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Who We Are

At Children’s Law Center, everything we do is focused on one thing – delivering better client outcomes for kids and families in DC. Our staff are empowered to open minds, shape decisions, and offer solutions. We encourage intellectual curiosity, innovation, diversity, and mutual respect.

Our greatest assets are our people. We strive to attract and cultivate a vibrant, creative, and diverse community. We recognize that people with diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives fuel our ability to provide the best outcomes for our clients. Our staff drive Children’s Law Center’s mission with their leadership, result-orientated mindset, and commitment to cultural humility and centering the needs of our clients. We are looking for an individual who enjoys working in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment, likes to be challenged, and values the opportunity to make a difference.

Children’s Law Center’s success depends on recruiting and retaining individuals who possess and value these attributes.

Program Description

Children’s Law Center’s Communications team oversees the organization’s communications priorities. We utilize a variety of marketing and communications activities, including media, social media, digital communications, print collateral and more. The Communications team plays a key role in Children’s Law Center’s efforts to raise funds that ensure we can support thousands of kids and families across the District each year.  We also assist legal teams by sharing client-centered stories, create materials to help with client outreach or pro bono recruitment efforts and work to advance policy goals that benefit DC kids and families.

Job Summary

The Communications Manager is responsible for leading communications that support the organization’s advocacy campaigns and fundraising priorities through the use of media, social media and collateral. The Manager will also develop communications strategies, messages and materials that advance policy goals for coalitions that the organization leads or participates in. This position will report to the Communications Director and work closely with the organization’s policy and fundraising teams.

Job Responsibilities

Digital Communications 

  • Work closely with Communications Coordinator to develop social media content calendar and lead all social media efforts for the organization including policy initiatives, coalition communications and fundraising.
  • Partner with Communications Coordinator to write web copy that communicates our policy goals, advances coalition initiatives and highlights our fundraising events.
  • Develop graphics or moving .gifs that communicate our messages in a compelling way on social media.

Collateral Management and Graphic Design Support

  • Work with external designers and print vendors to take content written by other Communications team members to produce organization-wide collateral, including but not limited to spring mailing, fall annual benefit materials and year-end fundraising mailing.
  • Work with other members of the Communications team and external videographers to create videos that advance the organization’s strategies.
  • Support Communications Coordinator in managing projects for the Communications team, including designing workplans, leading and managing meetings, soliciting input and creating consensus.
  • Manage and maintain effective relationships with external vendors, such as graphic designers, photographers, videographers, printers and more.

Policy Advocacy and Coalition Communications 

  • Manage and implement day-to-day communications that support the organization’s advocacy campaigns and policy priorities in partnership with Communications Coordinator.
  • Create and implement comprehensive communications campaigns to support Children’s Law Center’s advocacy work.
  • Develop strategic messages that convince key decision makers to take action.
    Actively coordinate, participate and/or represent Children’s Law Center in various external coalitions.

Media Support

  • Support Communications Director in developing, implementing and evaluating media outreach strategies that influence policymakers, DC agency administrators, policymaker constituents and partner organizations to take action.
  • Develop and implement creative ways of keeping Children’s Law Center and our issues in the news.
  • Create and maintain positive relationships with key members of the media, being extremely responsive to incoming media requests. Craft, message and deliver media pitches and manage targeted outreach lists.

Outcomes Data and Analytics

  • Use metrics and reporting gathered by Communications Coordinator to adjust strategies as necessary.
  • Use data to drive best practices, sparking a constant state of learning for the team.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

  • Demonstrated experience developing collateral materials or executing communications related to advocacy campaign strategies.
  • Experience using social media to achieve advocacy and fundraising goals, specifically Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.
  • Working knowledge of InDesign and Adobe Premiere (or similar software tools) to support vendors with video and print collateral development.
  • Understanding of Google Analytics, Hootsuite and other analytics tools.
  • Experience tracking news coverage and/or pitching stories to reporters with a preferred focus on stories about issues in the DC region and/or issues facing children in poverty such as healthcare, education, social services, mental health and more.
  • Strong writing skills for both print and electronic media, with an ear to cultural competency and awareness, as well as a deep-seated respect for sensitive situations and subjects.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively with internal stakeholder teams and external vendors and partners.
  • Ability to exercise independent judgement and manage any challenges that arise.
  • Openly seeks and responds to constructive feedback for continual improvement.
  • Project management certifications preferred.
  • Experience working with nonprofit fundraising or advocacy teams preferred.
  • Understanding of DC legal community and access to justice issues preferred.

Required Skills and Experience

  • 4-7 years’ experience in marketing, communications, nonprofit management, journalism or public relations roles.

Salary and Benefits

The salary for this position ranges from $61,128- $76,356 annually based on relevant experience.  Children’s Law Center offers a generous benefits package that includes medical, dental, vision, and short- and long-term disability insurance; employer-provided retirement contributions; flexible spending plans; and vacation, sick, holiday, family and medical leave. Children’s Law Center is a 501(c)(3) organization.  Employees with federal student loan debt can apply for Public Service Loan Forgiveness.   For more information, go to https://myfedloan.org/borrowers/special-programs/pslf.

Application Instructions

To apply, please submit a resume as PDF file via CLC’s careers page (https://childrenslawcenter.org/get-involved/careers/).

Children’s Law Center is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive environment. If you believe that you need accommodation to search for, or apply for, one of our positions please send an email to Jobs@ChildrensLawCenter.org. In your email, please include the accommodation you are requesting and the job title you are applying for. It may take up to three business days to receive a response to your request.

Hybrid Working Conditions

Children’s Law Center is currently operating on a hybrid work schedule.  All employees are expected spend time both working remotely and working in-person from Children’s Law Center’s office.  Hybrid working expectations vary depending upon role and program responsibilities.

Vaccine Mandate

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser has required that government employees receive the COVID-19 vaccine and all eligible booster shots or be granted medical or religious exemption from the mandate.  Due to some of our grant funding and partnerships, Children’s Law Center must follow this mandate. Prior to beginning employment at Children’s Law Center, all new employees must be fully vaccinated, including all eligible booster shots, and provide proof thereof as a condition of employment unless the candidate applies and is approved for an exemption as an accommodation due to a medical condition or a religious belief.

Background Checks

Candidates who receive a conditional offer of employment will be subject to a background check.

EEO

Children’s Law Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to equal employment opportunities for all applicants and existing employees.   We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to ancestry, age, color, disability, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, military or veteran status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, and any other basis protected by federal, state, or local law, ordinance, or regulation. We invite you to visit us here to learn more about our company and our career opportunities (https://childrenslawcenter.org/get-involved/careers/).

DEI Statement

Children’s Law Center is dedicated to building a world that is inclusive in approach and has equal opportunities and equitable outcomes for all. Our organization is committed to developing and supporting a robustly diverse, equitable, inclusive and anti-racist community, where all members can create and feel a sense of belonging. Through our collective deliberate efforts, we work toward racial and social justice for children and families in DC.

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