Thank you for your interest in employment with The Advocates for Human Rights.  

Position: Communications Director

Position Summary
The Communications Director will guide the strategy and manage the execution of all external communications—messages, tools, and supporting materials—to consistently and effectively articulate the Advocates' mission. The Communications Director will position The Advocates as a recognized primary source and conduit of information and resources within its diverse network and constituent base. The Communications Director reports to the Executive Director.


  • Implement, evaluate, and refine the annual communications plan across the organization's programs and projects in collabortion with The Advocates' board and management team
  • Maintain momentum and awareness around the issues and concerns addressed by The Advocates
  • Leverage social media, print, and other materials to maximize impact
  • Manage development, design, distribution, and maintenance of all communications materials, including newsletters, brochures, annual reports, videos, e-newsletters, websites, blog, Facebook, Twitter, and other electronic and social media
  • Actively coordinate webpage and social media updates to refresh and synchronize information (e.g., article links, stories, events)
  • Ensure brand integrity
  • Craft talking points and statements for dissemination to media and the public
  • Keep the management team and the board informed on critical and sensitive issues
  • Manage all media outreach and contacts, and field media inquiries and assemble relevant background materials
  • Manage volunteers and interns working to support the communications department

The successful candidate will be a skilled public relations or communications professional with at least five years of related experience. Proficiency in all aspects of media relations and project management is required. A thorough understanding of a variety of communication methods, including written, graphic, and electronic communication is essential. Experience or demonstrated familiarity with non-profit communications is preferred.

  • Highly collaborative style
  • Committed to collaborate with all constituent groups, including staff, board members, volunteers, donors, program participants, and other supporters
  • Experience with graphic design and knowledge of InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator
  • Experience developing and implementing communication strategies
  • Excellent writing/editing and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to balance and prioritize competing demands
  • High energy, maturity, and leadership with the ability to position communications discussions at both the strategic and tactical levels
  • Self-starter, able to work independently, and entrepreneurial; enjoys creating and implementing new initiatives
  • Flexible, able to adapt to new issues and new methods and tools of communication
  • Experience working with volunteers and diverse groups of people
  • Demonstrated commitment to human rights and social justice

This is a full-time positoin with a competitive benefits package. Compensation is commensurate with experience and similar non-profit organizations.

To Apply
Please submit a letter of interest and resume by March 24, 2017 to:

Communications Director Search
The Advocates for Human Rights
330 Second Avenue S., Suite 800
Minneapolis, MN 55401-2447

Or email: Hrights@advrights.org

No phone calls, please.

The Advocates for Human Rights is an equal opportunity employer. The Advocates is committed to cultural diversity and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, age, religion, sexual orientation, disability or any other legally protected status.

The Advocates for Human Rights is a volunteer based, non-governmental, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to the promotion and protection of internationally-recognized human rights. The Advocates' programming focuses on women's rights, including freedom from violence; migrant and refugee rights, including both advocacy and legal services; peace-building in post-conflict societies; due process and freedom from persecution; and economic and social rights. The Advocates works to bring about systems change, reinforce accountability mechanisms, raise awareness, foster tolerance, and help individuals more fully realize their inherent rights.