NIJC Communications Coordinator


The National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC), a program of Heartland Alliance, is seeking a communications coordinator to provide media relations and editorial support. NIJC promotes the rights of immigrants through direct legal service, impact litigation and advocacy, and is a regular resource for expert commentary and analysis regarding federal immigration law and policy. NIJC's communications team works closely with the organization's legal and policy staff and clients to tell stories that break down barriers to compassion in the immigration debate and hold the U.S. government accountable to uphold human rights. NIJC's Immigration Detention Transparency and Human Rights Project collaborates with partners nationwide to increase public access to information about the U.S. immigration system and provide groundbreaking research to equip advocates working to end inhumane immigration detention and enforcement practices. The communications coordinator will be a key member of NIJC's communications team to assist in media relations, website content management, and editorial and multimedia projects. The communications assistant also will play a key role in maintaining the NIJC website ( ) and the organization's online presence.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Develop brochures and other outreach materials about NIJC's legal services
  • Draft press releases, letters to the editor, and op eds regarding NIJC's litigation developments and to promote NIJC's vision of a more just and transparent immigration system
  • Assist in responding to media inquiries, coordinating interviews with staff, and preparing talking points
  • Assist in management and production of website content
  • Assist in production/layout and media outreach for publications and reports
  • Play a key support role in NIJC's Immigration Detention Transparency and Human Rights Project:
  • Organize, log, and assist in analysis of government documents received via Freedom of Information Act
  • Participate in the development and execution of publication and outreach strategies to release documents
  • Help supplement document research with client interviews and multimedia production
  • Assist in production (including layout) of Transparency Project reports
  • Help maintain Transparency Project documents and related content on website
  • Coordinate with Online Engagement Manager and Communications Director to
  • Assist in execution of media outreach for Transparency Project reports

Qualifications: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Education and/or Experience: Bachelor's degree required.
  • Writing experience, editor, or researcher for advocacy organizations
  • Attention to detail, with the ability to think creatively and strategize about how to present complex research and data in ways that are accessible to a broad audience
  • Highly organized and able to manage and organize large amounts of data
  • Comfort using content management systems, social networking tools, and other media and web technologies, or willingness to learn quickly

Preferred Experience

  • Graphic design experience desirable.
  • Data analysis experience is not required, but candidates with experience in analyzing and/or visualizing large data sets should highlight the experience in their applications
  • Demonstrated interest in immigrant rights and/or human rights advocacy preferred; knowledge of the U.S. immigration detention system desired
  • Spanish fluency highly recommended to assist in client interviews for inclusion in NIJC reports and publications

Selected candidates will be asked to submit writing samples that demonstrate experience writing about current human rights issues for the media and/or policy makers

  • Language Skills: Fluency in English required, fluency in Spanish highly recommended. Ability to communicate articulately with internal and external audiences. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Demonstrated competency in public speaking and strong interpersonal skills required.
  • Computer Skills: Proficiency in Microsoft Office, Internet Explorer, Outlook/Exchange; Windows operating systems; and other software routinely used by Heartland Alliance. Comfort with the Adobe Creative Suite highly recommended.
  • Other Skills: Ability to: assimilate and convey messages on a variety of issues relating to due process violations and immigration detention in a succinct and compelling way and tailored to different audiences; write effective copy, press releases, design and layout electronic and print newsletters and website pages; work independently with limited supervision; be goal-oriented and multi-task; have a diplomatic presence; develop and maintain good working relationships with a wide variety of peer organizations; communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.

Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform 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 is regularly required to talk or hear.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit; use hands to handle or feel and reach with hands and arms.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.
  • The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.

Work Environment: The work environment characteristics 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.

  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
  • The employee may be required to remain on Organization premises during breaks and/or meal periods and may be required to stay on Organization premises until their replacement arrives.
  • This position will require the ability to travel throughout the country, and may include weekend and overnight travel.

Heartland Alliance makes all hiring and employment decisions without regard to race, creed, color, age, gender, gender identity, marital or parental status, religion, ancestry, national origin, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, sexual identity, immigrant status, political affiliation or belief, ex-offender status (depending on the offense and position to be filled), unfavorable military discharge, membership in an organization whose primary purpose is the protection of civil rights or improvement of living conditions and human relations, height, weight, or HIV infection, in accord with the Organization's AIDS Policy Statement of September, 1987. Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodation should contact the Employee Services Office at (312) 660-1431.

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