Overview


The Position
Americans United for Separation of Church and State (AU) seeks a Digital Communications Associate. This position, which will report to the Director of Digital Communications, will execute email campaigns to achieve fundraising, advocacy, and organizing goals, as well as to engage, grow, and diversify our base of supporters through paid and organic growth strategies and assist the social media teams with both creative content production and execution of social media campaigns.

Background
Americans United plays a prominent role in the national debate over issues that have taken center stage in recent years, including discrimination in the name of religion, LGBTQ rights, reproductive rights, religious freedom, school prayer, and vouchers.

As part of this strategy, the organization is seeking a candidate with digital non-profit fundraising, analytics, and written communications skills to hit the ground running and take day-to-day responsibility for our growing email communications program. The candidate will also work with the Communications team to produce and manage social media content.

Position Responsibilities
The responsibilities of the Digital Communications Associate include:

--Work with the Director of Digital Communications and the Senior Director of Direct Response Marketing to implement email campaigns that grow the file, meet or exceed fundraising goals, support organizational initiatives, drive action for advocacy and optimize user performance and experience, based on data-driven messaging
--Help to create and implement an engaging communications strategy for our digital audience across platforms, including email, social media, the website, earned media, and other communications tools 
--Project manage timelines for the execution of email communications calendar across internal team and external partners 
--Oversee internal review routing process and coordinate copy editing for email content
--Execute production of email:
--Set up emails including HTML production, and dissemination
--Work closely with Design and Creative Manager on graphics & other creative content
--Build online petitions, advocacy actions, sign-up forms, and other landing pages
--Segment email communications into various audiences based on input from Development and Outreach teams.
--Manage quality control process for all mass email communication
--Conduct and report out performance analytics: 
--Pull results and update performance tracking documents
--Identify the most effective strategies and messages
--Update team on metrics and performance in meetings and written narrative 
--Creative and Social Media
--Assist Creative Manager with graphic production and editing; video editing (captions and lower thirds); media collection; and maintenance of digital libraries
--Assist with the design and execution of social media campaigns
--Loading content into social media management tools
--Monitor and engage with social media audiences across AU platforms

Experience, Skills, And Abilities:
--Minimum of 2-5 years professional digital communications experience, including email communication, with a proven record of success.
--Excellent writing, editing, and communication skills and strong project management skills required.
--Proficient in advocacy/nonprofit/business posts on social media platforms.
--Some working knowledge of image/video editing software and digital creative tools, preferably Adobe Creative Cloud applications.
--Experience working with a CRM like EveryAction/NGP VAN or similar email software.
--Experience gathering data from email communication and social media.
--Experience with content management systems Basic HTML/CSS skills required.
--Ability to troubleshoot email coding and email marketing software issues.
--Experience working with an advocacy organization strongly preferred.
--With guidance from senior Communications staff, ability to take complex policy/legal jargon and convert it into compelling, engaging, and simple actionable content.
--Ability to plan and manage under a tight deadline with the ability to multitask and be flexible and effective in fast-paced and high-pressure situations.
--Ability to manage up, collaborate with other departments on multiple projects and work effectively with senior colleagues in the organization.
--Support and passion for church-state separation issues with a worldview that aligns with AU's mission.

About Americans United For Separation Of Church And State
Americans United for Separation of Church and State is a nonpartisan educational and advocacy organization dedicated to advancing the constitutional principle of church-state separation as the only way to ensure freedom of religion, including the right to believe or not believe, for all of us. Founded in 1947, Americans United is a diverse and dynamic organization composed of people from all walks of life: lawyers and lobbyists, students and activists, religious leaders, and impassioned Americans. AU includes people of faith and people who don’t profess any particular faith. It is a community that includes and welcomes people of all genders, races, ethnicities, religions or beliefs, gender identities, sexual orientations, ages, classes, and abilities. We welcome people who will want to help us protect religious freedom for all and help to protect the separation of church and state, and we recognize that that requires diverse perspectives.

Americans United uses high-impact litigation, powerful lobbying, and grassroots advocacy to ensure that:

· Religion does not dictate public policy.
· The government does not tell Americans what to believe or how to practice their faith.
· Discrimination is not justified under the guise of religious beliefs.

Through a strong, diverse national supporter network, both on the ground and online, AU defends the separation of church and state and protects religious freedom for all in communities across the country. Americans United is a 501(c)(3) organization and is headquartered in Washington, D.C.

Competitive Salary and Generous Benefits: Salary is $62,000-73,000 commensurate with experience. Americans United offers a comprehensive benefits package including employer-paid premiums for health care, dental, vision, life insurance, short-term disability, long-term disability, 401(k) with match, and commuter subsidy.

Covid-19 Vaccination Policy: Americans United has made the safety of our staff and our surrounding community a top priority. As part of that commitment, we have implemented a mandatory Covid-19 vaccination policy. This policy states that all Americans United employees, fellows, and interns are required to be vaccinated against Covid-19 and to have received a booster shot. If a candidate selected for hire desires a medical or religious exemption, the candidate should make a request to our human resources personnel, and the request will be considered in accordance with applicable law. 

Work Location:  Americans United employees have been working remotely since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and will continue working remotely for the next year as we discern our longer-term plan for remote and in-office work. Occasional attendance at in-person meetings and events at AU headquarters in Washington, DC, is required. 
 
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