Communications and Media Manager

by elizabeth — Posted in jobs on June 15, 2020

Date: 8/17/2020                                             Due date: Position Open until filled

Category: Regular, Full Time                         FLSA Status: Exempt


Organization Summary

Equal parts lawyers, engineers, and organizers, Innovation Law Lab is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that leverages advocacy, technology and law to fight for immigrant and refugee justice. Our collaborative legal representation model and technology transform the way lawyers and advocates scale their work to provide effective support to immigrants in hostile jurisdictions.

Law Lab is a central part of some of the most important immigration cases of our time, including Las Americas v. Trump, Remain In Mexico, and various asylum bans. We coordinate this litigation with a variety of programs to defend asylum and fundamental human rights.


Job Summary

The Communications and Media Manager plays a critical role in increasing the impact of Innovation Law Lab’s communications plans, messaging, and strategic initiatives. The Communications and Media Manager will coordinate all aspects of the organization’s media relations, including press releases, talking points, earned media, messaging guidance, op-eds, and media interviews. The Communications and Media Manager will also lead Innovation Law Lab’s use of data-driven and human-centered multimedia shared through social channels, website blog posts, and email newsletters with the goal of keeping supporters and the general public informed while elevating Innovation Law Lab’s mission, theory of change, and work. This role maintains strong relationships with staff, partner organizations and law firms,  and supporters across the country.


The Communications and Media Manager will report to the Director of Strategic Initiatives and will maintain strong relationships with Innovation Law Lab staff, partner organizations and law firms, media stakeholders and supporters across the country.


Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities

  • Plan and implement communications strategies for Innovation Law Lab programs, advocacy projects, and impact litigation efforts while working in close partnership with staff, partner organizations, and stakeholders;
  • Monitor news coverage on key issue areas, maintain relationships with members of  traditional news media and emerging digital news outlets, and pitch stories, editorial coverage, and other types of engagement;
  • Craft email action alerts, and participate in email action network strategy, in close collaboration with Innovation Law Lab staff, partner organizations, and stakeholders;
  • Identify social media opportunities to promote Innovation Law Lab’s work and resources with the goal of fostering loyal organizational followings on social media platforms;
  • Foster work that builds loyal organizational followings on social media platforms.


Experience, Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

The following are the minimum levels required to successfully perform the essential job duties and responsibilities.

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent years of experience;
  • Two to three years experience in at least one of the following: new media, traditional media, digital communications, graphic design, branding, or message development;
  • Advanced written, analytical, verbal, and organizational skills with demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, respectfully, and compellingly;
  • Experience working with people from diverse backgrounds is highly preferred;
  • Demonstrated ability to be creative and resourceful in a rapidly shifting advocacy space.
  • Demonstrated commitment to immigrants’ rights and the rule of law;


Working Conditions

Environment: Law Lab is based in Portland, Oregon, and has a distributed team with many staff living elsewhere and working remotely. If based in Portland, Oregon, the Communications and Media Manager would regularly work out of the Law Lab office in Portland. Remote candidates from other geographical areas could work remotely, and potentially travel to Portland for meetings about twice a year. The position interacts constantly with staff, stakeholders, and partner organizations.


Hours: The Communications and Media Manager works a full-time schedule of not less than 32 hour a week at the incumbent’s discretion based on business need. The actual time required will often exceed 32 hours a week. This position may be required to work extended hours based on fluctuating workloads. This may include evenings, weekends, and holidays. The position is classified as exempt and is not eligible for overtime pay.


Other Duties and Responsibilities: This job description is a summary of the essential duties and responsibilities for this job, and it does not necessarily represent an all-inclusive list of duties, responsibilities, tasks or procedures. Employees are required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform any other job-related duties requested by any person authorized to give instruction or assignments. Nothing in this description restricts Law Lab’s right to assign or reassign duties at any time.


Accommodation Statement: Essential job duties and responsibilities are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities. To perform the job successfully, an incumbent or applicant must possess the experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform each essential duty and responsibility proficiently. If you require an accommodation in order to perform the essential duties and responsibilities of this job, please contact the Innovation Law Lab’s Operations Director.


Compensation: Compensation is based on experience and qualifications. The starting salary range is between $45-50,000 annually. Innovation Law Lab offers a full package of benefits including medical, dental and vision coverage as well as 401k retirement plan.


Equity, Diversity and Inclusion statement

At Innovation Law Lab, our aim is to foster a diverse,  inclusive, and equitable environment where everyone feels empowered to be their whole selves and is treated with dignity and respect. We welcome applications from qualified individuals, irrespective of their race, skin color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, disability status, or any other characteristic.


How To Apply

To apply, send your resume, cover letter and 2 writing samples to Questions may also be directed to While applications will be accepted until the position is filled, we anticipate we will begin conducting interviews in late June 2020.


When submitting your application, please include your preferred gender pronoun and/or preferred salutation.


Innovation Law Lab is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Support Our Work

As a nonprofit organization, Innovation Law Lab relies on generous contributions from supporters like you to continue our important work of upholding the rights of immigrants and refugees. Stand with immigrants and refugees making a contribution today