Communications Associate

Posted On: February 18, 2016

Media-Related Job

Media Organization: NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc.

Company Description

The NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) is the country’s first and foremost civil and human rights law organization. Founded in 1940 under the leadership of Thurgood Marshall, who subsequently became the first Black U.S. Supreme Court Justice, LDF was launched at a time when the nation’s aspirations for equality and due process of law were stifled by widespread state-sponsored racial inequality.
From that era to the present, LDF’s mission has been transformative -- to achieve racial justice, equality, and an inclusive society.
LDF’s litigation, public policy advocacy and public education programs in the substantive areas of criminal justice, economic justice, education and political participation seek to ensure the fundamental and basic human rights of all people to quality education, economic opportunity, the right to vote and fully participate in democracy, and the right to a fair and just judicial system.

Job Description

LDF seeks a Communications Associate to help drive and support the Communications department activities internally and externally. In addition to working closely with the Director of Communications on media relations, the Communications Associate will also work with Legal Department on message development and the Development department on fundraising initiatives. The ideal candidate for this position will have a deep commitment to social and economic justice work and demonstrated experience with media strategy, social media, writing, media relations and project management.

Written Communications
• Draft press releases, media advisories, and press pitches
• Draft talking points for media interviews
• Draft op-eds to national and local publications
• Copyedit small, medium and large publications such as reports, white papers, executive summaries, case studies
• Write collateral materials, such as fact sheets, brochures, FAQs, and web related content
Media Relations
• Create and manage comprehensive media database of journalists
• Monitor news sources for salient stories and media contacts
• Pitch content and spokespersons to media outlets
• Possess strategic instincts when it comes to the media and understand how to compellingly frame complex legal issues
• Schedule and coordinate media interviews
• Prep spokespersons as necessary
• Assist with archiving media references for departmental reporting
Social Media
• Distribute key messages through platforms such as Twitter and Facebook
• Participate in social media buzz campaigns within our network
• Track and report data analytics on a quarterly basis
Project Management
• Review and update deliverables calendar for cases, media strategies and special initiatives
• Assist the Director of Communications in compiling information for and writing reports on project implementation

Training Assistance
• Assist Director of Communications with executing internal media trainings
• Research and develop curriculum content
• Assist with developing metric tools for training delivery

The ideal candidate will possess the following:
• 4-year degree in either communications, political science, English or pre-law or policy related field (required)
• 3 to 4 years of communications experience, preferably with a non-profit organization or entity
• Strong written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to communicate effectively with diverse groups that help to drive the LDF mission
• Experience with social media, knowledgeable about the latest platforms with a vision for how to maximize LDF’s social media presence
• Knowledge and familiarity with a range of social and economic justice issues and comfort level promoting its ideals
• Familiarity with media databases such as Vocus, Cision, Meltwater, etc.
• Intermediate level proficiency with MS Office applications
• Extremely detailed and organized
• Flexible schedule, including ability to work some evenings and weekends, if needed

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