Progress Virginia is a multi-issue progressive advocacy organization that combines cutting edge online organizing and communications with rapid and hard-hitting earned media strategies. As Virginia’s progressive communications and digital hub, we work all year round to engage citizens from across the Commonwealth around issues of immediate state or local concern. Our mission is to provide a strong, credible voice in advancing progressive solutions to critical community problems. But we don’t do that on our own—we work as a communications team for the entire progressive community and work closely with our partners to spread our message and work towards progressive victories. We strive to be anti-racist in all that we do. We are committed to dismantling white supremacy and interrogating our work to ensure we are actively working toward racial equity, and all of our programs are tied to specific racial equity goals both internally and externally.
Who You Are:
- Committed to progressive values and committed to anti-racist work
- Creative, flexible, and willing to experiment and take risks
- Self-motivated and disciplined with the ability to own the work and drive it forward with minimal supervision while working from home most of the time
- Excited about working to win progressive victories both electorally and policy-wise in Virginia
- Interested in creating and implementing innovative communications strategies, building relationships with reporters, allied organizations, and community-members, and dismantling white supremacy in our culture
What You’ll Do:
- Work in partnership with the disinformation manager to monitor media conversation about issues and candidates in Virginia
- Prepare daily reports and timely updates on data collected
- Monitor trends in digital media and draft reports based on those trends
- Provide additional research support as needed
- Creating and implementing counter disinformation plans
Reports and Tracking: Gather, share, track, and secure the engagement data needed to measure success.
- Ensure that all staff have social media support and data they need for their areas of work
- Spot opportunities to better track and maintain information
- Follow new accounts, start discussions, comment on current events
Graphic Design: Create, edit, conceptualize, and post graphics needed to fight misinformation.
- Design graphics and videos specifically for social media
- Strengthen our visual brand by creating cohesion on our feeds and content
Events and special projects: Own and help on other events and projects as needed.
- Strong writing skills and ability to clearly communicate research findings to readers unfamiliar with the software
- Ability to work independently and remotely
- Understanding of social media metrics, impact and digital monitoring software preferred
- Excellent attention to detail
- Genuine commitment to progressive causes and values
- Excellent written and verbal communications skills
- Experience creating and driving compelling online content
- A strong sense for identifying and capitalizing on emerging trend
- Comfort working in a fast-paced environment with multiple projects, sudden deadlines, and curveballs
- Comfort and ability to work remotely and to set and meet deadlines
- Some graphic design experience (1 year or more)
- Some experience working with bot technology preferred (1 year or more)
- Some experience monitoring online activity preferred (1 year or more)
- Some experience in political research preferred (1 year or more)
- A valid driver’s license and access to a car for traveling across the Commonwealth as needed
- Must be fully vaccinated
(These are not required, so if you do not meet these qualifications, please do not let that stop you from applying for the job!)
- Experience working in Virginia
- Experience in progressive nonprofits or political campaigns
- Experience with Meltwater, Google Drive, and WordPress
- Experience working in a virtual office long-term
Salary and Benefits:
Because negotiating is inherently inequitable, we want to be transparent about what benefits we can offer up front and avoid negotiation.
The salary for this position is $48,000. Additionally, Progress Virginia staff members get two weeks of vacation every year, plus the week between Christmas and the New Year, an additional 9 paid holidays throughout the year, and paid sick days. We also provide health insurance benefits.
All Progress Virginia employees develop a customized professional development plan with their supervisor to support learning and growth in their position. Employees can also work with their supervisor to create a somewhat flexible work schedule, especially while people are juggling childcare and work during the pandemic.
Progress Virginia operates a virtual office. Candidates should expect to work from home anywhere in Virginia or Washington, DC, with occasional travel, sometimes on short notice. However, all travel and in-person work is suspended at the moment due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and it is unclear when travel will resume. This position reports to Progress Virginia’s Communications Director.
Fill out this application. Part of the application will ask you to upload your resume and a recent writing sample. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, so please apply as soon as possible. If we find your skills match those of the position, we will contact you for an interview. If you have any questions about the position, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org. No phone calls please.
Progress Virginia is an equal opportunity employer. Women, people of color, persons with disabilities, veterans, and LGBTQ candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.