Digital Associate, Communications

ABOUT THE INNOCENCE PROJECT:

The Innocence Project works to free the innocent, prevent wrongful convictions, and create fair, compassionate, and equitable systems of justice for everyone. Founded in 1992 by Barry C. Scheck and Peter J. Neufeld at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University, the organization is now an independent nonprofit. Our work is guided by science and grounded in antiracism. Since our inception, the Innocence Project has used DNA and other scientific advancements to prove wrongful conviction. To date, we have helped to free or exonerate more than 200 people who, collectively, spent more than 3,600 years behind bars. Our efforts have led to the passage of more than 200 transformative state laws and federal reforms. Today, the Innocence Project continues to fight for freedom, drive structural change, and advance the innocence movement. To learn more, please visit www.innocenceproject.org.

ABOUT THE POSITION:

The Digital Associate is a key member of the Communication department’s award-winning digital team and will primarily be responsible for day-to-day social copywriting and scheduling and smooth management of our social channels and digital content. The Digital Associate will have their pulse on news and media relevant to our work as well as our audience’s interests, and along with handling the daily management of our social channels, will assist in developing and creating digital content and social strategies. They are also accountable for reporting on social performance.

This full-time position has a shared supervisory reporting line to both the Assistant Director of Digital Engagement and the Director of Digital Engagement.

All Innocence Project employees must embrace, respect and value the rich diversity of perspectives and experience of a diverse and heterogeneous staff.  We recognize and appreciate that our work is better for having varied participants and thought partners.

We are interested in every qualified candidate who is eligible to work in the United States. However, we are not able to sponsor visas.

While the Innocence Project has supported remote work throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we are currently committed to a hybrid workplace with mandatory two days per week in-office. All staff are currently provided a private workspace with a closed-door for the time being.

THE IDEAL CANDIDATE: 

The ideal candidate has a passion for leveraging social media and digital storytelling for good. The role will work collaboratively within and across teams, and the ideal candidate will be a committed team player who is excited about joining a dynamic communications team. This position will provide day-to-day support and will facilitate processes for the digital communications team, so the ideal candidate will be organized with excellent time management skills, as well as understand and have familiarity with all types of social media. They will be ready to jump into the comments and be excited about finding creative ways to turn digital trends into real-world impact.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS: 

  • Develop copy and schedule day-to-day social media (including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and SMS).
  • Provide ongoing support to a multidisciplinary team that manages digital content, social media, digital advocacy, and digital fundraising.
  • Monitor and assist in managing the Innocence Project’s social channels and community to engage with the community and identify opportunities to create or share content that will interest our audiences.
  • Liaise with other teams, Innocence Network members, and partner organizations to support joint social media needs. 
  • Facilitate digital projects and processes.
  • Help collect and report on social media metrics.
  • Assist with content, client, and policy campaigns as well as programmatic and institutional content and priorities.
  • Deepen relationships with existing communities and grow target audiences. 

QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE:

  • High School, Bachelor’s preferred or equivalent additional experience
  • Two to three years of relevant professional experience
  • Strong written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Experience managing social media and writing copy is needed
  • Experience working on campaigns, advocacy, and organizing is a plus
  • Experience with Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, TikTok, Twitter, and LinkedIn, ideally for an organization or public figure
  • Strong proofreading skills and knowledge of grammar, and commitment to high-quality standards and knowledge of AP Style
  • Knowledge of trends and best practices for online campaigning and social media
  • Must be legally authorized to work in the U.S.

KEY COMPETENCIES:

  • A passion and curiosity for all things internet and a willingness to jump into the comments if needed.
  • Exceptional organizational and time management skills, with the ability to balance multiple priorities on schedule.
  • A positive, team player who finds the hard task of working to free wrongly convicted people and reform the criminal legal system energizing.
  • Must be self-motivated, demonstrate grace under pressure and possess the ability to work well both independently and within a team and be flexible and adaptive. 
  • Ability to work occasional evenings and weekends to support high-priority events and digital communications publishing. 
  • Commitment to work collaboratively and respectfully to resolve obstacles and conflicts.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to diversity in and out of the office, values all individuals and respects differences in regard to race, ethnicity, age, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, ability and socio-economic circumstance.
  • Must be able to work with groups of diverse individuals in respectful, equitable, and inclusive ways.
  • Enthusiasm for the work of the Innocence Project and for social justice, including a demonstrated commitment to public interest
  • Shares values of equity, excellence, collaboration, humanity, integrity, respect, and accountability

COMPENSATION, BENEFITS, AND PERKS:

The salary for this position is highly competitive and the Innocence Project offers an excellent benefits package, including fully-paid individual health, dental and vision insurance, Flexible Spending Account, 401k plan with 6% company-match, paid disability and family care leave, adoption and fertility expense reimbursements, and company-paid transportation benefits.

WORKFORCE DIVERSITY AND EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYMENT: 

The Innocence Project considers the diversity of its workforce to be vital to our organization’s success in meeting its mission.  We strongly encourage applicants from all cultures, races, educational backgrounds, life experiences, socio-economic classes, sexual orientations, age, gender, and physical abilities to apply. Individuals with personal connections to the criminal legal system are strongly encouraged to apply.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, it is our policy not to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, familial status, marital status, predisposing genetic characteristics, actual or perceived domestic violence victim status, unemployment status, caregiver status, or any other category protected by law.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS:

To apply, please visit JazzHR. Upload a cover letter expressing your interest in the role and the organization’s work, and a resume titled with your name (last name. first name. cover letter/resume). Only applications with cover letters will be considered complete applications. Information submitted through this secure site is kept confidential. Due to the large volume of applications, we are unable to give applicant updates by phone or direct email. 

**Applications for this position will be considered on a rolling basis until the post is filled.** 

LOCATION: New York City 

SALARY RANGE: $31.97 per hour (approximately $66,500 per year)

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