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The Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC) works to improve the lives and defend the rights of refugee and internally displaced women, children, and young people. As a research and advocacy organization, WRC is dedicated to securing systemic changes in policy and practice that ensure uprooted women, children, and young people can fully exercise their rights to protection, services, and self-sufficiency.
The #WelcomeWithDignity (WWD) campaign is a national campaign for asylum rights in the United States. It is composed of more than 100 organizations committed to transforming the way the United States receives and protects people forced to flee their homes to ensure they are treated humanely and fairly. WWD and its core staff are housed at WRC.
Scope of Work
The campaign communications strategist is responsible for developing and executing all communications aspects of the WWD campaign. This position will report directly to WRC’s senior director of external communications and will work closely with WWD’s campaign manager, communications working group, and advisory committee, and coalition partners, including the Migrant Rights and Justice (MRJ) team at WRC, to develop strategic and effective communication strategies and tactics to advance WWD’s mission. The campaign communications strategist will serve as the primary point of contact on communications and messaging for the campaign’s member organizations.
Essential Job Functions
- Design comprehensive communication strategies, including messaging, media engagement, digital content, earned media, and advocacy to educate and influence target audiences.
- Ensure coordination across a diverse coalition of partners to ensure message discipline, press coordination, and research-informed persuasion.
- Build and maintain relationships with key reporters, editors, and producers to increase coverage of WWD issues and messages.
- Serve as primary point of contact with coalition members communications staff, public relations firms, and other external vendors.
- Facilitate weekly calls with campaign partners to identify communications challenges and opportunities and develop responsive materials, including talking points, op-eds, and letters to the editor.
- Identify needs for digital content and written materials and work with coalition partners to have them produced in line with agreed strategies.
- Manage the campaign’s editorial calendar.
- In rapid response and crisis moments, direct member organizations and external partners in coordinated communications response.
- Represent WWD in coalition and movement spaces as needed.
What We’re Looking For
- A minimum of five to seven years’ experience in political or advocacy campaign communications required, experience in rapid response efforts preferred.
- Excellent press contacts.
- Knowledge of US asylum and/or refugee and/or international humanitarian and human rights work, with personal or lived experience preferred.
- Outstanding verbal and written communications skills and the ability to grasp and communicate asylum policies to target audiences via traditional and social media.
- Excellent organizational skills, including ability to conduct and coordinate multiple tasks under pressure to ensure rapid response deadlines are met.
- Excellent interpersonal skills.
- Proven experience working with large coalitions.
- Strong commitment to the mission and goals of WRC and the WWD campaign.
- Spanish proficiency a plus.
Reports to: Senior Director of External Communications
Position: Regular, full-time for 12-month period (with possibility of extension)
Salary: Up to $89,844* (commensurate with experience)
Work Schedule: Hybrid – two (2) days in the office, three (3) days remote
Location: Washington, DC
How to Apply
Interested candidates must submit a cover letter and resume via this link.
*The actual salary of someone hired into the position will be based on numerous factors that will include but may not be limited to professional and academic experience, training, and other business and organizational needs. Individual salary decisions remain dependent on the circumstances of each individual hire and may be adjusted to meet the demands of the role.
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