About the Position
Legal Aid Justice Center seeks a Communications Associate to help advance LAJC’s ambitious agenda to achieve economic, social, and racial justice. This position will support communications work across multiple areas including earned media, social media, digital projects including website content, internal communications, donor communications, and branding and marketing. The ideal candidate will have some experience working with advocacy campaigns, interacting with members of the media, writing and creating digital content for social media and web, and experience working with community members to facilitate storytelling and other communications activities. The ideal candidate will have experience communicating through diverse media, and promoting work in earned media, utilizing a race-equity lens. This position offers a chance to help grow the communications capabilities and activities of an active and multifaceted advocacy organization that is helping to create meaningful change in our service areas, the state of Virginia, and nationwide.
• Works with the Communications Director and LAJC staff to create and implement communications plans for impact advocacy campaigns.
• Assists in writing press releases, statements, media advisories, op-eds and other communications materials.
• Helps to create, and facilitate the creation of, social media content. Cultivates our social media community on platforms including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
• Creates content for the organization's website, assists with website maintenance tasks.
• Assists in managing press contact database, tracking and disseminating media coverage, and maintaining and updating content libraries.
• Provides assistance to staff to help ensure branding guidelines are maintained in public facing materials.
• Assist the Director of Communications in communications and media trainings and crisis communications as needed.
• Assists the development department on projects as needed.
• Strong commitment to social, economic, and racial justice
• Excellent writing, proofreading, editing skills (an assessment exercise will be part of the hiring process for this position)
• A high degree of comfort with technology, including social media platforms.
• Ability to maintain a high degree of organization in a fast pace environment.
• Experience working on social, economic, or racial justice campaigns in a communications role.
• Experience managing and growing multiple social media accounts for an organization.
• Experience working in coalitions.
• Storytelling skills and a demonstrated ability to work with members of diverse communities.
• Knowledge of html a plus
• Spanish fluency a plus.
• Experience with Adobe Creative Cloud (Illustrator and InDesign in particular) and video and audio editing experience a plus.
Email a cover letter, a relevant writing sample, and resume to Jeff Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you’re able, please submit your application as a single PDF titled “[date submitted in yyyy.mm.dd format][last name][first name][position sought].”
Please include "Communications Associate” in the email subject. Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis, and candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.
The Legal Aid Justice Center is an equal opportunity employer, committed to inclusive hiring and dedicated to diversity in our work and staff. We strongly encourage candidates of all identities, experiences, and communities to apply. The Legal Aid Justice Center is committed to strengthening the voices of our low-income clients, working in collaboration with community partners, and rooting out the inequities that keep people in poverty. We strive to take on the issues that have broad impact on our client communities and to be responsive to client input. Recognizing the particular impact of racism on our clients and staff, we devote special attention to dismantling racial injustice. All applicants must be dedicated to working in and sustaining an environment that enables staff and clients to feel empowered, valued, respected, and safe. In reviewing applications, we look for evidence that applicants have experience and/or thoughtfulness in working with traditionally marginalized populations.