Senior Communications Associate - Immigrant Justice Project

Atlanta, Georgia
Our pay is commensurate with job experience, and we offer excellent benefits!
Oct 19, 2018
Metro Area
Full Time


The Southern Poverty Law Center, a leading national civil rights organization, is seeking a senior communications associate to join the Communications Department in its Atlanta, GA office. The senior communications associate is responsible for a wide array of communications work including developing and implementing comprehensive communications plans to promote the SPLC’s work and increase its impact. This position’s focus area will concentrate on –  but not be limited to – SPLC’s immigrant justice work.

Through the Immigrant Justice Project, the SPLC works to protect the rights of immigrants and their children to ensure they are treated with fairness and respect for their dignity. We defend immigrants against unlawful government action and unfair deportation practices and protect migrant workers from exploitation. Through the Southeast Immigrant Freedom Initiative (SIFI), the SPLC works to protect the due process rights of detained immigrants by providing free legal representation to detained immigrants at five immigrant detention centers in the Deep South.

Primary Job Functions:

  • Develop and implement comprehensive communications strategies designed to build public and political support for SPLC’s mission and programmatic goals;
  • Obtain media coverage of the SPLC and its priorities. Pitch stories of SIFI and other SPLC clients, reports, litigation, and additional materials to advance SPLC’s immigrant justice portfolio and educate and pressure target audiences;
  • Quickly respond to a daily changing media environment: develop rapid response materials for the news of the day;
  • Influence the narrative in the media: Place op-eds and letters in media outlets, field and log media requests, plan and organize press conferences, distribute press releases and other materials, book SPLC experts;
  • Write and edit materials including press releases and advisories, statements, talking points, fact sheets, and other materials;
  • Build and cultivate relationships with key reporters, editorial writers, columnists, producers, and news and talk show hosts;
  • As part of a broader team of legal and communications staff, develop messaging for SPLC’s issues and activities;
  • Manage, expand and maintain database of media contacts;
  • Monitor, analyze and report results and outcomes of the communications department’s efforts, including media coverage for assigned issue areas; 
  • Travel several times a month to SPLC’s on the ground sites to facilitate reporter knowledge of immigrant detention and the legal processes. 

Qualifications –

  • Bachelor’s degree in Journalism, Communications, or other relevant field, and a minimum of 5 years related work experience.
  • Bilingual (English and Spanish).
  • Substantial experience working with national media reporters and producers.
  • Substantial experience developing media strategies to garner favorable press coverage.
  • Exceptional verbal and written communications skills, including clear, concise writing and ability to frame complex issues for the media and the public.
  • An interest in and dedication to civil rights and the mission of the Southern Poverty Law Center; basic knowledge of immigrant rights is preferred.
  • Team player with the ability to collaborate effectively with staff members at all levels and departments in fast-paced environment.
  • Self-motivated with ability to work independently and as part of a larger cross-departmental team; flexible.
  • Highly organized with the proven ability to multitask and prioritize work to meet deadlines.

Other Special Considerations:

This job is performed under general office conditions, and is not subject to any strenuous physical demands or dangerous conditions.


The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the employee in this position.  These statements are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of a person in this position.

An Equal-Opportunity Employer with a Commitment to Diversity

Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, and as an organization committed to diversity and the perspective of all voices, we consider applicants equally of race, gender, gender identity, color, sexual orientation, religion, marital status, disability, political affiliation, national origin, or prior record of arrest or conviction.