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Community Engagement Director

New Futures

New Futures is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit advocacy organization that serves as a centralized repository of campaign and ongoing advocacy capacities used to achieve defined policy goals, including goals related to health care, early childhood development and drug and alcohol policy. 

New Futures is seeking an innovative and detail-oriented Community Engagement Director to lead a dynamic team to engage, mobilize and train individuals and organizations to advocate in support of New Futures’ policy priorities. The Community Engagement Director will lead the Community Engagement/Field program and is a full-time, exempt, salaried position based in Concord, NH.

The individual in this position must be entrepreneurial, possess demonstrated experience across a range of fields including grassroots organizing, program planning, coalition engagement, and must have management experience. The Community Engagement Director will be responsible for planning and managing campaigns; executing events, trainings and volunteer engagement; engaging individuals to outreach to policymakers and testify at legislative hearings; and, connecting grassroots organizing with successful earned media coverage. The ideal candidate will have experience in campaign planning, strategy and tactics, political communications, data management and knowledge of the political dynamics in New Hampshire. The Community Engagement Director will work collaboratively with communications staff, strategic consultants and others to help build the grassroots organizing capabilities of New Futures. 


This position requires a minimum of four years professional work experience in campaign organizing or community development with demonstrated project management experience. A bachelor’s degree in political science, health care, education or community development from a recognized college or university is preferred. This position requires strong leadership and project management skills, plus the ability to work as part of a team.

  • Exceptional oral communication skills, including public speaking experience;
  • Familiarity with earned media strategies;
  • Experience managing staff and leading program development;
  • Ability to provide geopolitical expertise and ability to conduct strategic/political studies and assessments for the application of New Futures strategies and campaign tactics;
  • Demonstrated experience in effective internal and external communication, collaboration, and coordination with individuals and organizations;
  • Familiarity with campaign management and public engagement tools;
  • Demonstrated skill as a grassroots organizer;
  • Excellent attention to detail;
  • Self motivated and possess the ability to work independently, as well as within a team;
  • Ability to develop strong and effective working relationships with diverse and multi-cultural constituencies including new Futures staff, policymakers, the media, and others;
  • Knowledge of MS Office with strong word processing, Excel, database, social media platforms, and Internet research skills
  • Assist in the planning and execution of state-wide campaigns;
  • Manage New Futures’s Community Engagement Program and coordinators with the support of New Futures’ management team;
  • Manage New Futures’ Community Engagement Coordinators in the development and execution of program objectives;
  • Engage partners in campaign planning, goal setting and strategy development;
  • Serve as a resource for partner organizations, assisting with statewide coalition building;
  • Identify, recruit, and train advocates to take action on New Futures policy priorities;
  • In partnership with New Futures Policy Coordinators, orchestrate advocate turnout on specific policy issues;
  • In partnership with New Futures’ policy staff, prepare and coordinate talking points for advocate use at legislative hearings;
  • Maintain a clear and responsive advocate database to support data-driven advocacy;
  • In partnership with New Futures’ policy staff, evolve tailored advocacy training curriculum to respond to needs of New Futures stakeholders;
  • Maintain and cultivate relationships with advocates and organizations with their own turn-out base;
  • Collaborate with partners to organize public education and advocacy events such as roundtables, legislative breakfasts, in-district meetings, film screenings, panels and tailored advocacy training opportunities;
  • Convene partners around specific collective advocacy opportunities;
  • With New Futures Communications and Public Affairs Directors, support the planning and execution of earned media, advocacy and organizing events;
  • Collaborate with New Futures Communications and Public Affairs Directors to ensure effective messaging and multi-directional communication around advocacy efforts;
  • Frequent in-state travel and some out-of-state travel required.
How to Apply:

Please email a cover letter and resume to Michele Merritt, New Futures Senior Vice President, at the following address –  E-mail applications with attachments in Microsoft Word or PDF format only. We do not accept phone inquiries regarding the position; please do not call. Position will be open until filled.

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Date Added: October 17, 2017

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