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, policy advocacy, organizing, 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.
LDF seeks a Senior Staff Writer to support the Communications Department. The position will report to the Editorial Director. In addition to working closely with the Communications team on media relations, this person will also work closely with the Legal Department on message development, op/eds, talking points, press statements, media advisories, briefing documents and other writings.
Subject to LDF’s prior approval, this position may have the option to be remote until Friday, December 31, 2021. Beginning Monday, January 3, 2022, any candidate selected should be prepared to report to work in the office location assigned to this position.
• Write and develop compelling materials that communicate clearly and powerfully about LDF’s work and issue areas;
• Write press releases, media advisories, and press statements, often in rapid response situations
• Draft speeches, talking points, blog posts, and other long-form content;
• Write and/or edit op-eds and essays in national, local, and targeted specialty publications;
• Write collateral materials, such as fact sheets, brochures and web content;
• Shepherd writing projects from start to finish: development, editing, approval, pitching, and distribution;Assist attorneys with written communications strategy;
• Assist the Editorial Director with comprehensive Board related reports; and
• Other responsibilities as assigned.
• College degree;
• Minimum of five years of communications and media relations experience; policy, nonprofit and/or legal background a plus;
• Commitment to the racial justice mission of LDF;
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to communicate effectively with diverse groups that help to drive the LDF mission;
• Ability to produce strong, compelling, error-free prose, often under tight deadlines;
• Interest in and knowledge and familiarity with a range of social and racial justice issues and a comfort level promoting LDF’s ideals;
• Creative thinker with ideas for innovative and compelling ways to convey LDF’s work and mission;
• Good judgment and ability to juggle multiple requests and priorities;
• Facility with social media, knowledgeable about the latest platforms with a vision for how to maximize LDF’s social media presence;
• Intermediate level proficiency with Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel and PowerPoint); and
• Flexible schedule, including ability to work evenings and weekends, if needed.
This is not an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, skills, efforts or requirements or working conditions associated with the job. While this is intended to be an accurate reflection of the current job, management reserves the right to revise the job or to require that other or different tasks be performed as assigned. This description does not constitute a contract of employment and LDF may exercise its employment-at-will rights at any time.
Please note that LDF requires all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. Accordingly, successful candidates must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit proof of vaccination prior to the commencement of employment, unless they qualify for a reasonable accommodation for bona fide medical or religious reasons.
This position is open until filled.
Please submit your resume and cover letter to:
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Human Resources Manager
NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.
40 Rector Street, 5th floor
New York, New York 10006
The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to providing equal employment opportunities to you without regard to race, creed, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy, marital status, age, veteran status, medical condition or disability, genetic information, gender identity, or any other protected status under federal, state, or local law.
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…