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Senior Communications Associate

June 6, 2022 Job Listing

Senior 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 Senior Communications Associate will be part of a collaborative team that will grow to four members this year, leading the day-to-day implementation of our strategic communications and public affairs efforts, including creating and executing media relations at the local, state, and national level and working closely with ALC staff to develop, implement, and evaluate communications campaigns and initiatives that weave together research, legal cases and analysis, political advocacy, and on-the-ground organizing. This position will also work with grassroots partners to build their skills and provide support on media, message strategy, writing, pitching, and strategic communications.

The ideal candidate has 5-7 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 responsibilities in strategic campaigns, policy advocacy, and media strategy.

Responsibilities

  • Manage and execute media relations, including building and maintaining relationships with relevant reporters, bloggers, and editors
  • Proactively track and analyze national and state media trends to identify communications opportunities for ALC and state and national partners
  • Design and lead trainings and workshops in person and via webinar to build the skills of partner groups
  • Develop grassroots leaders, allies, and staff as spokespeople to deliver persuasive messages that connect policy advocacy to audiences’ values
  • Work with regional and national tables of grassroots and social justice organization to support their strategic communications and narrative needs and skills building
  • Draft and edit communications materials, including press releases, talking points, blog posts, op-eds, reports, and community newsletters and emails
  • 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 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


Qualifications

  • 5-7 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
  • Comfort working with both traditional and digital media
  • Experience using and maintaining project management tools, such as Asana, Basecamp, or Trello
  • Experience collecting and reading website and social media analytics and applying results
  • Ability to distill complex policy or legal information into simple language that connects to audiences’ values
  • 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 $86,000 - $108,942. 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 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.