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Director of Communications

Chaloner Chicago, IL

  • Expired: over a month ago. Applications are no longer accepted.
Job Description

Chaloner has partnered with The Institute for Political Innovation on their search for a Director of Communications to be based out of their Chicago headquarters.

The Director of Communications will play an integral role in executing the mission and vision of IPI to catalyze action, bringing Politics Industry Theory to further life and extending its reach to include supporting the passage of ballot initiatives and legislation.

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Director of Communications is responsible for crafting the Institute’s messaging and talking points ensuring that IPI is using the most persuasive and accurate arguments to win minds and hearts for Final-Five Voting (“FFV”) and our other pursuits, and create national messaging and support for FFV that can be leveraged by state FFV campaigns to secure ballot and legislative success. This position will manage the Marketing Director along with PR consulting firms, helping IPI get the most out of their services and expertise. The Director of Communications will serve as an advisor to state FFV campaigns as they build their messaging strategy for passing Final-Five Voting in their state. Messaging will likely differ from state to state depending on the political landscape, history, and culture.

The Director of Communications will be accountable for:

  • IPI Messaging: Be the conduit between theory and marketing with the goal of creating support for FFV among private and public sector grasstop leaders. Use data to determine the best ways to talk about IPI’s political innovations like Final-Five Voting. Make sure all surrogates of IPI are using the best talking points and most persuasive data when representing IPI.
  • IPI Press: Build a public relations strategy that influences public opinion and promotes IPI ideas and services. Proactively build a network of engaged media, and respond to requests for information from the media. Track media coverage and work closely with the IPI team to respond or amplify.
  • IPI Image: Develop strategy to maintain IPI’s image as a cross-partisan, scholarly, and politically savvy leader in the political reform space. May include raising the individual profiles of Katherine Gehl or IPI senior leadership team.
  • IPI Advocacy: In partnership with the rest of the IPI team, act as a member of the consulting team with state FFV campaigns. Help them build their messaging strategy for passing Final-Five Voting in their state. Messaging will likely differ from state to state depending on the political landscape, history, and culture. Simultaneously, create national messaging and other public affairs efforts that catalyze support for FFV in ways that can be leveraged by state campaigns.
  • IPI Relationships and Network: As a key player, build and manage relationships around the country with a keen eye toward “network-effect opportunities” to perfect and consolidate all PR efforts and support high- leverage projects as needed.

The character sketch of the ideal candidate is as follows:

  • A natural leader who gravitates toward problem-solving at a grand scale
  • A preternatural ability to build buy-in around a plan, and drive to completion
  • Experience and excellence in media management, both strategically (toward setting agendas) and actively (writing)
  • A manager who identifies and hones talent and creates exceptional environments
  • A strong backbone; ability to work at a fast pace and manage coolly through a crisis
  • Intrinsically motivated; a self-starter who seeks out and thrives in fast-paced environments with the highest expectations for accuracy and efficacy
  • Unbreakably organized with demonstrated ability to simultaneously balance deadlines and projects in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment
  • Ability to assess opportunities and create systems to execute on strategic priorities
  • A collaborator, a phenomenal written and oral communicator, and an outstanding project manager
  • Adept at engaging stakeholders with through external relationship management
  • Exhibits a positive attitude and executes tasks with ease and a calm demeanor
  • Willingness to engage at all levels, doing whatever it takes to get the job done

The qualifications for the ideal candidate are as follows:

  • At least 10 years of communications experience in professional environments, including a track record of driving measurable results and successes
  • At least 3 years’ experience leading communications for political or public affairs campaigns, elected officials, and/or Fortune-500 corporate leaders
  • At least 3 years’ experience developing and executing effective communications strategies on policy issues that live in the overlap between public and private sectors
  • Experience gathering and analyzing information using polling, surveys and focus groups
  • Ability to quickly develop subject matter expertise on complex policy challenges and solutions
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Constant Contact, Mailchimp, CRM, databases
  • and various social media platforms, WordPress (CMS)
  • Willingness to travel as required for the position
  • English proficiency
  • Able to work legally in the United States
  • Willing to take post-offer pre-employment psychological profile, and, if requested, a drug screen

While this profile is intended to be an accurate reflection of the most significant duties of the current position, it is not necessarily exhaustive of all responsibilities, duties, efforts, requirements or expectations. Other duties may be assigned as necessary.

IPI strives to be an inclusive organization that fosters learning, collaboration and respect. They actively recruit for diversity in the workplace, believing that a range of backgrounds, perspectives and experiences contributes to their mission of revitalizing government. IPI is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any applicants for employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, veteran status, disability; or on any other basis prohibited by law.
Interested candidates should apply by using the application form. Chaloner will review all applicants and, upon qualification, contact you to determine next steps.



Chicago, IL
60601 USA



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