The Secular Coalition for America seeks an energetic leader for the position of Executive Director.
The Executive Director serves as the Chief Executive Officer for the Coalition, a 501(c)(4) organization, and its sister organization, the Secular Coalition for America Education Fund, a 501(c)(3) organization. S/he reports to the Board of Directors and is a non-voting member of the Board. The Executive Director is responsible for the organization's achievement of its mission and financial objectives. The Executive Director oversees the lobbying and public education efforts for the Coalition, promotes Coalition cohesion, and serves as the Coalition’s chief spokesperson.
SCA is seeking a candidate with demonstrated management experience. Ideally, the candidate will have Capitol Hill experience and/or supervisory experience with an advocacy organization at the federal level. The successful candidate will have a demonstrated capacity to communicate with legislators, agencies, the media and other stakeholders and opinion leaders. Preference will be given to candidates who have a record of effective advocacy and public policy campaign leadership skills.
Successful candidates will have graduate level education in the law, public policy (or related fields) or comparable experience. Candidates should be familiar with secular legal, legislative and public policy matters and be able to work with and represent the interests of a diverse coalition of atheists and humanists. The candidate should be ready to manage fundraising and finances, train and supervise staff, and coordinate and build coalitions, as well as, provide leadership in lobbying.
The ideal candidate will come with a vision of how SCA can grow its influence in Washington to be commensurate with representing its fast-growing constituency of secular American citizens.
For additional information, please see the full recruitment profile, which is posted on: www.secular.org and on www.wbbmccormack.com. To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to [email protected].
Under the supervision of the Executive Director, the Communications Associate is responsible for coordinating regular communications with the SCA community, including newsletters, SCA social media accounts and the SCA website. The Communications Associate is also responsible for strategizing and implementing outreach to both traditional media sources and new media. The Communications Associate is the primary staff member responsible for producing content for public dissemination, including press releases, news updates, and multi-media content.
Summary of essential job functions
- In coordination with program and fundraising staff, develop a communications, marketing and branding strategy which incorporates research-driven messages and produces impactful materials to drive out SCA's message through a combination of earned and owned media, as well as grassroots engagement tools.
- Analyze metrics to evaluate effectiveness of communications over time, and modify the communications, marketing, and branding plan as necessary.
- Update and maintain SCA website and social media, ensuring that it is engaging, accurate, consistent, current, and optimized for search engine success. Manage contractors to upgrade the infrastructure of the SCA website.
- Identify opportunities for consumers of SCA content to engage further, such as advocacy or fundraising.
- Work with program staff to coordinate campaigns: legislative, grassroots, and fundraising.
- Monitor news and trends; represent the SCA in discussion of topics relevant to secular issues.
- Coordinate outreach activities for the SCA: identifying events, organizations, and audiences that would be sympathetic to the message of the Secular Coalition; creating speaking and panel proposals; drafting speeches and talking points, and arranging events.
- Develop engaging educational and promotional materials, both print and online, including infographics, brochures, memes, etc.
- Research, draft, and copy edit traditional media outreach: letters to the editor, op-eds, and press releases. Manage media contact files and relationships.
- Work with advertisers for timely and useable ad submissions.
- Serve as a blogger, and edit work of other bloggers on SCA website.
- Receive, respond, and manage incoming communications requests and inquiries.
- Bachelor's Degree or equivalent experience
- Ability to think strategically about messaging and marketing.
- Proficiency with a variety of social media platforms and overall ability to integrate Web 2.0 applications to engage with SCA's community
- Experience marketing for a cause or organization through social media and websites.
- Solid general computer skills, including word processing.
- Intermediate experience with Adobe Creative Suite, Drupal, Hootsuite, video editing software, or equivalents and potential to enhance those skills with additional training.
- Basic design/layout experience and HTML.
- Experience using analytics programs, such as Google Analytics.
- Experience developing mediate materials, such as press releases.
- Experience conducting media interviews and speaking on behalf of an organization to the press.
- Ability to manage and prioritize multiple projects, with high attention to detail.
- Strong oral and written communication skills.
- Meticulous attention to detail and follow-up.
- Ability to travel as needed.
- Office environment.
- Office hours from 10am to 6pm, with additional hours as necessary.
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by this position. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. All personnel may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed.
Please submit your resume and cover letter to [email protected]. Additional supporting materials such as marketing datasheets, flyers, or websites you've created; and/or press releases, blog posts, or articles you've written may also be included.
Internship Programs at the Secular Coalition for America
The Secular Coalition for America (SCA) seeks highly motivated undergraduate, graduate, or law students for unpaid internship positions in the spring, summer and fall semesters. SCA is a 501(c)(4) advocacy organization located in Washington, D.C. Its mission is to increase the visibility of and respect for nontheistic viewpoints in the United States, and to protect and strengthen the secular character of our government as the best guarantee of freedom for all.
As a small non-profit, this internship will provide ample opportunities to take on responsibility and produce work samples for addition to a portfolio. Interns work directly with SCA staff and have the opportunity to learn and assist in the four main departments of the office: lobbying and advocacy; research and outreach; development and fundraising; and communications through traditional and new media.
Summer 2015 Internship Program
The internship is flexible, but generally will run from Monday, June 1, 2015 through Friday, August 28, 2015. Interns must be available a minimum of 24 hours per week between 10 am and 6 pm, although full-time availability of 40 hours per week is preferred. Occasional weekend and evening hours may be expected. Transportation costs to and from Washington, D.C. will not be provided.
To apply for the Secular Coalition for America Spring 2015 Internship Program, please submit a resume and cover letter to [email protected] by Friday, May 1, 2015. Students are encouraged to apply earlier, as positions may be filled prior to the May 1 deadline. Students applying for the Legislative Internship must also submit a writing sample.
The Communications Intern will work directly with the SCA Communications Director, Lauren Anderson Youngblood. Excellent written and oral communication skills are required. Familiarity with Wordpress, the Adobe Suite or video editing are strongly preferred. Duties include but are not limited to:
- Writing press releases and blog posts
- Posting the SCA Morning Read to social media platforms
- Updating the SCA website
- Researching and updating media contact lists
- Developing SCA’s social media presence by promoting SCA content, expanding the SCA base of followers and managing interaction with current followers
State Chapter Intern
The State Chapter Intern will work directly with the SCA State Chapter Coordinator, Diana Castillo. Duties include but are not limited to:
- Periodically checking and posting state and local news, primarily relevant legislation and court cases
- Updating state chapter websites
- Producing and monitoring content on state chapter social media platforms
Legislative Intern (Current Law Students Only)
The Secular Coalition for America is seeking a current law student to directly assist the Director of Federal and State Government Affairs, Kelly Damerow. This internship is ideal for first or second year law students seeking substantive, hands-on experience in the field of public policy. Applicants for this position must submit a writing sample. Duties include but are not limited to:
- Drafting memoranda
- Analyzing statutes
- Writing policy papers
- Attending Hill meetings
- Researching case law and precedent
Operations and Development Intern
The Operations and Development Intern will work directly with the SCA Director of Operations, Austin Cooper. This internship is ideal for students interested in learning about the day-to-day inner workings of a non-profit organization and students of business and accounting seeking hands-on experience. Duties include but are not limited to:
- Working with Quickbooks
- Drafting year-end tax letters for donors
- Receive training to assist the Director of Operations in accounting for both (c)3 and (c)4 operations.
- Receive training to assist Director of Operations in database management, specifically CiviCRM
- Maintaining relationships with small and mid-level donor base
- Tracking progress of fundraising campaigns
- Researching local and national secular community events
- Updating the SCA calendar
- Taking regular inventory of outreach materials
- Assisting in event planning for outreach events
How to Apply
To apply for the Secular Coalition for America Summer 2015 Internship Program, please submit a resume and cover letter to [email protected]. Applications will continue to be accepted until Friday, May 1, 2015 but positions may be filled and accepted candidates notified prior to that date.