The Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC) is a leader in immigration policy, law, and community advocacy. For more than 35 years, the ILRC has provided invaluable resources and tools to improve the quality of life for immigrants in the United States.
At the ILRC, we believe that immigrants have a right to participate in a democratic society that values diversity and the rights of all people—and that our democracy is strengthened because of that participation. We work with immigrants, community organizations, legal professionals, law enforcement, and policy makers to build a democratic society that values diversity and the rights of all people. Through community education programs, legal training and technical assistance, and policy development and advocacy, the ILRC’s staff of legal experts works to protect and defend the fundamental rights of immigrant families and communities.
Immigration policy in the United States is complex, and is often woefully outdated. The ILRC’s goal is to make sure that immigrant communities are aware of their rights and able to effectively advocate for themselves, their families, and their communities. We aim to make sure that the lawyers who defend immigrants, the policy makers who write and pass immigration law, and the judges who make immigration-related decisions understand the full impact of their work and are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need to do their jobs. We also work with advocacy groups and community organizers to help them develop and hone their work to improve the lives of immigrants.
The ILRC has a staff of 33, and an annual budget of over $9M. Our main office is in San Francisco and we have a policy office in Washington D.C. The Communications Manager would work out of our San Francisco office.
A seasoned collaborator in the national immigrant rights network, the ILRC has established excellent partnerships with many key organizations, and is a trusted ally and team player in critical collaborative work. We are often consulted for technical background information on casework, and often called upon for major questions of immigration law. We are conveners, educators, technical experts and resources for government officials, advocates, attorneys, and direct service providers.
The Communications Manager will be the first communications position for the ILRC. The position is designed for an individual who thrives in both collaborative and independent work, and is able to help establish the priority work for this new area within the organization. The Communications Manager will play an integral role in developing and implementing the ILRC’s communications strategy, to elevate and advance the ILRC's mission.
In this newly created position, the Communications Manager will report to the Executive Director and work closely with all staff throughout the organization. This is a hands-on, fast-paced, and diverse position that will support and contribute to the growth of all aspects of the ILRC’s new communications endeavors.
The major goals of the position and the ILRC communications initiative are to:
- Leverage ILRC’s programs and expertise—including but not limited to our technical services—to advocate for policies that improve the lives of immigrants and enhance best practices in the field of immigration and criminal law.
- Position ILRC as a major player in immigration policy on the local, state, and national levels.
- Provide clarity and insights on immigration policy and law for immigrant communities, the media, and the general public.
- Build internal infrastructure and processes that amplify ILRC’s major projects, programs, and areas of expertise through media relations, online & on-the-ground advocacy support, partner communications and coalition coordination, and other communications strategies.
THE KEY RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER
- Develop and implement multi-faceted communications plans, which include message development, web presence, advocacy, and social media, to educate, motivate, and influence target audiences;
- Cultivate and maintain relationships with national and state journalists who cover immigration and civil rights issues;
- Position ILRC experts as leaders in the work to defend immigrant rights and pave the way forward for humane immigration laws;
- Determine the need and identify opportunities for communications engagement, including talking points, news releases, op-eds, letters to the editor, blog posts, backgrounders and web content. Create and initiate the drafting of collateral;
- Prepare talking points, remarks for press conferences and other media activities, for ILRC staff and leadership;
- Provide communications support and technical assistance to ILRC key partners (particularly in the areas of immigration enforcement and criminal immigration issues) including talking points, releases, and other materials;
- Increase coverage of immigrant rights issues and ILRC messages by cultivating and maintaining relationships with key reporters, editors, producers and bookers;
- Research media opportunities and provide key support with media outreach;
- Monitor the ILRC’s media mentions, track and log media queries, and manage the media lists;
- Provide day-to-day management and content development for the ILRC’s social media platforms, including social media campaigns;
- Manage the ILRC’s website media content, including news announcements, stories from ILRC program work, staff updates, initiative descriptions, and more; and
- Attend key organizational meetings and events to identify communications opportunities.
JOB EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS
- Bachelor's degree in communications, English, journalism, media studies, or a field closely related to the ILRC’s work.
- 5-7 years of experience in a communications or communications-related role in a professional office environment; nonprofit sector experience is a plus.
- In addition to writing and editing skills, experience in digital communications, social media campaigns, and CMS and web management is highly valued.
- Familiarity with, passion for, and demonstrated commitment to advancing immigrant rights along with experience working in the immigrant rights field are significant advantages.
- Self-starter with demonstrated good judgment, critical thinking, flexibility, resourcefulness, and problem-solving abilities.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills required, along with the demonstrated ability to compose and edit effective, thoughtful and strategic communications across a variety of platforms.
- Strong interpersonal skills and an ability to work collaboratively with others in a team environment.
- Ability to simultaneously manage multiple projects while maintaining a firm grasp of individual project details.
- Experience implementing a communications strategy, whether through social media, traditional media outreach, events, or other channels.
- Excellent research skills.
- Ability to handle confidential information with discretion.
- Respect for all co-workers.
- Experience in communicating complex issues to varied audiences.
- Strong organizational skills, detail-oriented, and possess the ability to follow projects through to completion.
- Experience working with the media and cultivating relationships with print, radio, television and online journalists.
- Experience at a public relations or media firm highly desired.
Salary/Benefits: Pay is commensurate with experience, with an expected range of $65,000-85,000 per year. The ILRC provides excellent benefits including professional membership dues, health/dental/vision insurance, vacation, and sick leave. The ILRC sponsors a retirement plan option upon fulfillment of eligibility.
Applications: This position will remain open until filled, and is currently available. We will consider applications on an ongoing basis beginning immediately. To ensure consideration of your application, please submit a professional cover letter explaining your qualifications for the position and salary requirement, a current resume, an original sample of your communications writing, and the names of three professional references.
Please send your application to:
Communications Hiring Committee
1663 Mission Street, Suite 602
San Francisco, CA 94103
Fax: (415)255-9792 (no calls, please)
The ILRC is an equal opportunity employer and encourages women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals to apply.