Strategic Communications Coordinator

Define American seeking an experienced, mission-oriented, and values-driven Strategic Communications Coordinator to provide essential support to ensure the smooth operation of the communications team.

Position Overview 

We are seeking an experienced, mission-oriented, and values-driven Strategic Communications Coordinator to provide essential support to ensure the smooth operation of the communications team, amplifying Define American’s mission. The Strategic Communications Coordinator will coordinate media outreach, strategic communications initiatives, and is designed for an adaptable, highly motivated individual eager to contribute to narrative change and humanize conversations about immigrants. 

Work Schedule: 40 hours per week, Monday – Friday; some weekend and evening work as needed

Classification: Exempt 

Location: Remote

Salary: The expected salary range is $57-68k annually

Reports To: Director of Communication and Brand Narrative

TRAVEL: 15-20% 

Core Responsibilities

The Strategic Communications Coordinator will play a key role in coordinating departmental initiatives through:

 Media Outreach

  • Assist in building and maintaining relationships with journalists, producers, and editors across large national media outlets. Support pitching story ideas, developing press releases, and drafting talking points. Manage the organization of interviews and media interactions.
  • Contribute to the analysis of news media and the execution of campaigns that engage media around language and thoughtful storytelling. Support efforts to shape perceptions of immigrants, American identity, and citizenship values.

Project Management and Support:

  • Provide administrative and organizational support to the Director of Communication and Brand Narrative, including scheduling, managing email correspondence, and preparing materials for presentations.
  • Coordinate departmental activities and initiatives for efficiency and visibility across the organization and assist in maintaining the content calendar.
  • Support the coordination of internal communications, enhancing team alignment and project awareness.
  • Collaborate with staff, consultants, and vendors to execute departmental priorities, including preparing and presenting materials to partners and prospective funders, engaging community members, and identifying new opportunities.

Organizational Visibility

  • Partner with program staff to proactively identify, track, and manage thought leadership opportunities that will grow visibility of the Define American brand. This includes identifying speaking engagements and other relationship-building opportunities at conferences, symposiums, and other industry events.
  • Assist in media training and support for staff to maximize the influence of their external engagements.
  • Assist with creating and maintaining resources for external partner support, including toolkits, talking points, and other media engagement resources.

Candidate Profile 

To be successful in this job, you will excel in these areas:

  • 2+ years of experience with media outreach and developing relationships with news organizations and media professionals
  • Commitment to and passion for Define American’s mission and model, and a desire to share that commitment and passion to benefit the organization 
  • Familiarity with current immigration debate and social justice issues in media
  • Eagerness to build new communications skill sets 
  • Excellent writing, editing, and verbal communication skills; bilingual/multilingual abilities, especially in Spanish, are a plus
  • Proficiency with office productivity and data management tools as well as social media platforms; experience with Constant Contact and Sprout Social is a plus.
  • Exceptional time management skills and an ability to organize and coordinate multiple concurrent projects; experience with Asana is a plus.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively in a dynamic, growing team, and to manage multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Comfortable and self-directed working within ambiguity and maintaining flexibility; inspired by challenges
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality at all times

Compensation & Benefits 

  • Unlimited PTO
  • Medical, vision & dental insurance
  • 401(k) match
  • 12 weeks of fully paid parental leave
  • Short & long-term disability coverage
  • Life insurance coverage
  • Internet + cell phone stipend
  • Health & Wellness reimbursement
  • Professional development stipend

How to Apply

Please submit your employment application, along with all requested documents, via the employment application portal by visiting the link here.


Application Process:

  1. Invite to SparkHire Interview (Recorded Video Interview with 3-4 questions that are shared ahead of time)
  2. Invite to 20 minute Zoom Interview with Comms Team 
  3. Invite to Homework Assignment 
  4. Final Group Interview with Comms Team & 2 Define American Team Members  


NOTE: Define American goes through an incredibly intentional process for hiring new team members and will accept applications on a rolling basis until the position is filled. We appreciate your interest and your patience in moving through this process. Define American is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, physical or mental disability, national origin, veteran status or any other basis covered by appropriate law. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit, and business need.

About Define American 

Define American empowers diverse and nuanced storytelling about immigrant experiences across mediums and industries through research, partnerships, and storyteller engagement. Founded in 2011 by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Emmy-nominated filmmaker, and Tony-nominated producer Jose Antonio Vargas, our work is helping audiences see all immigrants with their full humanity. To learn more, visit

How to Apply

Please submit your employment application, along with all requested documents via the employment application portal.