SIECUS asserts that sex education is a powerful vehicle for social change. Our mission is to advance sex education through advocacy, policy and coalition building in order to achieve an equitable nation where all people receive sex education, are affirmed in their identities, and have power to make decisions about their own health, pleasure, and wholeness. SIECUS advances comprehensive sexuality education as a means of building a foundation for a long-term culture shift that will positively impact all levels of society, particularly issues of gender and racial equity, sexuality, sexual and reproductive health, consent, personal safety, and bodily autonomy.
SIECUS seeks a highly motivated, creative, and ambitious Communications Manager to assist in the creation and execution of the organization’s communications strategy. In particular, we are looking for a candidate who can help shift the public frame for thinking and speaking about comprehensive sex education, to center and uplift values of intersectionality, justice, and sex positivity for young people. The ideal candidate has a flair for words, an eye for detail, and is excited about translating policy wonk speak into stories that resonate with audiences of all backgrounds.
Location: Washington, DC
Reports to: President & CEO
The Communications Manager is responsible for the following:
- Develop and implement campaigns in partnership with SIECUS staff that promote the organization’s mission, policy and program priorities, and fundraising efforts
- Increase public engagement with SIECUS channels and reach new audiences to expand the reach of SIECUS’ messages and policy influence
- Manage the SIECUS website content, including working with the SIECUS website consultant
- Create and manage content for social media, e-mail list, and the website
- Draft external communications such as press releases, statements, talking points, and blog posts
- Monitor analytics for email, website, and social media to increase reach across audiences
- Develop relationships with members of the press and manage press inquiries
- Generate graphics and visual content for social media
- Develop and maintain organizational communication guidelines and best practices including style guides
- Assist with the production of SIECUS reports and publications
- Other duties as assigned
- A minimum of 4–6 years of communications work (this can include extended internships or fellowships, ongoing volunteer work, and part-time work)
- Demonstrated judgment and a willingness to taken initiative to see projects through to completion
- Demonstrated exceptional project management skills to manage multiple projects simultaneously
- Commitment to advancing sexual and reproductive education, health, rights, and justice from an intersectional lens, particularly at the intersections of race, gender, and sexual orientation
- Excellent written and verbal communications skills with a proven track record of translating public policy resources into clear, structured, and persuasive communications (e.g., one-pagers, articles, press releases, blog posts, etc.); strong editing and proofreading skills and attention to detail
- Fluency using Twitter, Facebook, and other social media platforms in addition to content management systems such as Hoot Suite
- Fluency in analyzing social media metrics and using insights to build strategy, content, etc.
- Experience with WordPress and/or other CMS and overseeing a website redesign
- Prior experience working for or with sexual and reproductive health, rights, or justice organizations
- Familiarity with Salsa or comparable online email/advocacy platforms
- Proficiency editing and implementing graphics, photos, videos, etc.
- Public relations experience (e.g., pitching journalists and managing relationships with the press)
Please submit a cover letter, a one-page writing sample, and a current resume to firstname.lastname@example.org with “[Your Name] – Communications Manager.” Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
Compensation: $60,000. SIECUS also offers an excellent benefits package, which includes up to 4 weeks of annual paid leave; and full health, dental, and vision coverage for all eligible employees.
SIECUS is an equal opportunity employer, committed to equitable hiring and dedicated to diversity in our work and staff. We do not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions), age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, uniform service member status, disability or any other characteristic protected by law. Women, people of color, including bilingual and bicultural individuals, LGBTQIA persons, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Those whose experiences and perspectives have been traditionally under-represented in the field of sexual health are particularly encouraged to apply.