Civil Rights Corps (CRC) is an innovative non-profit civil rights organization based in Washington, D.C. Founded in 2016, CRC challenges wealth-based and race-based systems of oppression. CRC has won groundbreaking litigation challenging the rise of debtors’ prisons, abusive private probation schemes, and wealth-based pre-trial detention. CRC works closely with community partners and is committed to fundamentally transforming the criminal system. CRC’s staff is comprised of passionate and dedicated advocates with a profound commitment to social justice and fighting inequality in all its forms. Learn more about our work at civilrightscorps.org.
About the Role
Civil Rights Corps seeks a strong writer who demonstrates sound news judgement to join our team as the Communications Manager. The Communications Manager will support initiatives that promote Civil Rights Corps’ innovative work and the impact of our advocacy and litigation to local and national audiences. This position reports directly to the Director of Communications.
The Manager Will:
- 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
- Field incoming speaking requests; assist with identifying speaking opportunities for CRC attorneys and founder.
- 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 (virtual in light of COVID-19)
- 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
- Collaborate with development manager on projects to deepen donor engagement
- Perform other duties as assigned and needed by the Director of Communications
- 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;
- A minimum of 5 years of full-time experience in a communications or media relations role with progressive organizations and/or campaigns;
- 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.
Salary, Benefits, and Logistics
Salary range is between $60,000-85,000, commensurate with prior experience. Civil Rights Corps offers an outstanding and generous benefits package, including employer-paid health, vision, and dental benefits; transit benefits; an annual wellness benefit; retirement matching; and paid sick, family, and vacation leave. This position is based in Washington, DC; remote working arrangements are available while CRC’s physical office is closed or partially closed because of COVID-19.
Submit a cover letter, resume, and list of four references to email@example.com. Please include Communications Manager in the subject line. A writing test will be required before an offer is made. Applications will be accepted until a candidate is identified. Applications received by October 15, 2020 are guaranteed consideration.
Job posted: 2020-09-23