Jobs & Internships

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Position #1: Raise Maryland Digital Fellowship
BACKGROUND: Are you passionate about justice? Do you want to use new media to fight for real change in the lives of working families? Working Families is a progressive independent political organization that fights for social, racial and economic justice– and wins. Formed by labor unions, community organizations and grassroots activists, our aim is to advance bold policy goals that support dignity and justice for working class communities and communities of color. Working Families combines issue advocacy campaigns with year-round electoral engagement to win ground breaking policies and elect strong progressive champions.
Maryland Working Families is hiring a Digital Campaign Fellow to support our Raise Maryland campaign to raise the minimum wage in Maryland to $10.10 by 2016.  We are seeking a half-time (20 hours per week) Digital Campaign Fellow to use new media and online communications tactics to:
  • Spread the message to our online supporting base about why the time is right to raise Maryland's minimum wage to drive engagement and action;
  • Grow our supporters base to urge lawmakers and policy makers to raise the wage as well as participate in other campaigns for social and economic justice in Maryland;
  • Empower low wage workers to organize for a higher minimum wage and make their voices heard; and
  • Manage and update web content and social media feeds.
Qualifications:
  • Excellent writing. Experience writing for a mass popular audience and ability to write effectively for different platforms;
  • Experience using new media tools for engagement and advocacy (including web; email, Facebook, Twitter, SMS);
  • Broad knowledge and interest in new media tactics;
  • Experience creating and maintaining web content;
  • Ability to learn quickly, troubleshoot and devise creative solutions to problems;
  • Team player who's comfortable in a shared work environment;
  • Ability to work well with a team and independently under the pressure of tight deadlines; and
  • A commitment to social justice.
Strong consideration will be given to applicants with the following skills:
  • Experience using Salsa/WiredforChange or another similar online advocacy toolkit;
  • Experience using the Wordpress platform to create and maintain web content;
  • Experience building, managing and optimizing online ad campaigns, especially using Facebook;
  • Experience producing multimedia content (skills in graphic design or video production, for example); and
  • Prior non-profit campaign experience preferred.
This is a 20-hour per week position beginning as soon as possible and ending on March 15. Compensation is $15 per hour. Hours are flexible. The Digital Campaign Fellow will work from our College Park or Baltimore office.   Please submit cover letter, resume and two examples of relevant work to DigitalFellowMD@workingfamilies.org and reference “Digital Campaign Fellowship” in the subject line.

The Working Families Organization is an equal opportunity employer with a commitment to social justice. Women, people of color, members of the LGBTQ community and other historically disenfranchised populations are strongly encouraged to apply.

Position #2: Director of Maryland Government and Community Relations, JCRC of Greater Washington
ORGANIZATION DESCRIPTION: The Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) of Greater Washington is the non-profit public affairs and community relations arm of the regional Jewish community, representing over 100 Jewish institutions and the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington. The JCRC focuses on government relations, Israel advocacy, inter-group relations and social justice.

POSITION SUMMARY: The Director of Maryland Government and Community Relations’ primary responsibility is organizing the agency’s state and local legislative efforts and community outreach. This is an important position requiring a strong background in advocacy, politics and community organizing. 
For more information and/or to apply visit: https://jewishjobs.com/jobs/view/26580

Position #3: Working Families Maryland State Director
Working Families is a progressive independent political organization that fights for economic and racial justice -- and wins. Formed by labor  unions, community organizations and grassroots activists, our aim is to support strong progressive candidates and policy goals that ensure dignity and justice for working class communities and communities of color. Working Families combines issue advocacy campaigns with a year-round electoral engagement to win ground breaking policies and elect strong progressive champions.

Job Scope: Working Families seeks a passionate and effective leader to launch and direct a progressive political organization that builds power for working class, middle class, and poor families in Maryland. Working closely with leaders of labor, community, and other progressive organizations, the State Director oversees all issue and electoral campaign activities and the growth and development of the organization. The ideal candidate will be someone able to lead ambitious and innovative campaigns; navigate complex political relationships; and inspire support and collaboration from staff, partners, donors, and other stakeholders. This position is based in Baltimore or College Park, Maryland.

Job Duties
  • Set the comprehensive organizational priorities for the state and execute effective strategies and tactics to advance the mission of Maryland Working Families;
  • Develop and staff a local board of key institutional partners to guide the organization’s electoral and issue campaign priorities;
  • Identify and prioritize candidate and legislative opportunities within the state and leverage resources to secure political and legislative victories at the local, regional and state level;
  • Build a political network: expand coalitions with local and state progressive organizations, identify and mobilize concerned citizens, and reach out to new constituencies to expand the organization's base of support;
  • Cultivate external relationships with political decision-makers, coalition partners, donors, and other stakeholders;
  • Generate media attention and build public awareness of Working Families initiatives and campaigns;
  • Ensure full compliance with state and local election and campaign finance laws;
  • Direct fundraising efforts: design and implement a fundraising plan;
  • Develop and adhere to a statewide budget;
  • Hire, supervise, and train staff, interns and volunteers working on legislative and electoral projects.
Required Education, Experience, Knowledge, and Skills
  • Bachelor’s degree required;
  • A minimum of five or more years of relevant professional experience, post college. Relevant experience includes (but is not limited to) working in political, union, advocacy, or government settings;
  • Strong demonstrated leadership ability;
  • Experience with and knowledge of Maryland politics is strongly preferred;
  • Experience with multi-faceted planning processes;
  • Excellent analytical skills and sound judgment;
  • Strong verbal and writing skills; the ability to communicate persuasively in a charged atmosphere;
  • Must be a results-oriented self-starter able to work under pressure on several projects at one time;
  • Unwavering commitment to social and economic justice;
  • Demonstrated fundraising experience preferred;
  • Demonstrated staff management experience preferred.
The Director reports to the Executive Committee of Maryland Working Families.
To Apply: Submit a cover letter and resume online at www.grossmanheinz.com by Friday, December 13, 2013. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

The Working Families Party and the Working Families Organization are equal opportunity employers with a commitment to economic and social justice. Women, people of color, LGBTQ people, and members of other historically disenfranchised populations are strongly encouraged to apply.

Position #4: BrightFocus Foundation Communications Director
Supervisor: Creative Manager

Classification: Exempt

Date: October 2013

BrightFocus Foundation is a nonprofit organization supporting research and providing public education to help eradicate brain and eye diseases, including Alzheimer's disease, macular degeneration, and glaucoma. For 40 years we have raised and contributed private funds to underwrite work by scientists and scientific institutions across the United States and abroad. Headquartered in northern Montgomery County, MD, with a staff of some 40 professionals, we are working to save mind and sight.

Position Summary: The Communications Coordinator will be part of the six-member BrightFocus Public Affairs team that aims to raise BrightFocus’ national profile, support its fundraising and grant making, and put the organization on a path to influence policy and collaborate with others in the fight to conquer diseases affecting mind and sight.  More specifically, this position will coordinate and assist with publications, web and social media, and marketing and promotions.

Responsibilities:
  • Coordinate the creation and updating of BrightFocus publications, serving as liaison between BrightFocus internal departments and outside vendors.
  • Maintain digital source files and inventories.
  • Update web and social media platforms.
  • Maintain news media databases and disseminate press releases.
  • Coordinate the design and production of BrightFocus-branded items.
  • Assist with logistics and promotion of conferences and events.
  • Create monthly data reports.
  • Coordinate the creation and production of Annual Report, supporting the efforts of writers and designers.
  • Other duties as assigned.
Knowledge/Skills:
  • The ability to coordinate and monitor multiple projects simultaneously. Strong organizational and interpersonal skills are a must.
  • Proven ability to anticipate and identify project delays or changes and suggest next steps.
  • Comfort and confidence in communicating in a timely, concise manner with people at all levels of the organization.
  • Knowledge of HTML and CSS.
  • Knowledge of Photoshop. Bachelor’s degree with 2 or more years of relevant experience.
BrightFocus Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. We welcome interest and applications from people of color, people with disabilities and from LGBT communities.
Please send cover letter and resume to mbuckley@brightfocus.org. No phone calls, please.

Position #5: BrightFocus Foundation Health & Science Writer
Supervisor: Vice President of Public Affairs

Classification: Exempt

Date: October 2013

BrightFocus Foundation is a nonprofit organization supporting research and providing public education to help eradicate brain and eye diseases, including Alzheimer's disease, macular degeneration, and glaucoma. For 40 years we have raised and contributed private funds to underwrite work by scientists and scientific institutions across the United States and abroad. Headquartered in northern Montgomery County, MD, with a staff of some 40 professionals, we are working to save mind and sight.

Position Summary: The Health and Science Writer will be part of the six-member BrightFocus Public Affairs team and will be a generator of content that clearly and concisely communicates to lay audiences information on BrightFocus' efforts to prevent and treat Alzheimer's disease, macular degeneration, and glaucoma. The position will help advance a deeper public understanding of science, one that raises BrightFocus’ national profile, supports its fundraising and grant making, and puts the organization on a path to influence policy and collaborate with others in the fight to conquer diseases affecting mind and sight.

Responsibilities:
  • Regularly author new health and science-based content for BrightFocus, including materials for web site and social media platforms.
  • Assist the Communications Manager on writing, editing, and updating BrightFocus publications, working closely with internal colleagues and outside vendors.
  • Follow and report on research developed within the BrightFocus Foundation’s $130 million research grant portfolio, as well as mission-related research in other venues.
  • Maintain strong working knowledge of internal database of key statistics cited in BrightFocus documents.
  • Assist other on non-written products, including audio or video materials.
  • Other duties as assigned.
Knowledge/Skills:
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent; Masters preferred.
  • Minimum of five years of success in substantive writing for public audiences in settings such as journalism or public relations. Experience in science or health care strongly preferred.
  • Ability to work well on multiple projects simultaneously, with strict adherence to deadlines.
  • Knowledge of the environments in which scientific and health care research is conducted, supported, and disseminated.
  • Strong and broad computer software skills.
  • Familiarity with audio and video products.
  • Strong track record as a team player, working collaboratively across departments or organizations.
  • Commitment to the mission and values of BrightFocus.
BrightFocus Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. We welcome interest and applications from people of color, people with disabilities and from LGBT communities.

Please send cover letter, resume, and three writing samples to mbuckley@brightfocus.org.  No phone calls, please.

Position #6: Shopping Matters Anti-Hunger and Opportunity Corps VISTA Member
Position Description: No child should grow up hungry in America. Since 1984, Share Our Strength® has led the fight against hunger and poverty by inspiring and organizing individuals and businesses to share their strengths. Share Our Strength, a national nonprofit, is ending childhood hunger in America by ensuring all children get the healthy food they need by connecting kids in need with nutritious food and teaching their families how to cook healthy, affordable meals, the No Kid Hungry Campaign surrounds children in this nation with healthy food where they live, learn and play.

Responsibilities: As a year-long volunteer, the Shopping Matters VISTA (Volunteer in Service to America) will work to promote Shopping Matters and support the implementation of guided store tours in their community. The VISTA’s main responsibilities include recruiting and training local volunteers to facilitate Shopping Matters tours, raising awareness of the No Kid Hungry Campaign and Cooking Matters, and providing administrative support to local organizations implementing Shopping Matters. The Shopping Matters VISTA works locally as part of the Maryland No Kid Hungry Campaign Team at Share Our Strength, the nation’s leading organization working to end childhood hunger in America, and nationally as a member the Anti-Hunger and Opportunity Corps sponsored by The New York City Coalition against Hunger (NYCCAH).
  • Facilitate community-based meetings to educate organizations on Shopping Matters.
  • Develop outreach strategies for engaging facilitators, organizations, and state-level stakeholders to raise awareness of the No Kid Hungry Campaign and Cooking Matters.
  • Recruit, train and retain community volunteers, retailers, and/or organizational staff to begin and continue the implementation of Shopping Matters tours, and coordinate outreach events to engage stakeholders such as corporations, retailers, and healthcare and community organizations.
  • Provide state-level administrative and capacity support for Shopping Matters implementation, and maintain consistent communication with local organizations running Sopping Matters to assist in providing best practices.
  • Assist with timely projects for the No Kid Hungry campaign including summer meals and school breakfast outreach and advocacy.
  • Support the overall goals and objectives of Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign through additional responsibilities and other duties as assigned.
Reports to: Maryland Shopping Matters Outreach Manager

Location: Baltimore, MD

Qualifications:
  • College degree required; related field preferred.
  • Interest in community service and year-long AmeriCorps volunteer program required
  • Experience and comfort working independently in a fast-paced environment.
  • Demonstrated organizational abilities and strong attention to detail.
  • Ability to balance a variety of tasks simultaneously.
  • Quick problem-solving skills and flexibility to do what’s needed.
  • Exceptional verbal, listening, and written communication skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and instincts.
  • Strong computer skills, including Excel and PowerPoint, as well as the ability to quickly learn new software programs and online platforms.
  • Understanding of nonprofit organizations; past paid or volunteer experience preferred.
  • High energy, enthusiasm, and a commitment to ensuring all kids get the healthy food they need.
To Apply: Submit a resume and cover letter to Kevans@strength.org, subject line, “Anti-Hunger and Opportunity Corps- VISTA member”. No calls please. Equal Opportunity Employee