The ACLU of Arizona—a leader in the fight against mass incarceration, discrimination in public education, and threats to LGBTQ equality and immigrants’ rights—is seeking a full-time Communications Coordinator (exempt) to create and disseminate strategic messages for the ACLU of Arizona to broaden our reach and influence, mobilize support for our mission, and increase the power and capacity of the organization. We are looking for an enthusiastic Communications Coordinator who will manage content for the ACLU of Arizona’s digital communications channels including our website (www.acluaz.org), social media handles - Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram - as well as emails and action alerts to ACLU of Arizona supporters. They will also serve as a point person for the organization’s media relations and work collaboratively with ACLU of Arizona staff to develop and execute communications strategies and tactics on a broad range of advocacy projects, campaigns, and litigation efforts.
This is an exciting opportunity to be a part of our ACLU of Arizona team. We are seeking a motivated individual with strong interpersonal and communication skills and who can manage multiple projects simultaneously. Our ideal Communications Coordinator has excellent written and verbal communication skills and enjoys exploring creative ways to share the ACLU of Arizona's values and goals.
This position reports directly to the Communications Director but will work closely with all ACLU of Arizona staff members and work cooperatively with ACLU colleagues across the country as well as external allies and consultants.
This is a full-time position based in our Phoenix office.
Create content and manage the ACLU of Arizona’s web and digital communications.
- Draft and publish content for the ACLU of Arizona website, social media channels, and email program.
- Compose and edit SEO-rich content for website publications.
- Compile qualitative and quantitative reports on digital communications goals.
- Acquire trend information into diverse ACLU of Arizona audiences and compose specialized messages when necessary.
Assist in managing ACLU of Arizona media relations.
- Serve as a point person for the organization’s media relations.
- Draft and edit press releases, talking points, opinion pieces, and blog posts.
- Pitch stories and interviews to local, regional, state, and national outlets.
- Respond promptly to incoming media requests and work with ACLU of Arizona staff to delegate media requests to subject matter experts.
- Identify breaking news events that require sensitive judgment calls and funnel them to appropriate ACLU of Arizona staff.
- Provide press support, including preparing spokespeople for interviews, creating talking points and setting up interviews.
- Build relationships with press at print, television, and digital media outlets throughout Arizona.
- Plan and manage media events such as press conferences and briefings on key ACLU of Arizona issues.
- Track and analyze the ACLU of Arizona’s media engagement.
- Build and maintain press list.
- Use both traditional and digital tactics to garner media attention and build momentum for desired outcomes.
- Serve as an ACLU of Arizona media spokesperson when necessary.
Help develop and execute communications strategies and tactics for a broad range of advocacy projects, campaigns, and litigation efforts
- Help develop and implement short and long-term communications plans to support ACLU of Arizona issue campaigns so that these campaigns are well-branded, employ disciplined, culturally competent messaging over a variety of platforms, and provide accurate, high quality information to the public and press.
- Help create values-orientated messages and communication strategies for ACLU of Arizona issue campaigns, including proactive work around criminal justice reform, LGBTQ rights, immigrants' rights, and education equity.
- When necessary, assist in training ACLU of Arizona staff and volunteers to become (more) effective media messengers and public speakers.
- Work with allied community organizations and volunteer leaders to cultivate authentic messengers who can to speak to our shared visions and values.
- Work with colleagues to identify opportunities to amplify advocacy objectives through communications and public education tactics.
- Create and support the production of print materials such as flyers and handouts that will be used by staff and volunteers.
- Serve as an ACLU of Arizona spokesperson at public events such as tabling, panels, and community activities.
- A deep and well-articulated commitment to civil liberties and social justice.
- Bachelor's degree or comparable experience in English, journalism, marketing, communications or related field.
- Minimum two years of professional experience in media, strategic communications, digital communications, or public relations.
- Demonstrated familiarity with digital communications tools, including social media channels and media monitoring services.
- Computer proficiency, including website management—familiarity with Drupal website maintenance and ability to create and upload web content.
- Familiarity with Adobe Creative Suite programs Photoshop, Illustrator, and Premiere Pro.
- Excellent writing and editing skills, with the ability to distill complex legal and policy material into accurate, accessible, and compelling messaging.
- Superb organization skills; detail-oriented with strong follow-through and the ability to meet tight deadlines.
- Creative, results-oriented, self-starting, and eager to learn new skills.
- Ability to work effectively across multiple issue areas.
- Demonstrated ability to work in an intensely collaborative, team-oriented environment.
- Demonstrated commitment to diversity using a personal approach that values all individuals and respects differences in race, ethnicity, age, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, ability and socio-economic circumstance, and record of arrest or conviction.
- Demonstrated commitment to working collaboratively and respectfully toward resolving obstacles and/or conflicts.
- Fluency in Spanish is preferred.
- Demonstrated commitment to non-partisanship per ACLU policy that stipulates the ACLU will not endorse or oppose a candidate or political party in the process of voter education or mobilization work.
- Personal qualities of humility, capacity for self-reflection, and a sense of humor.
- Valid automobile driver’s license and dependable vehicle, and ability to travel around the state as necessary.
Compensation for this position is negotiable and depends on experience and is highly competitive. Benefits include generous vacation and sick leave; medical, vision, and dental insurance; life and long-term disability insurance; defined contribution plan with employer match; and 12 paid holidays.
Send a cover letter explaining your interest in and qualifications for the position as detailed in this announcement, a current resume, names and contact information of three professional references (including at least one supervisor) by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Include “Communications Coordinator” in the subject line of your email. Please submit your cover letter and resume files in the following formats: “Last name, First name- Cover Letter” and “Last name, First name- Resume”. Please also indicate in your cover letter where you heard of this career opportunity. No phone calls or walk-ins, please. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
ABOUT THE ACLU:
For the past nearly 100 years, the ACLU has been at the forefront of every major civil liberties fight in our country’s history. 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, we take up the toughest civil liberties issues to defend all individuals from government abuse and overreach. With ACLU affiliate offices in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico, we fight tirelessly in the courts, legislatures, and through community engagement to ensure that all individuals’ rights are protected. We are a passionate, highly motivated group of lawyers, public policy experts, lobbyists, community organizers, and fundraisers, and we’re looking for exceptional talent to join our team.
This is an incredibly exciting time to join the ACLU. ACLU membership in Arizona has increased from 5,000 before the November 2016 election to more than 18,000 members today. In celebration of the ACLU’s 100th anniversary in 2020, the organization is building a more expansive advocacy infrastructure to increase its effectiveness in achieving public policy objectives. The organization is growing rapidly and has identified critical policy objectives that need proactive campaigns to succeed.
The ACLU of Arizona is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, public interest organization dedicated to the defense and expansion of civil liberties and civil rights in Arizona. Our four strategic priority areas are: criminal justice reform, education equity, LGBT equality and immigrants’ rights. The ACLU of Arizona has 22 staff members, 17 board members, more than 18,000 members, and an annual operating budget of $3.1 million. Additional information about our work can be found at: www.acluaz.org
The ACLU of Arizona comprises two separate corporate entities, the American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona and the ACLU Foundation of Arizona. Both the American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona and the ACLU Foundation of Arizona have 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.
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.