The American Civil Liberties Union of Utah seeks to hire a full-time Strategic Communications Manager to develop communications strategies and leverage media relations, utilizing both traditional and new media, to promote civil liberties throughout Utah.
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This position requires deep interest in and understanding of the multiple civil rights and liberties issues the ACLU of Utah seeks to advance. The Strategic Communications Manager has the potential to become the spokesperson for the organization on a range of critical issues.
Founded in 1958, the ACLU of Utah is a not-for-profit, nonpartisan organization that utilizes legal, legislative and public education approaches to fight for individual rights and fundamental freedoms including reproductive freedom, immigrant rights, free speech, racial justice, privacy, religious liberty, LGBTQ rights, and more. Based in Salt Lake City with a staff of ten, the ACLU of Utah has not only the opportunity, but also the responsibility to protect and advocate for the civil liberties and civil rights of everyone in Utah. For more information, please visit www.acluutah.org
The Strategic Communications Manager will report to the Executive Director and work closely with the organization’s legal, policy and development staff to further the ACLU of Utah’s integrated advocacy efforts to advance our priorities at the state and local level.
Position Overview and Functions:
The Strategic Communications Manager is a member of the ACLU of Utah’s staff, reporting to the Executive Director. Working across departments, the Manager is responsible for facilitating and deepening media relations and implementing communications strategies towards the advancement of organizational policy priorities.
Specifically, the Strategic Communications Manager will:
- Participate in developing media and communications strategies to promote civil liberties priorities, with special emphasis on reaching diverse populations.
- Write news releases, advisories and backgrounders for media, and internal talking points for spokespersons. Field media inquiries appropriately, including coordinating responses. Identify best media outlets for targeting specific population groups.
- Develop digital content to promote our civil liberties priorities, including maintaining and expanding the organization’s social media presence and online materials.
- Develop persuasive and informative public education and outreach materials, including fact sheets, talking points and op-eds.
- Participate in multi-organizational coalitions and alliances on priority issues and campaigns.
- Coordinate communication and outreach efforts (including training) of staff, board members, and volunteers in service of greater organizational policy priorities.
- Prepare reports on communications efforts and media hits involving the ACLU of Utah.
- Attend national ACLU training and staff conferences as required.
- Perform other related duties as assigned by the Executive Director.
- A profound, sincere and well-articulated commitment to social justice and to the preservation and enhancement of individual rights and liberties; Understanding of a broad range of civil liberties issues and advocacy strategies;
- Experience managing media relations and existing contacts in media;
- Experience managing communications to diverse populations;
- Excellent writing, public speaking and analytic skills; the ability to explain complex civil liberties issues to the public;
- Professional experience with a range of social media tools;
- Proven successful engagement with media;
- Related professional experience in a fast-paced work environment;
- Demonstrated skill and comfort in proactively building relationships with diverse audiences, including reporters and editors, elected officials, community leaders, coalition partners, and the public;
- Exceptional organizational skills, including the ability to manage numerous tasks simultaneously and ability to maintain orderly records;
- Ability to work effectively with lawyers and other professional staff; ability to articulate complex issues and to communicate to a variety of audiences; must be a “quick study” on a dynamic array of issues;
- Ability to work independently and keep organized in a busy environment, manage several projects simultaneously, and adjust strategy to frequently changing demands;
- Fluency in written and spoken Spanish a plus.
SALARY & BENEFITS:
The ACLU of Utah offers a generous and comprehensive compensation and benefits package including paid vacation, medical, vision, and dental insurance, 401(k) with organizational match, life and short-term and long-term disability insurance, and generous time off policies.
The ACLU is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and encourages applications from all qualified individuals including women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals.