Basic Rights is Hiring: Communications Director

| September 3, 2014 | Comments (0)

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Basic Rights Oregon seeks a full-time Communications Director to develop and implement a strategic communications plan that achieves education and campaign goals and engages constituents as primary spokespeople. The ideal candidate has a proven ability to win positive media coverage for the organization’s priorities and build relationships across identity. The Communications Director will be committed to getting results in a fast-paced environment and able to provide leadership in integrating our intersectional approach into all our communications. The Communications Director supervises the Communications staff and is a member of the management team. This position is based in Portland, Oregon and reports to the Executive Director.


Basic Rights Oregon is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse, multicultural work environment.  People of color, people with disabilities, and people of diverse sexual orientations, gender expressions and identities are encouraged to apply.




The Communications Director will be responsible for the following:

  • Develop and maintain professional relationships with local, statewide, and national media.
  • Identify goals and tactics for generating positive press in support of Basic Rights Oregon’s strategic plan, campaigns, and education initiatives.
  • Regularly pitch positive message-based stories to media and manage requests for press comments/interviews.
  • Identify, train and deploy constituents as spokespeople in the media and at public events.
  • Lead message development to support Basic Rights Oregon’s strategic plan, campaigns, and education initiatives.
  • Manage consultants to engage in public opinion research or factual research.
  • Plan, lead and execute strategic communications to shift public opinion and move constituents to action.
  • Work closely with staff to draft or edit internal and external materials, including messaging documents, electronic communications, grant proposals, etc.
  • Work with consultants and volunteers (printers, copywriters, designers, direct mail consultants, broadcast media firms) to facilitate creative work not created in-house.



Basic Rights Oregon seeks candidates who are results-oriented, excel at strategic message development and communications, and have strong media relations skills. The ideal candidate will have:

  • At least 5 years of related experience, including 3+ years communications experience and a demonstrable track record in media relations.
  • Experience supervising and mentoring staff.
  • Strong writing and editing skills. Attention to detail and ability to meet deadlines.
  • Demonstrated experience delivering strong quotes to media (print, television, and radio), including ethnic press.
  • Ability to self-motivate, self-direct, and manage multiple projects simultaneously, as well as a commitment to teamwork and a sense of humor.
  • Demonstrated experience working within communities of color, trans/gender variant and LGBT youth communities and a commitment to the mission of the organization.
  • Experience building online communications and social-networking programs to scale preferred.
  • Familiarity with development of a professional issue campaign’s communication components (polling, direct mail, broadcast media, etc.) preferred.



Competitive salary, commensurate with experience (salary range: $55 – $85k).  Medical, vision and dental provided. Paid time off includes 15 days annually, plus 10 paid holidays per year.



Applications should include resume, cover letter and the names and contact information for three references. Please submit applications electronically to Basic Rights Oregon Operations Manager Cameron Mathews at: by September 30, 2014. Candidates may be required to submit writing samples or undergo skills assessment as part of the application process.




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