Here's a JOTW “Can't Wait” job posting from the Advancement Project

Here's a JOTW “Can't Wait” job posting from the Advancement Project:

Communications Manager, Advancement Project, Washington DC

Advancement Project, a Washington DC-based national civil rights organization group, seeks a highly creative, skilled, and aggressive media pro to join its communications team. We are an innovative civil rights law, policy, and communications “action tank” that advances universal opportunity and a just democracy for those left behind in America. We believe that sustainable progress can be made when multiple tools—law, policy analysis, strategic communications, technology, and research— are coordinated with grassroots movements.

Advancement Project was founded in 1999 in Los Angeles and Washington DC by veteran civil rights lawyers who were looking for new ways to dismantle structural barriers to inclusion, secure racial equity, and expand opportunity for all.

We create change by:

· Promoting and supporting coalitions and organizations that bridge race, culture, and class divisions;

Building new tools for the national movement for social justice; and

Effecting reform of public institutions responsible for providing democratic participation, affordable housing, education, and public health and safety.


The ideal candidate has significant experience in advocacy, campaign, social justice, civil rights, racial justice, and/or political media relations work, outstanding strategic instincts, excellent writing skills, a proven track record of successful media placements. A strong interest in racial justice issues is essential. The ability to lead initiatives, juggle competing priorities and work effectively within teams and coalitions is important.

Candidate Must Have’s:

Worked for a advocacy non-profit organization for at least 3 years

At a minimum worked as a mid-level communications professional for 3 years

Bachelor’s Degree

Extensive Experience in Communications Planning/Strategy

Excellent Writer

A demonstrated commitment to social justice issues

In depth knowledge of, and fluency in, the world of technology (including basics of blogging, general online publishing best-practices, social networks, etc.)

Consumer of News

The ability to break down complex issues and communicate them effectively

The ability to work well independently and to collaborate closely within and across teams

Extraordinary attention to detail

The ability to identify challenges and actively work to find solutions

The ability to learn quickly and work in a fast paced environment


Sense of Humor

Creative, resourceful, and professional

Demonstrated Leadership ability

Ability to draft, edit and proof read press releases and other written materials

Ability to media train staff spokespeople and community activists

A true enthusiasm and passion for the work of Advancement Project

Hard worker who is as needed willing to work 50-60 hours a week in order to make things happen.


Media Relations: This includes writing and strategically distributing press releases, opinion pieces, and other materials; placing stories in appropriate national, local and online outlets; setting up opportunities for our experts to appear on radio, TV, or before editorial boards; and organizing press events or briefings when appropriate.

Online Marketing Strategies and Web Presence: This requires devising aggressive internet marketing strategies to raise Advancement Project’s profile– including email advocacy campaigns, building list serves, positioning our experts as leaders in the field and promoting expert content.

Amplifying/Marketing Key Programs: Responsibilities include promoting key programs of the organization to appropriate constituencies. This will require working with program staff to separately devise marketing plans and efforts to target key audiences with the right language using the right vehicles. Successful applicants will be able to demonstrate success in program marketing.

Writing and Editing Materials: Duties include overseeing the production (including writing and editing) of e-newsletters, magazine, and writing articles and op eds for publication.

Key Responsibilities:

Enhance the Advancement Project’s brand through strategic communications messages.

Create, launch, manage and implement comprehensive, targeted, and sustainable public relations programs/plans that supports Advancement Project’s programs and mission.

Create and execute large scale, web-based campaigns

Leverage Advancement Project’s work through social networking channels built on YouTube, MySpace, and Facebook.

Create and maintain a presence on relevant blogs.

Produce collateral and marketing materials, i.e. newsletter, annual report, brochures, special event materials, electronic newsletter, etc.

Keep website current.

Manage relationships with pro-bono graphic designers, freelance writers and other freelance talent as needed.

Track and archive media clips.

Work closely with staff to implement program priorities through development of effective outreach materials, event planning and promotion, networking and coalition-building, and media relations.

Coordinate production and distribution of special communications projects as needed (reports, booth displays, DVDs, PowerPoint presentations, brochures, backgrounders, etc).

Draft and distribute news releases, participate in media strategy development and implementation on an as-needed basis, build relationships with reporters by providing them with reliable and timely information and connecting them to valuable spokespeople.


We offer a very competitive salary and benefits package. Advancement Project is an equal opportunity employer and actively works to ensure fair and equal treatment of its employees and constituents regardless of differences based on culture, socioeconomic status, race, marital or family situation, gender, age, ethnicity, religious beliefs, physical ability, or sexual orientation.

This position is located in Washington, DC.

Submit resume, cover letter, writing samples and three references to:

Sabrina Williams

Communications Director

Advancement Project

1220 M Street, NW, #850

Washington DC, 20005


Fax: 202/728-9558


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