Location: San Francisco, CA
Application deadline: Oct. 29, 2017
The American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California (ACLU-NC) seeks a motivated, organized, and capable Communications Associate to join our Communications Department. The position provides a critical supporting role to the ACLU-NC Communications Department. The position is based in our San Francisco office and reports directly to the Communications Director.
You are a self-starter with the ability to easily balance multiple projects in a busy, bustling environment, while staying focused on the details that matter. You work well under pressure and are professional at all times with strong oral and written communication skills. You are comfortable in a support role, ask the right questions, and take initiative in completing tasks. You adapt to quickly changing priorities and are comfortable working both independently and collaboratively on a team. You treat every person with whom you work with dignity and respect.
You are responsible for providing media relations support, department-wide administrative support, and strategic communications support. You serve as the primary point of contact for incoming media requests and ensure consistent, professional interactions with members of the media to maintain important relationships. You will assist in a range of diverse projects and assignments related to the day-to-day achievements and challenges of our colleagues throughout the organization. You are a key member of the Communications Department Team, which ensures top-notch strategic communications to advance, support, and amplify the legal and policy work of the ACLU-NC.
About the organization
The ACLU-NC is an affiliate of a nationwide, non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to the defense and expansion of civil liberties and civil rights. For most of the last century, it has been at the heart of many of the major – and sometimes controversial – struggles for civil liberties and civil rights in our state. Our mission is to ensure that Constitutional rights don’t just exist on paper, but are protected in practice. As we move into a new era and face dangerous policies that threaten our civil rights and civil liberties, we remain dedicated to confronting these issues and defending the progress we have made. We must use our decades of experience in impact litigation, legislative advocacy, and fearless organizing to fight these un-American policies and protect our most cherished rights and freedoms. Join us.
Duties and responsibilities
1. Media Relations Support
Serve as the primary point of contact for incoming media requests, which includes:
- Scheduling media interviews and supporting Communications Strategists in prepping program staff and other spokespeople for interviews;
- Tracking incoming press calls and managing media database system to ensure it is up-to-date in a quickly changing news environment;
- Drafting press releases and other media materials, and pitching reporters on lawsuits and other advocacy projects; and
- Other media relations duties as assigned.
2. Communications Department Administrative Support
Provide administrative support to the Communications team, which includes:
- Compiling and distributing daily reports of ACLU-NC mentions in the news;
- Organizing and managing the editorial calendar;
- Tracking department invoices and expenses;
- Posting content to ACLU-NC’s website and social media, as a backup to the New Media Strategist/Web Content Manager;
- Drafting, editing, and proofreading ACLU-NC written materials; and
- Other administrative duties as assigned.
3. Strategic communications support
Support strategic communications planning and implementation, which includes:
- Working closely with other Communications staff in planning with program staff;
- Writing blog posts for the ACLU-NC blog, including ghostwriting for program staff;
- Drafting talking points for use in press releases, blog posts, social media, and email action alerts, in collaboration with other Communications staff;
- Participating in development of social media strategies, including writing email action alerts and engaging in email action network strategy; and
- Other strategic communications projects as assigned.
- Two years of experience working in a dynamic office environment and/or in public interest, journalism, or social justice advocacy work;
- Strong verbal and written communication skills, including excellent interpersonal skills;
- Extremely strong project and time management skills, including demonstrated capacity to manage and prioritize competing projects, and complete assignments under deadlines;
- High level of organization, attention to detail, and follow-through;
- Excellent judgment, dependable, punctual, and able to maintain a high level of confidentiality;
- Advanced proficiency with Microsoft Word, Outlook, Adobe Acrobat, PowerPoint and other Office programs, including facility with mail merge, spreadsheets, tables, and charts;
- Demonstrated experience and effectiveness in coordinating and organizing logistics, travel arrangements, meetings, events, and trainings; and
- Solution-oriented approach, including the ability to work independently and on a team, and demonstrated willingness to take initiative while juggling several priorities all with personal enthusiasm, optimism, and a sense of humor.
- Fluency in Spanish is preferred, but not required.
Competitive salary is commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits include four weeks paid vacation in addition to 14 office holidays; medical, vision and dental insurance for staff members, their dependents and spouse or domestic partner; life and long-term disability insurance; and, 401(k) plan with employer match.
Applications will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. on October 29, 2017. We encourage you to apply as soon as possible as we will be evaluating applications on a rolling basis. Applications must include (1) a cover letter explaining why you are interested in this position and the ways in which you satisfy the qualifications specified above, (2) resume, and (3) a list of four references. Applicants concurrently applying to any other position with the ACLU should state what other position they are applying for in the cover letter. Please submit your application in PDF format to the attention of Communications Associate search at https://aclunc.recruiterbox.com/jobs/fk0fq3f.
The ACLU of Northern California advances equity and inclusion in the workplace by providing equal employment opportunity to support a work environment free from discrimination on the basis of race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age (over 40), sexual orientation, military and veteran status, and any other basis prohibited by law. The organization also provides reasonable accommodations for qualified applicants and employees with disabilities. This equal employment opportunity policy applies to all aspects of employment, including recruitment, selection, advancement, training, problem resolution, and separation from employment. Through this policy, the ACLU-NC strives to establish and maintain an equitable and accessible work environment that is free from discrimination and supportive of a workforce that reflects the rich diversity of our communities and the people we serve.