Transitions: OK Policy hiring a new Director of Communications

Gene Perry, circa 2011

Oklahoma Policy Institute is now accepting applications for an experienced and effective Communications Director to replace Gene Perry, who has accepted a position as manager of government relations for the Cherokee Nation.

Gene has been a valuable member of Oklahoma Policy Institute for over eight years and his diverse set of skills and deep commitment to our mission have contributed greatly to our growth and success. He joined OK Policy in January 2011 as a policy analyst and later was promoted to the leadership team as Policy Director. Since 2018, he has served as Director of Communications and Strategy as well as KIDS COUNT coordinator. Among his many contributions to OK Policy, Gene launched In the Know, our daily news digest distributed each weekday morning to over 9,000 subscribers, and the OKPolicycast, a biweekly podcast featuring discussions with policymakers and advocates. Gene’s last day with OK Policy was July 5th. Rebecca Fine, who serves as OK Policy’s education policy analyst, will additionally serve as our KIDS COUNT coordinator.

With Gene’s departure, OK Policy is hiring for a new Communications Director. The Communications Director has primary responsibility for developing and implementing an integrated, organization-wide strategic communications plan that helps to shape policy debates and broaden awareness of OK Policy’s mission, work, and policy solutions to key audiences. Their day-to-day work includes creating or overseeing the editorial direction, design production, and distribution of all printed and branded materials; serving as lead point person on media interactions, and supervising the work of communications staff.

The ideal candidate will be a proven strong writer and editor with at least five years of professional experience in communications, journalism, public relations or a related field, and experience in a supervisory capacity. We are looking for a demonstrated ability to communicate and build relationships with racially- and ethnically-diverse audiences. Familiarity with Oklahoma legislative process and public policy is desirable, as are strong technical skills including data manipulation, graphics, website maintenance, and experience with WordPress.

The position will be based in Tulsa. The deadline to apply is Friday, July 26th.

For the full job description and to apply, click here.

OK Policy is a Tulsa-based think-tank that works to advance fiscal responsibility and expanded opportunity for all Oklahomans through non-partisan research, analysis, and advocacy. Launched in 2008, OK Policy has grown rapidly in recent years and currently has a full-time staff of 17 people and a $1.8 million annual budget. OK Policy is a member of KIDS COUNT network of state organizations that provide state and local data into trends affecting child and family well-being, and of the State Priorities Partnership, a network of more than 40 independent, nonprofit research and policy organizations that work to advance equity and prosperity.

OK Policy is committed to building a more diverse and inclusive organization to fully represent and engage all Oklahomans. Recruiting staff that reflects the diversity of perspectives and experiences of Oklahoma is a priority. We strongly encourage applicants from diverse communities, constituencies, and identities, including but not limited to: people of all ethnic/racial backgrounds, people of all gender identities/gender expressions, people with disabilities, low-income and LGBTQ persons.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

David Blatt helped found OK Policy in 2008 and became the organization's Executive Director in 2010. David previously served as Director of Public Policy for Community Action Project of Tulsa County and as a budget analyst for the Oklahoma State Senate. He has a Ph.D. in political science from Cornell University and a B.A. from the University of Alberta. David has been selected as Political Scientist of the Year by the Oklahoma Political Science Association, Local Social Justice Champion by the Dan Allen Center for Social Justice, and Public Citizen of the Year by the National Association of Social Workers. He lives in Tulsa with his wife, Patty Hipsher, a special education teacher in Broken Arrow, and their son, Noah.

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