Communications Strategist

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The American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey (ACLU-NJ) seeks a Communications Strategist to help guide and assist with media relations, writing, and the production of publications for the organization. This employee will work under the supervision of the Communications Director.

The Communications Strategist helps the ACLU-NJ articulate its mission and execute its strategic priorities as the communications staff member dedicated mainly to assisting with and carrying out the drafting and production of written materials. The Communications Strategist position is based in the ACLU-NJ’s downtown Newark office, which houses 19 full-time staff members and many volunteers.

Founded in 1960, the ACLU of New Jersey is the state’s leading organization dedicated to defending and advancing civil liberties and civil rights. The ACLU-NJ fights for criminal justice reform, free speech, racial justice, privacy, immigrants’ rights, LGBTQ rights, and voting rights, among many others. The ACLU-NJ and its tens of thousands of members, activists, and supporters defend the principle that every individual's rights must be protected equally under the law. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer and encourage women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals to apply.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Media Relations: Serves as a main point of contact with members of the media by answering press calls, coordinating and making pitch calls, arranging interviews, and releasing ACLU-NJ news via press release, website, press conferences, and other channels. The strategist will prepare rapid-response materials and monitor media for opportunities to engage on ACLU-NJ issues.

Writing & Editing: Serves as one of the main writers and editors on the ACLU-NJ staff. Drafts and reviews a range of materials — both print and online — for news dissemination, public education, fundraising, community outreach, and legislative advocacy, including op-eds, press releases, mass emails, and blog entries.

Story-gathering: Gathering stories, both internally and externally, that make the case for why reforms that the ACLU-NJ advocates for are necessary.

Newsletter & Publications: Coordinates the writing and production of the quarterly newsletter and annual report, along with other reports, educational materials, brochures, fact sheets, and publications.

Online, Email & Social Media: Writes and maintains web content along with other staff members; responsible for writing and soliciting blog posts; supports social media and online content creation; takes photographs at times.

Administrative & Miscellaneous: Coordinates important administrative functions, such as keeping a media call log, maintaining press lists, distributing press releases, maintaining files of all publications issued by the ACLU-NJ, and performs other duties as needed.

Qualifications

  • At least three years of experience or a similar level of expertise preferred, with a track record of success in communications or a related field, ideally in the nonprofit or government sector.
  • Exceptional writing, editing, & analytical skills; versatility on a range of topics; and creativity.
  • Ability to develop and maintain strong working relationships with members of the media. Knowledge of New Jersey, New York City, and Philadelphia media a plus but not necessary.
  • Comfort with reaching out to people to find stories that illustrate civil liberties and civil rights issues, including canvassing, cold-calling, research, and interviewing.
  • Ability to manage projects, such as newsletters, through every stage of production.
  • Strong, demonstrated commitment to the ACLU’s mission; a deep understanding of the range and implications of civil liberties & civil rights issues.
  • Ability to work independently and organized in a fast-paced environment, managing several projects simultaneously and working with a range of timelines.

Job Description

A full and printable job description is available here. (PDF)

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