Details: Salary is commensurate with experience.
The America Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Texas is at the front lines of protecting and defending civil rights and civil liberties across the state of Texas. Reporting to the Deputy Communications Director, the Content Developer creates original written content to support the organization’s advocacy, communications, public education, and marketing initiatives, working across multiple platforms and media. Media may include: Blogs, investigative and/or policy reports, email alerts to subscribers, news releases, Facebook posts, journalistic features, tweets, speeches, presentations, video scripts, and more. The position is based in the ACLU of Texas’s Houston office and will require regular travel. Candidates should have a range of writing and editing experience, such as: news and feature articles; opinion pieces; long-form investigative reports; blogs and social-media posts; talking points; scripts for radio or TV; speeches; etc.
- Serve as lead writer for ACLU of Texas print and online publications, inspiring individuals to take action and educating the public about civil liberties issues in Texas;
- Compose blogs, emails, and social-media posts targeted at specific audiences;
- Research and write long-form investigative reports for specific audiences;
- Create talking points for ACLU of Texas staff;
- Develop content for the ACLU of Texas website and scripts for ACLU of Texas videos;
- Work closely with the digital communications team to develop targeted online campaigns;
- In collaboration with the leadership team, drive the development of internal reports for Board of Directors and other entities as assigned.
- Bachelor’s degree and/or equivalent combination of education and experience with at least three years of experience in editing and message development;
- Excellent writing skills with the ability and willingness to produce copy under tight deadlines;
- Ability to synthesize complex information from a variety of sources – e.g., attorneys, ACLU of Texas staff, policy makers, lobbyists and public-relations professionals, and other colleagues – turning it into clear, dynamic copy that is understandable and appealing to a specific audience;
- Ability to quickly produce clear, persuasive, well-organized, and fact-checked materials;
- Excellent research skills, with experience researching material by using the internet, personal interviews and other methods
- Comfort with writing and rewriting material, often many times, to achieve desired effects;
- Experience and/or familiarity with writing for a variety of media, including print and broadcast journalism, social media, academic journals;
- Must be extremely creative, with an ability to thrive in a creative environment;
- Familiarity with principles of graphic design;
- Familiarity with AP Style, Chicago Manual of Style;
- Computer proficiency and familiarity with publishing on social-media channels;
- Able to work collaboratively with colleagues and other departments;
- Outstanding interpersonal skills and a commitment to diversity; a personal approach that values the individual and respects differences of all types, including but not limited to race, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, disability and socio-economic circumstance;
- A general understanding of Texas state government;
- Must have a commitment to social justice, civil rights, and civil liberties and familiarity with core ACLU issues.
Excellent medical and dental insurance; disability insurance; 401(k) with organizational match; reimbursements for travel & phone use; and generous paid time off policies.
Minimum Education Required
How To Apply
Electronic applications in MS Word preferred. Submit a letter of interest mentioning where you saw this posting, along with a résumé and the ACLU of Texas application to:
or mail: ACLU of Texas
Attn: Content Developer Search
PO Box 8306, Houston, TX 77288-8306
Applications are being accepted until the position is filled.
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.