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Title: Director of Strategic Research and Communications

We seek a talented, motivated, and dedicated person to join our leadership team as Director of Strategic Research and Communications. This is an exciting time to join our staff and be engaged in building an ambitious organization at the forefront of innovative policy, organizing and communications efforts in New York.

Position Description & Responsibilities

The Director of Strategic Research and Communications will report to the Executive Director and is responsible for:

An innovative policy & research agenda that bolsters ALIGN’s campaigns: The Director will work closely with the Executive Director to develop a policy & research agenda that advances and supports ALIGN’s mission. This position will be deeply attuned to emerging issues on climate change, workers’ rights, and racial and gender justice. The Director will cultivate relationships with a broad network of external thought leaders and will bring an insightful and critical lens to developing new research and analysis that help frame and shape public policy solutions. Through reports, briefs, analyses, and other materials, the Director will synthesize and translate complex policy into clear advocacy materials that promote issue saliency among the general public and policymakers in order to generate momentum in our campaigns. The Director will ensure rapid turn-around of high-quality research products that maximize the organization’s impact and influence in current debates that affect our issues and campaigns.


An organization-wide communications strategy that builds support for ALIGN’s issues:  The Director will oversee an integrated communications strategy that leverages ALIGN’s position as a credible, well-cited source in the social justice movement to influence policy change and build public support on our issues. The Director will manage the implementation of a comprehensive strategy that encompasses organizational branding, media relations, digital organizing, and social media engagement.  This position will be responsible for developing effective and impactful vehicles for the dissemination of ALIGN’s policy reports, opinion pieces, and other media tools for shifting the public discourse, and will constantly evaluate and adapt those approaches to meet organizational goals. The Director will be expected to cultivate and manage an extensive media relations network and build and expand ALIGN’s social media presence.


Organizational leadership & development: The Director will serve as an integral part of ALIGN’s leadership team, helping to shape the strategic implementation of ALIGN’s organizational plans. The Director will closely partner with ALIGN’s leadership team to ensure that communications, policy and research development, and campaign organizing teams operate in synergy and alignment to achieve organizational goals. This position will work to nurture a culture of collaboration, teamwork, and shared accomplishment among staff. The Director will work closely with the Campaign Director and other campaign staff as appropriate. Other organizational responsibilities will include actively contributing to organizational vision, strategic planning, fundraising, and staff development, and representing the organization within the New York social justice movement, our state alliance and national networks.



  • A commitment to social and economic justice and the labor movement.
  • Minimum 5-8 years professional experience in communications, strategic research, and policy development at nonprofit, political, or labor organizations.
  • Prior experience supervising and managing staff.
  • Ability to independently manage projects from conception to completion and work as part of a team.
  • Excellent organizational writing and communication skills.  
  • Comfortable in a fast-paced work environment and able to quickly adapt to changing needs and priorities.
  • Ability to multi-task and work in a deadline driven environment.
  • Willingness to work long hours, evenings and weekends when necessary.
  • Strategic judgment, flexibility, creativity, and initiative is a must. 


Terms of Employment: The Director of Strategic Research and Communications is a full-time position with health, retirement, vacation, and other benefits.  These terms, and others relevant to your employment, are spelled out in the ALIGN Personnel Policy which accompanies this Job Description.


Application Process: This position is available immediately. E-mail cover letter and resume to Please put “Director of Strategic Research and Communications” in the subject line of the email. No phone calls please. Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements will not receive a response.

ALIGN is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply.



ALIGN: the Alliance for a Greater New York is an alliance of community and labor organizations working together to create good jobs, vibrant communities, and a more accountable democracy for all New Yorkers. ALIGN is the coming together of two long standing New York community-labor coalitions, New York Jobs with Justice and Urban Agenda. Over the last two decades, we have been at the forefront of championing fair economic development policies, winning quality jobs with career ladders for low-income public housing residents, and creating green jobs through municipal building retrofits. For more information about our work, visit
ALIGN works at the intersection of economy, environment, and equity to make change and build movement. For more information about our work and campaigns, see “Who We Are” and “Our Work”.