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Messaging Director

Location: Raleigh, North Carolina

Organization Overview

Progress North Carolina (PNC) and its sister organization, Progress North Carolina Action (PNCA), serve as North Carolina’s progressive communications hub. We operate as a center for innovative research, data-driven messaging, training, and communication strategies for the progressive community and its elected allies in order to shift the narrative around good governance and reshape what is possible by advocating for progressive policies, leaders and civil servants ready to serve North Carolinians.

Position Overview

PNC & PNCA seeks a dedicated, innovative, and adaptable team player to monitor national messaging trends, design public opinion research plans, and create an actionable messaging strategy for the civic engagement, issue advocacy and electoral programs of North Carolina’s progressive ecosystem. Working with our existing research and communications teams, the Messaging Director will create narrative-shifting messaging, such as a vision of social unity that combats our opposition’s divide and conquer strategy. This new position will require the ability to create long-term plans, and the fortitude to adapt when obstacles arise. We are looking for a person who is low on ego, with a full awareness of the impacts of our work.

Duties will include:

  • Prioritize and project manage public opinion research plans (including polling, focus groups, online panels, ethnographic research, etc.) to inform strategy and message development for diverse audiences and messengers, working closely with public opinion research firms and consultants. 
  • Work with national and North Carolina partners to identify innovative, adaptable ways of measuring public opinion.
  • Work with the organization’s research, communications, and digital teams to create best practices for message creation and delivery, which will include opposition research and testing. 
  • Based on findings from our research, polling, reports from the ground, and testing, provide big picture narrative frames and short-term political messaging guidance.

Strong candidates will have some or all of the following:

  • Deep understanding of the tools of quantitative and qualitative research, with a commitment to interrogating and improving best practices.
  • Experience creating messaging for political or advocacy campaigns.
  • Experience working with broad and diverse coalitions. 
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.

Ideal candidates will have some or all of the following:

  • Experience in project management; including planning, budgeting, and working with team members, stakeholders, and consultants. 
  • An understanding of political field programs and accompanying tools such as VAN and Catalist. 
  • An understanding of North Carolina as a microcosm of the country -- multiracial, urban and rural, and rapidly growing.

Compensation:

The annual salary for this position is $80,000. Benefits include medical, dental, and vision insurance (100% employer paid for employee; 50% employer paid for dependents) and paid time off that includes nine holidays, 10 vacation days, five personal days and six sick days per year.

How to Apply:

Please email a cover letter and resume to jobs@progressnc.org and include “Messaging Director” in the subject heading.

This organization is an Equal Opportunity Employer and believes that the diversity of ideas, experiences and cultures that our employees contribute to our organization is our greatest advantage, and we are proud to be an inclusive and equal-opportunity workplace, where all applicants and employees are considered for hire, promotion and job status without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, or disability. Candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Research Associate

Location: Raleigh, North Carolina

Organization Overview

Progress North Carolina (PNC) and its sister organization, Progress North Carolina Action (PNCA), serve as North Carolina’s progressive communications hub. We operate as a center for innovative research, data-driven messaging, training, and communication strategies for the progressive community and its elected allies in order to shift the narrative around good governance and reshape what is possible by advocating for progressive policies, leaders and civil servants ready to serve North Carolinians.

Position Overview

PNC & PNCA seeks a dedicated and adaptable team player to provide research support for PNC, PNCA, and allied organizations. This position reports directly to the Research & Advocacy Director.

Duties will include:

  • Leading media monitoring efforts to support communications strategy.
  • Distributing relevant news updates to the team, synthesizing information from a variety of sources, and identifying opportunities for response.
  • Preparing long and short-term accountability projects through an extensive review of public records such as votes, news clips, campaign finance reports, financial and legal records, and research databases.
  • Providing research support materials for partner organizations such as fact checks and research reports.

Qualifications and skills:

  • Excellent writing skills.
  • Willingness to learn and develop new skills on the job.
  • Ability to manage several tasks concurrently and prioritize work effectively.
  • Adaptable and willing to work in a fast-paced environment.

Compensation:

The annual salary for this position is $48,000. Benefits include medical, dental, and vision insurance (100% employer paid for employee; 50% employer paid for dependents) and paid time off that includes nine holidays, 10 vacation days, five personal days, and six sick days per year.

This position is located in Raleigh, NC, and applicants should live in or be prepared to relocate to the area. However, due to COVID-19, we are currently operating remotely with the option to work in the office for fully vaccinated employees.

How to apply:

Please email a cover letter and resume to jobs@progressnc.org and include “Research Associate” in the subject heading.

This organization is an Equal Opportunity Employer and believes that the diversity of ideas, experiences and cultures that our employees contribute to our organization is our greatest advantage, and we are proud to be an inclusive and equal-opportunity workplace, where all applicants and employees are considered for hire, promotion and job status without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, or disability. Candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.