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Equal Justice Communications Coordinator

 

Kentucky Equal Justice Center seeks a versatile communications specialist to enhance the work of our advocacy and outreach teams. The Communications Coordinator will coordinate gathering and distribution of information and stories that:

 

  • communicate the benefits and outcomes of health reform in Kentucky and demonstrate the value of a robust public assistance safety net

  • inform debate and engage a growing social media audience in policy issues that affect low income Kentuckians and working families

  • illustrate and foster equal access to justice

  • support our fundraising and development

 

Duties and Responsibilities

 

The Coordinator will work with our director, advocates and outreach team and with partner organizations to:

 

  • Establish and implement a communications calendar identifying audiences, topics, stories and distribution channels including paid media, earned media and social media

  • Develop down-to-earth, non-partisan stories and messages that share concrete and accurate information about the implementation and impact of health reform in Kentucky

  • Find low income Kentuckians other stakeholders willing to tell their story; obtain consent; meet deadlines for posting; and manage the resulting story bank

  • Participate in national social media campaigns consistent with KEJC advocacy including tweet storms

  • Ensure reliability, consistency, clarity and relevance in the use of data, including use of info-graphics to illustrate concepts and trends

  • Coordinate media outreach including press releases, editorial board visits and press events

  • Monitor print, broadcast and social media for project-relevant articles and postings to share

  • Track relevant metrics to see whether messages reach intended audiences

  • Keep up to date on state and federal programs and proposals that affect low income Kentuckians

  • Assist in reporting to funders and our board

 

Qualifications

 

The ideal candidate will demonstrate:

 

  • Outstanding communications skills, both written and oral, including ability to craft messages for diverse public audiences

  • Organizational skills sufficient to manage a project with multiple contributors, tasks and deadlines

  • Comfort and experience reaching out to both consumers and professionals in multiple and diverse community settings

  • Experience and skill in creating, scheduling and maximizing distribution of content for web-based and social media, including websites, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and broadcast email

  • Knowledge of print and broadcast media outlets in Kentucky, especially through internships or past employment

  • Skills in gathering, managing and posting audio and video content on social media  

  • Successful experience with a communications, marketing or other short-term informational campaign

  • Ability to work with a high level of independence while part of a team

  • Knowledge of low-income issues and a commitment to social justice

  • A valid drivers’ license and reliable transportation

 

The ideal candidate will have completed undergraduate studies in journalism, communications or marketing and participated in at least one prior relevant project or campaign.  Substantive knowledge of health care policy or other low income issues a plus.     

 

Salary and Benefits

 

Hourly pay of $15 to $18 depending on experience.  Part-time, up to 16 hours a week, depending on budget.  Fringe benefits not included.  Note that we will also consider proposals from candidates who operate as and meet the criteria for independent contractors.

Location:  Our headquarters is in downtown Lexington.  Remote work possible.  We also have a satellite office in Louisville.

Starting Date:  June 15, 2020, or as soon as possible.

 

Application Instructions

To apply, please email a cover letter, writing or other media sample, resume and a list of three references to:

 

Richard Seckel, Director

Kentucky Equal Justice Center

richseckel@kyequaljustice.org

 

Please put “Communications Specialist” in the subject line of your email.  For each reference, include a mailing address, phone number and email address.  Only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

 

Application Deadline

Friday, May 29, 2020

 

For more information

Contact Richard Seckel, Director, Kentucky Equal Justice Center, 201 West Short Street, Suite 310, Lexington, KY  40507.  Email:  richseckel@kyequaljustice.org.  Phone:  859-233-3057.

 

Diversity Statement
KEJC welcomes your application. Employees shall be selected entirely on a nondiscriminatory basis with respect to age, ancestry, disability, ethnicity, familial status, gender, gender identity, limited English proficiency, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status and all other categories provided nondiscriminatory treatment by law, statute, or ordinance.

About Us

Kentucky Equal Justice Center was formed in 1976 to work with all of Kentucky’s civil legal services programs on statewide issues and projects. Today we are a flexible and responsive public interest advocacy organization with a wide variety of community partners. We convene periodic statewide task forces in four areas of poverty law—Consumer and Housing, Family, Welfare and Health and Workers’ Rights—and provide immigration law services through Maxwell Street Legal Clinic in Lexington. Our work includes policy advocacy in all these areas.

Maxwell Street Legal Clinic became a program of Kentucky Equal Justice Center in January, 2008. Launched in 1999 by community volunteers, the Clinic offers free or low cost advice and assistance with immigration law to low-income people and their families. The program helps people fleeing persecution in their home countries; immigrant victims of domestic violence, human trafficking and other crimes; youth who qualify for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or Special Immigrant Juvenile Status; Lawful Permanent Residents and U.S. citizens seeking reunification with family members; and Lawful Permanent Residents seeking citizenship.

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