Imagine for a moment, a world where every single person feels equal to another and every person feels a sense of belonging in their communities, places of work, among others.
At Disability Rights Oregon, this is more than just a dream. This is our life’s work. We envision a world in which people with disabilities have equal opportunity, full participation in our communities, and the ability to exercise meaningful choice. Every day, we strive to make Oregon a more welcoming place for people with disabilities.
Disability Rights Oregon is seeking a Communications Specialist/Manager/Director who thrives in a team environment and has the drive and determination to advocate for people with disabilities and their rights.
The Communications Specialist/Manager/Director provides leadership to help Disability Rights Oregon (DRO) achieve its overall vision of a society in which persons with disabilities have equality of opportunity, full participation, and the ability to exercise meaningful choice. This position is responsible for leading communications externally and internally within Disability Rights Oregon, including developing and implementing a statewide communications strategy.
What we are looking for:
· Bachelor’s degree from a four year university in a relevant field, such as communications, journalism, public relations or a related field or equivalent job experience.
· Five or more years’ experience in public relations or media relations, including experience writing social media, Op-Eds, and website content.
· Demonstrated ability to generate consistent and high-level media exposure for issues, campaigns and organizations in a competitive news market.
· Demonstrated ability to synthesize complex information and communicate clearly and concisely both in writing and orally. This includes tailoring a public message to specific audiences, such as media, policymakers, and the general public.
· Strong interpersonal skills and political savvy, including high emotional intelligence and experience working with people from different professional and personal backgrounds.
· Work collaboratively across the entire organization, including with attorneys and advocates as well as public policy, development, and administrative staff.
· Ability to adapt and respond to multiple priorities and demands with varying deadlines, and handle pressures related to working in sometimes contentious group situations while maintaining confidentiality.
· Extremely organized and tech savvy person who knows how to use Adobe InDesign, Squarespace CMS, Google Analytics, and all major Social Media platforms.
· Experience with Salsa Engage, preferred.
· Experience as paid staff managing communications for an advocacy organization, culturally specific organization, nonprofit law firm, Congressional office, or Executive Branch Office, preferred.
· Broad knowledge of quality services for people with disabilities, preferred.
What you can expect to accomplish:
· Promote disability rights across the State of Oregon.
· Oversees all DRO communications efforts, directly impacting the perception of DRO in the community and all DRO programs, clients, and staff.
· Provides strategic direction and leadership in developing and implementing a communications calendar, including a social media calendar.
· Work closely with the Executive Director, Legal Director, and Public Policy Director to frame messaging for campaigns, litigation, and programs.
· Work directly with press and media, including writing press releases and pitching story ideas, serving as point of contact for incoming media requests, prepping spokespeople, and, when needed, being an on the record spokesperson.
· Draft opinion editorials on behalf of DRO spokespeople.
· Support DRO’s Executive Director communications.
· Ensure branding consistency across owned media of Disability Rights Oregon.
· Assists the Executive Director with fundraising and other development.
· Confidentially advise DRO’s Leadership on a wide range of sensitive or confidential matters pertaining to external and internal matters.
What we offer [besides a rewarding job!]:
· Flexible cafeteria benefit plan to use for employer sponsored Medical and Dental insurance
· 14 paid holidays including floating holidays
· Vacation time and paid sick leave
· Employer funded retirement account
· Flexible spending accounts
· Employer paid life insurance, long-term disability insurance, and short-term disability insurance
· Malpractice insurance
· Paid association dues and professional development opportunities
We can’t wait to hear from you! Please email a cover letter, resume, list of potential references, and samples of published communications work to email@example.com by September 22, 2021.
Published communications work could be social media, Op-Ed, Blogposts, or Press Releases (or, better yet, samples of each type).
Disability Rights Oregon is committed to creating a diverse workforce to strengthen our organization and is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. The individual differences, life experiences, knowledge, innovation, self-expression, and talent that our employees invest in their work helps shape the culture here at Disability Rights Oregon. We strive to have a workforce that represents the communities we serve.
We strongly encourage applicants of all backgrounds to apply. All employment decisions at Disability Rights Oregon are based on job requirements and individual qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions), national origin or ancestry, citizenship, physical or mental disability, genetic information, age (18 and over), veteran status, uniform servicemember status, unemployment status, sexual orientation, gender identity (including gender-related identity and gender expression), marital status, family status, or an individual having been a victim of sexual abuse, including domestic abuse, sexual assault or stalking. This position is not included in our employee union. If you meet key qualifications for the job, and believe you would be the best fit, we would encourage you to apply; please use your cover letter to explain how you will accomplish parts of the job for which you have less experience. If you are unsure whether you meet the qualifications of this position, please apply.