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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. A full job description is available below.

This is a full time position with benefits, including annual supplemental health benefits and paid vacation. Salary commensurate with experience.



  • Write, edit, and distribute print and online communications, including action alerts, blog posts, and website content
  • Manage a team of volunteer bloggers contributing daily content to the People’s Blog for the Constitution, including editing and publishing posts, and maintaining a list of leads and resources
  • Manage monthly drafting and editing process for organizational newsletter
  • Implement social network strategy to further build organizational presence on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+
  • Promote local events through emails to supporters, social network posts, and media outreach
  • Create and design publications, compelling graphics, and outreach materials, such as fliers, toolkits, and booklets

Website Management

Media Relations

  • Coordinate press appearances for the executive director and other staff and volunteers
  • Maintain press lists and distribute press communications through the Vocus platform
  • Draft and distribute press releases
  • Build and maintain relationships with media contacts
  • Track press appearances and maintain an archive of BORDC-related media hits


  • Plan and implement online fundraising strategy, including drafting appeal letters and emails, and maintaining online donation portals
  • Draft and coordinate submissions of grant proposals, grant reports, and letters of inquiry to institutional funders
  • Research potential new institutional and individual funders

Administration (optional)

  • Supervise and provide direction to staff, interns and volunteers
  • Assist executive director with specific project management as necessary
  • Coordinate office technology issues with IT vendor

Technological Competencies

  • Microsoft Office
  • Adobe Creative Suite, including Dreamweaver, InDesign, and Photoshop
  • WordPress
  • Salsa CRM platform
  • Windows XP, Vista, and 7
  • Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, and other emerging social networks
  • HTML and CSS

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant field or equivalent experience
  • At least two years’ experience in nonprofit administration, communications, marketing, and/or development
  • Well-developed writing and editing skills
  • Familiarity with constitutional rights and civil liberties issues

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in relevant field or equivalent experience
  • Three to five years’ experience in nonprofit administration, communications, marketing, and/or development
  • Experience with Salsa CRM platform, graphic design, and HTML content management
  • Supervisory experience

To apply:

To apply, email a cover letter and resume to with "Communications Specialist" in the subject line. Applications will be accepted through May 31, 2014.

Electronic applications only. No phone calls or snail mail, please.

About the Bill of Rights Defense Committee

The Bill of Rights Defense Committee is a national non-profit grassroots organization. We defend the rule of law and rights and liberties challenged by overbroad national security and counter-terrorism policies. We support an ideologically, ethnically, geographically, and generationally diverse grassroots movement to protect and restore these principles by encouraging widespread civic participation; educating people about the significance of our rights; and cultivating grassroots networks to convert concern, outrage, and fear into debate and action.

BORDC is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization and is committed to providing equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or any other protected status with respect to recruitment, hiring, upgrades, training, promotion, and other terms and conditions of employment. Further, BORDC takes affirmative action in support of this policy to employ and advance in employment individuals from under-represented populations.