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Stand Up Nashville

Communications Director

Stand Up Nashville


Job Summary

SUN is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that addresses racial and economic inequality through strategic research, popular education, and organizing. We organize our diverse base to build a stronger community that values the lives of Nashville’s people of color and working families. By organizing our communities, SUN fights poverty with strategic action around public investment and city planning to create thriving neighborhoods and shared prosperity.

Position Summary 

SUN is seeking an organized and persuasive Communications Director to join our team. The ideal candidate is a talented storyteller, strategic thinker, and skillful manager, with a deep commitment to justice and dignity. They must understand the importance of transforming our city’s opportunity structures so all Nashvillians can thrive. A minimum of 3-5 years experience in earned media, social media, and organizational branding is required. We are looking for a skillful writer who can create powerful narratives, break down complex policy issues in compelling ways, work collaboratively with others, motivate our constituencies to take action and meet the moment when breaking stories and crises emerge that are relevant to SUN’s work across mediums.    

This Communications Director is a full-time, exempt position, and will supervise other communications staff, interns, and vendors. This position will report to the Deputy Director and collaborate closely with the Leadership Team and program staff. 

Job Responsibilities

Organizational Communications Strategy 

  • Develop and execute effective messaging and framing strategies that will advance campaign and program goals and help achieve bigger wins against sophisticated opponents. 
  • Evaluate and improve the effectiveness of our digital and earned media strategy with the production of regular reports on the level of engagement with each medium; build and maintain national and press contacts to pitch stories.
  • Lead the development and execution of a comprehensive communications strategy for the organization and campaigns/programs, including both media relations and digital work.
  • Work closely with lead staff/directors to develop and execute communications plans (with messaging guides) for specific core campaigns, with accompanying narrative strategy work.
  • Execute all outward-facing communications of the organization, including but not limited to high-level policy documents, reports, press materials, op-eds, social media, websites, and emails.
  • Fundraise: Collaborate with the Leadership Team to develop fundraising strategies, and how the organization’s communications work fits in.
  • Lead communications planning and execution for major organizational events, such as platform and report launches, major mobilizations, elections, etc.
  • Hold, manage, and develop key relationships with media outlets and partners
  • Closely monitor public debate regarding priority issues and provide guidance on effective framing to respond appropriately and persuasively.
  • Manage budget/expense plan related to the communications plan.

Implementation and Collaboration

  • Create and maintain a communications calendar to ensure the execution of strategies.
  • Ensure our website and social media platforms drive narrative and organizing.
  • Supervision of communications staff and vendors.
  • Work with organizing and campaign departments to develop powerful narratives, messaging, and designs for our efforts.
  • Build the capacity of SUN staff, allies, and constituents to serve as spokespeople. 

Organizational Commitments

  • Participate in weekly staff meetings, internal training, and other mandatory team sessions.
  • Maintain personal organization systems, adhering to organizational policies.
  • Complete reimbursements, credit card, and lobbying reports.
  • Other duties as assigned by leadership.


  • Commitment to social, racial, economic, gender, and environmental justice.
  • 3-5 years of experience using communications as a tool to build leverage and power needed to win campaigns with advocacy organizations, political campaigns, elected officials, and/or community-labor organizing coalitions.
  • Experience in a supervisory role or commitment to be trained.
  • Understand the political landscape of Nashville and Tennessee.

Work Environment 

  • Based in Nashville. 
  • SUN staff are currently on a hybrid work schedule. 
  • Ability to travel required. 
  • Repetitive use of computer and office equipment.
  • Ability to lift up to 40 pounds when setting up venues for meetings and events.
  • Compensation 
  • Ability to work nights and weekends regularly as needed.
  • Strong work ethic, project management skills, and personal commitment to excellence.

Additional Information


  • 100% of health, dental, and vision premiums for employees and family members.

  • 12 days per year of paid vacation time increasing with tenure up to 20 days. 

  • Up to 12 paid sick leave days per year. 

How to Apply

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  • Date Posted: January 4, 2024
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Communications / Marketing / PR
  • Service Area: Other
  • Start Date: 03/01/2024
  • Salary Range: Starting at $65,000 with increase based on experience
  • Working Hours: 40 hrs/week;schedule varies including evenings and weekends