Director of Communications

05 Aug, 2022

Jobs

Director of Communications

The Young Center for Immigrant Children's Rights
Washington, D.C.

The Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights invites applications from experienced communications professionals with excellent writing skills and a passion for justice for the position of Director of Communications. The Director of Communications can be based out of any of our 8 office including New York City, Washington D.C. (preferred), Chicago, Harlingen, San Antonio, Houston, Phoenix, and Los Angeles. The Director of Communications will oversee a growing communications team dedicated to building support for and understanding of the Young Center’s three programs, while also supporting the organization’s fundraising efforts through social media, print publications, online platforms (website and online events) and regular engagement with journalists on both traditional and new platforms.

The Director of Communications will be responsible for developing a social media and public relations strategy that advances the goals of our direct service and policy programs and that captures the attention of foundations, individual supporters, and other donors. The Director of Communications will implement that strategy by overseeing communications for the Young Center’s social media accounts, website, emails to supporters, and other outreach materials. The Director of Communications will also oversee media inquiries and key communications pieces (action alerts, press releases) that reflect the Young Center’s expertise on the rights of children in immigration proceedings. This role will work collaboratively with senior leadership across the organization and serve as a thought-partner for the executive leadership team on key communication efforts, including the Executive Director. This position supervises the Digital Media and Media Relations Specialists and will report to the Policy Director.

ABOUT THE YOUNG CENTER:

The Young Center protects and advances the rights and best interests of unaccompanied and separated immigrant children in the United States through its two programs: the Child Advocate program and the Policy program. The Child Advocate program provides independent, best interests guardians ad litem for immigrant children pursuant to the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA) and the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). The Policy program advocates with legislators, federal agencies, and other stakeholders to ensure that federal laws, policies, and practices promote consideration of immigrant children’s best interests—their safety and well-being, with due regard for their expressed wishes—in all decisions. The organization is headquartered in Chicago, IL and has staff and programs in Chicago, Harlingen, Washington DC, New York, Houston, San Antonio, Phoenix, and Los Angeles.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Provides vision, leadership, and strategy for the Young Center’s communications on behalf of an expanding group of programs.
  • Oversees all aspects of the Young Center’s communication strategy, with a goal of increasing reputation as an expert on the best interests of immigrant children and its ability to fundraise.
  • Coaches Executive Director and leadership team in communications strategies, including developing talking points and mooting staff prior to key interviews.
  • In partnership with the Development team, direct the creation of communications that will help achieve the organization’s annual fundraising goals.
  • Manages communications team, including specialists in digital media and media relations; identify additional staffing and/or contracting needs.
  • Expands the Young Center’s portfolio of communications tools and strategies.
  • Strengthens organizational capacity through identifying and implementing professional development trainings for YC staff to increase communications skills.
  • Oversee Young Center media opportunities by developing strategy with and overseeing work of Media Relations Specialist writing press releases, pitching to media, securing speaking engagements and interviews for Young Center staff, and drafting op-eds and press releases.
  • Ensures equitable representation of offices and staff from various backgrounds in external communications.
  • Ensures organizational implementation of media strategy and brand guidelines.
  • Plan and oversee execution of Young Centers annual report, in collaboration with the Executive Director and Philanthropy Director.
  • Plan and oversee execution of Young Center webinar series, in cooperation with leadership of Young Center programs.
  • Oversee the strategy, management and messaging of Young Center website and social media accounts (Facebook/Twitter/Instagram).
  • Review and approve key communication content and pieces, including e-blasts, e-newsletters, action alerts, print and electronic promotional materials (brochures, flyers, fact sheets) to engage supporters and drive media and key stakeholder attention.
  • Oversee production of multimedia web content.
  • Develop, construct, and manage webinars in conjunction with policy and program teams.
  • Evaluates the outcomes of the Young Center’s communication strategy and tracks relevant press, media inquiries and responses from donors and supporters.

MIMIMUM REQUIREMENTS

  • At least 5 years of nonprofit communications and/or development experience in a manager level position that includes experience supervising a staff or in a role that includes similar responsibilities as those listed in this posting.
  • Bachelors required, with a preference for a degree in communications, marketing and/or public relations.
  • Demonstrated success advancing an organization’s presence on social media and in traditional and/or evolving source of news (print, radio, web, podcasts).
  • Exceptional skills in writing, editing, and verbal communications.
  • Experience developing contracts for and overseeing work of contractors/vendors (e.g., videographers, web developers, media trainers).
  • Experience in supporting non-communications staff in creating social media platforms, speaking with the press, and engaging with stakeholders through webinars and other platforms.
  • Experience in creating and working with internal teams to implement strategic communication or marketing plans.
  • Demonstrated problem solving, analysis, information gathering and monitoring skills.
  • Resourceful and collaborative team player, with the flexibility to respond to changing priorities.
  • Very strong interpersonal skills and emotional intelligence, with a proven ability to handle confidential information with discretion and tact.
  • Self-starter who takes ownership of work and a proactive approach to problem-solving.
  • Demonstrated understanding of anti-racism, anti-oppression and/or diversity, equity, and inclusion practices.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office products, Adobe Creative Suite, and ability to quickly learn recent technology and/or platforms.

PREFERED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Lived, volunteer, or professional experience with immigration, child welfare and issues affecting migrant/refugees/unaccompanied children.
  • Comfort with or willingness to speak present to interested groups and speak with the media or press

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

Physical demands include regular attendance; keyboarding; sitting for long periods (at least 5 hours a day); driving. Ability to use computer, telephone, and copy machine. Ability to travel by plane, car, and other conveyances within U.S.

COVID-19 CONSIDERATIONS:

All employees must be fully vaccinated prior to the first day of employment. Young Center has adopted a hybrid approach that incorporated both in-person and remote work, based on tenure at the organization.

APPLICATION DETAILS:

The Young Center is an “at-will” and equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate in and affirmatively factors diversity into its hiring practices. Young Center encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, national origin marital or parental status, pregnancy, citizenship, non- disqualifying physical or mental disability, generic information, or veterans’ status. Reasonable accommodation will be made so that qualified disabled applicants may participate in the application process. Please advise in writing of special needs at the time of application.

How to Apply

Review of candidates will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Please   apply on the Young Center website with thoughtful cover letter, resume, and three references. Only complete applications will be considered. To learn more about the Young Center’s work, please visit www.TheYoungCenter.org.

Job posted: 2022-08-05