Communications Officer (Bilingual English/Spanish) at Polaris

Position description

Polaris's Public Outreach and Communications department works to make Polaris a recognized global leader on human trafficking and to inspire audiences to get involved with our efforts to eradicate and prevent human trafficking. We are committed to providing accurate information on human trafficking that empowers survivors without sensationalizing the issue.

We are seeking a bilingual communications professional to join a three-person team who can help ensure that Latino voices are a critical part of a new effort to raise awareness of the realities of human trafficking within Latino communities in the United States, as well as with targeted audiences within Mexico. The Officer will work closely with a new team at Polaris that is developing a campaign to dismantle sex trafficking networks that target women and girls from Mexico and Latin America while simultaneously building up effective, culturally competent services on both sides of the border. The position will create and implement traditional media and digital outreach strategies and develop materials to dispel the myths of sex trafficking and promote actionable steps to prevent the victimization of Latina girls and women and identify survivors. In addition, the position would respond to external media opportunities and provide additional communications support to raise the profile of Polaris and the National Human Trafficking Resource Center hotline across North America. We are seeking a culturally competent, results-oriented candidate who possesses strong written and oral communication skills.

Responsibilities

  • Develop and maintain relationships with journalists, reporters and bloggers, especially for Spanish-language media in the U.S. as well as Mexico-based outlets to increase awareness of human trafficking. Organize press briefings, teleconferences, editorial board meetings and other informational sessions with reporters in identified media markets;
  • Manage external vendors to plan and implement public awareness campaigns related to sex trafficking affecting Latina women and girls in the U.S. and Mexico;
  • Promote the NHTRC hotline to victims and survivors in underserved communities in North America;
  • Support the Senior Media Relations Officer with daily press inquiries and requests, and help journalists understand the sensitivities around telling survivors' stories;
  • Work with outside vendors and partners to develop culturally sensitive messages and content;
  • Write press releases, op-eds, and outreach materials, and oversee the translation of relevant materials to Spanish;
  • Develop web-based and social media content, in coordination with the Digital Communications Specialist, which resonates within the Latino community and underserved populations; and
  • Track and analyze metrics, including media hits, social media insights, Google Analytics to understand impact of communications activities.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent combination of education and/or experience;
  • Minimum three years' experience working with the media in a non-profit communications department, a public relations agency, and/or in support of advocacy campaigns aimed at promoting positive social change;
  • Fluent bilingual English-Spanish speaker and demonstrated knowledge of Spanish-language and Latino-focused media market and outlets;
  • Proven ability to secure local and national media for a specific goal;
  • Clear and effective written and verbal communication skills;
  • Interest in and knowledge of issues related to human trafficking or related fields, and a commitment to empowering trafficking survivors and treating survivors and vulnerable populations with dignity and respect;
  • Excellent project manager and experience managing external vendors;
  • Ability to exercise discretion and independent judgment in conversations with press and community stakeholders; and
  • Highly independent and motivated person with ability to juggle multiple tasks and respond rapidly to new events and issues.

Other

  • Subject to a criminal background investigation;
  • Subject to a probationary term contingent on training performance; and
  • Request for three professional and/or personal references.

Qualified applicants are invited to apply. Please submit a thoughtful cover letter on how your skills are a good match for this position and a current resume. People of color and LGBT candidates strongly encouraged to apply.

Values Statement: The work of Polaris Project is grounded in a set of values and organizational beliefs that provide a common starting point for all of our activities. At Polaris, we look for talented individuals who are passionate about combating all forms of human trafficking and who will strive to embody and model these values within the Polaris community and in the anti-trafficking field. Please take a moment to make yourself familiar with these values and our mission statement that can be found on our web site before submitting your application.

Job title: Communications Officer (Bilingual English/Spanish)

Location: Washington, DC

Closing date: Rolling application