Job Description Job Title: Outreach Coordinator Position Summary: The Outreach Coordinator will work to organize national and local community support for Free Press' priorities and initiatives at the federal and state levels. S/he will support Free Press campaign work, movement building activities and ally engagement. S/he will also focus on organizing local hearings and events, deploying staff and materials to events across the country, and involving local and grassroots allies in Free Press events -- including the 2011 National Conference for Media Reform. Responsibilities include developing and implementing public engagement projects, conducting outreach and turnout activities, making cold calls to colleagues and constituents, creating and disseminating educational materials, and working in coalition with other organizations to advance mutual goals and priorities. The Outreach Coordinator will work as a member of a fast-paced team balancing an array of outreach and campaign organizing projects. This job requires a flexible schedule including some/occasional evening and weekend work. Occasional domestic travel required. This position reports to the Program Manager. Position Status: Full-time Location: Florence, MA Posting Date: 04/19/2010 About Us Free Press is a national, nonpartisan organization working to reform the media. Through education, organizing and advocacy, we promote diverse and independent media ownership, strong public media and universal access to communications. Founded in 2002, Free Press is the largest media reform organization in the United States, with half a million activists and nearly 40 staff working in offices in Washington, D.C., and Florence, Mass. We are a hard-working, fun-loving, creative and collaborative workplace. We seek employees who thrive in a fast-paced environment, who are critical thinkers, adept problem solvers, accomplished project managers and who will help build on our solid track record of success. Essential Functions • Work in a team approach to support online, offline, local, regional and national organizing and campaign planning on Internet and other media issues. • Build and maintain relationships with allies, volunteers and supporters. Play an integral role in ally relationship building. • Coordinate outreach for local events (FCC field hearings, in-district meetings, visibility events, rallies or gatherings) as needed. • Assist with Free Press staff deployment and coordinate distribution of promotional materials across the country. • Organize local outreach around the April 2011 National Conference for Media Reform in Boston; recruit and direct volunteers; recruit and evaluate scholarship applicants; serve as a member of the core event team. • Develop educational materials, presentations and Web content. • Maintain records of all activities. Prepare and submit reports as needed. Meet deadlines and get results. • Participate in staff meetings, board meetings and other organizational development activities. Assist with the overall administration and operation of Free Press. Minimum Qualifications • Knowledge of media, technology and telecommunications issues strongly preferred. • Minimum of three years’ experience in a position of similar complexity and responsibility, preferably in a nonprofit public interest setting. Experience working on issue-based or electoral campaigns in a local, state or national setting preferred. • A college degree is preferred. Educational background in public policy, political science, communications, community development and organizing, or related field will indicate aptitude for the daily work this job requires. Work experience can substitute for some education. • Demonstrated ability to leverage constructive and effective relationships inside and outside an organization. Experience in coalition building or working with a broad set of allied organizations desired. A basic understanding of one or more of the following areas: public policy, social change work, media literacy/education strongly preferred. • Experience with event planning desired. • Strong public speaking skills desired. Must be able to formulate and clearly communicate ideas to others. Skills and Attributes • Demonstrated ability to be entrusted with sensitive information and conduct daily activities with the utmost professionalism and integrity. • Must be able to prioritize multiple tasks effectively and manage numerous projects in a fast-paced work environment. • Demonstrated ability to manage details, solve problems and follow through on assignments with a minimum of direct supervision. • Ability to work effectively with people at all levels of the organization, including: staff, consultants, colleagues, volunteers, members/constituents, and the general public. Must be confident, outgoing, courteous and professional in all written and verbal communications. • Must have a strong personal work ethic and the ability to organize time, manage diverse activities, and meet critical deadlines. • Consistently demonstrates common sense, flexibility and teamwork. Must be able to adapt or modify plans, timelines or processes in response to changing circumstances. • Demonstrated experience with MS Office software including: Outlook, Word, Excel and Powerpoint. Must keep self and work files organized. Must be able to organize sometimes complex information, maintain quality and integrity of data with an attention to detail. • Familiarity with online social networks, blogging, constituent relationship management systems like Convio, basic website development and HTML a plus. • Appreciates diversity within the office; has a personal approach that values the individual and respects differences of race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ability and socioeconomic circumstance. • A great sense of humor and can-do attitude are musts! Compensation Free Press offers competitive compensation, excellent benefits, flexible work policies and a collaborative work environment. We also provide professional development opportunities and promote from within. Starting salary will depend upon the selected applicant’s experience and will be set in the context of established Free Press pay ranges for similar work. Benefits include a generous amount of vacation, health care, and personal time off each year, employer-provided group health insurance, retirement contribution, short- and long-term disability insurance and other progressive benefits and perks. How to Apply Complete our online application at: www.freepress.net/node/78918. You'll have the opportunity to tell us all about yourself and your employment history. If access to the Internet is an issue for any reason, please mail the following to: H.R. Free Press 40 Main St., Suite 301 Florence, MA 01062 1) a cover letter describing why you are interested in this work, summarizing why you should be considered for this job, and identifying your salary history and current salary requirements 2) your résumé 3) telephone and e-mail contact information for three employment references. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Applications will be reviewed as they are received, and this position will remain open until filled. Applicants of interest to the search committee will be contacted directly. Due to the anticipated volume of applications, please do not contact us to inquire about your status. We will acknowledge receipt of your application. Additional Information Free Press is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage and value a diverse work force, and we seek diversity among applicants for this position. We strongly encourage applications from women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals. Free Press comprises two separate corporate entities, Free Press and the Free Press Action Fund. Both entities share the same overall mission, office space and employees. This job posting refers collectively to the two organizations under the name "Free Press."
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