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Communications and Outreach Manager, Civil Rights Corps, Washington, DC

Communications and Outreach Manager

 

About Civil Rights Corps

Civil Rights Corps, an innovative non-profit civil rights organization, immediately seeks a skilled and creative mid-level communications professional for a position with our Washington, DC-based team. Civil Rights Corps (CRC) is dedicated to challenging systemic injustice in the American legal system. We work with individuals accused and convicted of crimes, their families and communities, people currently or formerly incarcerated, activists, organizers, judges, and government officials to challenge mass human caging and to create a legal system that promotes equality and human freedom. Our ongoing litigation includes challenges to money bail, abusive private probation practices, debtors' prisons, and driver's license revocation.

 

About the Role

The Communications Department is new and growing with this dynamic organization. The Communications and Outreach Manager will support various initiatives that promote Civil Rights Corps' innovative work and the impact of our advocacy and litigation to local and national audiences. The ideal candidate will be a strong writer who demonstrates sound news judgement and is passionate about reforming the American legal system through a grassroots approach. They will be an ambitious self-starter with a proven ability to execute media and special events, collaborate with others, and balance multiple deliverables. This position reports directly to the Director of Communications.

 

Responsibilities

  • Write/proof/edit press releases, media advisories, talking points, blog posts and other content
  • Field media requests from national, trade, specialty and new media outlets, and develop media relationships
  • Monitor local, state, and national media for trends in CRC's practice areas and identify opportunities for pitching
  • Assist with conceptualizing and executing small to large-scale events, including briefings, days-of-action, press conferences, and special fundraisers with occasional travel
  • Draft op-eds from CRC attorneys and partners for placement in local, state, and national outlets
  • Assist with booking CRC experts on TV, radio, and podcasts
  • Assist with managing relationships with contractors and community partners
  • Perform other duties as assigned and needed by the Director of Communications

 

Qualifications

  • Cultural competency and a clear understanding of - and commitment to - advocacy and CRC's mission;
  • Resourcefulness and proven ability to think critically and strategically in a fluid environment;
  • Excellent writing and editing skills with demonstrated concern for detail and accuracy;
  • Demonstrated ability to keep many projects and products organized and moving forward simultaneously;
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office, Google Suite, AP Style, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and Canva;
  • 3-5 years of full-time experience in a communications or media relations role with progressive organizations and/or campaigns;
  • A bachelor's degree in Journalism, Communications, English, Public Affairs or Political Science required;
  • Experience with graphic design and audio and video editing are a plus, but not required.
  • Familiarity with Spanish language and constituency media are a plus, but not required.

Compensation

Salary is very competitive for non-profits and commensurate with prior experience. Civil Rights Corps offers an outstanding and generous benefits package, including employer-paid health, vision, and dental benefits, transit benefits, retirement matching, and paid sick, family, and vacation leave.

 

To Apply

Submit a cover letter and resume to kiara@civilrightscorps.org. Please include Communications and Outreach Manager in the subject line. A writing test and references will be required before an offer is made. Applications will be accepted until a candidate is identified.

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