Communications Assistant [COMM-26], ACLUF, Communications Department, NY

Posted On: October 13, 2015

Media-Related Job

Media Organization: American Civil Liberties Union

Company Description

For nearly 100 years, the ACLU has been our nation’s guardian of liberty, working in courts, legislatures, and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States. Whether it’s ending mass incarceration, achieving full equality for the LGBT community, establishing new privacy protections for our digital age, or preserving the right to vote or the right to have an abortion, the ACLU takes up the toughest civil liberties cases and issues to defend all people from government abuse and overreach. With more than a million members, activists, and supporters, the ACLU is a nationwide organization that fights tirelessly in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and Washington, D.C., for the principle that every individual’s rights must be protected equally under the law, regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability or national origin.

Job Description

Communications Assistant [COMM-26]
American Civil Liberties Union Foundation
Communications Department, NY

The Communications Department of the National Office in New York City is seeking a full-time Communications Assistant.


Under the supervision of the Deputy Director of Communications, the Communications Assistant is responsible for performing administrative duties for the Communications Department.


Provide administrative support to the department including the following:
Schedule meetings and conference calls, prepare relevant materials and handle meeting logistics.
Coordinate travel arrangements.
Assist with permission requests and work with legal department support staff to finalize the requests.
Maintain professional and user-friendly electronic and paper office filing systems.
Maintain and update departmental organizational chart and assist with updating the Communications section of the intranet.
Work with Affiliate Support and Advocacy (ASA) department on publications promotions, distribution of materials for conferences and other events. Handle mass mailings.
Collaborate as necessary with digital team, strategists, and other communications staff.
Work with IT, Human Resources, and Operations on set-up for new hires and consultants.
Pick up, sort and distribute mail, draft correspondence and other documents.
Conduct Internet and photo research.
Perform other duties as assigned.

Bachelor’s Degree or 1-2 years of work experience preferred.
Must be a self-motivated, take initiative and possess excellent organizational and time- management skills.
Must possess the ability to maintain a high level of accuracy and attention to detail within a fast-paced environment.
Strong communication skills including excellent telephone manner; strong interpersonal skills.
Experience with scheduling meetings and appointments.
Excellent writing and proofreading skills.
Ability to work independently as well as within in a team while maintaining a high level of efficiency and professionalism.
Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite (e.g. Outlook, Word, Excel), Convio and have experience with Internet research.
Demonstrated commitment to the mission of the ACLU.

Salary for this position $45,986. Excellent benefits package provided.

To Apply

Please submit a cover letter, current resume, a writing sample, and two references by email to - reference [COMM-26/ACLU-W] in the subject line.

Applications will be accepted until position is filled.

Please indicate in your cover letter where you learned of this career opportunity.

This job description provides a general but not comprehensve 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, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, and veteran status.

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The ACLU comprises two separate corporate entities, the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU Foundation. Both the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU Foundation are national organizations with the same overall mission, and share office space and employees. The ACLU has two separate corporate entities in order to do a broad range of work to protect civil liberties. This job posting refers collectively to the two organizations under the name “ACLU.”