Department: Public Affairs (Communications)
Reports to: Vice President of Government Relations and Public Affairs
Location: Washington, DC
Direct Reports: None
Exempt Status: Yes
Position Status: Full Time
Travel Requirements: As needed (approx. 3-5 times annually).
Director of Written Content and Materials
Overall Description of Position:
The Director of Written Content and Materials is a NEW full-time position in our Public Affairs (Communications) department to enhance and support The ESOP Association’s overall communications and media efforts. The responsibilities include writing and/or editing a variety of material in support of the Association, including annual conference scripts and event materials, Government Relations and advocacy materials, and the monthly membership newsletter, the ESOP Report. The Director of Written Content and Materials will also serve as the editor for materials produced Association-wide. Similarly, the Director will perform these same duties and roles in support of The ESOP Association’s (TEA) chapter team that service our current 18 TEA chapters nationwide. In addition, the Director of Written Content and Materials will be primarily responsible for the Association’s Annual Awards for Communications Excellence (AACE) program, which features and recognizes through awards a variety of internal communications from member companies. The Director of Written Content and Materials will also be the primary staff contact driving TEA’s membership support during Employee Ownership Month with original and innovative shareable content. Additionally, the Director of Written Content and Materials will support the media relations function of the Association, which includes serving as a media contact, producing statements, and maintaining and cataloguing relevant media contacts and stories. The Director’s role will also significantly support The ESOP Association’s affiliated 501(c)(3), the Employee Ownership Foundation, in a variety of ways. In addition to drafting and editing material for the EOF and its programs and events, notably including the annual ESOPATHON fundraiser, the Director of Written Content and Materials will manage the EOF’s annual Edmunson Scholarship program. The Director will also regularly promote the research produced by EOF scholars, provide updated content for the EOF including on its website, and work to draft and edit content for the EOF annual report.
This is an ideal position for an early- to mid-career communications and/or media professional with a breadth of knowledge and skills who wants to gain hands-on experience, help innovate and build new programs, and support our positive mission of broadening the availability of employee ownership and wealth building through equity ownership in America.
About The ESOP Association (TEA):
The ESOP Association is the oldest and largest national trade association representing companies with Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs) and the professionals who provide services to them. An ESOP is a mechanism created under ERISA that allows the employees of a company to purchase and own the company where they work through a retirement plan in which they share ownership. Nearly 11 million American workers own part or all of the company where they work through an ESOP. That represents more American workers than the entire U.S. auto industry. There are nearly 7,000 ESOPs in America spanning every sector of the economy. However, some of the most recognizable ESOP companies include: Bob’s Red Mill, Publix Grocery Stores, Wawa, Taylor Guitars, Gore-Tex, Trex Bicycles, Harpoon Brewery, Clif Bars, and many more.
The ESOP Association (TEA) is the only organization that advocates on behalf of all ESOP (Employee Owned) companies. Dedicated to education and expansion of Employee Ownership in general, and working with the Employee Ownership Foundation, The ESOP Association attracts more than 10,000 people annually to its 18 chapters & five national meetings — including the Employee-Owned Conference in Las Vegas, which is the largest ESOP event in the world.
The ESOP Association is a dynamic and forward leaning organization that has been experiencing a significant refresh and dramatic increase in interest and activity. In 2020 we opened new offices at the International Employee Ownership Center in Washington, DC that includes our own in-house digital production studio and post-production editing suite. Our high caliber staff includes former national political party leaders, congressional chiefs of staff, senior White House officials, and recognized event and communications specialists. We are looking for other dynamic and forward leaning professionals ready to roll up their sleeves and bring their talents to our impactful, mission-driven organization.
- Drafts articles for, edits, and produces monthly ESOP Report, including securing and editing articles from professional members, editing articles and content produced by TEA staff, and delivering to membership.
- Edits TEA conference programs and related material (for 2 national conferences, the CEO Summit, the Professionals Forum, and other events).
- Manages TEA’s Employee Ownership Month effort, including creating and executing a communications plan for TEA membership.
- Manages Annual Awards for Comms Excellence (AACE) program including overall communications effort with membership, coordinating the judging, and support at conferences for award presentation.
- Manages Edmunson Scholarship program for the EOF, in conjunction with other staff.
- Drafts and edits EOF material, including regular EOF research and drafts EOF annual report.
- Supports ESOPATHON by drafting and editing necessary materials.
- Drafts, reviews, and/or edits TEA publications (Advocacy guidebook, Chapter guidebook, etc.)
- Drafts and edits Advocacy materials (Washington Alerts, EOAN newsletters, and others.)
- Drafts and maintains TEA conference scripting, in conjunction with other staff.
- Drafts, solicits and/or edits TEA and EOF Blog posts on a regular basis, including TEA’s HUB network.
- Drafts and disseminates TEA statements/press releases on all issues.
- Monitors news for information on new ESOPs, employee ownership, and other relevant stories.
- Builds and maintains media list of outlets, reporters, and stories relevant to TEA and employee ownership.
- Maintains media relations -- pitches stories, screens media requests, drafts responses, works on media requests and/or access at events.
- Other duties as assigned.
Qualifications and Desired Skills:
- Outstanding writing skills for diverse purposes, including formal both long and short-form content; speeches, talking points, or scripts; and media-ready content such as press releases.
- Superior editing skills with significant experience that shows attention to detail and mastery of punctuation, grammar, and spelling.
- Experience working with other team members to produce content, often on a deadline.
- Experience working with the media, including vetting requests for interviews and information, pitching stories, and otherwise expanding the media presence and profile of an organization.
- Ability to execute a communications plan in support of an organization’s mission and goals.
- Ability to simplify complicated ideas and concepts for a variety of audiences.
- Ability to interface with Association membership to share and promote programs and events.
- Desire to be part of a small proactive team that highly values collaboration.
Attributes of the Director of Written Content and Materials
- Project manager. You can juggle multiple tasks, allocate & optimize resources, & manage timelines. You enjoy creating & implementing processes & procedures that uphold rigorous standards. You manage a task from start to finish.
- Collaborative. You work well with colleagues & members, understanding their concerns & realistically managing their expectations – you build trust & rapport across all levels of the organization. You give respect; you earn yours. You are grounded in our organizational values of sharing information & working cooperatively.
- Ownership. You succeed in a team environment, work well independently, & carry your weight, learning from others & contributing in equal measure.
- Exceptional communicator. You are known for your poise, tact, & diplomacy. You are comfortable in a professional but fun work environment & can confidently engage at all levels & across multiple stakeholder groups. You collaborate on projects & communicate results, & you are willing to listen & learn from others.
- Cool under pressure. You do your best work when the pressure is highest. You grow more controlled & confident in your abilities to solve problems the more problems arise.
- Service drive. You set the standard for meeting & exceeding expectations. You are responsive & committed. You are clear, tactful, & diplomatic about what’s realistic & what’s possible.
- Strong initiative & judgment. You have good judgment & a thoughtful approach. You are sensitive to the challenges, goals, & varying needs of all stakeholders.
TEA is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity. All employment is decided based on qualifications, merit & business need. We are currently a hybrid work environment and have returned to the brand-new International Employee Ownership Center offices of The ESOP Association, located on Capitol Hill. TEA offers a competitive salary & benefits package. Interested individuals should forward a cover letter, relevant work samples & resume to email@example.com. TEA is currently hiring in multiple areas, so please include a reference to the position in the subject line.