ABOUT THE JOB

● Establish, manage and maintain the highest editorial standards across the ACLU in the creation and production of short- and long-form written content

● Manage daily workflow and production of written content from ACLU staff and affiliate contributors, including setting and managing deadlines that take into account reviews from stakeholders

● Lead strategic thinking and material development around written content needs on issues, campaigns, and projects to ensure strong, on-message, compelling writing

● Maintain a content calendar that includes articles, blog posts, op-eds, long-form editorial pieces, reports, and special projects

● Solicit blog posts and other written content from ACLU national staff, ACLU affiliate staff, and allies, and manage the editing process for the blog

● Work closely with senior staff and communications team members as appropriate, to develop or revise content for message consistency and maximum impact for written products and content

● Write and/or edit major reports and long-form content, in partnership with colleagues, author(s), outside partners/vendors, and the communications department staff

● Provide writing assistance, editorial guidance, and editing on written content to ACLU national and affiliate staff, as needed

● Partner with digital team colleagues to build and promote content in order to drive engagement on content and build support for the ACLU and its efforts

● Keep, analyze and react to content metrics to ensure quality and identify opportunities for improving content viewership and engagement

● Write, edit, and pitch op-eds and features to be placed in major media outlets. Work to maintain high editorial content and standards on projects with outside vendors and consultants

● Track op-ed and content pitches, as well as external placements

● Work across departments and functions to ensure that all written material reflects the organization’s positions and branding

● Manage partnerships with external publishing platforms (e.g. Medium, Apple News, etc.) and manage the cross-posting process

● Manage freelance writers and assign content generation when appropriate

● Manage interns performing editorial tasks such as research, fact checking, and copy-editing

● Demonstrate a commitment to diversity within the office, using a personal approach that values all individuals and respects differences in regards to race, ethnicity, age, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, ability and socio-economic circumstance

● Commit to work collaboratively and respectfully toward resolving obstacles and/or conflicts

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

 ● Minimum of five years of experience writing and editing, some of which was for nonprofit/advocacy purposes

● Outstanding writing and editing skills, proven record of publication

● Command of AP Style

● Strong verbal communications skills; ability to communicate with staff at all levels within the organization as well as with external media contacts, vendors and other organizations

● Collaborative work style and demonstrated ability to operate under pressure and within short deadlines

● Familiarity with political, legal, and news media landscapes.

● Experience working with digital content and blogs

● Familiarity with a wide variety of media outlets and journalists, and rapid-response moments

● Strong Microsoft Office Suite skills

● Ability to successfully navigate and thrive within a complex organization, working on established organizational priority issues as well as of-the-moment priorities

● Ability to manage multiple priorities and projects effectively and when needed, with urgency

● Commitment to the mission of the ACLU

 

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

 Bachelor’s degree strongly preferred. Advanced degree in a related field (e.g. journalism) preferred

  • Experience in a nonprofit organization of comparable complexity and scale, a news outlet, or a communications agency is preferred

ABOUT THE ACLU

For almost 100 years, the ACLU has worked to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States. Whether it’s ending mass incarceration, achieving full equality for the LGBT community, establishing new privacy protections for our digital age, or preserving the right to vote or the right to have an abortion, the ACLU takes up the toughest civil liberties cases and issues to defend all people from government abuse and overreach.

We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. The ACLU encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status and record of arrest or conviction.

The ACLU is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities. If you are a qualified individual with a disability and need assistance applying online, please e-mail benefits.hrdept@aclu.org.  If you are selected for an interview, you will receive additional information regarding how to request an accommodation for the interview process.

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