Reporting to the Senior Communications Strategist, the Communications and Outreach Associate (COA) will develop and implement communications and outreach strategies designed to build public and political support for SPLC’s campaign to remove Confederate symbols from public land.
Primary Job Functions:
- Develop and implement comprehensive media, outreach and advocacy strategies designed to build public and political support for SPLC’s Confederate Symbols campaigns, and other relevant issues and goals;
- Obtain media coverage of the SPLC’s Confederate Symbols campaigns. Including proactive pitching of stories and op-eds to reporters; planning and organizing press conferences and other events; distributing press releases and other materials; fielding media requests; booking experts on radio and TV talk shows; and taking advantage of opportunities in the news cycle.
- Work in coalition with a diverse set of interest groups. Including, but not limited to, coordinating meetings, providing updates to the coalition, and leading community-based outreach efforts such as knocking on doors and representing the SPLC at events and group formats.
- Write and edit press releases and advisories, talking points, op-eds, letters to the editor, fact sheets, and other materials.
- Build and cultivate relationships with key media contacts covering Confederate symbols including reporters, editorial writers, columnists, producers, and news and talk show hosts. Build and cultivate relationships with coalition partners and other influencers.
- Assist with message development for SPLC’s Confederate symbols campaign and other relevant issues and activities.
- Manage, expand and maintain database of media contacts.
- Monitor, analyze and report results and outcomes of department’s efforts.
Education and Related Work Experience:
- Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 3 years related work experience;
- Substantial experience working with news and online media;
- Experience conducting community outreach;
- Exceptional communications skills, including clear, concise writing and ability to frame complex issues for the media, members and public;
- Prior political or issue advocacy campaign experience preferred.
Knowledge, skills and abilities:
- Strong interest in and passion for social and racial justice;
- Team player with entrepreneurial spirit and ability to collaborate effectively with staff members at all levels in fast-paced environment;
- Self-motivated with ability to work independently;
- Ability to work under deadline pressure;
- Highly organized and possess the ability to prioritize work;
- Familiarity with advocacy and/or political efforts;
- 1-2 cycles of experience working with voter file or similar organizing tools;
- Demonstrated knowledge of digital media landscape and experience in online organizing.
Other Special Considerations:
This job is performed under general office conditions and is not subject to any strenuous physical demands or dangerous conditions.
The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the employee in this position. These statements are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of a person in this position.
This position can be located in either our Montgomery or Atlanta office.
An Equal-Opportunity Employer with a Commitment to Diversity
Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, and as an organization committed to diversity and the perspective of all voices, we consider applicants equally of race, gender, gender identity, color, sexual orientation, religion, marital status, disability, political affiliation, national origin, or prior record of arrest or conviction.
Minimum Education Required