer-to-peer education and support. Today we offer a vibrant model for linking youth development and youth organizing, with the mission of providing gender-specific, peer-based opportunities for high-risk, low- and no-income young women to build healthier lives and healthier communities. Our programs work to ensure that young women who have been deeply hurt and excluded — who have been homeless, incarcerated, or otherwise severely impacted by poverty — have a place to heal, achieve self-sufficiency and become positively engaged in their communities. All of our programs have been designed using a holistic approach that recognizes each young woman as a whole person who already has the experience and strength necessary to become a powerful leader and agent of change.