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"The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund is simply the best civil rights law firm in American history." -- President Obama

Communications Senior Writer

The NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) is the country’s first and foremost civil and human rights law organization.  Founded in 1940 under the leadership of Thurgood Marshall, who subsequently became the first Black U.S. Supreme Court Justice, LDF was launched at a time when the nation’s aspirations for equality and due process of law were stifled by widespread state-sponsored racial inequality.

From that era to the present, LDF’s mission has been transformative -- to achieve racial justice, equality, and an inclusive society.

LDF’s litigation, public policy advocacy and public education programs in the substantive areas of criminal justice, economic justice, education and political participation seek to ensure the fundamental and basic human rights of all people to quality education, economic opportunity, the right to vote and fully participate in democracy, and the right to a fair and just judicial system.

LDF seeks a Senior Communications Writer to support the Communications department activities internally and externally.  In addition to working closely with the Communications team on media relations, this person will also work closely with the Legal Department on message development, op/eds, talking points, press statements, media advisories, briefing documents and other writings. 

LDF is seeking a seasoned professional and encourages individuals returning to the workforce to apply. For the right candidate, the organization is open to flexible and alternative work arrangements.

Responsibilities

Written Communications

  • Write and develop compelling materials that communicate clearly and powerfully about LDF’s work and issue areas;
  • Write press releases, media advisories, and press pitches, often under short deadlines;
  • Draft speeches, talking points and message decks;
  • Write and/or edit and place op-eds and articles in national, local, and targeted specialty publications;
  • Write collateral materials, such as fact sheets, brochures and web content;
  • Shepherd writing projects from start to finish: development, editing, approval, pitching, and distribution.

Media Relations

  • Pitch content and spokespersons to media outlets;
  • Understand how to frame complex legal issues to the public;
  • Prep spokespersons as necessary.

Project Management

  • Assist attorneys with communications strategy;
  • Assist the Director of Communications with comprehensive Board related reports.

Qualifications

The ideal candidate will possess the following:

  • College degree;
  • A minimum of three to five years of communications and media relations experience; Hill, nonprofit and/or legal background a plus;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to communicate effectively with diverse groups that help to drive the LDF mission;
  • Ability to produce strong, compelling, error-free prose, often under tight deadlines;
  • Interest in and knowledge and familiarity with a range of social and racial justice issues and a comfort level promoting LDF’s ideals; 
  • Creative thinker with ideas for innovative and compelling ways to convey LDF’s work and mission;
  • Good judgment and ability to juggle multiple requests and priorities;
  • Facility with social media, knowledgeable about the latest platforms with a vision for how to maximize LDF’s social media presence;
  • Intermediate level proficiency with MS Office applications;
  • Flexible schedule, including ability to work evenings and weekends, if needed.

To Apply:  Please submit your resume and cover letter:

Email to: jobs@naacpldf.org

or

Monica Garcia, Director of Human Resources/Administration
NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund
40 Rector Street, 5th floor
New York, New York 10006

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