U.S Programmatic Communications Coordinator
U.S PROGRAMMATIC COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR
The WITNESS United States Program supports activists, advocates and legal experts across the U.S. to better utilize digital video and technology to expose abuses, create counter-narratives, uphold human rights values, and advocate for change. Currently, our work is focused on (but not limited to) ending state violence through the thematic areas of police accountability, immigrant rights, Indigenous rights and decarceration. To address these issues, we engage in partnerships, provide workshops and develop training resources that touch on everything from documenting human rights violations, to effective and ethical storytelling, to holistic digital security practices.
We are seeking a United States Programmatic Communications Coordinator to amplify the work of WITNESS U.S. team through social media, traditional media outlets and other online and offline settings, such as trainings and webinars. The Communications Coordinator will support the strategic creation, design and dissemination of WITNESS resources and training guides. They will also oversee rapid response initiatives and develop and maintain quality relationships with respected media contacts and movement builders. The Communications Coordinator will employ creative approaches to boost engagement and share lessons across interrelated movements in the U.S. and across WITNESS’ programmatic work in Latin America, Middle East/North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia-Pacific.
Communications & Training Resource Development
- In collaboration with the U.S. Program Lead and the Global Engagement team, develop and implement WITNESS U.S.’s social media strategy, including plans that leverage social media and support key organizations, advocates and citizen witnesses to adopt video in their efforts to expose & document human rights violations and promote change
- Manage the day-to-day handling of social media channels such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube etc. adapting content to suit different channels. Respond to communication-related issues in a timely manner.
- Produce graphics, create derivatives and content for social media, newsletters (Mailchimp), the WITNESS blog and websites (WordPress)
- Gather, assess and evaluate the impact of resource creation and distribution campaigns (including metrics, anecdotes, etc.). Prepare detailed media activity reports.
- Identify opportunities and develop strategies for rapidly responding to moments of crisis with relevant resources and support (i.e. mass protests, mobilizations around Indigenous land rights)
- Identify gaps and needs and support the creation and/or tailoring of relevant resources. Research and evaluate the latest trends that include the use of video evidence on the continent in order to be able to activate a surge response where necessary.
- Ensure that both internal and external resources uphold WITNESS’ values and adhere to organizational standards and requirements.
- Collaborate with other social media leads in the other regions where WITNESS operates in order to advance the realization of WITNESS’ goals and objectives.Trainings, Partnerships and Engagements
- Provide support and guidance to partners implementing strategies for enhancing the use of video and tech in their work, create feedback loops to learn from successes and challenges
- In collaboration with U.S. Senior Program Manager, develop strategies to foster and maintain key relationships and explore opportunities for deeper engagements and projects around using video and tech to end state violence in the U.S.
- Organize and facilitate (or co-facilitate) trainings and public events
Organizational and Departmental Support:
- Administrative: Undertake necessary administrative functions with respect to the Program region, including updating contact database, processing expenses, and managing budgets.
- Fundraising Support: Support raising funds for relevant projects by providing input on fundraising proposals, budgets, and reports with respect to programmatic activities and attending selective meetings with donors.
THE IDEAL CANDIDATE
The ideal candidate will have a balance of experience in human rights, facilitation and digital communications.
- Work Experience: A minimum of 3-5 years experience working in human rights, advocacy, political activism, social justice, video for change, or other related fields, and with a demonstrated capacity to think creatively and effectively about engagement and advocacy.
- Human Rights and Racial Justice: A demonstrated commitment to racial justice and human rights. Believes in the importance of long-term movement-building, knows the work takes time.
- Characteristics: Highly organized, pays close attention to detail and follows through. Demonstrated record of dynamism and self-starter. Strong interpersonal skills and aptitude for cross-cultural communication. Team-minded. Is organized and follows through.
- Social Media and Platforms: Experience with using various social media platforms in a professional capacity, promoting audience engagement. Experience with data analysis and reporting. Proficiency w/Google work suite as Gdocs, sheets, forms.
- Education: You can tell us about your degrees, but we’re more interested in your passions and what you can do. If degrees are part of that story, great! (But no formal education required).
- Location: Preference for someone based in New York, but anywhere in U.S. is OK
- Languages: Fluent in spoken and written English required. Additional languages are a plus. Being a native speaker of English not required.
- Video Producer & Visual Storyteller: Experience with video production and familiarity with design platforms (i.e. Adobe Creative Suite, Canva, etc.) are a big plus.
- Trainer: Experience as an educator or workshop facilitator, and with creating learning materials is a big plus.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Applications accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Please note that due to the volume anticipated, we will not be able to respond individually to each applicant. We kindly ask that you do not send duplicate applications via mail or email, and no phone calls.
WITNESS is an equal opportunity employer. People of all ages, races, ethnicities, national origins, religions, genders, gender identities and expressions, sexual orientations, and individuals protected by any other statuses under federal, state or local laws, including but not limited to, disability, marital, domestic partnership, familial, caregiver, transgender, military or veteran statuses, are encouraged to apply. Authorization to work in the U.S. is not required.
HOW TO APPLY:
To apply, send your cover letter (citing PCDN as the source of the posting), resume, and contact information for 3 references to [email protected] with the subject line “Programmatic Communications Coordinator- US” [Your name]”.
Please include a cover letter. We are interested in hearing about what you’ve done, what you can do, and what you want to do at WITNESS.
*Other categories may be relevant and may be added.