DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS - ACLU OF INDIANA

Office: Indiana Affiliate Office

November 2, 2017

The ACLU of Indiana is seeking an experienced, mission-driven applicant for the position of Communications Director to develop and implement a variety of communications strategies to build support for the ACLU's work, further its programmatic goals, and increase public awareness and appreciation of civil liberties.

The American Civil Liberties Union is our nation's guardian of liberty, working daily in courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties that the Constitution and laws of the United States guarantee everyone in this country. The ACLU of Indiana is a statewide affiliate of the national ACLU.

Based in Indianapolis, Indiana, the Communications Director will play a key role in bolstering the ACLU-IN's visibility across the state of Indiana. The ACLU-IN's communications program includes media relations, web and social media presence, print materials, and communications events. The Communications Director reports to the Executive Director and works closely with other members of the organization's nine-person staff.

POSITION OVERVIEW:

The Communications Director is a member of the organization's senior staff, reporting to the Executive Director. Working closely with the organization's legal, advocacy, and development staff, the Communications Director plays a leadership role in communications and marketing strategy and media relations, utilizing both traditional and new media to promote public messages for ACLU issues throughout Indiana.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

Strategic planning for communications:

Develop, execute, monitor and measure a communications strategy that reinforces the ACLU brand, heightens visibility of the ACLU-IN, and supports the organization's programmatic goals.

Public Education and Media Relations:

  • Work with local, regional, and national press to pitch stories, maximize media coverage, and enhance the ACLU-IN's visibility in communities statewide;
  • Draft and edit all press materials, including press releases, advisories, talking points, letters to the editor, and memos.
  • Spearhead multi-media public education campaigns and events to extend impact of advocacy, such as our First Wednesdays panel discussions and Constitution Day activities;

Digital Communications:

  • Coordinate and manage the organization's dynamic online presence, including website, email, blog, podcasts, and social media;
  • Lead staff in generating engaging content and support online activism campaigns and other web organizing campaigns.

Publications:

  • Manage development, distribution, and maintenance of all print materials, including annual report, brochures, and event and promotional items;
  • Provide editorial and design direction, handle quality control and proofreading, oversee production, and create and implement distribution plans.

Internal Communications:

  • Keep staff, members, board, and donors apprised of the ACLU-IN's work.

Communications team:

  • Support and amplify the efforts of the legal, advocacy, and development staff;
  • Manage relationships with vendors, such as designers and printers;
  • Recruit and direct volunteers in communications work and activities.

Qualifications of the Ideal Candidate:

  • Bachelor's degree in communications, journalism, or related field is required; advanced degree (i.e., MBA with concentration in marketing or communications or MA in Communications) is preferred;
  • Minimum of five years in strategic communications and media relations, ideally in an "in-house" role within a nonprofit organization.
  • A profound, sincere, and well-articulated commitment to social justice and to the preservation and enhancement of individual rights and liberties; understanding of a broad range of civil liberties issues and advocacy strategies;
  • Extensive writing and editing experience with a variety of print and online communications media;
  • Experience working with media outlets at the national, regional, and local levels.
  • Creative aptitude and familiarity with interactive design, website and social media management, and email marketing strategy. Proficiency with digital content management a plus.
  • Experience creating advocacy and membership materials including newsletters and content for member/activist e-mail alerts, blog, and website;
  • Excellent communications skills, both written and oral;
  • Superb organization skills; detail-oriented with strong follow-through and the ability to meet tight deadlines;
  • Computer proficiency, including content management systems, web development, and graphic design programs.
  • Creative, results-oriented, self-starting, willing to learn, and able to manage an aggressive schedule; willingness to work beyond the 9 to 5 hours of the normal workday, including evening and weekend meeting and events.

Compensation:

  • Salary based on experience.
  • Excellent benefits include 10 days paid vacation and 10 paid sick/personal days;
  • medical and dental insurance;
  • life and long-term disability insurance;
  • 401(k) with matching contribution;
  • generous paid holidays.

To Apply:

Send a cover letter, resume, three professional references and writing samples to:

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Please put "Communications Director" in the subject line.

Applications will be reviewed as received. Candidates are encouraged to apply immediately.

The ACLU is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and encourages applications from all qualified individuals including women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals.

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, veteran status, and record of arrest or conviction.

The ACLU of Indiana is not currently seeking applicants for employment.  If you would like to volunteer to help protect our civil rights and Constitutional freedoms, please visit our Take Action page.

 

 

 

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