Jews United for Justice (JUFJ), along with our sister 501(c)4 organization, the JUFJ Campaign Fund, is seeking a full-time Communications Associate to support our work mobilizing our community to advance our organizing campaigns, programming, and education for social change.
The ideal candidate will be a talented and creative communicator who will be responsible for JUFJ’s communications work in Maryland and as well as serving as a key member of the communications team that supports the organization as a whole. They will have excellent interpersonal skills, an orientation toward teamwork and collaboration, and a demonstrated track record of managing multiple projects in a fast-paced environment without dropping any balls. This position reports to the Managing Director and works closely with other communications staff as well as staff across the organization. This is a full-time, exempt position that falls within a bargaining unit represented for collective bargaining purposes by a labor organization (NPEU/Local 70, IFPTE).
About Jews United for Justice
Jews United for Justice advances economic, racial, and social justice in the Washington, DC and Maryland region by educating and mobilizing our local Jewish communities to action. We move our region closer to equity and justice by advancing issue-based campaigns that make real, immediate, and concrete improvements in people’s lives and build the power of working-class and poor communities of color. Through these campaigns we develop leaders, build our Jewish grassroots community, shift the consciousness of our community, and build the collective power needed to undo systemic racism and inequality. Learn more about JUFJ.
- Collaborate with staff to create both regular and one-off communications for JUFJ’s Baltimore, Montgomery County, and Maryland statewide work, including compelling written and visual content for newsletters, action alerts, one-pagers, websites, petitions, op-eds, press conferences, etc. Provide communications support to staff in other departments and jurisdictions as needed.
- Follow and understand the details of our legislative and policy work in order to write about it in an accurate, compelling way that is tailored to different audiences, including our grassroots base and the legislators we are working to persuade.
- Support organizers and/or volunteer leaders by writing, editing, or tracking testimony and other requested written materials.
- Support coalition communications requests as needed.
- Participate actively in ensuring all materials created reflect JUFJ’s commitment to racial justice and equity.
- Use digital media to increase JUFJ’s reach and mobilize our community to advance campaigns for social change. Work closely with community organizers to develop and implement plans for online mobilization and outreach.
- Create and maintain the content for JUFJ’s Maryland-focused social media, share management of social media accounts for select coalitions, and support social media needs in other areas across the organization as needed.
- Livestream and/or take photos and videos at actions and press conferences as needed
- Update organizational websites with events, blog posts, and more.
Administrative Tasks, Team Infrastructure, and Tracking
- Work with our data management platform, EveryAction, to input, track, and interpret communications data.
- Monitor data, analytics, and other metrics, and distribute information to the appropriate people.
- Facilitate weekly communications meetings and take responsibility for tasks and projects generated there.
- Maintain a press list and provide onsite support for press conferences and actions as needed
- Attend jurisdictional organizing team meetings as needed
Key Qualifications & Experience
Jews United for Justice seeks candidates with the following qualifications:
- 2+ years of experience in any of: communications, digital media, grassroots organizing, political or issue campaigns (can be a mix of paid and volunteer experience). Preference for experience or familiarity with the intersection of communications and online or grassroots organizing.
- Communication skills: Your writing should be clear, compelling, and personable, and you need to be able to tailor a message to multiple audiences. You are a good editor, and also have strong listening and verbal communication skills.
- High Attention to Detail: You have a preference about the Oxford comma. Demonstrated commitment to meeting high standards in a fast-paced environment, and a history of managing a high volume of work and getting things done without sacrificing quality.
- Exceptional teamwork skills and the ability to manage up, down, and sideways with colleagues and volunteers. You view your own work as supporting the whole, and as integral to the team’s effectiveness. Candidates should have a sense of humor, low ego, and a genuine commitment to working in a collaborative team setting.
- Project Management Skills: Able to effectively project plan as well manage and prioritize work when faced with competing deadlines. Excellent problem-solving skills and a strong sense of ownership over tasks, including follow-through, and willing to be persistent and do what it takes to get the job done.
- Technology: You are comfortable working with technology and have experience with– or the appetite and aptitude to learn more about– Google Suite, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, WordPress, Adobe, Canva, and CRM/database platforms (JUFJ uses EveryAction / NGP VAN).
Additional Preferred Qualifications & Experience
The following qualifications are also desired but not required:
- Basic graphic design and visual communications skills
- Familiarity with Jewish communities and/or Jewish culture, history, or texts
- Media relations/PR experience
- Knowledge of local Baltimore, Montgomery County, Maryland, or DC communities, politics, or advocacy
- Experience understanding social and web analytics, such as Google Analytics, to drive strategy
- Some understanding or experience of community organizing, progressive politics, and/or nonprofit work and the role that communications plays in them
- Compensation: $48,000-56,000 per year commensurate with experience
- Benefits: JUFJ offers a competitive benefits package covering 100% of employee medical & dental insurance premiums, 25% of premiums for employee dependents, employer retirement contributions, short-term disability income protection insurance, public transportation stipend, and generous paid time off, including paid family and medical leave
- Location: This is a full-time position based out of JUFJ’s Washington, DC office; the chosen candidate may have the option to work out of our Baltimore, MD office with supervisor approval.
Due to COVID-19 regulations, all staff are working remotely at this time
JUFJ is committed to building a diverse team that draws on the strengths of people with a variety of identities, backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. People of color, indigenous people, LGBTQ+ people, and immigrants are particularly encouraged to apply. You do not need to be Jewish. Please send a cover letter, resume, and 2-3 professional references to firstname.lastname@example.org and indicate Communications Associate in the subject line.