Web Editor
Brennan Center for Justice - New York, NY

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The Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law is one of the country ’s leading public policy, advocacy and legal groups committed to democracy and justice. A singular institution, the Brennan Center combines communications with scholarship, legislative and legal advocacy to win meaningful, measurable change in the public sector.

The Center is led by Michael Waldman, former chief speechwriter to President Bill Clinton, author, and national thought leader on democracy and justice issues. Our work is consistently cited in major national news outlets, including The New York Times, the Washington Post, and NPR – and influences public policy in Washington and in state capitols across the country.

Recent Center research includes our definitive report on voting law changes in 2012 and the impact of the filibuster. Past studies include an empirical look at the lack of lawyers for families facing foreclosures and a white paper examining how individuals become terrorists. Our proposal to modernize the country ’s voter registration system would expand the rolls by 50 million.

We seek a Web Editor to help manage strategic day-to-day online communication efforts to include updating and managing the organization ’s website, drafting web copy, enhancing our social media capacity, tracking web traffic, and participating in new media outreach and partnerships.

The Web Editor works with the Communications team and the entire Brennan Center staff to edit and maintain the Center ’s website as a reliable, up-to-the-moment source of information and opinion on our issues.

In addition to maintaining the Brennan Center ’s website and blog, the Web Editor will also focus on editorial work, such as drafting and editing press releases, web copy, and blog entries. The Web Editor is responsible for the Brennan Center ’s overall web presence, focusing on increasing web traffic, engaging a larger constituency of supporters, and thinking creatively about how to share Center resources across the internet and with outside organizations. This is a hybrid job that requires both editorial and multimedia skills.

Core responsibilities include:

• Update the website on a daily basis to make it a dynamic and important resource for activists, journalists, and citizens;
• Oversee website content to ensure posts adhere to institutional voice;
• Produce and/or edit multiple weekly email newsletters;
• Produce dynamic content, including infographics and video, to drive site traffic and advance Brennan Center issues online;
• Oversee social media accounts to drive traffic and engage broader audience;
• Build relationships with bloggers;
• Execute online communications strategies, including new media outreach, list building, and constituency management to engage a wider audience on our issues;
• Create and oversee Google and Facebook ads, among other social media strategies;
• Explore, assess, and advise on appropriate and effective new media technology and tools;
• Participating in, strategizing, and implementing site redesign;

Qualifications:

The ideal candidate will have:

• A bachelor ’s or advanced degree
• Thorough understanding of all types of content delivery methods (web/email newsletter/mobile/audio/print/video) and best practices associated with each
• Experience using social media and/or blogging to successfully engage audiences
• Knowledge of HTML, Drupal, and blogging software (Wordpress)
• Knowledge of web analytics
• Innovative ideas about how technology can be to used in social change efforts
• Very strong writing and communication skills
• An openness to evolving responsibilities
• A demonstrated commitment to social justice issues
• Interest in (and, ideally, experience) with graphic design
• Familiarity with graphic design software (Adobe InDesign or other) a plus but not required
• Knowledge of CiviCRM, BlueState preferred but not required
• The self-starter skills required to learn new programs as needed
• The ability to multitask in a fast-paced environment
• Willingness to work irregular and/or long hours, including occasional nights and weekends

The Brennan Center, an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, is strongly committed to diversity and welcomes applicants of all races, ethnicities, genders, and sexual orientations, including people who have been previously incarcerated.

Applications: In one document, upload a cover letter, resume, and names and telephone numbers of three references at http://brennancenter.theresumator.com/apply/gLTpsJ/Web-Editor.html using the button intended for resume upload. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled; applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. No calls, please. If you have trouble uploading your document, you may send it to brennancenterjobs@nyu.edu after registering in the online system. No phone calls, please. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled; applicants are encouraged to send materials soon.