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Social & Digital Media Strategist

Forward Justice is seeking a dynamic Social and Digital Media Strategist with experience developing and implementing impactful social/digital media content and campaigns to join our growing team. This position will report directly to the Communications Manager and work closely with the Digital Communications Associate and Forward Justice team members to execute each campaign. In collaboration with the Communications Manager and Digital Communications Associate, this individual will be responsible for developing, coordinating, and executing Forward Justice’s social and digital media presence, including supporting communications campaigns for all Forward Justice program areas, including litigative and legislative advocacy and grassroots organizing. This position is ideal for a candidate with a passion for learning and helping others looking to immerse themselves in the work we do with our movement partners to be able to fully understand and disseminate and help shape our partner’s narratives.

This is a perfect opportunity for a candidate with a background in communications, social media, and digital media to help Forward Justice grow, maintain and enhance its online presence and recognition; and use interactive digital campaigns to support grassroots organizing and narrative building. The ideal candidate should be skilled in growing and engaging online audiences through engaging storytelling, online relationship building, and interactive digital campaigns, to translate our work into stories, digital collateral, and campaigns that galvanize community members and help build narrative power. The Social and Digital Media Strategist will be a high value member of the communications team, providing operational and strategic support to the communications team and manager in addition to supporting strategy and leading execution of all social and digital media campaigns at Forward Justice.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Growing and maintaining Forward Justice’s social media presence across all platforms (Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Twitter, TikTok) to create a vibrant and dynamic online campaign presence, ensuring consistent engagement with social media campaigns, to engage and grow Forward Justice’s online community
  • Consistently creating engaging, dynamic, content for social and digital media that reflects the organization's current work.
  • Uplift the work of our movement partners, highlight the voices and stories of those directly impacted by our issue areas, and push narrative change
  • Regularly update Forward Justice’s social media channels with appropriate and timely mission focused messaging
  • Assist with the development of, and coordinate the execution of, strategic, integrated digital communications campaigns across multiple social and digital media platforms to raise awareness of Forward Justice legislative and legislative advocacy outcomes, community organizing efforts and partner initiatives
  • Supporting the rapid response communications needs of the organization by ensuring that all social media channels are updated in real time to reflect the latest developments in Forward Justices’ campaigns, including legislative and/or litigative updates
  • Helping develop a brand voice for Forward Justice in the social and digital space that aligns with our brand’s existing voice, values, mission and theory of change
  • Work to build a base of directly impacted constituents through online campaigns and engage them for offline mobilization, storytelling, and movement building
  • Build and maintain relationships with relevant social and digital media influencers that support causes in alignment with Forward Justice’s body of work
  • Help develop an ongoing social and digital campaigns strategy and calendar, by coordinating with Forward Justice staff and movement partners to advance advocacy efforts and create engaging and integrated content
  • Social listening and media monitoring to be informed of public discourse, knowledge, and sentiment around our issue areas, and using that information to inform the language and content Forward Justice shares online
  • Creating and distributing engaging, informative email campaigns and updates using Mailchimp
  • Execute the distribution and maintenance of all digital and electronic campaign collateral including, but not limited to, ongoing email newsletters, videos, and social media content.
  • Provide programmatic support to partners by:
    •  Identifying strategic opportunities for partners to engage with Forward Justice Digital campaigns
    • Ensure that Forward Justice leverages our digital campaigns to provide strategic programmatic support to partners
  • Provide list building maintenance and support for the organizing and communications teams with email lists, media lists, petitions, and databases such as VAN, Hustle and Action Network
  • Ensure work moves forward, measurable goals are met through clear and consistent evaluation and measurement of impact

Required qualifications and competencies:

  • 5 years experience in two or more of the following: communications, policy, advocacy, social media management, digital/social media campaigns, journalism, public relations or advocacy communications, digital organizing, media relations, project/program management
  • Experience with professional social media management and developing and implementing impactful social/digital media content and campaigns
  • Experience with digital communications and social media management tools like Facebook, Twitter, Google Ad campaigns, Hootsuite, Hashtracking, Mailchimp, Muckrack, Meltwater, Zoom, PowerBase, and Action Network
  • Strong analytical and strategic thinker who considers mission and vision of organization in all their planning and actions
  • Good personal organization, time management, and planning skills
  • An understanding of trends in public discourse and policy making
  • Excellent writing, editing, and verbal communications abilities
  • Experience building online communities and creating organic social media growth
  • Ability to thrive in fast-paced quickly-changing environments, while being flexible and adaptable to assist with rapid-response communications needs
  • A demonstrated commitment to the shared values of Forward Justice and its partner organizations, including experience working for social justice
  • Position is based in Morrisville, NC (remote during COVID19, with continued remote options available)

This is a full-time, exempt position. Compensation is competitive and negotiable depending on background and experience and includes an excellent benefits package.

Forward Justice is immediately seeking to fill this position but looking for the best candidate to support a growing organization. Interviews will occur on a rolling basis. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, people of color, directly-impacted, queer, trans folks, and individuals with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Application instructions:

Please send a cover letter, resume, at least three relevant work samples, and three references to jobs@forwardjustice.org, with the subject line: “Social and Digital Media Strategist” and your name.

 

Campaign Director

Forward Justice is seeking a driven self-starter leader, excited about developing campaign strategies using a multidisciplinary framework to serve as our Campaign Director to join our growing team. The position is responsible for the design and implementation of Forward Justice’s campaigns strategy working within the organization’s three strategic approaches: (1.) Change laws, policies, and practices upholding racism and mass incarceration (2.) Shift narrative, culture, and values are connected to the paradigms of punishment, racial criminalization, and inequality (3.) Build a broad base of people and organizations committed to accelerating a revived, thriving, just Southern democracy and the end to mass incarceration.

This position is ideal for strong writers and communicators with strategic insight and previous campaigning and/or strategic communications experience, expertise in racial, democracy, criminal, economic and social justice issues and policies. This position will have two immediate reports. The right candidate will be committed to getting results in a fast-paced environment and be able to handle competing priorities. This position reports directly to the Co-directors of the organization and will work closely with team members throughout the organization to achieve Forward Justice’s mission.

Leadership & Managerial Responsibilities:

  • Lead in conceptualizing and constructing short and long-term plans for campaign operations including work plans, budgets, and overall timelines to further the organization's mission.
  • Manage and support communications, legal, and organizing department leads in achieving campaign goals and mission.
  • Manage team to achieve program and campaign goals, as well as to develop their leadership through practice.
  • Manage relationships with service providers, vendors, consultants, and other contractors as necessary to successfully execute campaign strategies.

Campaign Responsibilities:

  • Consistently refine and define in practice the use of communications, legal, and organizing strategies to reach campaign goals
  • Understand various legal strategies and how strategies can meet ultimate campaign and public education goals.
  • Co-create communications strategies in consultation with the communications manager to achieve campaign goals.
  • Build and maintain relationships with coalition and local leaders, liaison with various organizational partners and campaigns.
  • Build relationships with movement partners and be able to work well within an interdependent team structure to assist in rapid response and long-term campaigns.
  • Work to develop, evaluate and analyze data to report out the impact of our campaigns
  • Actively participate in department and campaign teams, and as a part of the overall Forward Justice leadership to share responsibility in developing an inclusive, learning-based culture that centers campaigns to make real change.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

  • Collaborative leadership approach
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously
  • Ability to be flexible to adjust to changing environments and circumstances
  • Understand the role of digital organizing
  • Strong communications and writing skills in multiple formats (email, phone, text, social media)
  • Demonstrated ability to build and motivate teams and work effectively in a collaborative team environment in both a managerial and support role
  • Strong working knowledge of federal, state, and municipal legislative processes
  • Understand the role of narrative change in racial justice organizing

Education/Experience:

  • Strong public policy expertise and knowledge preferred
  • Strong advocate for racial and social justice
  • 8 – 10 years of upper-level management experience
  • Superb writing, communications, and analytical skills.
  • Strong interpersonal, active listening and communication skills.
  • A high level of independence, initiative, creativity, and good judgement.
  • Commitment to Forward Justice’s mission, vision, and values.

This is a full-time, exempt position with a competitive salary and benefits based on experience. Forward Justice is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. We welcome and encourage applications from those who will enhance our staff diversity. Women, people of color, directly-impacted, queer, trans folks, and individuals with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. 

Application instructions 

Applications welcome immediately; position open until filled. To apply, submit in one document: 1) a cover letter that addresses your goals and your interest in this position 2) a resume with three professional references and 3) a recent writing sample. Submit an electronic application to jobs@forwardjustice.org, with the subject line: “ Campaign Director” and your name. 

Resource Development Internship

Forward Justice is seeking a Resource Development Intern to join an upbeat, innovative team of motivated individuals passionate about changing the socio-political landscape in the South. This position will provide critical support to the Development team around diversifying revenue through grants and individual giving, donor data management, as well as event planning for the 2022 Annual Garden Gala.

What You Will Gain:

As a Forward Justice intern, you will:

  • Receive hands-on coaching and career counseling that will assist in developing you as a professional and bring clarity to your career trajectory
  • Gain hands-on professional development in the areas of networking, administrative support and communication strategies
  • Join a diverse peer network of changemakers
  • Learn to navigate the world of professional interactions through attendance of local community gatherings, events, and decision-making meetings
  • Increase your knowledge of multiple human rights and social justice issues and campaign work

Who We Look For:

The ideal candidate:

  • Thrives in professional environments in which creativity and innovation are valued parts of daily operations
  • Is a self-starter able to effectively manage time and prioritize tasks
  • Values diversity and is able to embrace new ideas, customs, and perspectives
  • Possesses a sense of adventure and is able to use challenges as opportunities for personal and professional growth
  • s able to organize build and maintain lists and databases

Necessary Skills

The ideal candidate:

  • Possesses knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite and data-input platforms with the ability to collect and organize a variety of content and information
  • Is skilled in both written and spoken communication
  • Can navigate popular social media platforms and associated tools (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Mailchimp, etc.)
  • Is able to receive and utilize constructive feedback

Intern Tasks

Forward Justice interns will:

  • Assist the Development team with list building and list management
  • Attend internal professional development sessions
  • Provide administrative support to the development team including assisting development team members with preparing and formatting documents for donor cultivation and retention, assisting with setup and registration for the 2022 Annual Garden Gala, and assisting with the collection and management of grants, foundations, and individual donors
  • Assist in the creation of social and digital media materials for Forward Justice fundraising initiatives and campaigns
  • Please note that this job description is not a comprehensive list of activities, duties, and responsibilities that are required of this position. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice with direction from Forward Justice*

Beginning Date:

This internship will offer approx. 10-15 hours per week. Daily work schedules are flexible and can be structured to accommodate class/work schedules. This is currently an unpaid internship, however, depending on resource availability we may be able to offer a stipend at the end of the internship.

Contact Us:

If you are interested in joining the dynamic Forward Justice team, please send your resume and cover letter with the subject line "Forward Justice Internships" to jobs@forwardjustice.org. Please include your expected date of graduation.

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