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Communications Associate

June 6, 2022 Job Listing

Communications Associate
Non-exempt, Full-time position
Based in San Francisco, CA

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled

The Opportunity

Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus was founded in 1972 as the nation’s first legal and civil rights organization serving low-income, immigrant, and underserved Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. Within that broad political umbrella are shared histories and stories, as well as unique systemic inequities and barriers to justice and freedom for different ethnicities. We are committed to serving the vast diversity of communities of Asian descent, including Arab, Middle Eastern, and Muslim communities. Our fights for justice and equity are deeply informed by and in solidarity with fights for liberation by and for Black, Indigenous, and Latinx communities.

At a moment when anti-democratic forces are on the rise and ALC and our partners are pursuing an ambitious agenda for racial and economic justice, we are growing our communications team, with a focus on executing coalition campaigns and strategic communications; reimagining who is viewed by policymakers and media as experts on economic security, immigrant justice, and democracy; and storytelling that celebrates the full humanity of our clients and the communities we serve.

The Communications Associate supports the day-to-day implementation of our strategic communications and public affairs efforts, including creating and executing plans that connect social media, media relations, research, and message development to tell cohesive stories, activate base and persuadable audiences, and engage elected officials. The ideal candidate has 3-5 years of experience in development and implementing communications strategy and campaigns. They are able to self-organize and are detail-oriented, while being able to work collaboratively, independently, and with cultural sensitivity. They are comfortable with multiple tasks and timelines and being in regular communication with team members and other staff to prioritize and adapt to breaking news or political developments. This position is part of the staff union at the Asian Law Caucus and is supported by dedicated professional development funds and opportunities to grow into a senior communications role.


  • Draft and manage team and external editing processes for communications materials including press releases, talking points, blog posts, op-eds, reports, and community newsletters and emails
  • Lead editorial strategy and calendar for ALC’s website, including integrating updates across the organization and maintaining and creating processes that help ALC work collaboratively to keep the website updated, compelling, and accessible
  • Collaborate with ALC’s communications team, community advocates, staff attorneys, and other program and development staff to develop and implement short- and long-term strategic communications campaigns to influence policymakers, engage community members, and shape public and media narratives
  • Develop and adjust messaging and strategies based on regular evaluations and assessment of the political landscape and the state of racial justice organizing and movement building in California and nationally
  • Serve as project manager for short- and long-term communications efforts such as new lawsuit filings or case updates, report releases, and policy campaigns
  • Support media relations, including identifying proactive media opportunities, building and maintaining media lists, pitching and responding to media inquiries, preparing spokespeople, and staffing in-person events
  • Support digital communications staff in managing and curating ALC’s online presence, including identifying opportunistic tactics and developing and editing content
  • Support development staff on fundraising and donor relations efforts, including annual reports and events
  • Help maintain quality and consistency of ALC’s brand and voice through external and internal communications
  • Read local, state, and national news on a daily basis and help analyze trends and current narratives to inform communications strategies by ALC and our partners


  • 3-5 years of experience in campaign communications, strategic communications, and/or social justice communications
  • Bachelor’s degree or highly relevant work experience
  • Excellent verbal, analytical, interpersonal, and writing skills
  • Demonstrated committed to building power for and with grassroots and immigrant communities
  • Resourceful, including ability to independently research and reach out colleagues to gather information, answer questions, and solve problems
  • Ability juggle multiple deadlines with varying degrees of urgency, from a couple of hours to a week or month
  • Familiarity with project management tools, such as Asana, Basecamp, and/or Trello
  • Familiarity with website and social media analytics
  • Attention to detail and active engagement in written and verbal communication, including giving full attention to what other people are saying and asking questions
  • Demonstrated abilities in critical thinking and problem solving, including developing and assessing different approaches to challenges
  • Ability to work collaboratively and independently and help bring others together to reconcile differences and create shared work plans
  • While not a required qualification, we’re eager to grow our capacity for multilingual communications. Please let us know if you have skills in languages other than English

Compensation and Benefits

This is a full-time, non-exempt position. The annual compensation depends on years of relevant experience; the range, starting from three years’ experience, is $67,000 - $80,000. ALC offers an additional $1,000 annual compensation for proficiency in a language other than English and an additional $1,000 annual compensation for graduate degree(s).

ALC’s comprehensive benefits package includes the following: generous vacation and paid holidays; medical, dental, disability, and life insurance coverage (ALC pays 100% of premiums for employees and 75% for qualified dependents); a flexible spending account (FSA); and 401K retirement plan with employer non-elective contribution and match.

Application Process

Interested candidates should submit the following:

  1. Cover letter explaining your interest in the position
  2. Resume
  3. Writing sample (no more than 5 pages)
  4. Three (3) professional references

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Advancing Justice–ALC is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified persons are encouraged to apply, regardless of race, color, creed, ethnicity, national origin, ancestry, age, height, weight, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, HIV status, marital or domestic partner status, or religious affiliation.