Head of Communications

| Greater LA Area | Remote
Aspiration is the first VC-backed neobank on a mission to be the leading consumer financial services brand and company focused on sustainability and the environment. At Aspiration, we created the category of sustainable, socially responsible retail consumer finance. We offer unique financial products to let people save, spend, and invest their money in ways that make them more financially secure and align with their personal values. Unlike other financial institutions, Aspiration is committed to building a relationship with our customers based on trust and aligning the customer’s success with our own. Aspiration has raised over $200M in funding to date, and is growing quickly.
We are looking for an ambitious, hard-working, and thoughtful communications leader dedicated to Aspiration’s mission to help every American both do well and do good. The Director, PR & Communications is responsible for amplifying overall brand awareness through the development and execution of a fully integrated communications strategy that garners positive consumer and industry media coverage. We are looking for someone who is socially conscious by nature and who has the ability to craft compelling stories in a technical industry.
 
In addition, you will be responsible for managing internal communications initiatives, specifically supporting our marketing and social media teams as well as working directly with key members of Aspiration’s leadership team.

What You'll Do

  • Develop and manage comprehensive communications strategy that supports the Aspiration brand, mission, and identity with customers, the financial sector and environmental/climate community, key stakeholders as well as our employees and recruiting prospects
  • Develop and execute impactful earned media strategies that elevate our brand and position our products and technologies as leaders in the marketplace
  • Develop KPIs to effectively measure the impact of PR programs 
  • Lead the development of all PR-related media materials including press releases, pitches, bylines, briefing notes, and media-up. 
  • Work directly with leadership to ensure flawless execution of all executive corporate communications; identify and secure thought leadership opportunities across the company, including bylines, speaking opportunities, and various other branding opportunities
  • Operate in a seamless, integrated manner with cross-functional teams including marketing, social media, product, etc. to meet objectives and uncover unique and newsworthy story ideas through earned media coverage
  • Manage content and distribution of news and external messaging
  • Hire, grow and retain communications team members
  • Manage external PR agencies
  • Understand how to manage communications and media for an emerging “challenger” company
  • Maintain ongoing relationships with key reporters covering issues such as personal finance/budgeting/saving, investment, green/sustainability, consumer tech startups, income inequality, and living with purpose/conscience
  • Leverage relationships across national and local television, major online and offline media organizations, and influential blogs

What You'll Bring

  • 8+ years of communications experience at a recognized consumer-focused (B2C) brand or startup
  • Extensive media relations experience with significant media contacts at major outlets
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills. 100% comfortable with writing press releases and story outlines, and pitching a wide range of reporters
  • Demonstrated interest in Corporate Responsibility, Sustainability or related field a plus
  • Ability to learn quickly and thrive in a dynamic, fast-paced environment.
  • A doer - you do what it takes to achieve our goals
  • Nice-to-have: Journalism/media background

What You'll Get

  • Making an impact for a company with a mission of transforming the financial industry and the lives of millions
  • Competitive salary and equity incentives
  • Robust healthcare plans, 401K and unlimited vacation time
  • Bright and collaborative office in beautiful Downtown Portland
  • Diverse & inclusive culture

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Location

We're located in Marina Del Rey, steps from bars, shops, and restaurants. On Fridays there's a local farmer's market right on our block!

An Insider's view of Aspiration

What’s the vibe like in the office?

Aspiration has some of the smartest, most hard-working, and fun people I have ever worked with. The vibe is very fast-paced and exciting, and management is good at adjusting to different people’s work styles, allowing employees to work remotely and even bring their pups in on Fridays.

Jordan

Data Analyst

What's the biggest problem your team is solving?

We use cutting edge technology to solve both dated financial problems and problems that impact our environment. Aspiration is unique in that we are a financial firm focused on environmentalism while putting people before profits. For every solution we have to a banking problem, we're challenged with having an equal or greater impact on the world.

Chloe

Product Manager

How does the company support your career growth?

I joined Aspiration as an Account Manager. Now, I manage an affiliate program of 80+ accounts and support our direct media partners. In 1 year, I've grown beyond my own expectations. From leading a large product implementation to planning off-site activation events, my need of not being in a complacent position has been met from the moment I joined

Andre

Affiliate Manager

What are Aspiration Perks + Benefits

Culture
Volunteer in local community
Aspiration has participated in several volunteering activities, including Heal the Bay beach clean ups, LA Tech Gives Back beautification projects, and card making for Children's Hospital of LA.
Partners with Nonprofits
Aspiration partners with Accion, a nonprofit specializing in microloans. We give 10% of every dollar we earn to low-income Americans, funding up to $5,000 per person to jumpstart new businesses.
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Aspiration has a communication committee that works to organize all-hands meetings, lunch and learns, and team-building events.
Daily stand up
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Documented equal pay policy
Highly diverse management team
Unconscious bias training
Diversity manifesto
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Aspiration employees can contribute up to $2600 annually to their FSA.
Disability Insurance
Disability insurance covers 60% of annual salary up to the maximum plan limit for up to 13 weeks.
Dental Benefits
Our dental plan covers 90% of premiums.
Vision Benefits
Aspiration covers 90% of premiums for vision coverage.
Health Insurance Benefits
Aspiration's health insurance policy covers 90% of medical premiums.
Life Insurance
Aspiration pays for basic life insurance coverage valued at $20,000 Basic Life & AD&D.
Onsite Gym
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
Company Equity
Stock options are available to fulltime employees
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Flexible Work Schedule
Aspiration provides employees with a flexible work schedule that includes Flexible start and end times.
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Paid Holidays
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Parking
Pet Friendly
Aspiration's pet policy is Occasional bring your pet to work days.
Relocation Assistance
Professional Development Benefits
Lunch and learns
Aspiration hosts lunch and learn meetings on occasion.
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