Senior Communications Manager

Job Posting

Senior Communications Manager

Date Posted:

August 2, 2017

We Are

The American Immigration Council (Council), a nonprofit and non-partisan organization, serves as a powerful voice in promoting laws, policies, and attitudes that honor our proud history as a nation of immigrants. Through research and policy analysis, litigation, communications, and international exchange, the Council seeks to shape a twenty-first century vision of immigration in America.

Your Role

The Senior Communications Manager will formulate and execute strategic communications plans and messaging related to the Council’s legal, policy and research work. The Senior Communications Manager reports to the Communications Director and works in close collaboration with legal, policy, and research teams, as well as other staff. The work requires careful analysis, planning, creativity, passion, leadership, and cooperation.

As with all positions at the Council, this position requires commitment to the Council’s mission and the organization’s culture of philanthropy. All Council staff demonstrate a commitment to diversity; a personal approach that values the individual and respects differences of race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, religion, ability and socio-economic circumstance.

The responsibilities for this position include, but are not limited to:

  • Strategic Communications: Develop communications strategies for the Council’s legal, policy and research work in collaboration with other staff. Develop messaging around our legal cases and research products and design plans that include traditional and new media strategies.
  • Media Relations: Coordinate the Council’s media relations for selected major cases and for the policy and research departments.  This work includes writing press releases, pitching stories to media, responding to media inquiries, and coordinating occasional telephonic press conferences.
  • Publications: Review and edit content for Council publications, including blog posts, policy reports, marketing materials and other advocacy materials. Review design of these materials. Collaborate with the Digital Communications Manager on strategies for effective use of the website and of social media.
  • Other:  Will have active management responsibilities and be part of a collaborative communications, marketing, and development team. Help maintain a positive, respectful, welcoming, and professional work environment for employees and partners.

To perform successfully in this role, incumbent should possess skills identified below:

  • Experience with media outreach, devising pitches and cultivating media relationships.
  • Experience with use of websites and social media as communications tools.
  • Strong analytical skills for developing messaging and evaluating and implementing media strategies.
  • Outstanding writing skills and experience presenting complex immigration issues to the public.
  • Management, organization, and planning skills that allow for successful pursuit of numerous concurrent projects.
  • Flexibility to adjust to fast-developing issues and changing circumstances and a can-do attitude toward challenges.
  • Strong understanding of and commitment to immigrants’ rights.

Additional requirements:

  • Active listening and problem solving skills.
  • Ability to demonstrate attention to detail, accuracy, and thoroughness.
  • Ability to prioritize and manage competing demands/multiple assignments through effective time management.
  • Ability to adapt to changing priorities, strategies, and circumstances.
  • Ability to display initiative and openness to change.
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment and maintain confidentiality.
  • Ability to work both independently and as a member of a team.
  • Ability to form positive working relationships with people from varied backgrounds.
  • Ability to exhibit professionalism in representing the organization, both internally and externally.

Your Background

BA/BS required and five to seven years of high-level experience in communications, political advocacy, and/or public policy work, including significant writing and communications responsibilities.

To Apply

We encourage qualified applicants to submit cover letter, resume and salary requirement to:  Cover letter should include a summary of how your background, knowledge, skills and abilities relate to the responsibilities and requirements of the position.

Direct Hire ONLY. No calls, please.

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