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Communications Coordinator

Req ID: 5814
Location: Chicago - Loop
# of Openings: 1
FT/PT: Full time
Employment Type: Regular
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The National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC), a program of Heartland Alliance, is seeking a communications coordinator to provide media relations and editorial support. NIJC promotes the rights of immigrants through direct legal service, impact litigation and advocacy, and is a regular resource for expert commentary and analysis regarding federal immigration law and policy. NIJC’s communications team works closely with the organization’s legal and policy staff and clients to tell stories that break down barriers to compassion in the immigration debate and hold the U.S. government accountable to respect human rights.

The communications coordinator must be able to write clean and compelling copy on short deadlines, and be willing to take initiative and learn about the complex U.S. immigration system to educate audiences about NIJC’s mission and the need for more humane laws. The communications coordinator will assist in media outreach and storytelling, and contribute to NIJC’s website (immigrantjustice.org) and social media outreach.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Draft, edit, and/or proofread press releases, letters to the editor, blog posts, and op eds to promote NIJC’s work, achievements, and vision of a more just immigration system
  • Help respond to media inquiries, coordinate interviews with staff and clients, and prepare talking points
  • Interview NIJC clients for website storytelling series, develop distribution strategies via NIJC’s online channels
  • Assist in management and production of website content
  • Assist in production/layout and media outreach for publications and reports
  • Track media coverage of immigration issues to inform NIJC communications strategy

Qualifications: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Education and/or Experience: Bachelor’s degree required (majors in journalism, media and/or communications a plus)
  • Professional writing and/or editing experience, preferably for a nonprofit or advocacy organization
  • Attention to detail, with a strong grasp on grammar and Associated Press style and/or Chicago Manual of Style
  • Demonstrated interest in immigrant rights advocacy preferred; knowledge of the U.S. immigration detention system a plus
  • Comfort using content management systems, social networking tools, and other media and web technologies. Candidates should include any experience in photography, video, and/or audio production in their applications.
  • Spanish fluency highly recommended

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