Kids Count and Digital Communications Specialist
The Kids Count and Digital Communications Specialist reports to the Director of Policy and Advocacy. The specialist develops digital content and executes digital communications plans related to policy and advocacy, development, and internal communications.
A successful Digital Communications Specialist will work to increase Voices for Illinois Children’s communications capacity by increasing our digital footprint.
- Under the direction of senior staff, develop the organization’s overarching digital editorial calendar, including regular updates of web content
- Work with policy and development staff to develop consistent digital advocacy and development web content
- Work with design firm on the layout and production of the print and digital editions of the Kids Count Data Book to help drive Voices for Illinois Children’s policy agenda forward. Plan and execute digital communications activities related to the release of the Kids Count Data Book
- Work with design firm on the layout and production of Voices for Illinois Children’s annual report
- Help to develop and implement direct and grassroots e-advocacy and development initiatives to mobilize, engage and increase Voices’ member list, and establish metrics to measure success, monitor efforts and evaluate progress toward yearly outreach goals
- Meet the graphic design needs of the organization, including creating infographics, designing fact sheet and report layouts, web page design
- Integrate and streamline social media efforts while retaining an authentic presence on each platform
- Track Voices’ news clippings using clipping service
Knowledge and Skills Required:
A successful candidate will have a two- or four-year degree in communications, marketing, graphic design, public policy, or a related field, expertise in web development and/or design, and at least two years of experience in digital outreach, advocacy, communications, legislative or campaign work. Advanced degrees with internship experience may be substituted for work experience.
In addition, the Kids Count & Digital Communications Specialist should:
- Be a strong communicator with excellent writing skills
- Have experience in digital advocacy platforms, web design, and graphic design
- Have experience implementing online strategic advocacy efforts and a strong grasp of the political process
- Possess strong writing skills and the ability to communicate complex issues in a compelling manner that moves people to action
- Have significant experience using social media to communicate key messages and build engagement
- Have a working knowledge of online donor management/fundraising/e-advocacy management software (Salsa, WordPress)
- Have strong project management and documentation skills
- Be deadline-conscious, results driven and high performing in a fast-paced environment
- Must work independently and efficiently on multiple projects
- Must be able to collaborate across cross-functional teams
- Must be a self-starter with excellent communication and listening skills
Experience working for a political campaign or advocacy organization is helpful but not a requirement.
Knowledge of family economic security, racial inequity, and tax and budget policy a plus; ability and desire to gain such knowledge is a must.
To apply, email a cover letter, resume, and two writing samples to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Voices for Illinois Children is an Equal Opportunity Employer. People of color, people with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
The Voices Internship Program provides interns in communications, development, policy, and public awareness (see listings below) with valuable experience and networking opportunities with a leading advocacy organization in the state of Illinois. Voices for Illinois Children provides a flexible work schedule and a relaxed, friendly atmosphere for students to polish their skills and advance their career goals.
- There are no open internship positions at this time.