Communications Strategist/Story Finder [COMM-41]
American Civil Liberties Union Foundation
Communications Department , NY
For more than 92 years, the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation (ACLUF) has been at the forefront of virtually every major battle for civil liberties and equal justice in this country. Principled and nonpartisan, the ACLU has offices in all 50 states, Washington, DC and Puerto Rico, and brings together the country's largest team of public interest lawyers, lobbyists, communication strategists, and members and activists in the advancement of equality, fairness, and freedom, especially for the most vulnerable in our society. The Communications Department of the ACLU's National office located in New York City seeks applicants for the full-time position of Communications Strategist/Story Finder .
The ACLU has made an unambiguous and unwavering commitment to the importance of communications as a central and essential element in the success of its mission. The organization places great emphasis on the role of communications in framing the debate on its issues, building support and increasing the impact of its work.
Under the supervision of the Deputy Director of Communications, the Communications Strategist/Story Finder will work closely with national ACLU staff and affiliates as a story finder/researcher to identify people whose experiences with discrimination and/or civil rights violations reflect the human aspect and impact of the ACLU's work.
ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Develop and execute strategies for identifying individuals who have compelling personal stories about their first-hand experience with discrimination and/or civil liberties violations and who are willing to be witnesses, participants in litigation or otherwise speak publicly about their experience in furtherance of ACLU goals.
- Identify and interview potential litigants and public education spokespersons, via telephone and videoconference. Vet their stories and evaluate their ability to express themselves to the public in a compelling manner.
- Stay abreast of media reports and gain familiarity with ACLU issues and work, including advocacy and legal documents, to identify personal stories that can be distributed in a variety of media platforms.
- Prepare summaries and reports on strategies and stories as needed.
- Collaborate with staff to prepare selected individuals to be spokespeople and/or to testify at legislative hearings.
- Provide guidance to ACLU staff and affiliates on ways to devise and execute similar story finding strategies.
EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS
- Maintain an electronic database (and, if necessary/required, a parallel paper record) of all identified people and the corresponding stories collected.
- Other projects as assigned.
- A Bachelor's degree in Communications, Liberal Arts, Sociology or a related field.
- A minimum of three years of professional experience in journalism, communications, television, research, investigative reporting, organizing or public outreach is required.
- A proven commitment to and an in-depth understanding of the ACLU's issues and an understanding of non-profit organizations is preferred.
- Strong investigative and outreach skills are required, including the ability to conduct telephone interviews and contact potential spokespersons or plaintiffs.
- The ability to discern the types of stories that generate media attention and move public opinion.
- Must possess the ability to speak and write persuasively and to present stories on ACLU issue areas and priorities to the public, on the website and through social media platforms.
- Must be detail-oriented, self-motivated, demonstrate grace under pressure and possess the ability to work well both independently and in a team environment.
- Ability to think creatively, strategically and work collaboratively with others.
- Must possess demonstrated writing, interviewing, public speaking and analytical skills.
- Must possess strong organizational skills and the ability to follow projects through to completion.
- Ability to synthesize large amounts of information, extrapolate relevant facts and uncover compelling stories.
- Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills.
- Ability to communicate with diverse communities. Fluency in Spanish a plus.
The ACLU offers a generous and comprehensive compensation and benefits package, commensurate with experience and within parameters of the ACLU compensation scale.
HOW TO APPLY
Please send a cover letter (with salary requirements), resume and writing sample of no more than 3 pages to: hrjobsCOMM@aclu.org - Reference [COMM-41/ACLU-W] in the subject line. Please note that this is not the general ACLU applicant email address. This email address is specific to Communications Department postings. In order to ensure your application is received please make certain it is sent to the correct e-mail address. You can expect to receive an automatic response that acknowledges the submission of application materials.
Applications can also be mailed to:
American Civil Liberties Union
125 Broad Street, 18 th Floor
New York, NY 10004
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Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
This job description provides a general but not comprehensive list of the essential responsibilities and qualifications required. It does not represent a contract of employment. The ACLU reserves the right to change the description and/or posting at any time without advance notice.
The ACLU is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. The ACLU encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, and veteran status.
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