JOB TITLE: Staff Writer
REPORTS TO: Director of Communications
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until filled.
The ACLU of North Carolina (ACLU-NC) seeks a staff writer to work from our Raleigh office. This position sits in the Communications Department but the staff writer will assist in drafting content and materials that advance the organization’s litigation, organizing, advocacy, and development goals. Doing so requires excellent time-management, interpersonal communication, collaborative, and writing skills. This job demands close attention to detail and accuracy. This position will report to the Director of Communication.
Who We Are
Founded in 1965, ACLU-NC, an affiliate of the national American Civil Liberties Union, is a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that stands as the state’s guardian of liberty – working in courts, the General Assembly, and communities to protect and advance civil rights and civil liberties for all North Carolinians. ACLU-NC brings together litigation, legislative advocacy, communications, and organizing strategies to empower communities and achieve our objectives in major issue areas including criminal law reform, racial justice, LGBTQ equality, reproductive freedom, and the rights of immigrants. With over 30,000 members and supporters across the state, the ACLU-NC has a staff of more than 20 people with a central office in Raleigh and a satellite office in Charlotte.
What You’ll Do
- Storytelling: Synthesize complex information and legal strategies into clear and compelling content that helps advance the narrative of the work we do and why it is important.
- Content Drafting: Research, prepare, and write content for emails, reports, proposals, solicitation materials, case statements, and program summaries that can be consumed by multiple audiences.
- Visioning: Identify opportunities where content can help add to the broader conversation and advance narratives that advance organizational goals.
- Project Support and Participation: Support and participate on cross-functional project teams.
- Editing: Assist in editing content created by other staff to enhance effectiveness, clarity, and consistency with the ACLU brand and mission.
Who You Are
- Demonstrated commitment to and a strong understanding of civil rights, civil liberties, and social justice, as well as a personal commitment to advancing the ACLU's values, mission, goals, and programs.
- A creative thinker with the ability to prioritize, execute, and manage multiple projects through to completion while meeting tight deadlines.
- Proven ability to work in an environment that respects differences of race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ability, and socio-economic circumstances.
- Advanced level ability to communicate and work effectively and respectfully with staff, board members, volunteers, and the general public. Skilled in communicating both orally and in writing.
- Advanced computer skills, with the ability and willingness to become familiar with organization-specific programs and software.
- Self-starter with a knack for following-up and following-through and the ability to meet deadlines. Demonstrated ability to handle and prioritize multiple activities and responsibilities in a fast-paced environment with minimal supervision.
- Advanced organizational skills; meticulous attention to detail.
- Advanced ability to maintain absolute confidentiality, exercise sound independent judgment, exhibit high levels of integrity, discretion, and diplomacy.
- Proven ability to work collaboratively with good problem-solving skills.
Necessary Skills and Experience
- At least 2 years of experience as a writer.
- Strong portfolio of relevant stories.
- Excellent investigatory skills.
- Commitment to accuracy.
- Familiarity with content strategy principles.
- Bachelor’s degree in journalism, English, or communications, or comparable work and life experience.
- Experience communicating organizational culture, mission, goals, and impact.
- Fluency in Spanish is preferred but not required.
- Work demands may require travel, working evenings, weekends, and holidays.
The starting salary range for this position is between $52,000 - $58,000 and is commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits include paid vacation and holidays; sick leave; medical, vision, and dental insurance; life, short-term, and long-term disability insurance; 12 weeks of paid parental leave; and 401(k) plan.
Applications should include your resume, cover letter that explains your specific interest in this position and addresses why, based on your experience, you will be an effective advocate for social justice in this setting as well as a list of at least three professional references (at least one should be a direct supervisor and one a peer).
Please send all materials in a single PDF file to Stephanie Palazzo, Executive Assistant, at email@example.com. To facilitate our review, your emails should have the subject line: “[Your last name] 2020 Staff Writer.” We will review applications on a rolling basis beginning October 19, 2020, until the position is filled.
The ACLU-NC is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. Recognizing that strict minimum requirements tend to disproportionately discourage women and people of color from applying for jobs for which they would otherwise be competitive, we encourage all qualified individuals to apply -- especially people of color; women; people from low-income backgrounds; people with disabilities; people who identify as LGBTQI+; and people who are formerly incarcerated or otherwise directly impacted by the criminal legal system.