The American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania (ACLU-PA) is seeking a digital communications contractor to work on a five-month contract from January 1, 2022, to May 31, 2022. A nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to defending and expanding individual rights and personal freedom, the ACLU is the nation's foremost guardian of liberty. The ACLU-PA promotes, defends, and advances constitutional principles founded in the Bill of Rights through litigation, legislative and policy advocacy, and community education.

The ACLU-PA is a fast-paced environment that addresses headline-making issues with powerful personal stories and dynamic, precedent-setting solutions. The ACLU-PA has three offices, ten volunteer chapters, over 40,000 members and donors, 35 employees, and a $5.3 million operating budget.

The digital communications contractor will report to the Director of Communications and will be contracted to work approximately 25-30 hours per week to support the ACLU-PA’s work in advocacy, in litigation, and in fundraising. ACLU-PA staff have been working remotely since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the digital communications contractor can continue to work remotely after ACLU-PA’s offices reopen.

The digital communications contractor will be expected to perform the following duties:

  • Graphic design, including: 
    • Web graphics;
    • Social media graphics;
    • Documents and reports, for both print and online use;
    • Print materials;
  • Producing ACLU-PA’s weekly email news round-up;
  • Producing ACLU-PA’s e-newsletter, which is published every six weeks;
  • Creating promotional content for events sponsored by ACLU-PA, including: 
    • Promotional materials;
    • Website;
    • Social media;
  • Creating digital ad campaigns, particularly for Facebook/Instagram and Google/YouTube;
  • Video editing;
  • Producing quarterly reports for ACLU-PA’s board of directors;
  • Updating and editing ACLU-PA’s website;
  • Day-to-day management of ACLU-PA social media platforms, with an emphasis on Instagram;
  • Managing requests for ACLU-PA’s email marketing program, including event promotion, surveys, and advocacy action alerts.

While no one person will have all of the qualifications listed below, a successful candidate will bring many of the following qualifications and skills:

  • At least two years of related experience;
  • Experience in nonprofit, advocacy, or other community-based organizations;   
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills;
  • Knowledge of and interest in social media trends and the use of social media for issue-based advocacy;
  • Proficiency in Adobe Suite products;  
  • Excellent organization and administrative skills: a strong, consistent attention to detail, an organized work style, and the ability to follow through on work assignments with a minimum of direct supervision;
  • Demonstrated interest in, enthusiasm for, and commitment to the mission and principles of the ACLU;
  • Knowledge of and experience with Drupal or an equivalent content management system;
  • Knowledge of and experience with the Mailchimp email platform;
  • Knowledge of Pennsylvania’s cultural and political dynamics;
  • Fluency in Spanish is a plus, including writing skills.

Compensation for this position is $50/hour.

All applications will be treated confidentially. Send a resume, cover letter, and two work samples to search@aclupa.org. Please include your last name and “Digital Communications Contractor” in the subject line. No calls, please. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, at which time the job announcement will be removed from our website, www.aclupa.org/jobs.

The ACLU-PA is an equal opportunity employer.  We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. The ACLU-PA encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status, or record of arrest or conviction.

The ACLU-PA comprises two separate corporate entities, the American Civil Liberties Union (the “Union”) of Pennsylvania and the ACLU Foundation (the “Foundation”) of Pennsylvania. The Union is a 501(c)(4) nonprofit corporation, and ACLU membership dues fund its lobbying work. Donations to the Union are not tax-deductible. The ACLU Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. Foundation funds support litigation and public education efforts. Donations to the Foundation are tax-deductible. 

Both the ACLU of Pennsylvania and the ACLU Foundation of Pennsylvania have the same overall mission, and share office space, employees, and the same board of directors. The two entities are jointly known by the term “ACLU-Pennsylvania.”