Director of Communications

ACLU of Texas
Houston, TX

The American Civil Liberties Union of Texas (ACLU of Texas) is the leading civil rights organization in the Lone Star State. Since 1938, ACLU of Texas has worked in the courts, the legislature, and through public education to protect civil rights and individual liberty. The ACLU of Texas began its work with the San Antonio pecan sheller’s strike of 1938, where laborers who tried to exercise their rights to free speech and free association to improve their working conditions were met with a brutal response by law enforcement. With the help of the ACLU of Texas the shellers ultimately won their battle, and the ACLU of Texas has remained on the front lines of the fight for civil liberties ever since. Today, the ACLU of Texas continues its work to secure and protect civil rights for Texans throughout the state. In the
courts and in the legislature, fighting for smart justice reforms that treat everyone fairly. The ACLU of Texas fights for immigrants who have been unconstitutionally detained and discriminated against; for racial equality, LGBTQ equality and for reproductive freedom.

ACLU of Texas is seeking a Director of Communications to lead the development and implementation of a comprehensive communications strategy. The Director serves as a member of the ACLU of Texas senior management team and contributes at a high level to advance the organization’s goals. The Director of Communications will exhibit outstanding interpersonal skills and be able
to problem-solve, multi-task, respond swiftly to a sometimes wildly changing landscape, and work independently as well with others as a part of a collaborative team environment. The successful candidate will have a commitment to racial equity, diversity and belonging with an approach that values the individual and respects differences and builds networks to move issues to action. Qualifications include:

  • 8 to 10 years of increasingly responsibility in strategic communications, increasing responsibility, press and media outreach, and/or campaign management and issue advocacy.
  • At least 5 years of management experience and 3 years in a senior management role.
  • Proven track record of launching major, innovative national and state communications campaigns designed to affect change and build a movement.
  • Outstanding political judgment and ability to work across the political spectrum. Experience working with or in a nonprofit or
    government supporting communications and marketing.
  • Ability to use a mix of media to achieve advocacy goals (including print and digital, social media platforms, in-person presentations, videos, brochures, etc. to reach and persuade specific audiences).
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication, and presentation skills with a demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, compellingly, comfortably, and respectfully with donors, public and staff, and lay leaders in conversation or print.
  • Experience with recruiting, developing, and managing a highly talented and diverse staff, as well as overseeing budget and administration.
  • Ability to appreciate and contribute to an environment that values integrity, adaptability, reliability, collaboration, a commitment to learning, and advocacy.

Salary: Starting at $110,000

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