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AmericaSpeaks opening: New Media, Communications, and Program Associate

From David Stern, Director of Online Engagement at AmericaSpeaks (an NCDD organizational member):

AmericaSpeaks is a non-profit, nonpartisan organization that engages citizens in the public decisions that impact their lives. We believe that a healthy, inclusive democracy depends on an informed, engaged citizenry that can make thoughtful decisions that reflect the needs of the “common good.” AmericaSpeaks has become a pioneer in the field of citizen engagement, finding innovative ways to bring citizen voices into decision-making and working to create national infrastructure for democratic deliberation. Together, we are institutionalizing the links between decision-makers and citizens in determining public policy.

The New Media, Communications, and Program Coordinator powers AmericaSpeaks’ online communications and provides key support in outreach and execution of our signature forums to engage citizens. This position reports to the Online Director and works with our President, program staff, and interns. We are hoping to fill this position in December. This position is located in Washington, DC.

Essential duties and responsibilities include:

  • Support the organization, project staff, and the Online Director in planning and executing strategic outreach and communications via social media and online methods.
  • Oversee and operate the contact relations management database for event registration, reports, and email distribution.
  • Support media relations on AmericaSpeaks projects.
  • Curate the AmericaSpeaks blog, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn accounts.
  • Coordinate outreach to the AmericaSpeaks volunteer network and craft messaging for potential supporters.
  • Develop writing, design, and layout for regular newsletters, targeted email campaigns, and informational web pages.
  • Contribute writing and ideas for new project proposals to be submitted to potential clients and funders.
  • Assist with staff needs as necessary at AmericaSpeaks 21st Century Town Meetings®, including recruitment, event management, and logistics.
  • Perform research, writing, editing, and copyediting as needed.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • 2-4 years of communications experience and evidence of progressively increasing responsibility.
  • Strong writing, editing, copy-editing, and research skills.
  • Significant experience with social media. Proof of an online presence and activity you have generated personally or for an organization on Twitter, blog, Tumblr, Google+, Facebook, web site, or other platform.
  • Experience working with traditional media outlets (newspapers, television) is a plus.
  • Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced environment with multiple priorities and frequent deadlines.
  • Ability to work independently, with supervision, and as part of a team.
  • Experience using a Customer Relationship Management system. Familiarity with Salsa is a very strong plus.
  • Familiarity with a web-based Content Management System like WordPress or Drupal (WordPress is a strong plus).
  • Professional, diplomatic, and strong interpersonal skills. Excellent verbal skills.
  • Meticulous attention to detail; strong organizational skills required.
  • Computer proficiency with MS Office including Word, Excel and Powerpoint.
  • Proficiency with the Adobe suite, including Photoshop and Illustrator, is a plus.
  • Experience driving organizational coverage through media and blogger outreach a plus.

To apply, send a cover letter, resume, one-to-two page writing sample (as an attachment or link), and a link(s) to a public online presence to job@americaspeaks.org.

AmericaSpeaks offers a benefits package that includes excellent health insurance, generous leave, and a healthy work environment. AmericaSpeaks is an equal opportunity employer. Minorities, women, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. To learn more about AmericaSpeaks, please visit www.americaspeaks.org.

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Sandy Heierbacher co-founded the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD) with Andy Fluke in 2002, with the 60 volunteers and 50 organizations who worked together to plan NCDD’s first national conference. She served as NCDD's Executive Director between 2002 and 2018. Click here for a list of articles and resources authored by Sandy.

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