The American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland (ACLU-MD) seeks a part-time, temporary communications professional passionate about race equity, civil rights and civil liberties to work as a Communications Assistant. The ACLU-MD is a private, nonprofit organization that defends the civil rights and civil liberties of Marylanders through litigation, policy advocacy, community engagement and strategic communications. The office is collegial; the work is challenging, varied and rewarding. Among ACLU affiliates, the ACLU of Maryland is known for its commitment to racial justice and combating structural inequality. For three decades, our staff has been in the forefront of this struggle in Maryland – challenging systemic racial segregation in housing in metropolitan Baltimore, working to advance equity in public education, and using litigation to disrupt patterns of racial discrimination in law enforcement and the criminal justice system.
As the ACLU of Maryland, along with partner organizations and grassroots movements across the state, prepare for a historically unusual yet consequential legislative session during a pandemic and a clear call for substantive police reform, we have recognized the need for increased communications capacity to best respond to this moment. In particular, we have recognized the need for an even more robust social media strategy to effectively educate and engage Marylanders online to impact elected leaders and other decision makers.
The Communications Assistant is primarily responsible supporting all departmental and organizational communications related efforts. The Communications Assistant will help the Communications department execute the ACLU of MD’s strategic objectives, in partnership with community leaders. The position will also work closely with our organization’s other departments, and may also occasionally interface with the ACLU National Office.
- Assist in the development and scheduling of engaging social media content across platforms: Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, Instagram and Snapchat.
- Monitor social media comments and influencers for Comms Team.
- Assist in the production of video content, particularly the creation of transcriptions to increase engagement.
- Assist in the creation of social media graphics.
- Conduct issue research for communications projects.
- Support coordination of special communications events.
- Provide communications support to community partners as part of collaborative initiatives.
- Personal commitment to advancing the ACLU’s values, mission, goals and programs, with an understanding of the range of civil rights and civil liberties issues and their implications.
- A demonstrated commitment to racial equity, dismantling white supremacy and incorporating a structural power analysis. Experience centering race equity in all aspects of communications work. Knowledge and understanding of how power is manifested in matters of race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation or preference, gender identity, gender expression, religion, ability, and socio-economic circumstances.
- Capacity to self-start and a demonstrated ability to complete projects effectively.
- An equivalent of 1 year related experience in developing and scheduling social media content.
- Excellent persuasive writing, editing, and research skills. (Ability to write in Spanish a plus).
- Proficiency with proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite and/or Canva.
- Effectiveness in working productively with impacted populations, coalitions and community groups, motivate volunteers, work across the political spectrum, and value differences of race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ability and socio-economic circumstance.
Compensation & Benefits:
The salary is $25.00 per hour for this part-time, temporary position. The position also includes excellent benefits (i.e. 100% paid medical insurance for staff – health, dental and vision, prorated vacation and sick leave, monthly cell phone and internet stipend, access to employee assistance program, teleworking, etc.) and direct exposure to cutting-edge civil liberties, and civil rights work. This is a position is in not the bargaining unit represented by OPEIU Local 2 and is non-exempt therefore, eligible for overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act
The position will remain open until filled. Interviews will be scheduled on a rolling basis.
We encourage all applicants committed to racial and social justice to join our Team. We strongly encourage people with incarcerated loved ones, people who are formerly incarcerated, Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, and people who are LGBTQ+ to apply.
Please submit a cover letter, resume, three professional references, and a short (no longer than 5 pages) writing sample at this website.
Please click here for preferred application process:
For alternate methods to apply please email HR@aclu-md.org. We discourage applicants from applying through third party websites. Early applications are strongly encouraged. It will not be possible for us to respond to telephone or email inquiries regarding application status. Resumes or applications sent via other avenues will not be considered.
About the ACLU of Maryland:
The ACLU of Maryland is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to maximizing the diversity of our team and want to involve all those who can contribute to our inclusive culture. We encourage applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status and any other characteristic protected by applicable law. Persons with disabilities may request accommodations, including any accommodations needed in the application process.
The ACLU of Maryland is a non-partisan, non-profit public interest organization devoted to protecting civil rights and civil liberties. The ACLU of MD is an affiliate of the national ACLU, a key defender of civil liberties guaranteed by the Bill of Rights. The ACLU works in the courts, legislature and in communities to defend and expand individual rights and personal freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and civil rights laws. The ACLU of Maryland is committed to centering race equity in our work, internally and externally, in order to better support and be accountable to communities of color, whose civil rights and civil liberties are systematically threatened by white supremacy.