Communications Specialist (or Manager)
The Bill of Rights Defense Committee (BORDC) seeks a communications specialist to be based in Northampton MA, Washington DC, or New York NY. This position may be expanded to communications manager, with associated administrative and supervisory responsibilities, for the right candidate.
The communications specialist oversees all of BORDC’s communications, media, and online programming. This includes serving as editor of BORDC’s monthly newsletter, maintaining content for BORDC’s websites and blog, managing BORDC’s social network presence, drafting email action alerts and fundraising appeals, and managing media outreach. Additional responsibilities, including staff and intern supervision and office management, may be included in the position for a candidate with appropriate experience and interest.
BORDC invites applications from current or recent students seeking fall internships. Interns are vital to BORDC’s work around the country, and participate in substantive research, writing, outreach, and organizing projects. This summer, opportunities are available in our national office in Northampton, MA, as well as for telecommuting internships open to candidates anywhere in the US. Applications are due May 26, 2014.
BORDC seeks a Legal Fellow likely based in Washington, DC, but available to applicants from anywhere in the US for the right candidate.
The Legal Fellow will coordinate our national network of legal professionals, and its efforts to seek and compile information about fusion centers and surveillance by local law enforcement authorities. The Fellow will also write analysis of current events relating to civil liberties and constitutional rights for a public audience, primarily on BORDC’s blog and occasionally for third party outlets. The Fellow’s work will also include grassroots organizing, particularly involving outreach to Muslim, Arab, and South Asian communities across the US to connect those communities to local civil rights coalitions that BORDC supports. This may entail occasional travel, as well as speaking engagements before public audiences, such as forums hosted by grassroots coalitions or events organized by student groups.
Interested volunteers may sign up online. Specific volunteer opportunities currently available include:
Volunteer Blog Editors
The People's Campaign for the Constitution blog is currently seeking volunteer guest editors to post just twice a week, on a specific day of your choice. Volunteer bloggers will post content on designated days concerning the core rule of law issues currently facing our nation: surveillance, detention, torture, and secrecy. Posts can be as simple as a short summary of existing material, linking to the original source—or potentially more involved, featuring your original writing for review and editing by BORDC’s staff.
BORDC is currently seeking volunteer researchers. Research projects include identifying academics writing about issues including torture, detention and surveillance, and collecting their contact information to support BORDC outreach efforts to college campus communities. Other projects involve identifying members of city councils around the country who supported resolutions opposing the PATRIOT Act and ascertaining whom among them still holds public office and in what capacity. Further projects are available relating to each of the PCC affinity groups' respective projects.
Teaching young people about the Constitution and Bill of Rights is one of the most important ways to protect and defend the rights and freedoms they guarantee to all Americans. Volunteer to give a guest presentation at a school near you!
There are many opportunities to give a school presentation, including:
- Constitution Day (September 17)
- Election Day (early November)
- Bill of Rights Day (December 15)
- Flag Day (June 14)
Just ask the school principal or teacher whose school you'd like to visit if you can give a guest presentation on one of these days—or any other day of the year!