Rural Utah Project

The Rural Utah Project is Hiring a Communications Director!

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UPDATE: This position has been filled. Thank you for your interest, we will continue to post opportunities to join our team as they become available!

Start Date: When Filled

Location: Utah


The Rural Utah Project is seeking a Communications Director to grow our digital organizing programs and build the forward-facing identity of the Rural Utah Project’s work. 

The ideal candidate will be passionate about protecting rural Utah’s landscapes and empowering rural residents to become a part of the political process, and excited to lend their skills towards advancing our work. The ideal candidate will be passionate about narrative strategy, digital organizing, online fundraising, and creating strong press relationships. 

This position is a full-time, salaried position, and benefits include health, vision, and dental insurance, retirement benefits, paid sick leave and paid vacation time. This position can work from RUP’s offices in Salt Lake City, Moab, Bluff, or remotely.

Who We Are:

The Rural Utah Project is a non-partisan 501(c)(4) non-profit organization dedicated to increasing civic engagement in rural communities across Utah. We’re a young organization and are motivated to build a powerful movement with our neighbors that fights for a more just and sustainable future for rural Utah’s communities and landscapes. We seek to expand civic participation by breaking down barriers to the ballot box and providing organizing tools to local communities.

What You’ll Do:

The communications program of the Rural Utah Project is crucial to the organization’s programs, fundraising effort, and growth. The Communications Director will oversee RUP’s forward-facing presence as an organization. This includes not only digital writing, but all aspects that involve the organization’s communication with donors, partners, and voters.

In 2020, the communications program ran an ambitious digital organizing effort to get out the vote in Indigenous communities. This role will be responsible for continuing RUP’s digital organizing and storytelling efforts, which are critical to the narrative strategy goals of the organization. 

The Communications Director will work to facilitate and manage the creation, design, and execution of any materials, written and creative, that RUP creates and circulates. This position will work with the Development Director to expand the organization’s online fundraising presence. Additionally, the Communications Director will work to expand RUP’s forward-facing presence through building relationships with ally organizations, reporters, and interested supporters on and offline.

Responsibilities Include:

Who You Are & Keys to Success:

To be successful in this role, you will excel in:

Narrative Strategy: The Rural Utah Project is in the business of shifting narrative in the areas where we organize. We are committed to the pillars of ethical storytelling, and creating communications infrastructure for rural communities first and foremost. The ideal candidate will be committed to the importance of storytelling, and how it needs to be radically transformed for the future of the political movement. 

Creative Writing: RUP’s communications program is built on creativity, trust, and transparency. The ideal candidate will be an experienced and capable writer, who is comfortable creating content and copy that will further the organization’s voice and identity. 

Digital Organizing: The communications program is engaged in running ambitious digital organizing programs in the four corners region to get out the vote. The ideal candidate will be familiar with, or eager to learn, about the future of digital organizing in campaign structures. 

Teamwork: The communications program interfaces with every department in the organization. This includes field, development, and organizational leadership. This role will require excellent collaboration skills to work across a diverse range of program needs. 

Proactive: As a small organization, we are a team of self-starters. This role will require creativity and a proactive approach to managing our programs. 

Learning Software: Ideally, this candidate will be familiar with or eager to learn systems that manage RUP’s digital infrastructure, including EveryAction, MeltWater, Canva, and WordPress. 

What Else You Should Know:

Rural Utah Project is an equal opportunity employer and we value having staff who come from communities where we organize. We especially encourage people who are Indigenous, people of color, people from rural communities, LGBQ people, transgender and gender non-conforming people, and people with disabilities to apply.

This position requires semi-frequent travel to regions where the Rural Utah Project organizes, and remote work can be accommodated. The salary for this position ranges from $55,000 – $60,000, with exact salary depending on experience. We also offer excellent benefits such as dental, vision, and health insurance and a retirement account contribution.

How to Apply: Please submit applications (including resume and cover letter) to the Rural Utah Project’s Executive Director, TJ Ellerbeck at [email protected]. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

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