Communications Coordinator - ACLU of Maryland

Office:
Affiliate Offices
Location:
Maryland
December 4, 2018

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Maryland seeks a dynamic, savvy Communications Coordinator. The ideal candidate will be an excellent writer, have an activist heart, and bring energy and creativity to defending civil rights. Spanish language fluency is required.

The Maryland affiliate of the ACLU has experienced significant growth as we have worked pro-actively against aggressive efforts to undermine civil rights and civil liberties. Our 23 staff members, along with hundreds of volunteers, work daily to achieve our mission using litigation, legislation, communications, and mobilization. We are dedicated to applying a racial equity lens to a broad range of constitutional issues that affect marginalized and oppressed individuals and communities in Maryland. 

The focus of the Communications Coordinator’s role is to expand the ACLU of Maryland’s written communications capacity, in both English and Spanish, for all of our internal and external communications. Under the direction and supervision of the Communications Director, the Communications Coordinator will work closely with our Digital Communications Strategist, staff members in the Legal, Policy, and Engagement departments, coalition partners, and staff at the ACLU National Office.

Duties and Responsibilities

Writing: Draft press releases, blog posts, op-eds, social media content, web content, emails to members, action alerts, articles, profiles of ACLU-MD supporters and allies, and more.

Spanish content: Write, translate, transcribe and coordinate production of Spanish language content for all communications channels.

Message Development: Develop messaging that helps ACLU-MD address and disrupt racial inequity and address issues at the root of systemic problems. Must be willing to listen, take guidance and collaborate with community members.

Content Production: Help create communications plans, talking points, one-pagers, and other informational materials.

Media Relations: Help field press calls, pitch stories to journalists, track ACLU-MD’s presence in the media, maintain and update press database, and monitor the media for opportunities to discuss the ACLU-MD’s work.

Social media and digital communications: Help strategize and schedule content for ACLU-MD’s social media channels. Serve as a back-up to shoot video and photographic content at legislative hearings and community events.

Public Outreach: Participate in Communications Team trainings for local activists and groups. Work collaboratively and share communications expertise and resources with impacted communities. Represent ACLU-MD at advocacy and community events across the state. Assist as needed with translation services at ACLU events.

Rapid response: Contribute to a rapid response effort involving breaking news and prepare in advance for future rapid response efforts.

Special project and publications: Assist development and communications staff in content production and publication of ACLU-MD’s Annual Report and Newsletters. Assist communications staff with special projects and campaign-specific communications.

Coordination: Coordinate with designers and other vendors to produce ACLU materials, help plan and execute logistics of community and press events, and other kinds of coordination.

Race Equity: Participate in affiliate race equity work in the organization, both internally and externally. 

Skills and Experience:

  • Exceptional writing ability and ability to write about complex legal and policy issues in different contexts for a variety of audiences.
  • 2-3 years of experience in nonprofit communications, journalism, or a related field.
  • Experience in working with communities where Spanish is the first language.
  • Demonstrated Spanish language fluency and cultural competency.
  • Strong commitment to racial equity, dismantling white supremacy and incorporating a structural power analysis into work, with knowledge and understanding of how power is manifested in matters of race, ethnicity, age, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, ability, and socio-economic circumstances.
  • Understanding of what drives activists and advocates to take action.
  • Willingness to take direction from directly-impacted people.
  • Strong editing skills, including copy editing, editing for tone, and big-picture edits.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage projects and priorities effectively.
  • Ability to work quickly and under deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to fulfill occasional after-hours commitments, including on weekends.
  • Access to reliable transportation.
  • Experience with photography and videography. Knowledge in Adobe Creative Cloud a plus. 

The position is based in Baltimore.

Salary & Benefits:

Salary is $50,000. Excellent benefits include two weeks paid vacation at time of hire (increasing to three weeks after one year, and four weeks after 5 years); 12 office holidays; medical and dental insurance for staff members, their dependents and spouse/domestic partner; life and long-term disability insurance; and 401(k) plan with employer match; direct exposure to cutting-edge civil liberties and civil rights work.

Excellent benefits include two weeks paid vacation at time of hire (increasing to three weeks after one year, and four weeks after five years); 12 office holidays; 3 personal days; 12 sick days; medical and dental insurance for staff members, their dependents and spouse/domestic partner; life and long-term disability insurance; and 401(k) plan with employer match; direct exposure to cutting-edge civil liberties and civil rights work.

To apply:

Send cover letter, with salary requirements, resume, and names and contact information of three references of former/current supervisors to apply click here. Do not apply through third party websites like Indeed.

Deadline: Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

The ACLU of Maryland is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to maximizing the diversity of our team and want to involve all those who can contribute to our inclusive culture. We encourage applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, and veteran status. Persons with disabilities may request accommodations.

The ACLU of Maryland is a non-partisan, non-profit public interest organization devoted to protecting civil rights and civil liberties. The ACLU of MD is an affiliate of the national ACLU, a key defender of civil liberties guaranteed by the Bill of Rights. The ACLU works in the courts, legislature and in communities to defend and expand individual rights and personal freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and civil rights laws. The ACLU of Maryland is committed to centering race equity in our work, internally and externally, in order to better support and be accountable to communities of color, whose civil rights and civil liberties are systematically threatened by white supremacy.

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