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Creative Lead

Company: Partnership for Working Families
Location: Oakland
Posted on: May 12, 2022

Job Description:

About the Partnership for Working Families PowerSwitch Action is seeking a talented storyteller to craft content that advances transformative campaigns for economic, racial, and climate justice. As Creative Lead, you'll create videos, design graphics, and use digital media to lift up powerful organizing in cities around the US. We're building our Communications Department with a focus on supporting and linking together local campaigns to shift narratives and inspire action across the nation. We explain complex issues, expose the harmful structural forces and myths that hold back progress, and tell the stories of brave worker, tenant, and grassroots leaders who stand up to win better lives for their families and communities. The ideal candidate will have a keen eye for design, strong multimedia skills, and strategic savvy. You're excited to explore new tools and technologies, can plan for and hit deadlines, and enjoy collaborating with people from a wide range of backgrounds. You will report to our Communications Director and work closely with organizers, campaigners, researchers, policy experts, and fundraising teams on both our national staff and at our local affiliates. - About PowerSwitch Action PowerSwitch Action (formerly the Partnership for Working Families) is a national network organizing to build multi-racial feminist democracies in our cities, towns, and regions. Together with our 20 affiliates and one regional project we are driving an agenda to bring the billions of dollars in local public investments under the oversight of the communities most impacted, to expand decision making and power to more of the residents in our regions, to support the building and growth of member-based organizations, and to fight corporate actors who use their power to extract and cause harm to our communities. Leaders of our network and national staff recently completed our long-term agenda on our path to collective liberation and towards a multiracial, feminist democracy that is powered by abundance, freedom and self-determination, radical inclusion, and meaningful work that is valued. Our long term agenda is guided by four interwoven core strategies:

  • Build Authentic Inclusive Democracy, -by creating a body of campaigns and programs that develop ways in which to open government to resident voices.
  • A People's Economy, for many not the few. -The racial wealth gap, the gender gap, the rampant racism, and human exploitation are in the design of the machine. We need a new apparatus that is accountable to people, to the many.
  • Grow Civic Organizations: Labor, Tenants, Borrowers, Ethnic. -An organized citizenry is best able to take on questionable or corrupt practices. We need to dramatically increase the numbers of people organized in order to effectively contest capital, stave off authoritarianism, and bring out the democracies that we envision.
  • Rein in Corporate Power. -If our ultimate goal is to develop the capacity of people to govern and manage democracy and the economy then they must have experience of their power to bring corporations to heel. We can prove to the American people that it's possible to reclaim public goods from corporate capture, reject extreme exploitation of workers, and beat back corporate overreach - all while fighting for our collective liberation. To reflect how our work has evolved over the last two decades, we've rebranded from the Partnership for Working Families to PowerSwitch Action, and are working on a new website, logo, and visual identity. Key Responsibilities: Design & Graphics
    • Create everything from issue explainer Instagram graphics, to factsheets, to popular-education slide decks.
    • Lay out research reports and find ways to visualize data and explain complex systems.
    • Own our organizational style guide (building on work we're currently doing to develop our visual identity as part of our rebrand). Video & Photography
      • Script and edit videos: TikTok-style direct-to-camera, issue explainers, profiles of affiliate campaigns and victories.
      • Remotely coach and coordinate with staff, affiliates, and community members to film and photograph interviews, actions, b-roll, etc.
      • Create motion graphics for videos (text overlays, charts, maybe animation depending on your skillset).
      • Potentially (depending on location, covid, etc) film and take photos at on-the-ground actions and events led by our affiliates.
      • Update and manage our photo and video library, working with communicators at affiliates to collect new imagery and track any usage restrictions.
      • Working with the communications team and program leads, propose concepts for graphics and multimedia content that support campaign and organizational goals.
      • Write video scripts, text for social media graphics, etc that align with messaging and resonate with target audiences. Social Media & Web
        • With the rest of the communications team, increase email and social media reach and engagement.
        • Manage content on our (currently in development) website: keep materials up-to-date, identify content opportunities, improve SEO and the site's value for key audiences (reporters, allies, funders, potential individual donors, etc). Other
          • Collaborate with artists, vendors, and contractors as needed.
          • Train other staff and affiliate staff/members on content creation.
          • Perform other duties as required to support the work of the organization as a whole. Qualifications: Commitment to Justice
            • Demonstrated commitment to social, racial, economic and environmental justice.
            • Experience with labor unions, community organizing, policy advocacy, or political campaigning preferred but not required.
            • Commitment to professional ethics in working with confidential, sensitive information.
            • Skilled at working with people with diverse backgrounds and varying levels of comfort with technology. Design & Multimedia Content Creation
              • Strong design sense: -You care that materials are on brand, easy to read, and convey the right emotions.
              • Experience designing -for both print (reports, factsheets) and the web (social media, web video, email). You're at home in Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator, or their equivalents.
              • Video production: -You can shoot and edit video, and can use Adobe Premiere, Final Cut Pro, or another editing suite. You think about how to make videos that work well online. Bonus points if you can create motion graphics with After Effects or similar.
              • Photography: You can take emotionally powerful photos, and have probably used a DSLR or mirrorless camera.
              • Writing: You can write quickly and compellingly for a variety of audiences and in different formats.
              • Preferred skills: -experience with illustration, data visualization, web development (HTML/CSS/JS), journalism, or social media management. Work Management
                • Strong organization and tracking skills. You keep projects moving, make sure things don't slip through the cracks, meet deadlines, and manage your time efficiently.
                • Comfortable working remotely with people across the US. Proficient with remote work tools like GSuite, Slack, Zoom, etc.
                • Ability to periodically work odd hours during rapid response moments.
                • Preferred: willingness to travel regularly (likely every few months) for network gatherings and to capture in-person actions (when safe). This is a full-time, exempt position and reports to the Communications Director. -We offer a competitive starting salary between $63,000-$75,000 (based on experience) and generous benefits, including:
                  • 401(k) with 5% employer contribution.
                  • 100% of health, dental, and vision premiums for employees and their family members (spouse/domestic partner and children).
                  • Life insurance for employees.
                  • Flexible Spending Account: Employees may contribute up to $5,000 a year for childcare expenses and up to $2,500 a year for medical expenses (no employer contribution).
                  • 12 days of vacation, increasing with tenure up to 20 days.
                  • 12 days of sick leave per year.
                  • 6 week sabbatical for full time employees after five years of employment. Please note that PowerSwitch Action requires that all employees be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, unless a medical or religious accommodation is needed. Location This position may be remote, based out of our Oakland headquarters, or at an affiliate/partner office. Affiliate cities include: Phoenix, Ventura, San Diego, Oakland, Los Angeles, Garden Grove CA, Ontario CA, San Jose, Denver, Atlanta, Chicago, Boston, Detroit, Minneapolis, New York, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Nashville, Seattle, and Milwaukee. Ideally you'll be in a city with one of our 20 affiliates, but we're open to candidates in other cities and major media markets. To Apply Please -submit -your resume, cover letter, and 3-5 samples of your design and video work. - PowerSwitch Action is an equal opportunity employer and committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. We strongly encourage and seek applications from gender oppressed (women, transgender, and gender non-binary) people, people of color including bilingual and bicultural individuals, as well as members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and broader queer communities. We do not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender/gender identity, marital status, sexual orientation, age, disability, or veteran status. We need your support! Help us clean up our cities and create good, family-supporting jobs. Sign Up for PWF News Receive email alerts, news and updates First Name (Optional) Last Name (Optional)

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