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Director of Communications

ACLU of INDIANA

DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS

January 30, 2017

JOB ANNOUNCEMENT/OPPORTUNITY:

The ACLU of Indiana is seeking an experienced, mission-driven applicant for the position of Communications Director to develop and implement a variety of communications strategies to build support for the ACLU's work, further its programmatic goals, and increase public awareness and appreciation of civil liberties.

The American Civil Liberties Union is our nation's guardian of liberty, working daily in courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties that the Constitution and laws of the United States guarantee everyone in this country. The ACLU of Indiana is a statewide affiliate of the national ACLU.

Based in Indianapolis, Indiana, the Communications Director will play a key role in bolstering the ACLU-IN's visibility across the state of Indiana. The ACLU-IN's communications program includes media relations, web and social media presence, print materials, and communications events. The Communications Director reports to the Executive Director and works closely with other members of the organization's nine-person staff.

POSITION OVERVIEW:

The Communications Director is a member of the organization's senior staff, reporting to the Executive Director. Working closely with the organization's legal, advocacy, and development staff, the Communications Director plays a leadership role in communications and marketing strategy and media relations, utilizing both traditional and new media to promote public messages for ACLU issues throughout Indiana.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

Strategic planning for communications:

Develop, execute, monitor and measure a communications strategy that reinforces the ACLU brand, heightens visibility of the ACLU-IN, and supports the organization's programmatic goals.

Public Education and Media Relations:

  • Work with local, regional, and national press to pitch stories, maximize media coverage, and enhance the ACLU-IN's visibility in communities statewide;
  • Draft and edit all press materials, including press releases, advisories, talking points, letters to the editor, and memos.
  • Spearhead multi-media public education campaigns and events to extend impact of advocacy, such as our First Wednesdays panel discussions and Constitution Day activities;

Digital Communications:

  • Develop and manage the organization's dynamic online presence, including website, email, blog, podcasts, and social media;
  • Lead staff in generating engaging content and support online activism campaigns and other web organizing campaigns.

Publications:

  • Manage development, distribution, and maintenance of all print materials, including annual report, brochures, and event and promotional items;
  • Provide editorial and design direction, handle quality control and proofreading, oversee production, and create and implement distribution plans.

Internal Communications:

  • Keep staff, members, board, and donors apprised of the ACLU-IN's work.

Communications Team:

  • Support and amplify the efforts of the legal, advocacy, and development staff;
  • Manage relationships with vendors, such as designers and printers;
  • Recruit and direct volunteers in communications work and activities.

QUALIFICATIONS OF THE IDEAL CANDIDATE:

  • Bachelor's degree in communications, journalism, or related field is required; advanced degree (i.e., MBA with concentration in marketing or communications or MA in Communications) is preferred;
  • Minimum of five years in strategic communications and media relations, ideally in an "in-house" role within a nonprofit organization.
  • A profound, sincere, and well-articulated commitment to social justice and to the preservation and enhancement of individual rights and liberties; understanding of a broad range of civil liberties issues and advocacy strategies;
  • Extensive writing and editing experience with a variety of print and online communications media;
  • Experience working with media outlets at the national, regional, and local levels.
  • Creative aptitude and familiarity with interactive design, website and social media management, and email marketing strategy. Proficiency with digital content management a plus.
  • Experience creating advocacy and membership materials including newsletters and content for member/activist e-mail alerts, blog, and website;
  • Excellent communications skills, both written and oral;
  • Superb organization skills; detail-oriented with strong follow-through and the ability to meet tight deadlines;
  • Computer proficiency, including content management systems, web development, and graphic design programs.
  • Creative, results-oriented, self-starting, willing to learn, and able to manage an aggressive schedule; willingness to work beyond the 9 to 5 hours of the normal workday, including evening and weekend meeting and events.

COMPENSATION:

Salary based on experience. Excellent benefits include 10 days paid vacation and 10 paid sick/personal days; medical and dental insurance; life and long-term disability insurance; 401(k) with matching contribution; and generous paid holidays.

TO APPLY:

Send a cover letter, resume, three professional references and writing samples to:

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Please put "Communications Director" in the subject line.

Applications will be reviewed as received. Candidates are encouraged to apply immediately.

The ACLU is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and encourages applications from all qualified individuals including women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals.

Latest News

ACLU of Indiana Files Lawsuit Demanding Documents on Implementation of Trump Muslim Ban

April 12, 2017

The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit April 12, 2017, demanding government documents about the on-the-ground implementation of President Trump's Muslim bans.

The action is part of a total of 13 FOIA lawsuits filed by ACLU affiliates across the country. The ACLU of Indiana lawsuit is seeking records from its local U.S. Customs and Border Protection's office. In particular, the lawsuit seeks records related to CBP's implementation of President Trump's Muslim bans at Indianapolis International Airport.

The ACLU first sought this information through FOIA requests submitted to CBP on February 2. Since the government has failed to substantively respond, the ACLU is now suing.

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ACLU, PPINK Pleased by Court Ruling on Ultrasound Requirement

Decision garnered national attention as requirement would have made Indiana one of the most restrictive states to obtain an abortion

April 3, 2017

In a joint news conference today, the ACLU of Indiana and Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky (PPINK) shared in the victory of being granted a preliminary injunction by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana regarding the ultrasound requirement in House Enrolled Act (HEA) 1337.

"HEA 1337 required women to travel, often great distances, to obtain an ultrasound and then at least 18 hours later, return for an abortion. The court found that this new requirement resulted in a real impediment to women and served no legitimate purpose," said Ken Falk, the ACLU of Indiana Legal Director. "The court concluded, by granting the preliminary injunction, that PPINK was likely to ultimately succeed in its claim that the law was unconstitutional as an undue burden on a woman's constitutional rights."

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ACLU Speaks Out About Senate Bill 285 - Traffic Obstruction by Protestors

By Jane Henegar, Executive Director, ACLU of Indiana

Jane HenegarOver the past year, a historic level of activism and protest has spilled out into our nation's parks, streets, and sidewalks — places where our First Amendment rights are at their height. And yet, in several states including Indiana, legislators have followed up on this exuberant activism with proposed bills that are not only far less inspiring, but also unnecessary and potentially unconstitutional.

Disappointingly, SB 285 is one such bill.

Even though these bills are cloaked with concerns about obstruction or public safety, their effect is singular: chilling protest and suppressing dissent. It is disappointing that our lawmakers would rather silence the voices of their constituents than listen and engage with them. It is unconstitutional and un-American and we at the ACLU are doing everything we can to stop it.


Editors: Please contact Christy Glesing at (317) 667-5991 for more information or to publish.

Statement on House Bill 1024 - Prayer in Schools

By Jane Henegar, Executive Director, ACLU of Indiana

Jane HenegarFebruary 22, 2017

The First Amendment and existing federal and state law protect religious speech and mandate certain accommodations for religious exercise in government institutions. What the First Amendment does not permit is government endorsement of, or preference for, religious speech and subject matter in public schools.

By forcing public schools to introduce religious curricula and open up public for a for religious speech, HB 1024 puts teachers and school administrators at risk of violating the First Amendment. In sum, HB 1024 takes away the autonomy of school districts to avoid policies and practices that make them susceptible to legal challenges under the United States Constitution.

 

2017 First Wednesdays Lineup

A Survival Guide to the Next Four Years will be held in cities across Indiana this year. Registration for these free community discussions featuring local panelists will open soon.

  • February 1 - Indianapolis
  • April 5 - Gary
  • June 7 - Fort Wayne
  • September 6 - Bloomington
  • November 8 - Indianapolis

 

Ft. Wayne: A Survival Guide to the Next Four Years

Hear from the ACLU of Indiana and other community advocates on how to stand up for what's right the in the face of threats and policies that undermine our core American values.

June 7, 6-7:30 p.m.
Location and panelists to be determined soon, but you can still RSVP today!

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ACLU Declares War Only on Violations of the Constitution

By Jane Henegar, Executive Director, ACLU of Indiana

Jane Henegar webNo doubt, the distinctions between the First Amendment's protections for an individual's free exercise of religion and the First Amendment's prohibition against government's endorsement of religion can be confusing and complicated. However, each of the arguments that Mr. Heck [ACLU declares 'war' on the Constitution, 12/18/16] presents has been addressed and squarely rejected by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Here is what past U.S. Supreme Court decisions say about the issues surrounding the town of Knightstown's decision to place a cross on top of a Christmas tree in the town square:

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ACLU files suit for Knightstown resident challenging religious display

Updated: Dec. 13, 2016

On Dec. 12, Knightstown officials removed a religious symbol from the town square in response to a lawsuit filed Dec. 8 by the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana on behalf of Knightstown, Ind. resident Joseph Tompkins. The lawsuit challenges the Town of Knightstown's display of a Latin cross on a large evergreen tree on the square. The tree is also decorated with lights and ornaments in celebration of Christmas. The plaintiff, citing a violation of the First Amendment's Establishment Clause, sought only to have the religious symbol removed, and did not seek monetary damages for the suit. Attorneys are looking at a resolution to this case.

In 1986, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, in ACLU of Illinois v. City of St. Charles, affirmed a preliminary injunction stopping the City of St. Charles from displaying a cross on a television antenna that was on top of its fire department.

"The cross is the best known symbol of Christianity and Knightstown's prominent display of this symbol represents an establishment of religion in violation of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution," said Ken Falk, ACLU of Indiana legal director.

Click here for a copy of the lawsuit 

Click here for a copy of the Memorandum in Support for Motion of Preliminary Injunction

ACLU Challenges Sign Ordinance Limiting Political Expression

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
Oct. 31, 2016

Indianapolis — The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana today filed a lawsuit on behalf of a Bedford, Ind. resident who is challenging a newly enacted city ordinance regulating yard signs that has the effect of stifling his political expression. The lawsuit claims that the ordinance violates the First and the Fourteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution.

 "The Ordinance's limitation of one general use sign on a resident's lawn is a particularly oppressive during election time when citizens wish to voice their support and opposition for multiple candidates and political issues." —Jan Menz, ACLU of Indiana staff attorney

The ACLU of Indiana filed the case against the City of Bedford on behalf of Samuel Shaw, who is seeking to stop the city from enforcing City Ordinance 15-2016, which was enacted in September.

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