Senior Associate, Communications and Narrative Change

Senior Associate, Communications and Narrative Change

Founded in 1991, Living Cities is a collaborative of prominent foundations and financial institutions. We foster transformational relationships across sectors to connect leaders, stakeholders, and policy influencers committed to closing racial income and wealth gaps in America’s cities. We partner with cross-sector leaders in cities across the country to imagine and create an America in which all people are economically secure, building wealth, and living abundant, dignified, and connected lives.
Our staff, investments, convenings, and networks support efforts that operationalize racial equity and inclusion in local government, create inclusive narratives, bring communities together to strategically address systemic racial inequities and build wealth among Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color (BIPOC) communities through specific tactical pathways, such as entrepreneurship, homeownership, and access to capital.
Living Cities harnesses the collectve and collaboratve power of philanthropy, financial institutions and local governments to close racial income and wealth gaps in U.S. cities. Our commited membership, leadership, staff, community network, partners, investments, and strategic direction all support our efforts to eliminate systemic barriers and inequities in entrepreneurship and business growth, access to capital and homeownership for Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC). Our shared vision is that people in U.S. citoes are economically secure, building wealth and living abundant and connected lives. This role is ideal for someone who is committed to racial justice and wants to use their communications expertise to undo structural inequities.

Senior Associate, Communications and Narrative Change

Living Cities’ Communications and Narrative Change (C+NC) is a newly structured team function within the organization. As a key member of the C+NC team, the Senior Associate (SA) will support and assist in managing internal and external communications and Living Cities content objectives. Under the leadership and direction of the communications director, the SA will focus on day-to-day operations, protocols and systems; and support the development of content that influences, contributes and broadens the narrative around wealth and access to capital, and the individuals who are on the losing and, winning- end of the economy.

This is an exciting career opportunity for a curious and sharp communicator, and a true believer in Living Cities’ mission and vision.

● Support the director of communications and assist in executing the organization-wide strategic communications plan; establishing objectives and priorities; project management; vendor scopes of work and contracts; and intern supervision.
● Support storytelling program by managing processes to identify, collect, and develop stories.
● Manage coordination of internal and external newsleter.
● Collaborate with and support cross-functional teams including our Cities programs, impact investment, membership engagement, executive leadership and operations.
● Assist in developing and maintaining relationships with external communications, public relations, media, and graphic design partners.
● Assist with writing, copy editing, and managing the flow of writing projects.
● Work with internal partners to ensure Living Cities communications (e.g., annual reports, briefings, fact sheets, and collateral) are concise, coherent, and aligned with the strategic direction.
● Support management of editorial strategy for the Living Cities website and updates, as needed.
● Supervise the digital and social media staff member.
● Support in planning convenings, meetings and events [in-person and virtual].
● Represent the director of communications in her/his stead at events, meetings and convenings.

Interpersonal Skills:
• Develop and maintain productive relationships, centering humanity and inclusion
• Engage and listen effectively, both in person and in virtual environments
• Strategically and appropriately use various methods of communication to convey ideas and contribute constructively
• Value different perspectives to achieve shared goals and identify opportunities to seek them out
• Share relevant info with managers, team members, external partners, and stakeholders
• Demonstrate accountability to team members
Racial Equity and Inclusion (REI):
• Possess foundational knowledge and core concepts of racial equity
• Embrace and demonstrate humility, empathy, and compassion
• Have an awareness of self and others

• A four-year degree and four to six years of work experience in a related role or field, or relatable and equivalent experience.
• Background in equity-centered storytelling (identification, collection, and writing)
• Previous experience working on a high-functioning Communications team that prioritizes integration across communication disciplines.
• Previous experience working for an organization that prioritizes equity and justice in its work.
• Demonstrated experience periodizing and managing a variety of projects.
• Experience in “leading from your seat” and working with autonomy while also being an accountable team contributor.
• Proficiency in MS 365 products and/or Google applications and with virtual platforms such as Microsoft Teams and Zoom.
• Experience with local, state, or national campaign initiatives is highly desirable.

SALARY: $76,320 – $90,000
• Experience and locality are taken into consideration when determining a salary offer.

• None

This job operates in a professional office environment, based out of Living Cities’ Washington, DC or New York City office. Currently, Living Cities offers a hybrid work schedule; staff are expected to report to their respective home office eight (8) days a month.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. As much of our work is performed on a computer, an employee must be able to remain in a position
that allows them to do so effectively. Additionally, they may require some movement around the office to access files or other equipment or technology. As collaboration and communication are a large part of our work, the employee must also be able to accurately exchange information in these situations. We will work with each employee to provide reasonable accommodations as needed.

This is a full-time position.

Occasional travel is required, potentially one to three times a quarter, to different locations across the United States and between our office locations.

Living Cities is committed to building a culturally diverse and inclusive team at all levels. We are an equal opportunity employer and provide opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

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