US Asylum Campaign Communications Coordinator, Women's Refugee Commission


The Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC) works to improve the lives and defend the rights of refugee and internally displaced women, children, and young people. As a research and advocacy organization, WRC is dedicated to securing systemic changes in policy and practice that ensure uprooted women, children and young people can fully exercise their rights to protection, services, and self-sufficiency.

Position:
The Asylum Campaign communications coordinator is responsible for managing all aspects of a nascent two-year campaign on asylum rights in the United States. This position will report directly to the director of external communications and will work closely with the asylum campaign manager and the Migrant Rights and Justice (MRJ) team at WRC. The campaign communications coordinator will serve as the primary point of communications contact for a coalition of organizations involved in the Asylum Campaign. The Asylum Campaign communications coordinator will help lead the coordination of campaign talking points and messaging documents across the coalition and will craft all WRC talking points, press releases, social media copy, and briefing documents for press related to the campaign. Under the supervision of and in collaboration with the director of external communications and the asylum campaign manager, and in close coordination with the MRJ team, the Asylum Campaign communications coordinator will serve as the liaison for external PR firms and on all WRC asylum-related press calls; manage rapid response communications efforts, press briefings, and events; and work with the director of external communications on paid media content production during the campaign.

Responsibilities:

  • Craft talking points, press releases, press memos, and official statements for distribution to media and other constituents.
  • Ensure coordination across a diverse coalition of partners to ensure message discipline, press coordination, and research-informed persuasion.
  • Craft and post social media copy; create digital toolkits.
  • Build and maintain WRC press contacts on asylum.
  • Proactive flacking: Engage and pitch media on asylum issues.
  • Serve as primary communications coordinator with coalition members.
  • Liaise with public relations firms and other external vendors.
  • Work closely with MRJ program staff members to identify opportunities and develop related communication materials.
  • Manage Asylum Campaign editorial calendar.
  • Manage all communications aspects of rapid response efforts (including crafting talking points, press releases, social media copy, media engagement).

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of five to seven years’ experience in political or advocacy campaign communications required, experience in rapid response efforts preferred.
  • Excellent press contacts.
  • Knowledge of U.S asylum and/or international humanitarian and human rights work required.
  • Outstanding communications skills, both verbal and written, and the ability to grasp and communicate asylum policies for targeted audiences via traditional and social media.
  • Excellent organizational skills, including ability to conduct and coordinate multiple tasks under pressure to ensure rapid response deadlines are met.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned. The omission of specific duties does not preclude the supervisor from assigning duties that are logically related to the position.
  • Strong commitment to the mission and goals of WRC.
  • Spanish or French proficiency a plus.

How to Apply:
To apply, please submit a CV and cover letter here.