The Immigrant Legal Resource Center is Hiring!
San Francisco, CA or Washington, DC
The Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC) is seeking a full-time Communications Manager based in our San Francisco or Washington, DC office. This is an exempt position. The ILRC currently has a hybrid work model that permits remote work, and eventually plans to require three in-office days per week for those working out of our offices.
The ILRC is a national nonprofit legal support center headquartered in San Francisco with offices in Washington, D.C.; Austin, Houston, and San Antonio, TX; and the San Joaquin Valley of California. The mission of the ILRC is to work with, educate, and enhance the capacity of immigrants, community organizations, and the legal sector, in order to build a democratic society that values diversity, dignity, and the rights of all people. Founded in 1979, the ILRC is regarded as one of the foremost experts on engaging immigrants and developing their leadership in the democratic process, providing expertise on complex issues of immigration law, procedure and policy, and engaging in advocacy and educational initiatives on policies that affect immigrants. The ILRC is a team-based organization that makes most of its decisions in a collaborative fashion that allows for significant staff input.
The Communications team works out of the San Francisco and Washington D.C. offices. The Communications Manager will report to the Director of Communications. The ILRC communications team will consist of the Communications Director, the Communications Manager, a Texas Communications Coordinator, and external consultants and vendors (as needed).
The Communications Manager will help develop and implement the ILRC’s communications strategy, to elevate and advance the ILRC’s mission. This is a hands-on, fast-paced position that will support and contribute to the growth of a communications program that can support all aspects of the ILRC’s endeavors. We’re looking for a communications professional who can advance our understanding of the power of communications to amplify our work and to maximize its impact with key audiences.
The Communications Manager will work with the ILRC’s Enforcement, Criminal and Immigration, Policy, and other legal teams to raise the profile of program priorities with key audiences including the media, affected communities, grassroots and grasstops activists, and government decision-makers at the local, state and national levels.
Develop & Implement Communications Strategies & Campaigns
- Work closely with Communications Director to help identify opportunities and craft strategies to advance ILRC’s mission and reputation;
- Attend key organizational and coalition meetings and events to identify communications opportunities;
- Help implement multi-faceted communications strategies, which integrate message development, web presence, advocacy, and social media, to educate, motivate, and influence target audiences;
- Identify opportunities and need for communications products, campaigns and materials to support our program and mission;
- Generate ideas for and produce collateral materials and other key communications products; and
- Staff communications working groups for key state and national campaigns.
- Support the cultivation and maintenance of relationships with national and state journalists who cover immigration and intersectional issues;
- Support ILRC staff and leadership for media opportunities with talking points, remarks for press conferences and other training and preparation;
- Increase coverage of immigrant rights issues and ILRC messages by cultivating and maintaining relationships with key reporters, editors, producers and bookers; and
- Develop written materials including press statements, Q&A, and media toolkits for internal and external use as required.
- Work closely with the Communications Director and Digital Communications Manager to develop and implement a multi-faceted digital communications plan, which includes amplifying message development, web presence, advocacy, and social media to educate, motivate, and influence target audiences;
- Create and help implement a social media strategy to grow the ILRC’s presence and reach on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram;
- Analyze and report on (organic & paid) digital campaigns while evaluating and implementing improvements on digital strategy; and
- Build brand awareness by engaging relevant influencers and contribute to the ILRC’s ambassador program on an ongoing basis.
- A successful candidate will have experience in developing strategy and executing tactics;
- Ability to simultaneously manage multiple projects while maintaining a firm grasp of individual project details and meet deadlines;
- Experience wrangling various internal stakeholders across an organization to secure the necessary input, buy-in and approvals;
- Self-starter with demonstrated good judgment, critical thinking, flexibility, resourcefulness, and problem-solving abilities;
- Strong organizational skills, detail-oriented, and possess the ability to follow projects through to completion;
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills required, along with the demonstrated ability to compose and edit effective, thoughtful and strategic communications across a variety of platforms;
- Strong interpersonal skills and an ability to work collaboratively with others in a team environment;
- Experience crafting and implementing a communications strategy, whether through social media, traditional media outreach, events, or other channels;
- Excellent research skills;
- Ability to handle confidential information with discretion;
- Respect for all co-workers;
- Experience in communicating complex issues to varied audiences; and
- Experience working with the media and cultivating relationships with print, radio, television and online journalists.
- 6+ years of experience in a communications or communications-related role; nonprofit sector experience is a plus;
- Familiarity with, passion for, and demonstrated commitment to advancing immigrant rights along with experience working in the immigrant rights or criminal justice fields are significant advantages;
- Bachelor’s degree in communications, English, journalism, media studies, or a field closely related to the ILRC’s work;
- Experience working with legal organizations a plus; and
- Experience at a public relations or media firm highly desired.
Salary & Benefits:
Salary is commensurate with experience with an expected range of $85,000 – $95,000 per year. The ILRC provides excellent benefits including professional membership dues, health/dental/vision insurance, vacation, and sick leave. The ILRC sponsors a retirement plan option upon fulfillment of eligibility.
This position will remain open until filled. We will consider applications on an ongoing basis beginning immediately. To ensure consideration, please submit a cover letter explaining your qualifications for and interest in the position; a resume; an original sample of your communications writing such as an op-ed, blog post, or press release; and the names of three professional references. Please include blog, social media handles, or any other online presence that highlights your communications/advocacy experience. Candidates will be asked to participate in a writing exercise as part of the hiring process.
Online applications are preferred. As an alternative, you can mail your application to:
Communications Manager Hiring Committee
Immigrant Legal Resource Center
1458 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
No phone calls, please.
As a condition of employment at the ILRC, you will be required to submit proof of full vaccination against COVID-19. *
The ILRC is an equal opportunity employer and does not make hiring or employment decisions on the basis of race, color, religion or religious beliefs, ethnic or national origin, nationality, sex, gender, gender-identity, sexual orientation, disability age, military or veteran status, or any other basis protected by applicable local, state or federal laws.
Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance and other similar state laws and local ordinances, ILRC will also consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest or conviction records.
* The ILRC provides reasonable accommodations as required by law. Employees may request an exception from vaccination requirements (if applicable), if the vaccine is medically contraindicated for them or medical necessity requires a delay in vaccination. Employees also may be legally entitled to a reasonable accommodation if they cannot be vaccinated because of a disability, or if receiving a COVID-19 vaccination conflicts with a sincerely held religious belief, practice, or observance. There may be other recognized exceptions under applicable state and/or local laws.