Communications Coordinator

New York, United States | CMSO | Full-time

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ABOUT COLOR OF CHANGE
Color Of Change is the nation’s largest online racial justice organization. We help people respond effectively to injustice in the world around us. As a national online force driven by over one million members, we move decision-makers in corporations and government to create a more human and less hostile world for Black people in America. We move members from analysis to action on crucial issues so that we can build the Black political power necessary to transform the written and unwritten rules of society. Color Of Change was founded in 2005 in response to the realization that during the crisis caused by Hurricane Katrina, as Black people were left stranded on their roofs to die, no one was afraid to disappoint Black people. When the government, media, corporations, and other decision-makers are not afraid to disappoint Black people, Black communities are negatively impacted and cannot move forward.

TEAM SUMMARY

The Marketing & Storytelling team creates and leads the brand and content strategy necessary to translate and advance Color Of Change’s values, vision, and efforts across a broad set of national influencers and grassroots activists. Through various platforms and mediums, the team is responsible for supporting efforts across the organization to deliver on our main promise: provoking the level and frequency of action from our members and allies that will force target decision-makers to take action, and thereby achieve real-world impact and lasting, systemic change. The team is also responsible for brand management, strategic content development, content distribution, and high-level media relations. Central to the Marketing & Storytelling team’s work is Color Of Change’s Hollywood Culture Project, an initiative designed to change the way Black people (and the issues we care about) are represented in entertainment media and to effectively leverage cultural influencers in support of our campaigns.

ROLE SUMMARY

Color Of Change seeks a detail-oriented Communications Coordinator to provide organizational support to the Communications team’s work with the press, awards, and special events. The Communications Coordinator will be responsible for developing and maintaining Color of Change’s communications databases, press lists, editorial calendar, and supporting communications managers with media engagement for special events. 

RESPONSIBILITIES 

Administrative Support 

(50%)

  • Develop and maintain the editorial calendar, coordinating with various campaign teams to schedule interviews, events, and initiatives.
  • Maintain easy-to-use materials databases of talking points, priority campaigns list, press releases, campaign 1 pagers, media clips, and other relevant communications materials. 
  • Coordinate the communications team’s schedule, with a strong understanding of priorities.
  • Ensure that meetings, deadlines, presentations, and other duties of the Communications team are carried out seamlessly.
  • Coordinate both internal and client-facing meetings and conference calls, including setting up meeting rooms, ordering food, copying materials, prepping binders, ordering/checking AV equipment and other materials, etc.
  • Create and/or revise Keynote and PowerPoint presentation decks and Excel spreadsheets. 

Media and Press Support 

(35%)

  • Monitor Color of Change’s press emails and connect with various communications and campaign teams for follow up. 
  • Keep track of annual list articles and ensure Color of Change meets required deadlines.
  • Develop award submission packages and keep track of relevant submission deadlines.
  • Maintain a public database of press materials for the organization.
  • Support Communications team in writing talking points, op-eds, and press advisories as needed.
  • Monitor reporters online and on social media for press opportunities.
  • Call and collect member stories and quotes.

Special Projects and Event Logistics 

(15%)

  • Coordinate with the Communications team for press invites and engagement at special events.
  • Support reporters to attend and engage with spokespeople at local events and initiatives.

QUALIFICATIONS

This position is ideal for an organizational maven with extensive administrative/operations experience, a strong writing background with a proven interest in the social justice media landscape, and a commitment to working in a fast-paced, collaborative environment.

The ideal candidate will have the following:

  • A commitment to Color Of Change’s mission of advancing racial justice and contributing to a less hostile world for Black people.
  • 1-2 years experience in a non-profit, labor union, or social justice setting
  • Proficiency and familiarity in GSuite applications including Gmail, Google Drive, and Google Calendar. 
  • Proficiency and familiarity in Microsoft Suite applications including Word and Excel 
  • Strong problem-solving, relationship-building, and interpersonal skills across a range of tasks and audiences.
  • Demonstrated ability to be a proactive team player and take initiative.

HOW TO APPLY

Interested applicants should click the "Apply for this position" link and submit a resume and COC-specific cover letter. Applications will be received on a rolling basis.

COMPENSATION

The salary for the Communications Coordinator position is $62,000/year. This is a full-time exempt position. Color Of Change also offers a competitive benefits package. 

Color Of Change (COC) is an equal opportunity employer. COC prohibits unlawful discrimination against any employee or applicant for employment based on race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, age, national origin, genetic characteristics, disability, status as a special disabled veteran or veteran, marital status, sexual orientation, sexual identity or any other basis prohibited by law.