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Communications Associate

Everyday Democracy, a national leader in civic participation and community change, works to strengthen democracy in neighborhoods, towns, cities, states and the United States. It has more than 25 years of experience working with grass-roots organizers and public officials to bring people together to talk about and work on critical public issues, all through a lens of racial equity.  Everyday Democracy works with partners to build and strengthen a civic infrastructure in which public participation is welcoming and empowered.    

Join a fun, mission-drive staff in a work culture where you, your ideas and your professional growth matter.  Opportunities abound for challenging work, continued learning and collaborative problem solving. The organization values work-life balance and workplace flexibility. It has policies and benefits that support employees, including 100 percent coverage for employee’s medical benefits, short- and long-term disability, generous vacation and leave time, a non-contributory retirement plan, and a 403(b) plan where employees contribute pretax dollars.

 

Position Summary:

The ideal candidate for this position will be a detail oriented, experienced writer and collaborative team member. He or she will have at least 3-5 years related experience with campaigns, marketing, advocacy, or other mission-focused environments.  He or she will write and edit stories and materials for our web site and other publications, assist in identifying and tracking key organizational metrics and accomplishments and maintain internal and external systems and materials. The Associate develops and maintains relationships with internal and external audiences and helps identify and meet a myriad of communications needs. Approximately 25% of time will be spent tracking and managing web and social media updates and analytics.  

Success in this role calls for excellence and experience in: 

  • Versatile and proven writing skills (Writing test required.)
  • Demonstrated ability to write for various platforms – print, web, social media
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including interviewing
  • Ability to condense complex ideas into understandable terms and incorporate EvDem themes and values into writing
  • Ability and desire to learn new processes and programs
  • High level of comfort with mapping our work, using Excel and tracking statistics

Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree or technical degree in English, Journalism, Social Work or related field. Advanced knowledge and proficiency in MS Office is a must. Website management skills such as HTML and familiarity with content management systems and Google Analytics is highly desirable. Graphic design skills, including proficiency in Illustrator, InDesign, and/or Photoshop, are highly desired.

Educational requirement may be waived for a demonstrated combination of relevant experience. Most importantly, he/she should have a strong demonstrable commitment and experience working in organizations that focus on racial equity, inclusion, structural racism, or social justice.  More information about Everyday Democracy may be found at www.everyday-democracy.org.

If you have the requisite credentials and experiences, email a cover letter, resume and two writing samples by June 9, 2017 to:

Michelle Carpenter, HR Manager, Everyday Democracy, mcarpenter@everyday-democracy.org

(At least one of the writing samples should be an email or other correspondence that shows how you think, reason and work; the other should address a complex issue that you are making understandable and actionable.) This is a one-year position, which may turn into a regular, full-time positon if the candidate achieves successful outcomes. Currently, it is a 32-hour per week position with benefits included.

Everyday Democracy believes that one of the great strengths of community is the rich diversity of its residents in race, religion, national origin, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age and physical ability.  Everyday Democracy affirms publicly its moral and legal commitment to a policy of equal opportunity employment.

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Community Assistance Internship (Summer and Fall)

Part Time: up to 20 hours a week

Paid Internship: 10.50/hr.

Everyday Democracy is a project of the Paul J. Aicher Foundation that focuses on using dialogue as a tool for positive community change. We focus on equity and bringing diverse community members together to address various social issues.

 

Community Assistance Internship Description:

Everyday Democracy is seeking an individual who would like to assist a dialogue process that involves creating positive changes in communities throughout the country. The person in this position will support our community assistance efforts in a variety of administrative tasks and data collection. The intern will have opportunities to apply and strengthen research, documentation, organizational, and interpersonal skills. The Community Assistance Intern will report directly to the Community Assistance Associate. The hours are flexible but all work must be completed in the Hartford office between the hours of 8:00am and 5:00pm, Monday-Friday.

 

Minimum Qualifications:

Associate’s Degree or pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree, have an interest in administration, community engagement, and organizational management.

 

Organization Description:

Created in 1989 by the Paul J. Aicher Foundation, Everyday Democracy, a Hartford based organization has worked with over 600 communities across the United States on many different public issues. Everyday Democracy is a national organization that helps communities find ways for all kinds of people to think, talk, and work together to solve problems.

It is a high energy, hard-working, ever-changing, fun, and challenging work culture. Opportunities for continued learning, meeting interesting people, and creatively and collaboratively solving problems abound.

 

Responsibilities:

  • Collecting and inputting survey data for program development
  • Documenting program information
  • Sharing resources with community partners
  • Documenting organizational processes
  • Helping with event planning and management
  • Drafting presentations for community events, trainings, and conferences
  • Assisting with report writing for program development
  • Assisting with administrative duties

 

Required Skills:

  • Organizational skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Keen eye for detail
  • Strong administrative skills
  • Basic math skills
  • Collaborative
  • Working on multiple projects
  • Command of Microsoft Word, Power Point, and Excel
  • Ability to work in a fast paced environment

 

How to apply:

Send your resume and cover letter to Matthew Sagacity Walker at mwalker@everyday-democracy.org by April 30, 2017 fcr the summer internship, and by May 31, 2017 for the fall internship.

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