Times of day
A few hours per week
Long-Term (6 months-1 year)
Organization: SAFER Campus
Position: Communications Director, Board of Directors
SAFER empowers student movements to combat sexual violence on college campuses. We generate knowledge that equips student activists with the evidence and resources they need to combat campus sexual assault. We envision a world where survivors receive support, schools are held accountable, and students hold the power to effect change.
SAFER was started by Columbia University students in 2000 after a successful sexual assault policy reform campaign. After getting requests from around the country to advise on other policy reform campaigns, SAFER’s original student leaders incorporated into a 501(c)(3). Since that time, SAFER has run as a volunteer collective. SAFER is the organization it is because of the generations of student activists who have served on the Board; yet SAFER is bigger than any one activist.
SAFER was one of the first organizations to shed light on the actual policies colleges and universities have in place to address sexual assault on campus. It demonstrated that policies often insufficiently protect survivors of sexual assault and perpetuate a culture of silence. As an expert in taking knowledge and transforming it into exciting and useful messages, SAFER’s Communications Co-Director will help set and guide the strategy for all digital communications, website, and public relations. One of the primary objectives of SAFER’s Communications Co-Director will be to consistently articulate and promote SAFER’s mission and program goals and disseminate it it to the right audiences through the best distribution channels. The Communications Co-Director is expected to have substantial familiarity with crafting an organization’s message through social media and demonstrated experience in the development and implementation of a communications strategy. Ideal candidate would be familiar and comfortable with using social media tools as part of a coordinated strategic communications program.
- Manage SAFER’s digital presence through social media, website, newsletters, and electronic collateral including, but not limited to, SAFER’s website, newsletters, Twitter, Facebook, and promotional materials
- Write and distribute press releases as needed. Assist with writing and editing of documents and materials as needed
- Manage and respond to media requests
- Actively engage, cultivate, and manage media relationships to ensure coverage surrounding SAFER’s research, special events, announcements, and other projects
- Develop and implement annual communications plan in collaboration with the SAFER Board of Directors to broaden programmatic reach and deepen impact
- Identify significant media and public policy issues that can be leveraged to support SAFER’s work
- Attend monthly Board of Director meetings, with ability to work independently on priority projects
- Make a minimum 1-year commitment, preferably longer
- Minimum 1-2 years experience in a communications role, ideally in a nonprofit entity, and covering areas such as digital, marketing, and website content
- Demonstrated understanding of campus sexual assault prevention and research in the field preferred;
- Experience developing and implementing communications strategies, particular expertise with social media strategies and tactics a plus.
- Excellent writing/editing and verbal communication skills
- High energy, maturity, and leadership with the ability to serve as a unifying force and to position communications discussions at both the strategic and tactical levels
- Strong attention to detail and accuracy, the ability to prioritize and organize multiple projects, meet deadlines, problem-solve and multi-task
How To Apply
Please e-mail a resume and cover letter to Rachel Greenburg (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Ian Turner (email@example.com).