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Director of Communications

California Native Vote Project

Director of Communications

Salary range: $85,000-$90,000

Location: Hybrid remote/Los Angeles Office



 The California Native Vote Project’s (CNVP) mission is justice and self-determination for Native American communities through multigenerational power building, organizing, and civic engagement. CNVP is the first-of-its-kind statewide effort to engage Native American communities across dozens of counties to build political power through an integrated voter engagement strategy, which centers community organizing, and braids on top of that other strategies to achieve people-powered movements — including political education, leadership development; voter education, registration and protections; policy advocacy; research; and Native candidate preparation. 


Position Overview

CNVP is seeking a passionate and strategic Director of Communications to lead and manage our communication initiatives. The Director of Communications will be responsible for developing and implementing a comprehensive communications strategy to effectively convey our mission, goals, and achievements to a diverse set of stakeholders. The Director of Communications will report directly to the Executive Director (ED). 


Key Responsibilities:

Communication Strategy:

  • Develop and implement a robust communication strategy aligned with CNVP’s mission, vision and campaigns. 
  • Ensure consistent and impactful messaging across all communication channels, to multiple audiences, to advance Native movement building efforts. 

Media Relations:

  • Cultivate and maintain relationships with media outlets to secure press coverage and increase the visibility of CNVP’s work.
  • Act as a spokesperson for CNVP, effectively representing the organization to the media and the public.


Content Creation:

  • Oversee the creation of high-quality and engaging content for various platforms, including website, social media, newsletters, press releases, and more.
  • Ensure that all communication materials align with CNVP’s brand and messaging.


Stakeholder Engagement:

  • Engage with stakeholders, including donors, community members, partners, and volunteers, to maintain positive relationships and communicate the organization’s impact.
  • Utilize feedback from stakeholders to frame effective messaging. 
  • Lead message testing, polling and other mechanisms to test messaging most effective for AIAN communities. 


Digital Organizing:

  • Lead digital marketing efforts such as ads, utilizing various platforms to reach a broader audience, drive engagement, and promote the organization’s initiatives – including base building and recruitment.
  • Increase our base of AIAN community members and partners. 


Event Communication:

  • Oversee communication related to events organized or attended by CNVP, ensuring effective promotion and engagement.


Advocacy and Campaigns:

  • Develop and execute advocacy campaigns to raise awareness about critical issues affecting Native communities and drive necessary change.


Team Management and Leadership:

  • Provide leadership and guidance to the communications team, ensuring a collaborative and high-performing work environment.
  • Mentor and develop team members, enhancing their skills and capabilities.
  • Oversee and manage the Communications manager.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Executive Director.


Performance Measurement:

  • Establish key performance indicators (KPIs) and metrics to measure the effectiveness of communication efforts, and use data to drive strategic decisions.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Public Relations, Marketing, or a related field (Master’s preferred).
  • Minimum of 7-10 years of experience in communications, public relations, or related roles, preferably within the non-profit sector.
  • Strong understanding of Native communities, issues, and cultural nuances, with experience working with or within Native American organizations.
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills, with a proven ability to craft compelling narratives and tailor messaging to diverse audiences.
  • Proficiency in digital marketing or organizing, social media management, and website content management systems.
  • Demonstrated experience in managing media relations and securing press coverage.
  • Excellent organizational and multitasking skills, with the ability to work effectively in a fast-paced, collaborative environment.
  • Passionate and knowledgeable about social justice, voting rights, and community organizing.
  • Ability to travel within California and occasionally work evenings and weekends as needed.

In order to prioritize the health and safety of our employees, all California Native Vote Project employees are required to provide proof of COVID vaccination. California Native Vote Project will discuss reasonable accommodations with employees who may be unable to receive a vaccine due to disability, the advice of a medical provider, or sincerely held religious beliefs. 

Work Environment

Hybrid in-person and virtual, with some evenings and weekends. Some travel is also required (pending COVID-19 restrictions). 

Physical Demands

  • Able to work on a computer, including sitting at a desk, for extended periods of time. Able to read a computer screen. Manual dexterity to operate a keyboard.
  • Able to stand and walk for long periods of time.
  • Able to occasionally lift objects weighing up to 20 pounds.

Compensation commensurate with experience.