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

  • Assist in the management of NYIC’s social media presence on various platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. as well as implementing NYIC campaigns on social media
  • Assist with the development and implementation of Public Relations campaigns and rapid-response in consultation with Internal NYIC team, partner agencies, and/or external PR agencies
  • Draft & update press kits, key messages, fact sheets, op-eds, media advisories, press releases, campaign talking points & other collateral material as needed.
  • Assist with coordination of media outreach & coverage and distribution of media releases, TV/radio, interviews, feature stories, PSAs, press conferences, etc.
  • Manage press database and data entry; provides data analysis of messaging effectiveness, as well as ensures our metrics across platforms are updated regularly.
  • Monitor 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
  • Coordinate photography for/of campaign-related events, actions, etc. for use in publications, media, etc. and ensure appropriate releases are signed and filed
  • Assist with additional duties as necessary 


  • 1-2 years of experience in working on communication initiatives, relevant writing, communications and media experience, a must
  • Strong social media presence, a must
  • Strong computer skills, a must
  • Experience in graphic design and website maintenance, preferred
  • Must have excellent written, verbal, interpersonal, and strong communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and take initiative, and manage multiple tasks under deadline pressure
  • Meticulous organizational skills, ability to prioritize projects and follow through on detail with high-level accuracy
  • Must be a team player and able to adapt as necessary to changing circumstances
  • Ability to speak additional languages, a plus
  • Knowledge of and commitment to social justice and immigrant justice, a plus

Salary Range: $40,000 to $45,000

In addition to a competitive salary, NYIC offers a full benefit plan, paid time off, commuter benefits and a comprehensive retirement plan.

To Apply: Interested candidates should send a resume, cover letter, to [email protected] All emails must have “Communications Associate” in the subject line.

Deadline: Friday, May 31, 2019

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and we are looking for someone to start as soon as possible. No phone calls or emails will be accepted for this position.

Need legal assistance?

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