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Vice President of Marketing and Communications

The News Literacy Project (NLP) is looking for a strategically minded vice president of marketing and communications to help build and lead our communications team, which is responsible for our online presence (including website, newsletters, social media, videos and graphics), media and public relations, and marketing. If you’re interested in applying your skills and experience to a fast-paced, growing nonprofit, this is a great opportunity to oversee the external voice of an organization serving students and teachers across the United States and around the world. 

About the position
Our communications team needs a generalist with specific strengths related to multiplatform strategy design and execution. Significant team management skills are also required. The successful candidate will be conversant in digital media culture and journalism and enthusiastic about helping people learn online. 

There is intense public interest in NLP’s work, and we are experiencing tremendous growth. The ideal candidate will hit the ground running, be unafraid to experiment, and have an easygoing nature, a sense of fun, and the ability to work both independently and collaboratively. This position will report to the chief operating officer. 

In this job, you will:
• Oversee the NLP marketing and communications team and contractors, who will work simultaneously on a variety of projects in a “client service”-type setting for several internal teams, including education, production, development and partnerships. 
• Design and execute a coordinated multiplatform communications strategy for the organization that will enhance NLP’s public profile and support organizational efforts to increase both contributions and earned income. 
• Serve on NLP’s leadership team, adding your voice to the consideration of a variety of strategically significant issues. 
The ideal candidate will have most or all of the following:
• At least five years in a senior communications or public relations management role, preferably with nonprofit experience.
• Strong commitment to the cause of news literacy and education.
• Experience with digital communications channels, including social media, email newsletters and podcasts.
• Experience and skill dealing with journalists and with communities of interest.
• Demonstrated experience in gaining media coverage.
• Demonstrated experience in media response. 
• Strong ability to create team cohesion through clear, yet collaborative, techniques.
• Strong ability to spot and hire in-house talent and, where needed, contractors.
• Strong ability to function as part of the organization’s senior leadership and to offer sound advice.
• Strong ability to communicate NLP initiatives, news and policy, including decisions with which you disagree.
• Ability to meet tight deadlines and stay within budget.
• Experience with a virtual work environment (both technology tools and personal skills).

While this position works largely virtually, preferred candidates will live in or near Washington, D.C., where NLP is based.

Compensation and Benefits
Salary is competitive, based on experience and qualifications. NLP offers outstanding benefits, including health and dental insurance, a 401(k) plan, and more. 

To apply, send a cover letter and a resume to NLPjobs@thenewsliteracyproject.org with “VP of Marketing and Communications” in the subject line. The application deadline is 5 p.m. ET on Friday, Feb 16. We hope to hire as quickly as possible for a start date in early March.

 

Visual Designer

The News Literacy Project (NLP) is looking for a full-time visual designer who cares deeply about journalism and about news literacy education. If you’re weary of the agency treadmill, or feel stifled by the predictable output in your corporate role, this is a great opportunity for you to have your work be widely seen and appreciated by an eager public and appreciative students and educators across the United States and around the world.

About the position
Our communications team needs an all-around design talent who can work from the idea stage through execution to create illustrations, spot imagery, layouts, infographics, animation and GIFs, plus other visual elements that will enliven and enrich our daily content, online curriculum, website and ongoing marketing campaigns. The successful candidate will be conversant in digital culture and journalism and enthusiastic about helping people learn online. 
There is intense public interest in NLP’s work, and we are experiencing tremendous growth. The ideal candidate will hit the ground running, be unafraid to experiment, and have an easygoing nature, a sense of fun and the ability to work independently and collaboratively. This position reports to the vice president of marketing and communications.

In this job, you will:
• Work simultaneously on a variety of projects in a “client service”-type setting for several NLP teams, including communications, marketing, education, production and development. 
• Create visually compelling graphics, video and imagery for use on our website and our education platforms, in emails, on our social media channels and in videos. 
• Consult and collaborate with contractors and external teams as necessary to create cohesive design systems that reflect our brand and our audiences. 

The ideal candidate also will have most or all of the following:
• BA/BFA in digital and visual design and/or a strong portfolio equivalent. 
• Solid understanding of UI and UX principles and best practices.
• Familiarity with HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript.
• Extensive experience with Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign or Sketch for web design, presentations and social campaigns.
• Demonstrable experience with infographics and visual work that explains concepts; video production work is desirable.
• 4+ years in a hands-on design role, within either an agency or an organization.
• Strong and proactive communication skills with team, contractors and vendors.
• Ability to meet tight deadlines and stay within budget.
• Experience with virtual work environment (both technology tools and personal skills).

The position is largely virtual. Ideally, the successful candidate will live in or near Washington, D.C., where NLP’s main office is located, though Chicago or New York City may be acceptable locations for a highly qualified candidate.

Compensation and Benefits
Salary is based on experience and qualifications. NLP offers outstanding benefits, including health and dental insurance, a 401(k) plan and more. 

To apply, send a cover letter, a resume, and an online portfolio that showcases examples of your work to NLPjobs@thenewsliteracyproject.org with “Visual Designer” in the subject line. The application deadline is 5 p.m. ET on Friday, Feb. 23. We hope to hire as quickly as possible for a start date in mid-March. 

The News Literacy Project welcomes applicants from diverse backgrounds. We offer equal opportunity in employment for all qualified persons and prohibit discrimination in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, sex (including sexual orientation and gender identity), national origin, ancestry, age, veteran status, disability unrelated to job requirements, genetic information, military service or other protected status.