Children’s Law Center fights so every District child can grow up with a loving family, good health and a quality education. Judges, pediatricians and families turn to us to be the voice for children who are abused or neglected, who aren’t learning in school, or who have health problems that can’t be solved by medicine alone. With 100 staff and hundreds of pro bono lawyers, we reach 1 out of every 8 children in DC’s poorest neighborhoods – more than 5,000 children and families each year. And, we multiply this impact by advocating for city-wide solutions that benefit all children. Learn more at childrenslawcenter.org.
The Communications Specialist is a detail-oriented communications project manager for the communications team at Children’s Law Center, leading the production of major department deliverables throughout the year. The position reports to the Communications Director and supports our policy, development and other project teams in producing best-in-class outreach materials.
• Responsible for the creation and production of major communications projects for the organization, including but not limited to our Annual Report, Annual Benefit collateral, videos and more, ensuring that all aspects of the production are completed within budget, according to the internal team’s wishes, and on time.
• Manages project schedules, the cost effectiveness and planning of the entire production process for the communications department.
• Develops and manages organizational storybank, creating and continually updating a collection of client stories to be used in organizational collateral, and/or in the media or advocacy efforts.
• Proactively seek and hear storylines throughout the organization, and present them in a collaborative, mindful way.
• Support overarching messaging framework that positions CLC as a thought leader in our city and field.
• Develops informational and advocacy materials for internal and external outreach activities.
• Manages and maintains positive and highly effective relationships with external vendors, such as graphic designers, videographers, printers and more.
• Collaborates with CLC project managers, development team staff and policy staff to develop and implement fundraising events, such as book breakfasts, the Annual Hope Drive, and more.
Requirements and Qualifications
• Minimum 4 years’ demonstrated experience in a communication project role such as media relations or public relations, producing and managing project timelines.
• A four-year college degree is preferred in production, public relations, communications studies or related field.
• The ability to work effectively, and with diplomacy and positivity, with all members of the CLC team.
• A love of the organizational aspects of production including scheduling and budgeting.
• Ability to communicate positively, clearly and effectively with internal stakeholder teams, external vendors and efficiently manage and problem solve any challenges that arise.
• Positively respond to shifting priorities, incoming requests and changing deadlines.
• Strong storytelling and writing skills for both print and electronic media, with an ear to cultural competency and a deep seeded respect for sensitive situations and subjects.
• Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform via written, verbal, and visual media.
• Superior communication skills and a positive, can-do, yes-and attitude.
• Appropriate judgment, particularly in narrow time frames, and the ability to exercise independent judgement, take independent action and also work as part of a team.
• Highly goal-oriented, enthusiastically motivated by both team and individual goals.
Position is open until filled.
No telephone calls please. Send resume, cover letter, three references, and two writing samples via mail, fax, or email to:
Katie Test Davis
Children’s Law Center
501 3rd Street, NW · 8th Floor
Washington, DC 20001
Children’s Law Center is an equal opportunity employer. We provide equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, family responsibility, matriculation, political affiliation, physical or mental disability, medication, status as a veteran, tobacco use, or other classification protected by law.
Children’s Law Center has a commitment to diversity, inclusion, and cultural competency. Our aim is to maintain an inclusive, respectful and equitable workplace and ensure all employees are culturally competent in order to most effectively achieve our mission and secure the best possible outcomes for our clients.