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 40+-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. In addition to barriers to opportunity created by low incomes, we also address barriers related to race, ethnicity, language, and immigration. With CLASP's management team, board and new executive director committed to elevating our communications outreach, this is the perfect moment to welcome a new member to the team.

The successful candidate will have a bachelor's degree in a related field and demonstrated communications experience, as well as an avid interest in policy issues that affect low-income people and their families. This position reports to the communications manager and 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 be an excellent writer and editor. He or she will not only be able to edit wonky papers and reports for a policy audience but will also be able to translate complex policy language into prose that is easily accessible for a wide variety of audiences. The candidate will have strong familiarity with social media and knowledge of specialized software and tools such as HTML, Adobe Illustrator, HootSuite, and e-mail and media databases.

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

  • Social Media: Manage the organization's social media program, which is currently focused on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube. Create and post content.
  • Website Upkeep: Use CMS to take the lead in maintaining the CLASP website, including posting and removing content. HTML knowledge is highly valuable in this area. (NOTE: We have a webmaster who handles the more technologically difficult tasks.)
  • Editing: Edit CLASP publications and ensure they adhere to the internal style guide as well as other designated style manuals.
  • Writing: Manage the organization's Weekly Roundup, including creation and editing of all content. Prepare content for the CLASP website. Assist with drafting press releases and creating other materials as assigned by the communications manager.
  • Media Relations: Manage the media contacts database and media lists within Meltwater, along with the clippings section of our website. Assist communications manager with the overall media relations program.
  • Metrics: Compile metrics used to gauge the success of our social media, website, constituency database, and media relations efforts
  • Email Communications: Manage CLASP's communications with our email lists, develop strategies to grow our lists, and create engaging content that explains our work and is appropriate for the audiences who subscribe to our lists. Provide technical support on DIA/Salsa to staff.
  • Basic Graphic Design: Use templates created for CLASP to design publications and documents. Use Adobe graphics suite to design basic charts, graphs, and documents. Use Powerpoint and Prezi to help create presentations.
  • 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 demonstrated communications experience. 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 adaptable, eager to learn, and possess a collegial 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: Interested individuals should send a resume, cover letter, salary expectations, and two writing samples to jobs@clasp.org.

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

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