The Young Center for Immigrant Children's Rights invites applications from experienced communications professionals with excellent writing skills and a passion for justice for the position of Communications Manager. Based in Washington, DC, the Communications Manager will develop and implement a strategy to manage communications about the Young Center’s programs and to advance the organization’s fundraising efforts.
The Young Center protects and advances the rights and best interests of unaccompanied and separated immigrant children in the United States through its two programs: the Child Advocate program and the Policy program. The Child Advocate program provides independent, best interests guardians ad litem for immigrant children pursuant to the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA) and the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). The Policy program advocates with legislators, federal agencies, and other stakeholders to ensure that federal laws, policies, and practices promote consideration of immigrant children’s best interests—their safety and well-being, with due regard for their expressed wishes—in all decisions. The organization is headquartered in Chicago, IL and operates programs in Chicago, Harlingen, Washington DC, New York, Houston, San Antonio, Phoenix, and Los Angeles.
The Communications Manager will be responsible for developing a social media and public relations strategy that advances the goals of our direct service and policy programs and that captures the attention of foundations, individual supporters and other donors. The Communications Manager will implement that strategy by preparing and issuing communications for the Young Center’s social media accounts, website, emails to supporters, and other materials. The Communications Manager will manage media inquiries and draft key communications pieces (action alerts, press releases) which will position the Young Center as an expert on immigrant children’s issues. This position will report to the Policy Director and work collaboratively with the Development Director, Child Advocate Program Directors, and the Executive Director.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: The Communications Manager will:
Implement an integrated, proactive, strategic communications plan to advance the Young Center’s brand identity, to broaden awareness of our programs, and to increase the visibility of our initiatives across key stakeholder audiences.
Manage all social media accounts (Facebook/Twitter/Instagram) including monitoring, posting, increasing engagement, developing and executing “follower-building” campaigns.
Develop website content, in conjunction with leadership staff, to expand communications efforts and social media presence (i.e. feature stories and achievements, news, etc.).
Draft, finalize and publish key communication content and pieces, including e-blasts, e-newsletters, action alerts, print and electronic promotional materials (brochures, flyers, fact sheets) to engage supporters and drive media and key stakeholder attention.
Lead and execute Young Center media opportunities by writing press releases, pitching to media, securing speaking engagements and interviews for Young Center staff, and drafting op eds and press releases.
Develop a list of trusted reporters to generate local and national media coverage for the Young Center.
Research and initiate the production of multimedia web content.
Develop, construct and manage webinars in conjunction with policy and program teams.
Evaluate the outcome of the Young Center’s communication strategy, e.g., by tracking published op-eds, newsletters, press releases and action alerts, press, by tracking media inquiries, published quotes and stories, and by tracking responses from donors and supporters in relation to specific communication efforts.
Minimum of three (3) years of experience in a communication/marketing/PR position
Exceptional skills in writing, editing, and verbal communications
Experience and talent working on social media platforms
Experience in creating and working with internal teams to implement strategic communication or marketing plans
Proven ability to establish effective working relationships with media and community contacts (broadcast, print, radio, social media)
Demonstrated problem solving, analysis, information gathering and monitoring skills
Physical Demands: Physical demands include regular attendance; keyboarding; sitting for long periods (at least 5 hours a day); driving. Ability to use computer, telephone, and copy machine. Ability to travel by plane, car and other conveyances within U.S.
The Young Center is an "at-will" and equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate in its hiring practices and actively seeks a diverse applicant pool. Young Center encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, or veterans’ status. Reasonable accommodation will be made so that qualified disabled applicants may participate in the application process. Please advise in writing of special needs at the time of application.
Additional Salary Information: Salary is commensurate with experience. The Young Center provides excellent benefits including health/dental/vision insurance (employee & dependents) at no cost to the employee, paid vacation and sick time, and a 401(k) plan.
About Young Center for Immigrant Children's Rights
The Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights is dedicated to promoting the best interests—safety and well-being—of unaccompanied and separated immigrant children in the United States. The immediate focus of the Young Center’s work is to serve as Child Advocate (best interests guardian ad litem in immigration proceedings) for unaccompanied and separated children pursuant to the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA) and the 2013 Violence Against Women Act. The Young Center is at the forefront of best interests advocacy for unaccompanied immigrant children and is the only organization in the country serving as Child Advocate for detained, unaccompanied children pursuant to the TVPRA.