Communications Manager

June 04, 2010

The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) seeks a communications manager. The successful candidate will have a bachelor's degree, three to seven years of communications experience and demonstrate an avid interest in policy issues that affect low-income people and their families. This position reports to the communications director and is ideal for a self-starter who has broad knowledge of how communications can advance an organization's policy agenda and is interested in helping to expand an organization's communications efforts. The successful candidate will be an excellent writer and editor with the ability to not only edit wonky papers and reports for a policy audience but also to translate complex policy language into easily accessible prose for a wide variety of audiences. The ideal candidate will be skilled in using new media tools to enhance and complement CLASP's outreach and media relations.

  • Editing: Edit CLASP publications and ensure all publications adhere to the internal style guide as well as other designated style manuals.
  • Writing: Write news releases, fact sheets, blog posts, website content, as well as other materials as assigned by the communications director.
  • Social media: Develop and implement a strategy for using social media and electronic communications to ratchet up CLASP's outreach.
  • Online Outreach: Use Democracy in Action to send electronic communications. Assist in developing strategies (including revamping CLASP's electronic newsletter) to increase the number of subscribers to and improve the quality of CLASP's electronic communications.
  • Website Upkeep: Help to maintain the website, including posting and removing content, and developing and executing ideas to better use the website to communicate to various audiences.
  • Media Relations: Enhance CLASP's media coverage by helping to develop media strategies around various CLASP projects, writing and/or editing news releases, letters to the editor and other media materials, establishing relationships with key reporters who cover poverty and other CLASP-related issues, pitch story ideas to news reporters.
  • General Communications: Proactively make suggestions when CLASP policy staff's work warrants a broader communications strategy (including but not limited to electronic communications, media relations, using new media technologies, etc.) and work with the communications director to develop and implement that strategy.

Additional qualifications: Applicants should have three to seven years of experience in communications or in a related field such as journalism or public policy, demonstrate professional maturity, know how to problem solve, and be detail oriented. Candidates should have an interest in CLASP-related issues as demonstrated by their prior experience or explained in their cover letter.

Salary: Salary is commensurate with experience.  CLASP offers exceptional benefits, including several health insurance options, dental insurance, life and long-term disability insurance, long term care insurance, a 403(b) retirement program, flexible spending accounts and generous vacation, sick leave, and holiday schedules.

Interested candidates should send resume, a thoughtful cover letter, and two writing samples to Jenice R. Robinson, Incomplete applications will not be considered. No phone calls.


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