Communications Manager

05 Oct, 2020


Communications Manager

Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law
Washington, DC

The Organization:
Since 1972, the Judge David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law has advocated
for the civil rights, full inclusion, and equality of adults and children with mental
disabilities. We were pivotal in expanding the civil rights movement to include fighting
discrimination against and segregation of people with mental disabilities. Today, the
Bazelon Center accomplishes its goals through a unique combination of litigation, public
policy advocacy, coalition building and leadership, public education, media outreach,
and technical assistance—a comprehensive approach that ensures we achieve the
greatest impact.
The Position:
As a Communications Manager, you will support the Judge David L. Bazelon Center for
Mental Health Law’s ability to communicate with key audiences about our work. You will
be responsible for a broad range of communications efforts, with an emphasis on writing
and editing materials, including press releases and op-eds, as well as managing the
Center’s website, social media, and events/webinars. The Communications Manager
position is a full-time, benefits-eligible position in Washington, D.C.
The ideal candidate will be innovative, collaborative and motivated, with at least three
years of experience in communications, particularly in earned and social media
outreach. They will be highly organized and possess the ability to anticipate needs and
prioritize work. The following attributes will strengthen an applicant’s candidacy:
 Strong writing and editing skills, including comfort in summarizing legal and
technical information for mass audiences;
 Capability to write and edit op-eds, media pitches, press releases, annual report
copy, external emails, and other communication materials;
 Working knowledge of the current media landscape and an interest in continued
 Experience managing, improving and updating websites (WordPress);
 Experience in developing and implementing social media strategies, including
creating and posting content on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc.
 Skills to aid in the planning of internal and external events, including board
meetings, fundraising events, and webinars;
 Basic graphic design skills are highly desirable (infographics, white papers,
annual reports, event invitations);
 Highly motivated, creative and proactive work style;
 Exceptional interpersonal skills and a professional communication style;
 Excellent organizational skills with an ability to manage multiple responsibilities at
 Proficiency in use of Zoom, Microsoft Teams and Google;
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 Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced environment, both independently and as
part of a team;
 Commitment to the Judge David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law’s
 Commitment to making communications content accessible to people with
 Bachelor’s degree or higher in journalism, public relations, communications,
public affairs, or a related field.
Further Information:
Salary is $55,000, plus an excellent benefits package. Please send a cover letter with a
resume to Writing samples and references may be requested as we
advance in the interview process. The Bazelon Center is an Equal Opportunity

Job posted: 2020-10-05