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The Civil Rights & Restorative Justice Project, housed at the Northeastern University School of Law (CRRJ) is the pioneer academic program in the country examining current racial inequities through the lens of history and seeking creative reparative justice. CRRJ investigates, publicizes, and remediates cases of racial homicide. It has built the most comprehensive archive on racial violence events between 1930 and 1955 in the country. Founded in 2007, CRRJ's project is unique in its combination of rigorous research and community engagement. CRRJ identifies the underlying hidden narratives from the time period and brings justice to families and communities. CRRJ's mission is to: (1) publish and maintain an online archive on racial violence during the segregation era (forthcoming in 2022); (2) train civil and human rights lawyers through curricular offerings and advising; (3) design national, state and local reparative projects; (4) serve as a clearinghouse for policymakers in the field of historical injustice; and (5) support innovative scholarship on historical racial violence and reparative justice. The Civil Rights & Restorative Justice Project is a program of the law school's Center on Law, Equity and Race (CLEAR).
Working closely with the law school's directors of CLEAR and CRRJ, the Communications Specialist will coordinate an engagement and communications strategy for CRRJ aligned with its goals. We seek a professional who is fluent in civil rights history, the historical actors associated with it, and the pertinent legal milestones. The successful candidate will have exceptional writing, research, oral, and visual skills. Key responsibilities include:
Research, write and design high-quality content, including content for the website, articles, e-newsletters, email, and social media.
Copy, edit, and curate content produced by CRRJ staff.
Manage audience and public engagement with the CRRJ Burnham-Nobles Digital Archive.
Work with local, national, and international news media to promote the goals and mission of CRRJ, writing press releases, media advisories, and content packages.
Handle all media, film, and TV contacts and inquiries.
Coordinate the public appearances of CRRJ spokespersons and represent CRRJ at events.
Coordinate design, printing, and/or production and distribution of promotional materials and videos.
Monitor social media audience, website traffic, newsletter subscribers, and analyze metrics.
On communications matters, monitor budgets, provide guidance to support staff and students, and oversee the work of vendors and consultants.
This is a full-time two-year appointment funded by an externally funded research award. This hybrid position (on-ground and remote) will be expected to attend meetings and events at Northeastern University's Boston office.
Create and curate content for all external publications, including website, newsletter, conference material, year-end reports, and social media. Develop a recognizable brand and style for CRRJ. Handle communications for special projects and events, such as seminars and conferences.
Manage relations with external media producers, including print, digital, film, and television. Facilitate public appearances of CRRJ spokespersons. Create press releases, content packages, and media advisories.
Manage public engagement with CRRJ Archive; create content for and publicize the archive
Supervise students, staff, temporary employees, consultants and other vendors on communication-related matters
Bachelor's degree with not less than 4 years related work experience in communications, journalism, multimedia prosecution, copywriting, or editing.
Excellent research, written, analytical, and verbal communication skills.
Ability to work with complex research.
Demonstrated experience using social media applications and knowledge of SEO and analytics.
Excellent attention to detail.
Excellent organizational and time management skills.
Experience using WordPress, Photoshop, Adobe Suite, or other web-based media creation platforms to create and format content.
Basic understanding of HTML and CSS.
Creative, collaborative, strong work ethic, able to multitask, and remain flexible in an evolving environment.
Attention to detail.
Prior experience in virtual events coordination.
Prior experience with the national civil rights story and legal content; demonstrated interest in civil rights, criminal justice, and American history.
Job history in academic or social justice nonprofit environment.
Documents to Submit:
Please attach your resume, cover letter, a list of references, and a writing sample in one PDF upon your submission.
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Northeastern University is an equal opportunity employer, seeking to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff. Northeastern values and celebrates diversity in all its forms and strives to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion.
All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.
Founded in 1898, Northeastern University is a private research university located in the heart of Boston. Northeastern is a leader in worldwide experiential learning, urban engagement, and interdisciplinary research that meets global and societal needs. Our broad mix of experience-based education programs?our signature cooperative education program, as well as student research, service learning, and global learning?build the connections that enable students to transform their lives. The University offers a comprehensive range of undergraduate and graduate programs leading to degrees through the doctorate in nine colleges and schools.
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