Communications Manager
Center for Law and Social Policy, Inc. - Washington, DC

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Communications Manager The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) seeks a communications manager. CLASP is a 40+-year-old non-profit that advocates for policy solutions that work for low-income people. The organization focuses on a range of policy issues, including child care and early education, child welfare, postsecondary education, employment strategies for low-income populations, youth, work supports, and other related policy solutions aimed at giving low-income people tools and opportunity to move out of poverty.

The successful candidate will have three to seven years of communications experience and demonstrate an avid interest in policy issues that affect low-income people and their families. This position reports to the communications director and is ideal for a self-starter who has a broad knowledge of how communications can advance an organization's policy agenda and is interested in helping to strengthen a communications program. The successful candidate will be an excellent writer and editor. He or she will not only be able to edit wonky papers and reports for a policy audience but also will be able to translate complex policy language into prose that is easily accessible for a wide variety of audiences. The candidate also will have broad communications experience, including social media, media relations, and, ideally, experience using such specialized software and tools as HTML, Illustrator, VOCUS, HootSuite, Salsa Labs, etc. Another desirable skill would be experience recruiting and supervising interns.

The communications manager's responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:
  • Social Media : Manage the organization's social media program, which is currently focused on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. Create and post content.
  • Editing: Edit CLASP publications and ensure they adhere to the internal style guide as well as other designated style manuals.
  • Media Relations : Enhance CLASP's media coverage by helping to develop media strategies around various CLASP projects; writing and/or editing news releases, letters to the editor and other media materials; establishing relationships with key reporters who cover poverty and other CLASP-related issues; pitching story ideas to reporters; managing media contacts database (VOCUS), and managing our daily media clips report.
  • Email Communications : Manage CLASP's communications with our email lists, develop strategies to grow our lists, and create engaging content that explains our work and is appropriate for the audiences who subscribe to our lists.
  • Communications: Proactively make suggestions when CLASP policy work warrants a broader communications strategy (including but not limited to electronic communications, media relations, social media, etc.) and work with the communications director to develop and implement that strategy.
  • Website Upkeep: Help to maintain the website, including posting and removing content, and offering ideas for how the website can be better used to communicate with various audiences.
  • Writing: In addition to writing for a media audience, write content for the site and for publications such as the Annual Report, as well as other materials as assigned by the communications director.
Additional qualifications: Applicants should have three to seven years of experience in communications or in a related field such as journalism or public policy. Candidates should also have an interest in CLASP-related issues as demonstrated by their prior experience or explained in their cover letter.

Salary: Salary is commensurate with experience. CLASP offers exceptional benefits, including medical insurance, dental insurance, life and long-term disability insurance, long-term care insurance, a retirement savings program, flexible spending accounts, and generous vacation, sick leave, and holiday schedules.

Interested candidates should send resume, cover letter, salary expectations, and two writing samples to .