Communications Specialist

03/08/2017

The Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy (LAANE) has been at the forefront of the fight for economic justice in Los Angeles since 1993, winning policies to uplift working families and benefit whole communities. Advanced communications and media strategies are a key tool in our organizing to win. For more information about LAANE go to: www.laane.org.

Position Description: The Communications Specialist will work with the Communications Director and team of communicators to help lead LAANE’s strategic communications work. Core responsibilities include:

  • Developing and implementing communications strategies for various campaigns
  • Developing strategic messages and frames for campaigns
  • Leading the branding of new campaigns
  • Utilizing digital and new media for all aspects of communications work
  • Managing and creating social media and website content
  • Shooting and curating photos on websites and social media pages
  • Cultivating and maintaining relationships with key reporters locally and nationally
  • Planning and executing press conferences and other media events
  • Placing stories regularly in mainstream and independent media sources
  • Writing press releases, Op-Eds, and other materials for media
  • Creating materials for internal and external use by campaign teams — talking points, fact sheets, brochures, PowerPoint presentations, etc.
  • Training spokespeople for public hearings, press conferences, and interviews
  • Developing and maintaining relationships with key community and labor partners
  • Coordinating the development of graphic materials and reports

Qualifications include:

  • At least 3-5 years of experience doing communications and media work for advocacy campaigns, and/or an Undergraduate Degree in public relations, journalism or related field
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and implement strategic communications plans, craft messages, and execute tactics
  • Ability to anticipate needs and plan accordingly, coordinate complex activities, prioritize conflicting demands, and meet deadlines with minimal supervision
  • Strong, demonstrated commitment to the needs and concerns of working families
  • Knowledge of website, social media, and emerging media platforms
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Bilingual (written and conversational) in Spanish preferred
  • Knowledge/experience with any of these items is a plus: Word Press, Adobe Suite (In Design, Illustrator, Photo Shop, Premiere)

To apply, email resume and cover letter to gpalencar@laane.org. No phone calls; only best-qualified applicants will receive a response. Starting salary DOQ; full benefits. People of color, LGBTQ candidates are encouraged to apply.