Communications Specialist

February 13, 2018

Website LCJandA Leadership Counsel for Justice & Accountability

Leadership Counsel for Justice and Accountability, a Project of the Tides Center

Leadership Counsel for Justice and Accountability (LCJA) was created to fundamentally shift the dynamics that have created stark inequalities in California’s low income, rural regions. Based in the agriculturally rich San Joaquin and East Coachella Valleys, we work alongside the most impacted communities to advocate for sound policy and eradicate injustice to secure equal access to opportunity regardless of wealth, race, income, and place.

Our experience in rural regions of this state California has taught us that as long as the most vulnerable populations remain silent and silenced environmental degradation will continue, infrastructure will crumble, and the most basic of services and amenities will remain beyond the reach for those in need. And, state policies will continue to further disadvantage low income, rural communities through funding formulas and eligibility criteria that favor wealthier regions.

Through our team of community organizers, policy advocates, and attorneys, we ensure that historically disadvantaged communities share in the benefits of growth and investment. In particular, we aim to impact land use and transportation planning, public investment priorities, environmental policy, and promote the provision of basic infrastructure and services.

In partnership and collaboration with local and statewide advocates, Leadership Counsel for Justice and Accountability will reverse trends that have reigned throughout our history and will systematically and comprehensively eliminate the inequality and deficiencies that plague this state.

We are seeking a full-time Communications Specialist to be based in the San Joaquin Valley. Please see job description attached. If you are interested in applying, please submit a cover letter and resume to Olivia Faz at ofaz@leadershipcounsel.org. Position open until filled.

PURPOSE:
Together with Leadership Counsel staff, the Communications Specialist is responsible for developing and implementing a communications strategy, including earned and social media strategy, Leadership Counsel’s online presence, campaign and program specific needs, and events. The position will employ communications strategies to further advocacy efforts and increase awareness of Leadership Counsel and our work.

POSITION LOCATION:

  • Fresno – preferred. Flexible.

SALARY RANGE:

  • $55,000-70,000

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

  • B.A or commensurate work experience
  • At least 5 years of experience in communications
  • Experience working with social justice and environmental justice organizations

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills
  • Internet fluency
  • Design software skills
  • Ability to communicate with diverse audiences
  • Experience with layout and design
  • Strong strategic and political analytical thinking
  • Ability to be available evenings and weekends
  • A demonstrated commitment to community driven change and social, environmental, and economic justice
  • Bilingual Spanish/English preferred (flexible for the right candidate)
  • Access to personal vehicle and insurance

DUTIES:

Develop resources to elevate Leadership Counsel’s work

  • Maintain ongoing understanding of Leadership Counsel’s work
  • Develop relationships with key community and organizational partners
  • Develop short descriptions of Leadership Counsel’s various bodies of work and key successes
  • Facilitate photo documentation of Leadership Counsel events and video documentation as necessary
  • Develop bank of “stories” for media and development purposes

Develop and enhance relationships with media contacts

  • Develop relationships with national, state, and local media outlets
  • Maintain database of press contacts
  • Maintain file of relevant press/media
  • Develop media pitches including to editorial boards
  • Facilitate communication between press contacts and staff and between press contacts and community partners
  • Facilitate relationships between staff members and media contacts
  • Identify and help manage opportunities to meet and engage press contacts

Develop Staff Capacity on Communications

  • Develop capacity of staff members to contribute to communications efforts
  • Work with staff to develop messaging and communications strategy for major campaigns
  • Lead integration of communications efforts into Leadership Counsel organizational culture and work

Enhance social media and web presence

  • Oversee maintenance of the website including updates on work efforts, web-based calendar and blog posts
  • Develop social media campaigns and messaging, including Facebook and Twitter, and help expand to additional social media platforms such as Instagram
  • Oversee development of 1-2 per month email newsletters, including planning, writing or soliciting content, and editing

Elevate Leadership Counsel’s exposure through speaking engagements

  • Identify and help manage speaking opportunities
  • Support development of talking points and presentations for speaking engagements

Lead and Coordinate communications campaigns

  • Develop comprehensive communications strategy for Leadership Counsel
  • Implement communications strategy for Leadership Counsel campaigns, such as drafting and promoting action alerts, overarching messaging, talking points and identifying opportunities to promote program goals
  • Develop and support development of press releases, op-eds, letters to the editor, and other written materials for media sources
  • Contribute to collaborative communication efforts with other organizations and coalitions
  • Support Leadership Counsel sponsored events, including developing and implementing communication strategies, promotional materials, publicity, program development and logistics
  • Produce in-house graphics and layouts, and work with staff to produce visually compelling images, promotional materials, and graphics for events and campaigns

Support Development efforts

  • Provide communications assistance to fund development staff, including helping to produce highlights, crafting funder communications and editing materials for funders
  • Provide media, photos as necessary to support development efforts

ORGANIZATIONAL RELATIONSHIPS:
Press, Media Outlets, Clients, community partners, community based organizations, government officials, researchers

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:
Ability to drive frequently to community meetings, hearings, conferences and other related activities, ability to conduct door-to-door outreach and conduct meetings, lifting materials and supplies such as chairs, easels, tables. Typically, these will weigh 30 pounds or less. Position involves sitting at a desk and working on a computer for a majority of the work day.

WORK ENVIRONMENT:
Shared office space with one other staff member. Out-of-office meetings both meetings in other offices, in community centers, in homes and outside.

Click these links to view the Leadership Counsel’s Facebook, Twitter, and Website.

To apply for this job email your details to ofaz@leadershipcounsel.org