Position: Associate Director, Communications (Sex Trafficking and Policy)
Department: Communications
FLSA Status: Full-Time, Non-Exempt
Reports to: Director, Bilingual Communications
Direct Reports: None
Date Issued: April 4, 2022
Date Revised: N/A
Location: Washington, DC

The Mission
Polaris is leading a data-driven social justice movement to fight sex and labor trafficking at the massive scale of the problem – 25 million people worldwide deprived of the freedom to choose how they live and work. 

For more than a decade, Polaris has assisted thousands of victims and survivors through the U.S. National Human Trafficking Hotline, helped ensure countless traffickers were held accountable and built the largest known U.S. data set on actual trafficking experiences. With the guidance of survivors, we use that data to improve the way trafficking is identified, how victims and survivors are assisted, and how communities, businesses and governments can prevent human trafficking by transforming the underlying inequities and oppression that make it possible.

About Opportunity
Polaris is seeking an experienced communicator to join what is currently a 5-person team leading earned media, social media, marketing and other aspects of external affairs in the leading organization working to prevent and reduce sex and labor trafficking in North America. This person’s primary responsibility will be leading the campaign communications work for our Strategic Initiative - Sex Trafficking and our varied public policy work. This team member will also work collaboratively, across programmatic and organizational functions, as needed to assist in the ongoing work of shifting disempowering narratives around human trafficking, promoting Polaris and the U.S. National Human Trafficking Hotline, and promoting justice, equity, diversity and inclusion in all of our work.

  • Crafting a proactive, multichannel communications plan for the sex trafficking initiative and other policy initiatives that supports programmatic work
  • Executing that plan in support of both the programmatic goals and solidifying Polaris’s reputation as a national thought leader including:  
    • Identify and execute proactive opportunities for earned media to further the work of Polaris’s sex trafficking reduction and public policy work including but not limited to individual and mass press outreach, setting up press events, crafting opinion media pieces such as Op Eds, editorial board memos and meetings; and issuing statements and interview alerts
    • Manage and support staff on media interviews 
    • Integrating earned media campaigns with thoughtful, engaging social media campaign materials to support the initiatives and inform the public about Polaris’s work and about human trafficking
  • Commitment to the National Human Trafficking Hotline mission and Polaris values;
  • Other duties as assigned by supervisor.

This job description provides a summary of the major duties and responsibilities performed by individuals in this position.  Incumbents may be asked to perform other tasks not specifically written in this job.

Required Qualifications
  • Deep passion! Mad skills! Low ego!
  • 7 years in integrated communications campaigns.
  • Knowledge of and interest in the ever-changing media landscape including both high-profile and lesser known outlets
  • Proven ability to cultivate relationships with reporters and news outlets, understand news cycles and develop pitches
  • Experience in a public affairs firm or on Capitol Hill preferred
  • Strong writing skills;
  • Understanding of and passion for social media as a tool for engagement and advocacy;
  • Some graphic/content creation background for social media
  • Ability to work cross-teams
  • Creative mindset, ability to come up with new ideas and get them done
  • Work style that’s low on drama, high on collaboration and team support 

Preferred Qualifications
  • Familiarity with WordPress/salesforce/Cision/Google analytics
  • Familiarity with human trafficking
  • Ability to speak/write in a second language

Working Conditions
  • Typical office setting

Physical Requirements (can change with position)
  • Prolonged sitting, chiefly at a computer terminal;
  • Occasional bending, stooping and stretching;
  • Requires eye-hand coordination and manual dexterity sufficient to operate a computer, telephone, calculator, and other office equipment;
  • Requires normal range of hearing and eyesight to record, prepare, and communicate in writing, in person and by phone;

Organization Background

VALUES: Polaris is grounded in a set of values and organizational beliefs and strives to model and embody these values in all that it does.

We work with humility and a spirit of service. We serve a mission that is bigger than ourselves, and we recognize that we cannot do this work alone. We foster a caring community of mutual support, and we actively pursue collaborations and partnerships to expand our reach.
Victims’ and survivors’ experiences ground our efforts. We honor the dignity, agency, and resilience of victims and survivors of slavery, both past and present. We serve, work alongside, and stand in solidarity with those who have been most affected by modern slavery.
We strive for inclusion and equity. We engage different perspectives to inform our decisions, actions, and positions. We create opportunities that empower individuals of diverse backgrounds and circumstances. We acknowledge the structural inequities that lead to human trafficking and modern slavery, which drives us to create just and equitable solutions.
We approach our work with courage. We promote a culture of inquiry, innovation, risk-taking, and continuous learning. We are resilient and evolve when faced with obstacles or failure. We recognize that what is typical or traditional is not always optimal.
We create positive impact and achieve results. We leverage and cultivate the strengths of our staff, and we work with discipline, integrity, and a commitment to excellence. We embrace a measurement culture to track our progress. We view impact holistically, considering multiple sectors and the effects on individuals’ lives, as we pursue systemic and social change to eradicate modern slavery

Polaris designs and implements data-driven strategies to prevent and disrupt human trafficking, and restore freedom to survivors.  Achieving this ambitious goal requires both trafficking-specific systemic interventions and broader cultural and structural shifts that reduce the inequities that lead to human trafficking. While Polaris alone cannot build a more diverse, just, equitable, and inclusive society, both the success of our work and our organizational values require modeling in the workplace the change we want to see in the world.
This means cultivating a workforce, organizational culture, and priorities that respect and celebrate a dynamic, multi-disciplinary team made up of individuals with different identities, lived experiences, and backgrounds. Within both our team and across every part of our work, we strive to integrate and elevate the full range of survivor voices.
This is a living commitment.  Diversity, equity, and inclusion are values to be manifested daily, in the work we do, the decisions we make, and the way that we treat each other and the people we seek to serve.  This means creating space where staff can be included, heard, valued, and set up for success, and where everyone feels empowered to bring their full, best selves to work. We will not check boxes and consider it done. We will push new innovations and different ways of thinking, and treasure the community built and strengthened by each of our contributions.
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