Digital Communications Fellowship
Are you passionate about how social media can advance social change? Are you interested in shaping public policy conversations with game-changing ideas and innovative research presented through compelling visuals? If so, we encourage you to apply for our 2016 Carol Jean and Edward F. Newman Fellowship!
Who we are:
The Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) is a progressive think tank dedicated to building a more equitable, ecologically sustainable, and peaceful society. We believe progress occurs when people and movements come together to act on powerful ideas based on equity, peace, and the protection of our planet. Since 1963, we have been challenging corrupt power structures that undermine a true democracy. Today, we are uniting people and movements around real, transformational change through independent research, networking across issues, and visionary platforms.
We are looking for our next Newman Fellow who will help bring our transformational, intersectional, movement-building work to growing communities of online supporters.
Who you are:
You share IPS's vision that everyone has a right to thrive on a planet where all communities are equitable, democratic, peaceful, and sustainable. You are a budding activist/organizer who is interested in exploring a lasting career in social justice and want first-hand experience in the role of strategic communications in advocacy and organizing.
- Excellent written, verbal communication, and interpersonal skills.
- Experience in managing social networking accounts, particularly Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
- Experience in graphic design, including previous experience designing infographics, sharegraphics, memes, etc.
- Experience with image or photo editing softwares (experience with Adobe Creative Suite a plus).
- Strong connections with progressive movements and/or familiarity with core IPS issues and values.
- A bachelor's degree in Communications, Marketing, Public Relations, Design, or related field.
What you'll do:
- Under the supervision of the Communications Director, implement communications plans for engaging with IPS audiences through social media, online publications, etc.
- Create visual (infographics, sharegraphics, memes) and written content for IPS's social networks and websites.
- Work with Communications Team and other IPS staff to identify opportunities for expanding IPS audiences and organizing efforts online.
- Assist with communications campaigns in response to breaking news and developments related to IPS's issue areas.
- Work with Development Team to identify opportunities for maximizing effectiveness of online fundraising efforts.
- Design/layout IPS reports and IPS promotional materials.
What you'll get:
You'll be part of a team of smart, sharp communications professionals working together to increase our reach and widen the audience for our work. We work alongside IPS's nationally renowned policy experts to ensure our research and analysis are reaching key decision-makers, and more and more people are educated with our game-changing ideas.
The Newman Fellowship is an opportunity for emerging leaders to develop critical skills needed to serve as the next generation of progressive activists, organizers, or public scholars. Not only will you receive mentorship from IPS's Communications Director and other IPS staff, you will also be exposed to our work with core allies and the broader progressive community, and have opportunities for professional development.
Annual compensation for this entry-level fellowship is $37,000 (before taxes), paid semi-monthly. You will also receive excellent benefits including generous vacation, paid holidays, 403(b) plan upon hire, fully paid health insurance, fully paid life insurance, fully paid long-term disability, optional short-term disability, direct deposit, and flex time.
What we expect of you:
The selected fellow is expected to commit full-time to the 12-month fellowship term. The Fellowship can be extended up to 24 months pending agreement between the Newman Fellow and the Communications Director. The selected Newman Fellow should be able to begin theirfellowship term between July 25 - August 1, 2016.
Please send the following materials in a single PDF to firstname.lastname@example.org with "Newman Fellowship" on the subject line.
- A cover letter explaining your interest in communications work and any related experience.
- Your resume, including three references.
- Writing sample(s) not exceeding 2 pages in length.
- Graphic design samples.
IPS is strengthened by the diversity of our network and our differences in background, culture, experience, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, and much more. We strongly encourage applications from people of color, women, the LGBTQIA community, and other groups that have historically been subject to discrimination.
Please submit materials by Tuesday, June 14, 2016. Due to the large volume of applications, only applicants moving on to the next round will be contacted by the Search Committee.