The NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) is the country’s first and foremost civil and human rights law organization. Founded in 1940 under the leadership of Thurgood Marshall, who subsequently became the first Black U.S. Supreme Court Justice, LDF was launched at a time when the nation’s aspirations for equality and due process of law were stifled by widespread state-sponsored racial inequality. From that era to the present, LDF’s mission has been transformative -- to achieve racial justice, equality, and an inclusive society.
LDF’s litigation, public policy advocacy and public education programs in the substantive areas of criminal justice, economic justice, education and political participation seek to ensure the fundamental and basic human rights of all people to quality education, economic opportunity, the right to vote and fully participate in democracy, and the right to a fair and just judicial system.
LDF seeks a Staff Writer to support the Communications department activities internally and externally. In addition to working closely with the Communications team on media relations, this person will also work closely with the Legal Department on message development, op/eds, talking points, press statements, media advisories, briefing documents and other writings.
LDF is seeking a seasoned professional and encourages individuals returning to the workforce to apply.
-Copy & Editorial:
•Provide drafting and editorial support to LDF attorneys and policy staff on commentary, articles, policy briefs, and opinion pieces (internal and external);
•Provide drafting and editorial support to Development and Communications staff on marketing materials, including but not limited to emails, donor updates, board reports and annual reports;
•Work with LDF’s Communications team to develop and update fact sheets and talking points LDF activities and accomplishments;
•Work with LDF’s Development team to develop key narratives for fundraising proposals, pitches, event invitations, and promotional materials.
-Digital & Social Media:
•Develop and update blog content for new LDF website, in coordination with Comms, Legal and Policy teams;
•Coordinate with TMI Writer-In-Residence to ensure harmony among TMI social media commentary and LDF social media commentary.
The ideal candidate will possess the following:
•A minimum of three to five years of communications and media relations experience; Hill, nonprofit and/or legal background a plus;
•Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to communicate effectively with diverse groups that help to drive the LDF mission; •Ability to produce strong, compelling, error-free prose, often under tight deadlines;
•Interest in and knowledge and familiarity with a range of social and racial justice issues and a comfort level promoting LDF’s ideals; •Creative thinker with ideas for innovative and compelling ways to convey LDF’s work and mission;
•Good judgment and ability to juggle multiple requests and priorities;
•Facility with social media, knowledgeable about the latest platforms with a vision for how to maximize LDF’s social media presence;
•Intermediate level proficiency with MS Office applications;
•Flexible schedule, including ability to work evenings and weekends, if needed.
About NAACP LDF
The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (LDF) is the country’s first and foremost civil and human rights law firm. Founded in 1940 under the leadership of Thurgood Marshall, who subsequently became the first African-American U.S. Supreme Court Justice, LDF was launched at a time when the nation’s aspirations for equality and due process of law were stifled by widespread state-sponsored racial inequality. From that era to the present, LDF’s mission has always been transformative: to achieve racial justice, equality, and an inclusive society.