Deadline to apply: Opened until filled (applications will be considered on a rolling basis)

Location:​Washington, D.C.

General Purpose:​Main Street Alliance (MSA) seeks a Senior Communications Manager to work with the MSA network on strategic campaigns communications.

Position Overview:​​Main Street Alliance (501(c)(3)) and Main Street Alliance Action Fund (501(c)(4)) are seeking a ​talented, self-directed, strategic communications manager to manage ​development and execution of a strategic communications plan for Main Street Alliance/Action Fund. This work includes framing and messaging for MSA campaigns, creating high-profile media engagement opportunities for members, developing talking points for staff and members, creating communications products, managing communications across the MSA team and potentially managing other communications staff.

About Main Street Alliance:​Main Street Alliance is a national network of state-based small business coalitions working to elevate the voices of small business owners on issues that impact their businesses, their employees, and the communities that they serve. Founded in 2008 to ensure that small business owners voices were heard in the campaign to win affordable health care, Main Street Alliance now works on a range of issues in cities and states across the country. Our policy agenda includes tax and budget fairness, health care, and job quality issues like earned sick and safe time and paid family and medical leave. We are led by a diverse group of small business owners at the state and national levels.

Job Responsibilities:

Drive proactive national narrative. ​Use relationships, experience and skill to lead the creation and execution of earned and paid media strategies that create powerful public narratives in support of Main Street Alliance mission and campaigns.

Elevate member voices. ​Support development, implement, and evaluate communications strategies to accomplish Main Street Alliance mission and goals.

Plan and execute sharp and strategic campaigns.​Use your experience and skills to execute narrative campaigns through use of variety of tactics including, but not limited to: ​rapid-response, print, video, radio, and digital communications.

Think outside the box.​Improve on existing, traditional strategies and bring new edgy ideas to the team.

Relationship development and management. ​Develop and maintain relationships with MSA leaders, strategic allies, key decision-makers, and ​key media contacts from mainstream and business press​.

Make no small plans.​But do make well-written ones. Work with team to develop monthly (and longer-term) work plans to drive work forward.

Look to the long-term.​Push every campaign to address not just the short-term gains but how they interact with Main Street Alliance’s long-term goals.

Build deep trust.​Invest in relationships with members, leaders and staff in order to deeply understand their self-interest.

Be inclusive.​Recognize and appreciate different ways of working and being.

Be proactive.​Ask questions. Look for new ways to engage. Take ownership of your work and bring ideas to the table.

Model our values and culture.​Model optimism inside and outside the organization, and reinforce our core values and culture. Model transparent and accountable decision making, and build this culture with staff.


The ideal candidate should have the following experience and qualifications:

At least 3-5 years of communications experience in journalism, public relations, campaign management or a related field. The ability to take policy and information and transform them into exciting and useful messages, and disseminate it to the right audiences through the best distribution channels is critical.

Excellent writing, editing and verbal communication skills.

Familiarity with digital and emerging media tools and openness to expanding skills in this area.

Demonstrated experience using database management and analytics software, graphic and web design software.

Highly collaborative style; experience developing and implementing strategic communications strategies alongside a team.

Experience with videography and video editing, willingness to expand skills in this area.

Demonstrated commitment to social and economic justice, especially work within immigrant communities and communities of color.

Self-starter, able to work independently as well as in a team; enjoys creating and implementing new initiatives.

Grassroots organizing experience and/or direct experience working and communicating with business owners a plus.

Existing relationships and familiarity with DC-based and national media a plus.

Ability to speak Spanish or other languages a plus.

Salary and Benefits

Salary: $72,000 – $92,000, depending on experience. Our competitive benefits package includes family medical, dental and vision insurance; 401(k) plan with 3% employer contribution after six months of employment; flexible spending account; life insurance; and paid time off at the end of December in addition to paid vacation.

Application Process

Send a single pdf including a cover letter, salary requirements, resume, references and two writing samples to​and ​​with “Senior Communications Manager” in the subject line. Visit our website to learn more about us at ​​.

Position is open until filled.

We are looking for committed, enthusiastic people with a sense of humor to join our organizing team! Main Street Alliance is committed to equal opportunity, and are considering applicants of all races, gender, ages, sexual orientations, national origins, ethnicities, religion, and abilities. We urge people of color, and experienced organizers and activists of all backgrounds, to apply.

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