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Media and Communications Jobs Roundup

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June 3rd, 2010

I’m happy to revive an old WIMN’s Voices feature: our media and communications jobs roundup.

In this edition, listings for:
* a director of communications at a reproductive justice organization;
* an editor for a DC blog;
* an investigative journalist and a new media director for a North Carolina advocacy group;
* an internship helping to produce a feminist film.

If you know of openings in journalism, blogging, broadcast, film, radio, communications, technology and/or media advocacy, send them to info[at]wimnonline[dot]org and we’ll share them here.

Guttmacher Institute Seeks Senior Communications Associate–International

Reporting Relationship: Director of Communications
Location: New York City
Status: Full-time, Regular, Exempt

Position Objective:
Serve as primary communications liaison with overseas partner organizations, advocates and NGOs; plan and execute international media outreach and other communications activities for the Guttmacher Institute; develop and disseminate public education materials; manage communications budgets of large international projects; participate in the development of projects with communications components

Qualifications Include:
• Master’s degree in Social Sciences, Journalism or Development preferred
• Minimum of five years of media relations/nonprofit experience, including international work in developing countries
• Knowledge of reproductive health and rights issues highly desirable
• Interest in promoting Guttmacher’s mission
• Excellent oral and written communications skills
• Strong organizational skills
• Ability to work under deadlines and juggle priorities and projects
• Ability to work effectively with overseas partners, often on a long-distance basis
• Ability to understand statistical materials
• Ability to travel as needed
• Supervisory experience
• Fluency in French and/or Spanish highly desirable; knowledge of other languages a plus
• Self-motivated
• Team player
• Strong computer skills

Responsibilities Include:
• Plans and executes the release and dissemination of Guttmacher’s research, policy analysis and publications in a wide range of developing countries
• Primary liaison with the Institute’s overseas communications partners and international organizations
• Manages communications budgets for large international projects
• Works with other divisions in developing projects that include communications activities
• Identifies and coordinates participation by Guttmacher staff in key multilateral meetings and conferences, including United Nations and regional organizations
• Identifies potential new overseas partners and negotiates overseas partner contracts and deliverables schedules
• Develops media relations strategies and materials, including news releases, opinion pieces, letters to the editor, media kits and alerts or supervises others in these tasks
• Develops and updates fact sheets and other informational materials
• Drafts original content for the Guttmacher Web site and external blogs
• Prepares PowerPoint and other presentations for Institute staff and Web site posting
• Supervises and coordinates the work of the Communications Associate
• Represents Institute at meetings with overseas donors and country offices of international organizations

Salary: Commensurate with experience

Benefits: 401(k), generous time off, medical, dental, vision, and transportation subsidy

Linda Harris, Guttmacher Institute, 125 Maiden Lane, New York, NY 10038; fax (212) 558-6268; applytoguttmacher@guttmacher.org. No phone calls, please. Only those to be interviewed will be contacted. The Guttmacher Institute is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.


DCist.com is Recruiting a New Lead Editor

Our beloved editrix is moving on to a new job, and DCist is looking to hire a new senior editor. This is a paid, full-time position. As the Gothamist main office is in NYC, the new DCist editor will work from home.

Responsibilities will include writing a large volume of news, arts & events, and food posts each day, as well as editing posts written by others. You must also be comfortable reporting: calling sources, interviewing people, tracking down quotes, etc.

Requirements: at least one year of full-time blogging experience, a ferocious drive and piercing wit, a deep and abiding interest in Washington, D.C., and the stamina to create 10-12 well written posts per day while managing the flow of pieces from other contributors.

If you’re interested, send a brief email with a summary of your experience and relevant links to info (at) gothamist (DOT) com, subject “DCist editor.”


NC Policy Watch, a project of the North Carolina Justice Center, Has Multiple Openings: Investigative Journalist; New Media Director

The North Carolina Justice Center is the state’s leading research and advocacy organization dedicated to transforming North Carolina’s prosperity into opportunity for all. Our fifty person staff includes litigators, lobbyists, researchers, community educators, and communication specialists who work across a broad range of issues that impact the lives of poor and working families.

NC Policy Watch is a special project of the Justice Center and North Carolina’s leading progressive public policy think tank. It seeks to improve the quality of life in North Carolina by helping to create an environment in which state leaders are empowered to adopt progressive public policy solutions that address the state’s most pressing problems.

1. NC Policy Watch is seeking an Investigative Journalist to join its communications team and expand the project’s timely reporting and analysis of important issues facing North Carolina. This position will focus on producing in-depth and investigative stories on issues often ignored by the mainstream media, particularly ones that address the needs of low-income communities. Responsibilities include, among other things, conducting research and generating a steady stream of stories, reports and commentaries; frequently posting on the NC Policy Watch website and Progressive Pulse blog; and making public presentations and mainstream media appearances about the reporting.

The successful candidate will have a strong interest and experience in reporting on state policy issues; at least five years reporting for a media outlet, public policy nonprofit or think tank; superior written, oral and presentation skills; experience with new media technology; a deep commitment to social, economic and political justice; and prefer working in a team environment. Proficiency with audio and video are preferred.

To apply please send your cover letter, resume, writing samples that have been published or broadcast and a list of professional references (including at least one past supervisor) as a single PDF file that has your name in its title. Your email should have “Investigative Journalist” in the subject line and be sent to hr@ncjustice.org

2. NC Policy Watch is seeking a New Media Director to join its communications team and expand the project’s timely reporting and analysis of important issues facing North Carolina. This position will focus on all aspects of online and social media, including but not limited to Facebook, Twitter, blogs, and YouTube.

Responsibilities include, among other things, generating original content and commentaries; frequently updating websites and blogs with original material, cross-posts and links from other sources; assisting less-“tech-savvy” colleagues and allies; and helping to develop and coordinate a network of progressive bloggers and online commentators.

The successful candidate will have a strong interest and experience in online media; at least two years of experience with dynamic websites, driving traffic with social media, video and audio editing, and website construction and management; excellent written and oral skills; high energy; and a deep commitment to social, economic and political justice.

To apply please send your cover letter, resume, and a list of professional references (including at least one past supervisor) as a single PDF file that has your name in its title. Your email should have “New Media Director” in the subject line and be sent to hr@ncjustice.org.

The Justice Center offers a casual work environment, committed and inspired co-workers, a competitive salary and superior benefits, including but not limited to: six weeks paid time off, paid maternity/paternity leave, twelve holidays, free parking in downtown Raleigh, retirement plan contribution and match, FSA, 100% paid high quality medical, dental, disability, and life insurance coverage. This position will remain open until filled.

The Justice Center is an equal opportunity employer. Minorities are encouraged to apply.


Observer Media Group seeks Managing Editor, Observer Digital

The Observer Media Group is looking for an experienced digital editorial manager to lead our team, manage day-to-day web editorial operations, and drive the vision for the future of our digital products, including Observer.com, Very Short List, and other email, web, and mobile products. The Managing Editor, Digital will oversee creation of all original content,

Key Responsibilities include:

Editorial Operations & Management: Directly supervise digital editorial staff, which includes recruiting, training and evaluating a small in-house staff and a stable of freelancers Manage the flow of content creation from writer to publication. Work closely with editors and writers to develop ideas and oversee direction of stories, blogs, multimedia, social media, etc. Work with Observer editorial team to deepen their understanding of and experience with online content. Train team on best practices in writing for the web. Develop editorial workflow in conjunction with the Observers Editor-in-Chief, including assignments, expectations, procedures, and policies. Oversee editorial SEO and recirculation efforts. Work closely with both the editorial and production teams to ensure smooth content operations. Constantly refine editorial processes to improve efficiency. Edit stories for appropriate lengths, improving clarity and style while ensuring that the stories are accurate and follow AP standards for style, grammar and spelling. Generate click-driving display copy following best SEO practices. Top-edit several posts and features a day Create accurate and updated editorial calendar and maintain department budget.

Content Development & Editorial Strategy: Crystallize vision for Observer digital products. Work on distinguishing the identity of Observer.com and Very Short List, developing their editorial voices, and finding their unique places in the media landscape. Create original, web-friendly content for the websites, adapt existing content in ways that make it fresh and new for the audience and develop new features and functionality that enhance the content presentation and provide real value for the audience. Identify new ideas and elements for the sites, new email and new email products, and work with production team to ensure their execution. Develop new mobile products and mobile executions of existing print and online products.

Audience & Business Development: Continuously monitor and analyze web traffic and use that information to guide content development. Focus on audience needs and usability throughout the online content creation process. Work closely with the business/audience development team to ensure that content, partnerships, and marketing efforts function effectively to build the unique user base, drive repeat visits, and generate high levels of engagement from users. Work closely with sales team to produce advertising-friendly content that is still honest and audience-worthy and to respond to RFPs in a timely fashion.

Outreach Develop relationships with other websites alongside business development team Represent Observer Digital in media outlets Accompany sales and business development team on strategic meetings as necessary

You should be a self-starter with an entrepreneurial spirit and a roll-up-your-sleeves attitude who knows how to run a thriving business in a hectic environment with finite resources at your fingertips. Key qualifications include:

At least 7 years of online editorial experience, with a proven ability to generate original ideas and develop successful online content. At least 2 years of online editorial management experience with a proven ability to lead and motivate others. Excellent web headline and copywriting skills and a deep knowledge of editorial SEO best practices Experience developing and writing for email products and knowledge of email best practices Sound knowledge of content creation, application development, content management systems and user interaction in an online environment Strong familiarity with web publishing and social media tools and technologies Must be familiar with what makes content on the web sticky, viral, and able to drive important business metrics Must be facile with the use or research and data to help guide decision-making Should stay on top of developments and innovations in web content delivery, community, design, and distribution Keen eye for detail, proven ability to multi-task and enforce deadlines. Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Highly effective team management and collaboration skills. Experience working in an integrated print/online environment and leveraging print content to create compelling, interactive online content is strongly preferred. Direct experience working with business-side executives to develop advertiser-friendly content is strongly preferred Experience working with online communities is a plus, as is an interest in business, real estate, and politics content and a deep understanding of the affluent New York reader Bachelors degree required

Position dual reports to Editor-In-Chief of The New York Observer and General Manager of Observer Digital.


Trixie Films seeks Film Intern

Trixie Films is looking for a smart, energetic intern to work in our Brooklyn office on different components of our documentary film project. You can see the kind of work we do at http://www.trixiefilms.com

This is a great opportunity to work on production and post-production as well as a larger audience engagement campaign. You must be interested in women’s issues, sexuality, activism, blogging and social media (but you do not have to be female).

Prior documentary filmmaking is not essential, but it would be great if applicants had some shooting or Final Cut Pro experience. However, you must be totally proficient in a Mac computer environment. You must have excellent verbal and written communication skills, be comfortable with social networking, and any web development skills would be a nice bonus.

The internship begins in June and runs for 3 months. You’ll work two days a week, Monday – Friday from 10:30 – 6:30 at our Park Slope studio. We’re open to working around your work or school commitments.

Some responsibilities include:

Transcribe documentary interviews; contribute to our blog; research, acquire and log archival photos and video; assist on shoots; maintain our Facebook and MySpace sites, assist in sending out email blasts; assist in finding and creating partnerships with young women’s organizations; logging and loading footage in FCP; and maintaining our database.

This is an unpaid internship but we can offer college credit, credit on our film and other projects, and the possibility of paid work in the future.

If you are interested, please send a resume and cover letter to info@trixiefilms.com

One Response to “Media and Communications Jobs Roundup”

  1. Tynisha Westerfeld
    October 20th, 2014 17:54

    Good article, thanks.

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