Details: Salary range is approximately $50-60k and based on experience.
134 South 13th Street
The ACLU of Nebraska is seeking an experienced mission-driven candidate for the position of Communications Director to develop and implement a variety of communications strategies to build support for the ACLU’s work, further its programmatic goals, elevate the ACLU of NE brand, and increase public awareness and appreciation of civil liberties among thought leaders, grassroots supporters, and the public. The ACLU of Nebraska’s communications program includes media relations, web and social media presence, print materials, and events. This position will report directly to the Executive Director and works closely with the legal team and other senior staff.
For over 50 years in Nebraska, the ACLU has worked in courts, legislatures, and communities to protect the constitutional and individual rights of all people. With a nationwide network of offices and millions of members and supporters, including an ever-growing presence in Nebraska, we take up the toughest civil liberties fights. Beyond one person, one party, or one side — we the people dare to create a more perfect union. Our offices are in the heart of Nebraska’s capital city of Lincoln. Our small but mighty 7- person staff is complimented by a contract lobbyist, dozens of volunteers, and thousands of supporters statewide.
The ACLU of Nebraska is proud to foster a fun, flexible, and fast paced work environment. The ACLU is an equal opportunity employer. The ACLU encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, criminal history, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, and veteran status. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups such as women, LGBTQ people, persons with a disability, racial or ethnic minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.
- Develop, execute, monitor and measure a communications strategy that reinforces the ACLU brand, heightens visibility of the ACLU, and supports the organization’s programmatic goals;
- Work with local, regional, and national press to pitch stories, maximize media coverage, and enhance the ACLU visibility in communities statewide;
- Manage and update media lists;
- Draft and edit all press materials, including press releases, advisories, talking points, letters to the editor, and memos;
- Lead multi-media public education campaigns and events to extend impact of advocacy, such as press conferences and public education forums;
- Coordinate and manage the organization’s dynamic online presence, including website, email, blog, and social media channels;
- Lead staff in generating engaging content and support online activism campaigns and other web organizing campaigns;
- Develop fresh engaging content for online activism including Facebook live events, email alerts, petitions, and supporter polls;
- Manage development, distribution, and maintenance of all print materials, including regular newsletters, annual reports, brochures, and event and promotional items;
- Provide editorial and design direction, handle quality control and proofreading, oversee production, and create and implement distribution plans;
- Keep staff, members, board, and donors apprised of the ACLU’s work, including management of clips service;
- Train staff, members, board and donors about how to effectively write and place letters to the editor or to serve as an ambassador for the ACLU of NE;
- Draft talking points and prepare ACLU staff, clients and other spokespeople when communicating with the media; occasionally serve as the spokesperson for the ACLU of NE;
- Support and amplify the efforts of the legal, advocacy, and development staff;
- Manage relationships with vendors, such as designers and printers;
- Manage communications interns as needed;
- Recruit and direct volunteers in communications work and activities.
- Willingness to occasionally work beyond the normal workday, including evening and weekend meeting and events and some in state travel.
- Bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism, or related field is preferred;
- Experience in strategic communications and media relations, ideally within a nonprofit;
- A commitment to the preservation and enhancement of individual civil rights and civil liberties;
- Extensive writing and editing experience with a variety of print and online communications;
- Experience working with media outlets at the national, regional, and local levels;
- Creative aptitude and familiarity with interactive design, website and social media management, and email marketing strategy. Proficiency with digital content management a plus;
- Experience creating advocacy and membership materials including newsletters and content for member/activist e-mail alerts, blog, and website;
- Excellent communications skills, both written and oral;
- Superb organization skills; detail-oriented with strong follow-through and the ability to meet tight deadlines and multi task;
- Computer proficiency, including content management systems, web development, and graphic design programs;
- Creative, results-oriented, self-starting, willing to learn, and able to manage an aggressive schedule.
Excellent benefits include vacation, sick leave, family leave, generous health and dental insurance with employee premiums paid 100% by the employer, a 401k match, cell phone reimbursement, and paid parking.
Minimum Education Required
How To Apply
To apply, email a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org and include in the subject line of the email: Communications Director. In your cover letter, please indicate where you learned of the posting. Candidates are encouraged to apply immediately. Applications will be reviewed as received. When the position is filled the announcement will be removed from our website at www.aclunebraska.org/careers.