Job Opportunity - Communications Specialist
NLIHC seeks to hire a Communications Specialist to develop and implement media and public relations strategies to advance NLIHC's mission. Among the responsibilities of the position: Developing and maintaining strong relationships with media contacts; pitching stories and securing regular interviews and editorial board meetings for NLIHC; assisting in development of messaging and implementing messaging strategies; preparing and releasing press releases and media alerts; coordinating press events for NLIHC and state partners; drafting op-eds, letters-to-the-editor, blogs, articles and other opinion pieces and getting them placed in relevant publications; developing and implementing a comprehensive strategy for use of social media; monitoring all media coverage of NLIHC, NLIHC campaigns, and NLIHC policy priorities; maintaining records of all media work and producing analytic metrics and monthly reports; assisting in content development, writing, and editing of Advocates' Guide, Annual Report, and other publications; assisting state partners in development of media strategies; developing and implementing webinars, workshops, and written materials to aid NLIHC members in use of social media and press strategies; and helping to recruit and supervise communication interns.
Requirements include a bachelor's degree (master's degree preferred). A degree in Communications, Marketing, Public Relations or related area is a plus. Applicants should have two years of experience in media and social media communications, public affairs and/or marketing. Applicants should have a commitment to social justice, and some knowledge of the fundamentals of housing poverty, homelessness, affordable housing policy, affordable housing development, or social service delivery is preferred. Candidates should be able to work in a diverse, high-paced environment and have strong writing and editing skills, oral and interpersonal communications, organizational skills, and attention to detail. Applicants should also be proficient in the Microsoft Office suite and social media platforms.
NLIHC is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer, and offers a competitive salary and benefits package. This is a full-time position located in Washington, DC. NLIHC is seeking to fill the position as soon as possible.
Interested candidates should send a cover letter with salary requirements, a resume, and two recent writing samples to Paul Kealey, Chief Operating Officer, National Low Income Housing Coalition, 1000 Vermont Avenue, NW, Suite 500, Washington, DC 20005 at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NLIHC accepts applications for internship positions for fall (Sept-Dec), winter/spring (Jan-April/May) and summer semesters (June-August) on an ongoing basis. Interns are highly valued and fully integrated into our staff work. We seek students who are passionate about social justice issues, with excellent writing and interpersonal skills.
The available positions are:
- Policy Intern. Tracks new legislation, attends and summarizes Congressional hearings for Memo to Members, participates in visits to Congressional offices, and develops materials for use in lobbying the House and Senate to accomplish NLIHC’s policy agenda. Updates the Congressional database.
- Field Intern. The NLIHC Field Team builds and leverages relationships with thousands of homeless service providers, housing developers, low income renters, and policy advocates nationwide. The Field Intern will assist in creating email campaigns regarding federal policies, writing blogs, managing membership records, and mobilizing the field for legislative efforts. This person should be independent, resourceful, and organized, and committed to expanding housing justice across the country.
- Research Intern. Assists in ongoing quantitative and qualitative research projects, writes weekly articles on current research for Memo to Members, attends briefings, and responds to research inquiries.
- Communications/Media Intern. Prepares and distributes press materials, assists with media research and outreach for publication releases, and works on social media projects. Maintains the media database and tracks press hits.
- Graphic Design Intern. Assists with sending out e-communications using MailChimp; updating collateral print material such as brochures, flyers, factsheets and a variety of other projects using the Adobe Creative Suite. The intern will also update content on the NLIHC website and will help update the Coalition’s Social Media sites and blog. Please provide 3-5 design samples and/or link to online portfolio for consideration.
A cover letter, resume, and writing sample are required for consideration. They should be included as attachments to your email. In your cover letter, please specify the position(s) and semester for which you applying.
Interested students should send their materials to: Paul Kealey, Chief Operating Officer, National Low Income Housing Coalition, 1000 Vermont Avenue, NW, Suite 500, Washington, DC 20005 at email@example.com.