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KIDS IN NEED OF DEFENSE (KIND)

COMMUNICATIONS ASSISTANT

WASHINGTON, DC


ABOUT KIND  

Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) is a global leader in the protection of unaccompanied refugee and migrant children. Launched in 2008, KIND champions a world in which every child’s rights and well-being are protected throughout their journey to safety. KIND has provided over 19,000 children with high quality representation in their immigration proceedings by training more than 41,000 attorneys and cultivating partnerships with over 600 law firms, corporate legal departments, law schools, and bar associations across the country.

KIND’s social services program ensures that migrant and refugee children – who have often endured trauma – receive counseling, educational support, medical care and other comprehensive services.

To address the root causes of child migration from Central America and strengthen protection of unaccompanied children, KIND advocates for policy changes and educates lawmakers, the media, and the broader public on the conditions that drive these children to flee their home countries. KIND supports children returning to their home countries by connecting them to essential support services and sponsors gender-based violence prevention programs in Central America to protect children in countries of origin and transit.

KIND is also building upon its expertise in the protection of unaccompanied children to encourage the development of pro bono initiatives across Europe in partnership with European NGOs.


BACKGROUND

KIND is embarking on a new initiative in Mexico to expand its ability to advocate for and develop regional solutions that address the particular vulnerabilities of unaccompanied children seeking protection, whether in Mexico or the United States. The KIND Mexico initiative will work across KIND’s legal, policy, and regional program departments to increase legal orientations for unaccompanied children in transit; monitor conditions for unaccompanied children seeking access to protection; provide technical assistance and training to policymakers, child welfare officials, and pro bono attorneys; and work collaboratively with Mexican and Central American partners in the public and non-profit sectors to develop a strong platform for protecting the rights of unaccompanied children across the region. The program will complement KIND’s ongoing U.S. and international efforts to strengthen global migrant child protection frameworks, build capacity, and support institutions assisting children as they migrate in search of safety.


POSITION PURPOSE

Responsible for supporting KIND’s Communications Team in efforts to promote KIND as a mission-driven organization that is a leader in the protection of immigration and refugee children. Will help to ensure KIND’s communications work is done in close coordination with KIND’s development, legal, international, operations, and policy and advocacy teams. Will assist with the proactive sharing of internal communications-focused written products, training opportunities, media clips and analysis, and other key resources. This person will also play a critical role in the creation and distribution of external-facing communications work, including tasks such as development of media lists, press engagement, and proofreading.


PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES

May be responsible for one or more of the following:

  •  Assist the Vice President for Communications with scheduling and coordination across KIND’s components.
  •  Use of media engagement software to create media lists required for targeted campaigns and compile data reports related to these efforts
  •  Occasional distribution of media materials and follow-up with key press contacts
  •  Work closely with communications team to ensure compliance with KIND’s fiscal responsibility and reporting guidelines
  •  Compile and distribute daily news round-ups featuring relevant media coverage
  •  Other duties as assigned


MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

  • Bachelor’s degree in Marketing, Communications, Public Relations or related field
  • 2+ years’ experience in a communications role
  • Working knowledge of children’s immigration issues, particularly unaccompanied immigrant and refugee minors
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills and ability to communicate effectively to a variety of stakeholders
  • Strategic thinker with an ability to anticipate challenges and address roadblocks in areas of responsibility as they arise
  • Passion for KIND’s mission of supporting unaccompanied immigrant and refugee children and an ability to communicate this to others
  • Fluency in Spanish desired, but not required
  • Ability to travel as assigned


PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT

  • Ability to work within an office environment and have regular interaction via telephone and email with KIND's national team


KIDS IN NEED OF DEFENSE (KIND)

COMMUNICATIONS ASSISTANT

WASHINGTON, DC


ABOUT KIND  

Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) is a global leader in the protection of unaccompanied refugee and migrant children. Launched in 2008, KIND champions a world in…

Details at a glance

  • On-site Location
  • Full Time Schedule
  • 4-Year Degree Required

Level of Language Proficiency

Fluency in Spanish desired, but not required

Fluency in Spanish desired, but not required

How to Apply

TO APPLY  

  • Applications, including a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references, should be submitted online at: https://supportkind.org/join-the-team/. Applications that do not contain all of the above-listed required materials will not be considered.
  • Applications should be submitted as soon as possible and will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Applicants selected for interviews will be duly notified. Please no inquiries or phone calls.

KIND is an EOE committed to inclusive hiring and dedicated to diversity in both its staff and work. The selected applicant will be required to undergo and pass a background check before acceptance of the final offer.

TO APPLY  

  • Applications, including a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references, should be submitted online at: https://supportkind.org…

Location

Washington, DC

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