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Publication or Company Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund
Job Title Media and Communications Director
Industry Internet/Online/New Media, Marketing, Non-profit, Public Relations, Media and Communications
Salary Negotiable
Benefits Dental, Flexible Hours, Health, Telecommute Policy
Job Duration Full Time
Job Location Washington, DC
Job Requirements ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Manage media relations, maintain the media contacts database, prepare press releases and conduct news conferences. Develop media strategies, pitch stories and draft op-ed pieces
- Establish a community-wide crisis communication plan
- Identify, train, and support community spokespersons to effectively engage with media
- Respond to press calls and develop talking points or quotes
- Manage content for SALDEF's social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, etc.
- Produce and coordinate the scheduling of advertising for media and event programs
- Write, produce and edit newsletters and community advisories
- Write, produce and edit SALDEF publications, resources, and annual report


QUALIFICATIONS
- Bachelor's degree and a minimum of three years of relevant experience
- Demonstrated experience in public relations, journalism, civil liberties law, or a related field requiring significant writing and public relations duties
- Demonstrated experience working in a multi-disciplinary team setting to develop communications strategy
- Demonstrated ability to communicate complex and controversial issues and to convey information about the issues to both narrow and broad audiences
- Experience working in Sikh American or South Asian communities is preferred
- Must work well in a team environment
- Strong verbal and written, communication, and interpersonal skills
- Must demonstrate tact and grace under pressure
- Exceptional research, analytical, writing and editing skills with working knowledge of the production of printed publications, including layout and graphic design
- Outstanding skills in cultivating contacts in the news media and overseeing the press contact database, as well as responding to press inquiries
- Ability to multitask and work under tight deadlines
- Willingness to travel
- Location: SALDEF's National Office in Washington, DC
About Our Company When you see someone walking down the street in a turban and beard, what was is your first reaction?

Post 9/11, Sikh Americans have faced many challenges due to their unique religious identity. We are hiring a Media and Communications director to build a team and help us change the perception of Sikhs in this country. This will be an exciting and challenging opportunity for someone with passion!

SALDEF is the oldest Sikh American civil rights and educational organization dedicated to protecting and promoting the civil rights of Sikh Americans through advocacy, education, and media relations. SALDEF’s mission is to create a fostering environment in the United States for future generations of Sikh Americans.
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