Communications Manager

Job Announcement: Communications Manager

About CAC

The Constitutional Accountability Center (CAC) is a nonprofit, public interest law firm and think tank dedicated to making real the progressive promise of our Constitution’s text, history, and values. We work in our courts, through our government, and with legal scholars to preserve the rights and freedoms of all in America and to protect our judiciary from politics and special interests.

At the Constitutional Accountability Center, we view the Constitution as an inherently progressive document—amended over the generations to become more just, equitable, and inclusive. To make real the promises of our national charter, we must honor and celebrate different ideas, perspectives, and backgrounds, and especially the contributions of historically marginalized communities. As an organization, we make every effort to live by these ideals and help create the conditions that will allow all individuals and communities to thrive.

We are committed to the recruitment, development, and retention of talented and diverse staff who believe in true justice and equality for all people. The Constitutional Accountability Center is an equal opportunity employer, and we particularly encourage people who identify as Black, Indigenous, Latino/Latina or Latinx, Asian American or Pacific Islander, and from other underrepresented communities to join us.

CAC has adopted a hybrid work schedule with all staff working in the Washington, DC office on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. All CAC staff must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to work in the office.

To learn more about the Constitutional Accountability Center, please visit www.theusconstitution.org.

Position Summary

The ideal candidate will be passionate about protecting constitutional rights and advancing meaningful justice and equality; have experience in law-related communications, public relations, or journalism; be a motivated and engaged communicator as well as a strategic thinker; and be organized, responsive, reliable, and detail-oriented.  The Communications Manager will:

  • Develop and oversee CAC’s communications strategy for the organization as a whole and for specific issues or events, using traditional media, social media, and other creative ways to reach our target audience.
  • Draft and edit content, including social media posts, press releases, newsletters, op-eds, and blog posts.
  • Hold primary responsibility for the CAC website, including ensuring that it is updated to reflect CAC’s latest work.
  • Manage social media channels, post content, and track analytics.
  • Create strategic communications plans and messaging guidance for major Supreme Court and federal appellate cases.
  • Pitch newsworthy stories to journalists, respond to media requests, develop relationships with journalists, pitch CAC experts to broadcast and other media, and maintain up-to-date press lists.
  • Develop relationships with, and circulate CAC materials to, congressional offices.
  • Track engagement with CAC work for use in fundraising and newsletter outreach, and to demonstrate public impact.
  • Participate in organizational planning processes and contribute to other project areas, as needed.

The Communications Manager is part of the senior management team and reports to CAC’s President.

Qualifications

The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications:

  • A demonstrated commitment to CAC’s mission and work. 
  • Bachelor’s degree or commensurate experience in a relevant field (communications, public relations, journalism, or related fields). 
  • At least 5 years of experience working in communications, public relations, journalism, or a related field, ideally with a focus on the law or the courts.
  • A passion for big picture strategizing and planning and demonstrated ability to manage and implement plans.
  • Exceptional writing and communication skills, including a demonstrated ability to communicate (with assistance and/or input from policy staff) legal or other complex issues to a variety of audiences.
  • The ability to build and maintain strong relationships with journalists, colleagues, and coalition counterparts.
  • Excellent organizational skills and a demonstrated ability to work independently and collaboratively, set priorities, and meet deadlines.
  • Excellent knowledge of media landscape.
  • Familiarity with communications software and web tools such as EveryAction, WordPress, Cision, and social media management tools.

Salary and Benefits

The starting salary range for this position is $80,000 – $90,000, depending on experience.

CAC provides an excellent benefits package to our staff, including health, dental, and vision insurance, FSA, SmarTrip benefits, a 403(b) match, three weeks of paid vacation, one week paid sick leave, and paid leave for federal holidays.

How to Apply

To apply, please send a résumé, cover letter, and relevant writing sample in one PDF to Keo Xiong: keo@theusconstitution.org.