We are the Maine affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union. We fight for equality, justice, and freedom for all people in Maine in the statehouse, in the courthouse and through public education and engagement. We are active in the areas of criminal legal reform, racial justice, immigrants' rights, reproductive rights, women's rights, Indigenous rights, LGBTQ+ rights, voting rights, privacy, and freedom of speech and religion. 

We are a passionate, highly motivated group and we are looking for exceptional talent to join our team. 

OPPORTUNITY 

The ACLU of Maine seeks a creative thinker with a passion for civil liberties to join our team as Communications Director. Part of the leadership team, the Communications Director plays a vital role in shaping a bold vision to protect the liberties that define our democracy. Working closely with the organization’s legal, public policy, engagement, and development staff, the Communications Director manages ACLU of Maine communications strategy and media relations, promoting the organization’s work, values, and brand in public and internal communications materials, across traditional and social media. 

Our next Communications Director works well under deadline, is able to problem-solve, multi-task, respond swiftly and calmly to a sometimes wildly changing landscape, and can work independently and collaboratively as part of the ACLU of Maine team and with coalition partners. They will have a commitment to racial justice, equity, diversity and inclusion with an approach that values every individual, respects differences, and builds networks and relationships that move items to action. 

KEY AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY

Content Creation

As the lead writer and content creator, the Communications Director will need: 

  • excellent writing skills, including the ability to write quickly in many voices for many different audiences and for many platforms 
  • the ability to synthesize complex information from a variety of sources into accessible content such as: press releases, speeches, op-eds, LTEs, blog posts, website, social media, emails, and videos 
  • to bring sophisticated framing and messaging skills and tools to our core areas 
  • to elevate the ACLU’s influence online, and bring an inspiring and professional perspective to digital and social media  

Strategy and Integrated Advocacy

The Communications Director will lead the strategic development of communications priorities and opportunities to best amplify our work and shape the public narrative. This position requires excellent strategic thinking, and an understanding of when to use specific communications tactics and tools to best tell stories, center impacted voices, and reach goals. The Communications Director will work closely with members of the legal, policy, engagement, and development teams to create and execute integrated strategies. 

For example: 

  • Direct multi-media public education campaigns to uplift legal, policy and field-led issue campaigns related to the organization’s strategic goals. This requires communicating sometimes complex legal theories to a layperson audience 
  • Collaboratively develop new content and strategies for advocacy and public engagement initiatives 
  • Develop and execute the organization’s communications response to breaking news  
  • Oversee the organization’s media presence by cultivating relationships with key reporters, editorial boards, producers, and other media staff, pitching stories, educating the media, and prepping spokespeople 
  • Work with the Engagement and Development teams to plan and execute events 

Management

This position requires the ability to manage a program, supervise direct reports, and manage projects and vendor relationships.  

For example: 

  • Manage, motivate, mentor two direct reports (the engagement coordinator, and communications & engagement fellow) in an environment that supports professional growth and the organization’s communications and engagement goals 
  • Hire and direct designers, printers, photographers, etc. as needed 
  • Manage cross-departmental and multi-organizational projects with other staff and coalition partners 
  • Develop the program strategically to amplify the impact of all ACLU of Maine work 
  • Manage and monitor the annual department budget 
  • Maintain ongoing evaluation and reporting of key benchmarks 

ADDITIONAL USEFUL SKILLS

The ideal candidate will have experience with OR a desire to learn: 

  • Creation of multimedia for use in public education and/or advocacy 
  • Basic HTML and Drupal (or similar) web platform 
  • Basic graphic design skills and knowledge of design theory 

COMPENSATION & BENEFITS

This is a salaried, exempt position with a starting salary range of $75,000-$92,000 based on individual experience and abilities. Excellent benefits include vacation, personal, and sick leave, paid holidays, individual employer-provided health and dental insurance, life insurance and long-term disability, paid family medical leave, 401k defined contribution plan with employer match. 

LOCATION 

The ACLU of Maine’s office is based in Portland, Maine. Currently staff are working in a hybrid remote and in-person environment and are discussing long-term plans. 

As an organization, we value working together and look forward to when we can safely return to our office. Candidates outside of Portland and/or Maine will be considered for this position with the understanding that relocation to the Portland region will be ultimately required. 

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

To apply, please submit a cover letter (no more than 500 words) and resume to: careers@aclumaine.org. Include your name and “Communications Director Job Posting” in the subject line. If you need assistance or accommodation, contact us at 207-774-5444 ext. 6 or careers@aclumaine.org

Your cover letter should explain ways in which you satisfy the skills and qualifications specified above. We also invite applicants to include in their letter information about how their background and/or experiences could contribute to the diversity, cultural vitality, and perspective of our staff and advocacy work.  

The ACLU of Maine is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. The ACLU of Maine encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, previous criminal conviction, and veteran status. 

While ACLU of Maine staff are unionized, this is a management-level position and is not part of the bargaining unit. 

HIRING TIMELINE

The ACLU of Maine is reposting this job ad to expand our candidate pool. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. We will begin reviewing applications on a rolling basis on October 21, 2022. We will contact you if we are interested in moving your candidacy forward.