Communications Director

Job Description (2024)

Organization Overview

CLRJ is the leading California-based Latina/e Reproductive Justice organization and is the only statewide organization whose mission focuses specifically on promoting Latinas’/es’ Reproductive Justice.  Reproductive Justice is a framework for movement building developed by indigenous women and women of color that simultaneously prioritizes the rights to:  1) not have children, and control one’s fertility accordingly through access to critical reproductive health service, including abortion; 2) have children if one so chooses, and be free of interference in one’s reproductive life by the state or other institutions; 3) parent the children one has in safe and healthy environments; 4) bodily autonomy.

We build Latinas’/es’ power – particularly the most underserved Latinas/es, low-income women of color, and immigrant women – through policy advocacy, community organizing, alliance-building, leadership development and long-term movement building strategies.

Position Overview

The Communications Director  (CD) is a key member of the leadership team at CLRJ and responsible for advancing the organization’s purpose, core goals and objectives by combining traditional and new media skills, political analysis and strategy that never looses sight of the organization’s reproductive justice and human rights lens. The CD will develop and lead and oversee all of the organizations communications strategies and will support of the organization’s program goals and activities.  The CD will lead the organization’s groundbreaking culture shift work, lead all organizational campaigns, and steward the organizations brand and messaging.  Additionally the CD will develop trainings for staff, board, program participants ,and other stakeholders on CLRJ’s brand of messaging, narrative shift, and story gathering strategies  The CD is an essential member of CLRJ’s staff team and plays a critical role in many aspects of the organization.  The Communications Director will report to CLRJ’s Executive Director, and will work collaboratively with all members of the CLRJ Team.  

 

Principal Areas of Responsibility 

Culture Shift & Messaging 
  • Organizational brand steward.
  • Short Term and Long Term Culture Shift Strategy.
  • Lead staff on development of organizational messaging.
  • Coordinate messages, talking points, and other language for policy proposals, public statements, reports, briefs and other organizational materials.
  • Work with CLRJ staff on the development and implementation of culture shift strategies, tactics, and campaigns.
  • Coordinate with partner organizations on shared culture shift efforts.
  • Provide training to staff, organizational partners and CLRJ program participants around culture shift strategies, tactics and impact.
 
Traditional Media Relations
  • Cultivate relationships with targeted media contacts to and increase the visibility of the Reproductive Justice issues that CLRJ has prioritized.
  • Seek strategic media opportunities that elevate CLRJ’s mission and the Reproductive Justice stories of Latinas locally, statewide, and nationally.
  • Work with staff, allies, and outside supporters to draft and place Op-Eds, Letters to the Editor, and blogs on behalf of the organization.
  • Conduct strategic media outreach in coordination with community organizing and policy advocacy campaigns.
  • Issue press releases and pitch stories to traditional media outlets. 
 
Online Presence
  • Supervise and train communications staff in the maintenance and update of CLRJ’s website.
  • Supervise and train communications staff in the maintenance, administration, and updating of CLRJ’s social media presence, including managing a comprehensive social media calendar and determining ways to expand and/or strengthen community engagement.
  • Keep abreast of online conversations and developments around Reproductive Justice policy priorities, as well local, state and national RJ news and current events.
 
Story Gathering, Archiving, and Programming
  • Supervise and train communications and other program staff in the gathering of RJ stories for CLRJ’s archives (Speaking Story).
  • Short Term and Long Term Culture Shift Strategy.
  • Lead staff on development of organizational messaging.
  • Lead program staff in planning storytelling events in various regions of the state.
  • Provide story gathering trainings for partner organizations.
 
Strategic Communications Partnerships
  • Support communication activities conducted with allied organizations, coalitions, and/or campaigns.
  • Build and maintain relationships with communications leads within key allied organizations.
 
Materials Development
  • Support CLRJ staff in the creation, editing and dissemination of fact sheets, publications, community education briefs, and other materials.
  • Coordinate graphic design for web, large design jobs for organizational digital and printed collateral including research reports, briefs and other CLRJ needs.
  • Coordinate design of memes, flyers, email templates, blogs, and smaller design jobs for organizational collateral.
 
Development
  • Create materials to support the organization’s fundraising efforts.
  • Apply strategic communications using traditional and new media efforts to increase the base of foundation and individual donors.
  • Assist with proposal writing and grant reporting in relation to the Communications strategies and activities of the organization.

 

Skills and Qualifications

All CLRJ employees are expected to fully support the organization’s mission in their work. Any positions or work that runs counter to LGBTQ rights or Reproductive Justice – including the right to access abortion and contraception, are likely to create a conflict of interest disqualifying an employee from working at CLRJ. All employees regardless of their position are required to support with staffing events, public speaking or disseminating information about people’s right to access legal and safe abortion care and contraception, as assigned. It is also required that all employees use messaging that is developed by CLRJ’s Communications Team and that it is factual, evidence-based, and free of judgment or discrimination when talking about all Reproductive Justice issues, including LGBTQ rights, and the right to access abortion or contraception when working or otherwise representing CLRJ.

  • Must prioritize and further CLRJ’s purpose in all of their activities.

  • Anti-colonial Critical Thinking.
  • Two to three years experience in the field of Reproductive Justice .

  • Three to five years of experience with communications, message development, and media relations.

  • Two to three years experience in managing staff, consultants, interns and volunteers.

  • Excellent written and verbal communications with a proven ability and experience to reach a range of audiences including diverse cultural, linguistic, age, professional and technological literacy.

  • Two to three years experience in website and blog management, design and development.

  • Experience with web-based  communications platforms and ability to learn and adapt to new tools as they are developed.

  • Experience developing, running, and managing social media content and campaigns.

  • Graphic design, photography and video skills and experience highly desired.

  • Knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite, Canva, video and audio editing knowledge a plus.

  • Basic HTML and CSS skills and experience preferred.

  • Experience using Powerbase or other CRM systems preferred.

  • Spanish language proficiency (oral and written) strongly preferred.

  • Self-initiated, motivated, well-organized, able to work with minimal supervision.

  • Ability to work flexible hours and some nights and weekends.

  • Ability to travel regularly throughout the state and nationally.

  • Demonstrated respect, effectiveness and appropriateness when working with a wide range of cultural communities and intergenerational community groups.

  • Must demonstrate excellent judgment in all interactions with organizations and individuals when representing CLRJ.

  • Computer skills: Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, internet and database programs necessary to carry out project objectives.

  • Creativity, passion for social justice, excellent interpersonal and team-building skills.

 

Location and Classification

  • This position is based in Los Angeles, but may be worked remotely throughout California; some local, state, and national travel may be require.
  • All staff currently work remotely with monthly in person meetings.
  • The employee must be available to work extended days in the evenings or weekends, as needed.

 

Compensation and Employee Benefits

  • The salary range for this position is : $70,000 – $80,000 annually.
  • This is a full-time non-exempt position, working 40 hours a week.
  • Excellent benefits package including: Medical, dental, vision, life, long term and short-term disability insurance.
  • Paid sick, personal time, and 2-4 weeks of paid vacation depending on the years of employment.
  • Paid holidays
  • Paid parental and sabbatical leave, in accordance with CLRJ’s employee guidelines.
  • Staff wellness and team-building group activities.
  • Significant opportunities for professional development and growth.

 

Interviews will be scheduled on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

CLRJ is an equal opportunity employer. People of color, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender people and those with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

TO APPLY: Please send cover letter and résumé to careers@clrj.org with the job title in the subject line.