About the ACLU of North Carolina
Whether it’s achieving full equality for LGBTQIA+ people, fighting to achieve racial justice, pushing to eradicate our broken and racially biased criminal legal system, defending freedom of speech, religion, and the right to protest, or preserving the right to vote or the right to have an abortion, the ACLU takes up the toughest civil liberties cases and issues to defend all people from government abuse and overreach.
Two critical components of our work are centering the voices of impacted people and applying an anti-racist lens to all aspects of our internal and external functions including but not limited to recruitment and human resources, strategic planning, donor and volunteer relations, Board and committee processes, and deciding what cases to litigate. We are looking for candidates who share our commitment to our values.
The ACLU-NC brings together litigation, legislative advocacy, communications, and organizing strategies to empower communities and achieve our objectives in major issue areas including criminal law reform, racial justice, LGBTQIA+ equality, reproductive freedom, and the rights of immigrants. With nearly 30,000 members and supporters across the state, the ACLU-NC has a staff of more than 20 people with an office in Raleigh.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of North Carolina seeks to hire a skilled multimedia communication professional to plan and execute high-impact digital communications products to increase engagement in and visibility of our work. The ideal candidate will be creative, mission-focused, and results-driven, using digital platforms and innovative tactics to drive bold, consistent messaging across digital platforms that align with the mission and values of the ACLU of North Carolina (ACLU- NC).
The Communications Strategist is a full-time, salaried, and exempt position that will work out of our Raleigh or Charlotte office as part of a collaborative Communications Department under the supervision of the Director of Communications and in close collaboration with the Legal and Policy & Advocacy Departments. Some nights and weekend work required, as well as occasional travel within the state.
Key Job Responsibilities
- Develop strategies and tactics to advance the organization’s goals on various issues, including voting rights, racial justice, reproductive justice, LGBTQIA+ equality, criminal legal system reform, and more
- Provide support and assistance to the organization’s internal and external communications programs
- Create and manage digital content including website articles, advocacy emails, event pages, action alerts, online graphics, and social media posts
- Plan, schedule, and implement a digital communications calendar for website content, promotional emails, and social media posts
- Create, maintain, and update online press distribution lists of reporters and media outlets for press releases and media advisories
- Provide communications support to ACLU-NC events, such as online advertisements, promotional emails, graphic design creation, in-person technical assistance, and real-time documentation via photography and social media
- Collect, analyze, and report data from ACLU-NC digital campaigns, such as social media engagement, email open rates, website visits, and more
- Track and compile ACLU-NC news coverage and help monitor breaking news coverage for civil rights and civil liberties issues
- Assist with the drafting and design of written materials and publications, such as newsletters, press releases, fact-sheets, PowerPoint presentations, and more
- Other projects and duties as assigned
To Be Successful in This Role, the Candidate Will Have
- Commitment to the mission of the ACLU-NC and the advancement of civil liberties and civil rights in North Carolina
- At least two years of experience in digital communications, journalism, marketing, public relations, or equivalent combination of education and work experience
- Ability to work well within a team, often in a fast-paced work environment under tight deadlines
- A commitment to diversity; a personal approach that values the individual and respects differences of race, ethnicity, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, and expression, religion, ability, and socio-economic circumstance
- A keen eye for graphic design and visual storytelling. Photography experience is a plus with video production or editing skills
- Excellent writing and editing skills
- Experience with Adobe Creative Suite, Canva or similar graphic design programs
- Experience creating and maintaining website and social media content
- A valid North Carolina driver’s license and reliable transportation
To Stand Out from Others, You Will Have
- Working knowledge of HTML and experience coding emails and/or web pages is a plus
- Knowledge and experience creating content for Drupal, WordPress, and Squarespace websites is a plus
- Fluency in Spanish is a plus but not required
What Else You Should Know
You are welcome here! The ACLU-NC is committed to an inclusive work environment that reflects the population that we serve. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer and are committed to building an organization where all employees and North Carolinians can be proud. We eagerly anticipate 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, parental status, veteran status, or record of arrest or conviction.
The salary for this position is $64,000. Excellent benefits include generous paid time off, over 10 paid holidays, medical, dental, and vision insurance, 401k retirement plan with employer match, life insurance, and short-term and long-term disability insurance. The ACLU-NC is a unionized employer, and communication strategists are part of the union bargaining unit. Salary and benefits are subject to a collective bargaining agreement.
Applications may be submitted via this link (Communications Strategist - American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina - Career Page (applytojob.com)) and should include a cover letter explaining your specific interest in working for the ACLU of North Carolina and a resume. Please note that we will only be able to follow up with those candidates under consideration. Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
The ACLU-NC is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. Recognizing that strict minimum requirements tend to disproportionately discourage women and people of color from applying for jobs for which they would otherwise be competitive, we encourage all qualified individuals to apply -- especially people of color; women; people from low-income backgrounds; people with disabilities; people who identify as LGBTQIA+; and people who are formerly incarcerated or otherwise directly impacted by the criminal legal system.
The ACLU-NC and the ACLU-NCLF is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. Recognizing that strict minimum requirements tend to disproportionately discourage women and people of color from applying for jobs for which they would otherwise be competitive, we encourage all qualified individuals to apply -- especially people of color; women; people from low-income backgrounds; people with disabilities; people who identify as LGBTQIA+; and people who are formerly incarcerated or otherwise directly impacted by the criminal legal system.