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Lead Associate, Policy and Advocacy Communications (P2)

Staff whose work requires or potentially could require any in-person interaction with Save the Children colleagues, partners, or beneficiaries must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 unless otherwise required by law. Save the Children complies with federal, state, and local laws with regard to accommodations related to this policy.

The Lead Associate will undertake key media and communications functions integral to furthering Save the Children’s – and its political advocacy arm, Save the Children Action Network’s – policy and advocacy priorities. Save the Children’s advocacy portfolio covers a wide range of thematic areas all relating to children, domestically and internationally. The Lead Associate will assist the Senior Communications Advisor and follow their direction in ensuring that key audiences and stakeholders – media, coalition partners, policymakers, advocates and the general public – are appropriately identified and effectively communicated in-line with strategic priorities and goals. The position will have regular contact with media outlets across all mediums at the local level, undertake key drafting and editing responsibilities and play a critical role in monitoring and tracking advocacy-related communications outputs

What You’ll Be Doing (Essential Duties)
  • Assist Senior Policy and Advocacy Communications Advisor create and implement external media and communications strategies to further the Policy, Advocacy and Campaigns team’s advocacy goals. (25%)
  • Assist day-to-day policy and advocacy media operations, including but not limited to booking interviews for staff and surrogates, press release distribution and follow-up, media monitoring and press list management. (20%) 
  • Draft and edit advocacy-related materials, including talking points, messaging and letters to the editor (15%)
  • Build relationships with local press in priority states (15%)
  • Interact with relevant teams to ensure the advocacy communications team is adequately briefed and capable of carrying out its work in support of the organization’s advocacy goals. (15%) 
  • Monitor, catalogue and report on advocacy communications outputs. (10%)

Required Qualifications
  • Minimum of a High School Diploma or equivalent, plus at least 3 years of relevant experience
  • Professional proficiency in MS Office suite
  • Professional proficiency in spoken and written English
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate and collaborate effectively with individuals and teams at all levels, both internally and externally
  • Demonstrated commitment to fostering and maintaining and environment of diversity, inclusion, and belonging.
  • Proven writing and editing skills.
  • Demonstrated attention to detail.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate and collaborate effectively with individuals and teams at all levels, both internally and externally.
  • Proven ability to organize and execute tasks for several campaigns simultaneously.
  • Ability and eagerness to engage across the political spectrum and to champion the organization’s bipartisan approach to effective policymaking.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience interacting with media outlets and personnel.
  • Experience in advocacy and/or grassroots campaigns.

Why you should join the Save the Children Team…  
Save the Children US offers outstanding benefits that include health, dental, vision and life insurances, pet insurance, short-term and long-term disability coverage, an Employee Assistance Program, 403(b), generous vacation, personal sick leave, family leave, parental/adoption leave, commuter benefits, dress for your day, and much more. 

Click here to learn more about how Save the Children US will invest in YOU!

About Save the Children
Save the Children believes every child deserves a future. In the United States and around the world, we give children a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. We do whatever it takes for children – every day and in times of crisis – transforming their lives and the future we share.

Our work for children and their families requires that we commit—at every opportunity—to work together to identify and dismantle persistent systemic and structural racism, inequality, and any other forms of discrimination in this country and beyond. As an anti-racist organization, Save the Children will not tolerate discrimination in any form—in our employment practices, amongst our staff, in our leadership or toward the people we serve. We stand in solidarity with all people to fight for equal rights, justice, inclusion, and belonging.

We provide equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, ancestry, sexual orientation, national origin, age, handicap, disability, marital status, or status as a veteran. Save the Children complies with all applicable laws.

Save the Children is committed to conducting its programs and operations in a manner that is safe for the children it serves and helping protect the children with whom we are in contact. All Save the Children representatives are explicitly prohibited from engaging in any activity that may result in any kind of child abuse. In addition, it is Save the Children’s policy to create and proactively maintain an environment that aims to prevent and deter any actions and omissions, whether deliberate or inadvertent, that place children at the risk of any kind of child abuse. All our representatives are expected to conduct themselves in a manner consistent with this commitment and obligation.
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