Massachusetts Peace Action Education Fund
Communications Specialist – Part Time
About Massachusetts Peace Action:
We struggle for peace at home and abroad. The racism that fuels injustice at home justifies wars abroad. The violence that maintains white supremacy at home does the same abroad. Bombs and bullets are not the only threat to peace. Racism directed at Black and Brown people, whether they are from the Middle East, Latin America, Africa, or Asia, is used to justify fear, endless war, and oppression. Economic injustice keeps a few people and a few countries rich and destroys the planet, while many countries suffer. Peace is a bridge between all the movements for social change, a common foundation that connects movements that resist violence of all kinds. In today’s rising social justice movement, peace plays an indispensable part.
Join us as we build peace as the vehicle for driving holistic social change in our world. MAPA is the largest grassroots peace organization in Massachusetts, with approximately 1,800 members and 15,000 online supporters. We work for peace and justice at home and abroad through grassroots organizing, educational programs, elections, and legislative advocacy.
We are hiring a part-time Communications Specialist to help us optimize our outreach in messaging as we strive to end and prevent wars, abolish nuclear weapons, challenge the military-industrial complex and advocate for a redistribution of resources from military spending to human needs to create a more just and equitable society. We are a collaborative workplace and welcome your experience and ideas.
A communications degree and one to three years experience in organizing, campaigning, or advocacy would be a good background for this job. We are looking for someone who has worked on communications and is looking to take that experience to the next level.
We welcome backgrounds in areas of justice work beyond the peace movement. Shared values and an organizing mindset are critical. We are happy to orient you to the specifics of peace issues and you do not need to come in as an expert.
Convenient location to our office in Cambridge, Massachusetts is desirable but not absolutely required.
Work with our Assistant Director, Media Interns, Communications Chairs, and volunteers to maximize the reach of MAPA’s message on multiple platforms including:
- Social Media
- The MAPA website, masspeaceaction.org
- The MAPA newsletter (both digital and print)
The Communications Specialist will also compose Donor packets and annual reports describing the past, current, and future work of Massachusetts Peace Action. These materials will be used by our Fundraising Committee to motivate donors. They will also work directly with interns and volunteers to accomplish goals.
The Communications Specialist will evaluate analytics including engagement and growth, report and present results, and propose changes in focus accordingly. They will ensure that MAPA’s message is appealing to the next generation, thus increasing the number of young people who are involved and leading in MAPA’s work.
The Comms Specialist will receive key messages from our Assistant Director, Executive Director, and Communications chair, as well as the leadership of our issues-based working groups. They will monitor communications volume with a mind to balance messaging between issue areas.
- Be a People-P MAPA is a grassroots organization and working here requires flexibility in terms of working with activists and volunteers of various levels of involvement and political ideologies.
- Organized. The Comms Specialist will need to balance different projects and messages, set priorities, and follow through proactively on them.
- Ability to communicate clearly on peace and foreign policy issues and advocacy messages in various media including but now limited to:
- Action alerts
- Letter to the editor
- Fact sheet
- Social media posts
- Newsletter articles
- Press Releases and Media Advisories
- Experience and familiarity with a Customer Relations Management (CRM) system such as EveryAction, Constant contact, Action Network, MailChimp, etc. (we use EveryAction)
- Familiarity with the Google Office Suite (Docs, Sheets, Slides, etc.), Google Drive, and Google Groups
- Experience with creating web pages and posts via WordPress
Terms of employment
This is a half-time, salaried position. Compensation will be in the range between $18,000 and $22,000 depending on experience. We observe approximately 12 national holidays. Employees receive three weeks paid vacation and five sick days per year. Reimbursement towards health insurance is negotiable.
The Communications Specialist reports to the Assistant Director and has a dotted line to the Communications chair, and works as part of a team with Communications subcommittees including:
- Email Messaging Committee
- Newsletter Committee
- Social Media Committee
- Media Relations Committee
You are expected to keep team-mates informed of your plans, and to receive assignments and accept direction. In case of a conflict you may consult with the Board’s Personnel Committee for problem solving.
Send resume, cover letter and a sample of your work to Brian Garvey, Assistant Director, firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
Youth, people of color and members of marginalized groups are particularly encouraged to apply.