Communications & Outreach Director

Job title:         Communications & Outreach Director
Reports to:     Executive Director
Job type:        Full-time

Position Summary

The Communications & Outreach 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 & Outreach Director will position The Advocates as a recognized primary source and conduit of information and resources within its diverse network and constituent base. 

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Implement, evaluate, and refine the annual communications plan across the organization's programs and projects in collaboration 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, field media inquiries, and assemble relevant background materials
  • Coordinate outreach to arts and other community organizations
  • 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 methods, as well as tools of communication
  • Experience working with volunteers and diverse groups of people
  • Demonstrated commitment to human rights and social justice


Compensation is commensurate with experience. Our generous benefit package includes vacation, medical, dental, long term disability/AD+D/life insurance, and pre-tax retirement plan.


To Apply

Please submit a letter of interest and a resume, by November 22, 2019 to:

                        Communications & Outreach Director Search
                        330 Second Avenue South, Suite 800
                        Minneapolis, MN  55401

Or e-mail: (include “Communications & Outreach Director Search” in subject line)


No phone-calls or e-mail inquiries, please.


Application Deadline:  November 22, 2019


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.