Knowledge, Skills, Abilities
- Excellent writing and editing skills, with an ability to write under an urgent deadline
- Extensive knowledge of the operations of the news media
- Experience working with reporters on different kinds of beats, including human rights, social justice, foreign policy, domestic policy, and Capitol Hill
- Experience executing strategic communications strategies across multiple channels with proven history of generating earned media
- Extensive experience pitching reporters and has strong relationships with national and regional media, including television bookers and producers
- Ability to develop and maintain productive relationships with journalists/media
- Excellent written communications skills, with ability to write, edit, and proofread a broad range of communication materials for a variety of audiences
- Ability to create compelling stories and accessible materials to engage multiple audiences
- Ability to monitor and analyze media trends and landscapes, including the role of social media in developing media relations and garnering media coverage
- Excellent attention to detail, with an unwavering commitment to accuracy
- Strong interpersonal and communication skills
- Strong ability to manage multiple initiatives and priorities at a time
Education and Experience
- Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism, English or related field, or equivalent professional experience
- 5 years of experience in a fast-paced communications role, with direct experience dealing with the news media, including print and broadcast
- Experience working with sensitive or confidential information
- Ability to communicate in Spanish is not required but preferred
- Non-profit, electoral, policy, and/or community organizing experience preferred
- Knowledge of and interest in international human rights, and experience working on international human rights issues preferred
- Some domestic travel required
- Available to be on call to deal with urgent media enquiries during evenings or weekends, as needed
We recognize the valuable skills that can be gained through internships, fellowships, volunteer work, and non-traditional work experience. This experience helps build competencies and knowledge that may translate to our job openings. We seek a diversity of experience and skills for our workplace and encourage people from all backgrounds to apply to our openings.
HOW TO APPLY AND OUR EEO STATEMENT
All applications must be completed online, and we do not accept paper submissions. Please visit the AIUSA Careers Page to review all current job postings. You must complete the entire online application, and electronically sign, for an application to be considered “complete.” We send emails via Paycom so please check your spam folders for any updates. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for technical difficulties ONLY.
Amnesty International USA is an equal opportunity employer. AIUSA encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status and record of arrest or conviction, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. Black people, Indigenous people, people of color; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex people; women; people with disabilities, protected veterans, and formerly incarcerated individuals are all strongly encouraged to apply.
OUR COMMITMENT AS AN ANTI-RACIST ORGANIZATION AND TO INCLUSION, DIVERSITY, EQUITY AND ACCESSIBILITY (IDEA)
Dismantling white supremacy is central to the fight for human rights in the United States and around the world. As we mobilize staff and activists and work with partners to help transform the multiple systems where oppression operates in the world around us as part of our human rights mandate, anti-racism must be integral to our work. What does that mean for Amnesty International in the United States? It means using our people power to fight injustice and centering the voices and experiences of those most impacted by racist structures, beliefs, and laws. Fundamentally, it means doing our human rights work differently than it has been done before, because we know that who we work with, how we work, the work we do, and ultimately who we are, are all interconnected.
As an international, intercultural, intergenerational and intersectional movement of activists committed to protecting and advancing human rights for all, Amnesty is deeply committed to Inclusion, Diversity, Equity & Accessibility (IDEA). To learn more about how we integrate IDEA into our programs and workplace, visit: https://www.amnestyusa.org/idea/
Remote and Hybrid Workplace Policy
Because the health and safety of our employees and candidates are a top priority, we are currently conducting our hiring process virtually.
Staff, office visitors, and event attendees to be up to date with COVID vaccines before entering AIUSA offices or attending AIUSA events or in-person meetings. If anyone wishing to enter the office or attend our events is not vaccinated, they will need to have tested negative for COVID within 24 hours of entry. We expect that all staff and visitors entering the office or attending AIUSA events will, by accessing our facilities, be attesting that they are vaccinated or that they have tested negative within 24 hours of entry.
Please review the job description, which will state whether a role is hybrid and remote. Some roles may require travel domestically and/or internationally.