Public Policy Associate Job

Southern Center for Human Rights
Atlanta, GA

The Public Policy Associate will work closely with the Public Policy Director to develop and advocate policies to further the mission of SCHR, including but not limited to alternatives to incarceration, abolition of the death penalty, a strong public defender system and other smart on crime measures. This position requires the ability to work both independently and as a member of a team. You must be able to respond quickly and nimbly to situations that are in constant flux. The Public Policy Associate must have strong initiative and problem solving skills; the ability to deal effectively with pressure and deadlines; an eye for detail; the ability to organize and prioritize work quickly; and a friendly, approachable demeanor.Job responsibilities:
• Develop and implement media plans and messages for litigation, campaigns and events;
• Write press releases, opinion editorials, reports, background and fact sheets;
• Contribute to building positive relationships with members of the media to ensure that strategic messages appear in targeted placements. Compile and maintain records of media contacts and appearances;
• Contribute to SCHR’s statewide legislative advocacy, particularly in terms of cultivating the support of state legislators, partner organizations, and constituents;
• Represent SCHR and its work in community meetings and classrooms;
• Work with partner organizations to support efforts related to SCHR’s mission.

The desired candidate:
• Is a smart self-starter with a track record of initiative and success;
• Has excellent writing and oral communication skills;
• Is comfortable working independently and being self-directed, while staying regularly connected with the Policy Director;
• Is PC literate, including electronic communications, Microsoft applications, desktop publishing. Familiarity with design tools a plus;
• Has a demonstrated ability to work with diverse groups and communities;
• Understands and enjoys multifaceted strategic public policy advocacy that involves legislative advocacy, media relations, litigation, policy analysis and coalition-building activities;
• Has experience developing strategic public relations and communications plans and implementing effective media relations strategies. An awareness of ‘best practices’ for nonprofit communications is welcomed;
• Is a strategic thinker with excellent research, prioritization, analytical, organizational, and interpersonal skills; is able to think ‘big picture’ as well as translate ideas into realistic, actionable plans;
• Holds a Bachelor’s Degree (preferred degree: Journalism, Public Relations, Political Science, Women’s Studies, or related field) and at least 2 years experience working in a related field.

The Southern Center for Human Rights is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. People of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

How to Apply:
To apply send a cover letter, résumé, writing sample, and the names and telephone numbers of three references to: Renée Myers, Southern Center for Human Rights, 83 Poplar Street, Atlanta, GA 30303-2122; or rmyers@schr.org. No phone calls. Deadline to apply is Friday, July 10.

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