Communications Associate

The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) seeks a junior-level communications associate to help inform national and state policy conversations about poverty, inequality, and opportunity. CLASP is a nearly 50-year-old nonprofit that advocates for policy solutions for low-income people. The organization focuses on a range of policy issues, including low-wage work, child care and early education, youth, postsecondary education, employment strategies for low-income populations, and income and work supports. Central to our work is a racial equity lens, because we think that achieving our mission requires directly identifying and addressing systemic inequities and barriers related to race, ethnicity, language, and immigration.

The successful candidate will have a bachelor's degree in a related field, demonstrated communications experience, and an avid interest in policy issues that affect low-income people and families.  In a small, mission-driven organization, the communications associate will be a core member of a three-person team, reporting to the communications manager as well as working with the communications director.  The associate will also engage with the executive director and senior team.  At a time of rapid change for CLASP’s communications strategy (including a website redesign) and broader communications and media context, this position is ideal for a self-starter who has a broad knowledge of how communications can advance an organization's policy agenda and is interested in helping to strengthen a communications program.

The successful candidate will have strong written and oral communications skills. He or she will be able to translate technical concepts into laymen’s terms as well as effectively communicate with staff and external partners. The candidate will have significant, demonstrated familiarity with the Adobe Suite (InDesign, Illustrator, Acrobat), Microsoft Office, and social media platforms. Experience with Google Analytics, WordPress, HTML, CSS, and email databases is also a plus.

The communications associate's responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Graphic design:  Design layouts for publications. Generate charts, graphs, and infographics. Use templates to format fact sheets and briefs.
  • Email communications: Create engaging content that explains our work to specific audiences who subscribe to our lists. Provide training and support in Salsa Labs database to staff. Manage Recently from CLASP, our bi-weekly newsletter.
  • Website upkeep: Use CMS to maintain CLASP’s website, including posting and editing. Assist communications manager with technical troubleshooting. WordPress, Drupal, and HTML knowledge is highly valuable.
  • Metrics: Use Google Analytics, Hootsuite, Facebook, and Salsa Labs to track website, social media, and email outcomes. Provide both quantitative and qualitative analysis on at least a quarterly basis.
  • Editing: Edit CLASP publications for clarity and to ensure adherence to our style guide. On occasion—and depending on experience and capacity—distill longer publications into abstracts or executive summaries.
  • Writing: Prepare content for CLASP’s website. Draft other materials as assigned, depending on the candidate’s background and interests and the organization’s needs.
  • Events: Produce invitations, programs, and signage for events. Provide logistical support, including scheduling meetings and day-of setup.
  • Social media: Help manage CLASP’s social media program, which is currently focused on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube. Create and post content.
  • Media relations: Help manage our media contacts database in Meltwater. Post news clips to CLASP’s website.
  • Participate as a member of the CLASP team: CLASP is a small organization that places a high value on collaboration, giving staff the opportunity to work on a number of cross-cutting issues. We frequently support one another during crunch times.

Additional qualifications: This is a junior-level position. Applicants should have a bachelor's degree in a related field and proven communications experience from college, internship(s), and/or post-college professional work. Candidates should also have a demonstrated interest in policies affecting low-income individuals and families, social justice, or related issues. Knowledge or experience on issues of racial equity, immigration, and diversity is also a plus.

Applicants should be collaborative, adaptable, eager to learn, and possess a sense of humor.

Salary: Salary commensurate with experience. CLASP offers very good benefits, including medical insurance, dental insurance, life and long-term disability insurance, long-term care insurance, a retirement savings program, flexible spending accounts, and generous vacation, sick leave, and holiday schedules.

CLASP is an equal-opportunity employer and welcomes applicants of any race, ethnicity, or sexual orientation.

How to apply: Submit a resume, cover letter, salary expectations, and two writing samples to jobs5@clasp.org. Address applications to Communications Manager Andy Beres.

Because of the volume of submissions, we cannot respond individually to every applicant. NO PHONE CALLS, PLEASE.

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