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Communications Manager

The Reproductive Health Access Project mobilizes, trains, and supports clinicians to make reproductive health care accessible to everyone in the United States. We connect, develop, and support clinicians to become effective leaders promoting reproductive freedom. We develop practical, evidence-based, patient-centered clinical tools and resources that set a clinical standard in the U.S. and are used widely around the world. Our clinical training programs develop primary care clinicians who provide, advocate for, and teach full-spectrum reproductive health care. Our technical assistance programs creatively address barriers to providing high-quality abortion, contraception, and management of early pregnancy loss care in primary care settings. Through our national organizing and mobilizing we are building a movement to change the way reproductive health care is provided.

 

Role

As the Communications Manager, you are responsible for overseeing and coordinating all of RHAP’s outward-facing communications and providing support to the Reproductive Health Access Network with network-member involvement in state-based advocacy activities that promote and support the organization’s mission. 

You are an excellent verbal and written communicator, adept with print and digital communications as well as media relations. You are able to make complex ideas easy to understand and are a stickler for grammar. You work quickly and collaboratively. You are creative and effective in using design and images to help convey information. You are comfortable working with a variety of graphic, social media, and analytics platforms. You understand website analytics and SEO and can explain them to others. You have worked as part of a medium to large communications team and are ready to help a small but growing organization develop its communication capacity.

You will help provide communications training and support for staff, board, and network members. Throughout all of your work, you will apply the organization’s values. This position is based in New York City, reports to the executive director and works in collaboration with the network team, led by the medical director and the national organizer.

 

Responsibilities

Coordinate all of the organization’s outward-facing communications and ensures they are mission-based and reflect organizational values.

  • Serve as the primary internal brand steward, maintaining and informing staff, consultants, and volunteers about templates, style guides, preferred language, and organizational best practices.
  • Maintain the organization’s communications calendar for all constituents (donors, supporters, network members, volunteers, and allies).
  • Write and coordinate print and online publications including annual reports, brochures, newsletters, e-blasts, blog, website, social media content, and other promotional materials.
  • Oversee media relations, maintaining media lists and seeking ways to respond to developing stories.
  • Create and maintain a bank of testimonials and photographs.
  • Spearhead organizational policy statements; draft press releases, media advisories, op-eds, letters to the editor, talking points, and other media materials.
  • Oversee the organization’s digital presence, including managing the website (design and functionality) and coordinating with relevant staff, consultants, and vendors.
  • Collaborate with staff on social media strategy; develop new ways to share our message with external audiences; monitor the organization’s online engagement; and develop social media toolkits for RHAP’s advocacy efforts.
  • Support RHAP’s partnerships with national, state, and local primary care and reproductive health, rights, and justice organizations by developing and maintaining organizational lists and serving as RHAP liaison.
  • Stay current and knowledgeable on issues related to the organization’s mission, programs, and initiatives in order to drive communications strategy.
  • Track relevant legislation and policy efforts at state and national levels; notify and coordinate with RHAP’s national network when opportunities arise to participate in advocacy.
  • Work with program and advocacy staff to develop and advance campaigns that engage and education RHAP constituents
  • Maintain good relationships with external vendors, allied organizations, local and national reproductive rights groups, and community health partners.
  • Maintain positive, supportive relationships with all RHAP staff, board members, donors, and supporters.

Other duties, as assigned.

 

Job Qualifications

Overall: Communications, marketing, public relations, and/or journalism experience and the media contacts to back it up.

Commitment to Reproductive Justice: An understanding of and commitment to issues affecting the reproductive health/rights/justice community, as well as an understanding of racism, classism and other systems of inter-connected oppressions is critical.

Communications Skills: Strong overall written and oral presentation skills, and the ability to adopt the style, tone, and voice of our organization for various types of content; a keen sense of editorial judgment; detail-oriented; and experience writing copy including articles, press releases, op-eds, talking points, and speeches.

Community Familiarity: Experience working with or deep interest in developing expertise in reproductive health, rights, and justice communities, as well as an understanding of the dynamics among these communities and the primary care community is desired.

People Skills:  Comfort engaging with colleagues and the public,  listening to people talk, and helping people through decision-making, and generally counseling them through challenges in their work

Project Leadership: Experience in planning and executing projects or initiatives, including collaborating with colleagues to ensure projects are completed on time and monitoring budgets.

Self-direction: Track record in taking initiative in what can sometimes feel like chaotic or ambiguous environments, and motivated to figure out solutions instead of waiting for directions.

Knowledge: Understanding of how to leverage media to communicate and connect, especially online outlets. Understanding of common style guides (e.g., AP, APA, Chicago) and how to apply them correctly.  Familiarity with WordPress, GoogleAds.

Resilience: Able to withstand being exposed to biased, anti-abortion/reproductive rights beliefs and incidents from external sources and help community members facing similar challenges in their own advocacy.

Collaborative Spirit: Ability to work as an integral part of a team of hard-working, energetic professionals, taking input from a variety of assertive colleagues.

Prioritization and Detail Orientation: Ability to set and meet goals, prioritize, plan, manage, and complete work on deadline and in optimum quality.

Language Ability: Strong communication skills in English is a must.  Fluency in additional languages is a plus.

 

Work hours & compensation

This is a full-time, exempt position that involves occasional travel at times. Salary is $60,000.  Benefits include 20 days of paid time off a year, 10 personal/sick days, 8 paid holidays, employer-covered health and dental insurance, health reimbursement and flexible spending accounts, professional development, and retirement benefits.

 

Work Environment

The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee must be able to work efficiently in a small, open office with varying noise levels.
  • The employee is required to sit and use a computer for a large majority of working hours.
  • Occasional in and out-of-state travel to conferences and meetings may be required.
  • The employee may be required to work outside for programmatic duties such as tabling.
  • This position is full time, with employee’s regular full-time schedule to be approved by supervisor. Regular hours must include attendance during core business hours from 10:15am – 5:00pm Eastern Time, Monday through Friday.
  • The employee will occasionally be asked to work evening and weekend hours for special program events or as necessary.
  • Must be able to conduct business in English; however, fluency in languages other than English is a plus.
  • The employee must be able to maintain a smoke- and drug (illegal or recreational)-free environment.
  • Some work at off-site locations may be required; RHAP aims for accessibility in any off-site location that we have control of, but some of them may not be fully accessible.
  • This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, and scanners. The employee is regularly required to communicate effectively via computer, via phone, and in person. 

The Reproductive Health Access Project (RHAP) is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against any individual based on any non-merit factor and is committed to an equitable workplace where everyone is treated as a respected and valued member of the team. In fact, RHAP actively seeks to build and maintain a diverse staff with regard to race, sex, gender identity, age, ability, religion, national origin or sexual orientation. In addition to Federal law requirements, RHAP complies with applicable New York State and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment.

 

Application Instructions

Send cover letter, resume, three references, and a short writing sample to hr@reproductiveaccess.org. Indicate “Communications Manager” in the subject line. Please, no phone or fax inquiries – we will respond if we require further information.

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