Communications Associate

Overview of the Organization

The New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC) is an umbrella policy and advocacy organization for nearly 200 groups in New York State. We envision a New York state that is stronger because all people are welcome, treated fairly, and given the chance to pursue their dreams. Our mission is to unite immigrants, members, & allies so all New Yorkers can thrive.  We represent the collective interests of New York’s diverse immigrant communities and organizations and devise solutions to advance them; advocate for laws, policies, and programs that lead to justice and opportunity for all immigrant groups; and build the power of immigrants and the organizations that serve them to ensure their sustainability, to improve people’s lives, and to strengthen our state.

Our organizational values: Inclusive & Representative; Fair & Just; Accountable & Trusted.

Position Description

The Communications Associate is a key member of the New York Immigration Coalition’s Communications team. Duties and responsibilities broadly supports NYIC’s public relations efforts to increase awareness of the organization’s campaigns, activities and programmatic work.

Key Responsibilities

  • Assists with the development & implementation of Public Relations campaigns and rapid-response in consultation with Internal NYIC team,r partner agencies, and/or external PR agency
  • Manages the NYIC’s social media presence on various platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.; implements NYIC campaigns on social media
  • Drafts & updates press kits, key messages, fact sheets, op-eds, media advisories, press releases, campaign talking points & other collateral material as needed.
  • Assists with  coordination of media outreach & coverage with media releases, TV/radio, interviews, feature stories, PSAs, press conferences, etc.
  • Cultivates relationships with the media with a focus on ethnic media to increase awareness of NYIC
  • Coordinates and executes press events  including site coordination and speaker(s) coordination and related activities with internal and external partners and press team
  • Manages press database and data entry; provides data analysis of messaging effectiveness and for fundraising purposes
  • Monitors current events and trends in immigration to anticipate potential public statements, dissemination of information and assembling the NYIC’s news clips for distribution to staff
  • Coordinates photography for/of campaign-related events, actions, etc. for use in publications, media, etc. and ensure appropriate releases are signed and filed
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualities Sought

  • Strong interest in immigrant rights and experience working in media with a minimum of one year working experience is strongly desired
  • Organized and detail-oriented with strong writing  skills
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment
  • Collaborative team player and problem solver with a willingness to learn
  • Ability to work effectively with community partners
  • Ability to speak additional languages is an asset.

To Apply: Please send cover letter, resume, and a brief writing sample to [email protected] with the subject line: Communications Associate. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis; early applications are encouraged.

Need legal assistance?

Call the NYS Immigration Hotline at 1-800-566-7636 or view our directory of service providers here