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Vice President of Communications


About Our Work 

First Focus is a bipartisan advocacy organization dedicated to making children and families the priority in federal policy and budget decisions.

Since its founding in 2005, First Focus has earned an exemplary reputation as the leading children’s federal policy organization. Throughout Capitol Hill and in strong partnership with its state partners, First Focus has created and championed important policy provisions that have been enacted into law. First Focus has been an effective and proud national voice on the importance of elevating children’s issues, and fights on behalf of all children and their development. Key issues include: health, early childhood, child welfare, poverty, nutrition, tax and budget.

First Focus and its 501(c)(4) affiliate, First Focus Campaign for Children deliver a comprehensive policymaker education and engagement strategy to make children’s issues the priority in federal budget and policy debates. With our hands-on experience in federal policymaking, a commitment to forging bipartisan solutions, and a track record of breaking down the traditional children’s advocacy silos, First Focus works to bridge the gap between Democrats and Republicans and find real solutions for children and their families. First Focus moves beyond raising awareness, to develop policy solutions, take those reforms directly to policymakers, and shape the public conversation to spotlight children’s priorities.

General Summary

The Vice President of Communications will play both a strategic and tactical role in elevating, strengthening, and unifying First Focus’s communications and media relations strategy across all channels. Working collaboratively with the CEO, policy team and the Senior Director of Digital Media, the VP of Communications will offer strong leadership, critical thinking, and creative problem solving to support the organization’s advocacy efforts, external outreach and branding.

Key responsibilities include working with First Focus policy experts to translate advocacy activities into press releases, media statements, and commentaries, tracking news coverage of the organization, and collaborating with the organization’s Senior Director for Digital Communications to create and curate engaging content. Prior media relations or newsroom experience is required, and familiarity with routine Capitol Hill legislative processes is critical.

Salary is commensurate with experience. The Vice President of Communications reports to the President.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Minimum of 8 years of strategic communications experience, including some experience in federal and/or state policy – preferably on issues impacting children and families.
  • Proven track record in media relations, particularly with national nonprofit, political and/or issue campaign experience. Command of the national media landscape as well as the workings of local media markets is critical.
  • Proven track record garnering media coverage in Capitol Hill trade publications like POLITICO and Roll Call; and national outlets like The New York Times and USA Today.
  • Exceptional oral and written communications skills, with the ability to craft precise messaging, adapt messaging to appropriate mediums and channels; and the ability to translate complex materials into digestible and powerful communications.
  • Digital media savvy is a must.
  • Experience managing outside contractors and vendors.
  • Experience in multicultural media and fluency in Spanish (as well as a strong track record with Spanish language media) are highly desired, though not required.

HOW TO APPLY

Submit resume, cover letter and writing samples to jobs@firstfocus.org and write “Vice President of Communications” in the subject line.