NCTE Looking to Hire New Communications Person

I have good news and bad news. First the bad:
NCTE’s amazing communications person, Justin Tanis, is moving back to the Bay Area and taking a new job. Justin has provided NCTE with over 5 years of insightful strategic thinking, savvy communications, superb educational materials, and professional trainings for everyone from our members, to allies and government agencies. It’s hard to hold on to talent like that and we’re not surprised he was sought after by a smart allied organization.

The good news is that we are now hiring someone – maybe you – who is looking to be a part of an amazing team of mission-driven, wonderful people. As a small organization the communications staff person will be a key part of our team and involved in strategic discussions. The ideal candidate will be a communications person who is a go-getter with their own ideas, a burning passion, and collaborative spirit. You’ll fit in nicely if you take this work very seriously, but don’t take yourself too seriously. Juggling skills are optional.

Here’s the announcement. Please share it with interested people.

Job Description
As NCTE’s Communications staff person you will be involved in all aspects of the organization’s publications, and media relations, as well as web, email, and telephonic communications. This person will provide the information and tools that educate our members, allies, policymakers and the general public and that then motivate and mobilize our members and allies to take action in pursuit of our common goals. NCTE will consider applicants within a range of experience levels and will tailor the job to fit the right person. An experienced Communications expert will play a major leadership role in crafting messages and setting strategy. This position provides potential for growth with the organization.


• Webmaster & Social Media ManagerMaintain a website that provides a portal for communication between NCTE, its members, allies, the media and lawmakers. Manage the website to support NCTE mission and projects, and contribute to the organization’s professional brand. Manage effective use of electronic communications such as email action alerts, organizational blog, Facebook, Twitter, and electronic newsletters and updates.
• Media RelationsDevelop, cultivate and manage relationships with national media outlets to promote NCTE initiatives. Respond to media requests including television, radio stations, newspapers and blogs. Update and maintain media contacts database. Write, edit, proof read, format and distribute press materials including media advisories, new releases, and press statements from NCTE staff. Represent NCTE as needed through interviews with newspapers, radio, and television.
• Writing and EditingProduce high quality written materials such as manuals, resource guides, organizational newsletters, action alerts, membership emails, press releases, and statements for the media. Work with allied organizations to produce manuals and resource guides collaboratively. Edit the writing of other NCTE staff to ensure high quality external communications.
• Graphic Design & Layoutbuild the professional image of the organization by creating and using a consistent design scheme for all external communications and supporting materials. Provide graphic design for items such as letterhead, business cards, envelopes, publications, website, electronic communications, and collateral such as t-shirts, buttons, and stickers.

Skills & Experience
• Solid experience in advocacy communications, public relations, journalism, electronic communications or related jobs.
• Strong computer skills, including Microsoft Office, graphic design and website programs.
• In-depth experience with website design and maintenance, as well as online advocacy tools and blogs.
• Excellent writing skills, including the ability to take complex issues and communicate them to the general public.
• Graphic design skills preferred for in-house production.
• Collaborative spirit and the ability to work well within a team of fun-loving, hard-working professionals.
• Commitment to full social justice and understanding of issues affecting transgender people.

Salary and Benefits
Salary range for the Communications Manager is $35,000 – $60,000, depending upon candidate’s experience and skills. We offer, a robust benefits package that includes fully-paid dental, vision and health insurance, transit benefits, a flexible health spending account, and an IRA in addition to federal holidays and ten paid vacation days in first year.

Application & Timeline
We are committed to building an organization that reflects the diversity of our community. We strongly encourage people of color to apply.

Target date for this position to begin is March 10, 2011, but will remain open until filled. Interviews will be given on a rolling basis.

Send résumé and letter of interest to:
Stephanie White, Managing Director
1325 Massachusetts Ave NW, Suite 700
Washington, DC 20005