Communications Manager

The National Employment Law Project (NELP) seeks a dedicated professional to join our communications team in the role of Communications Manager. Reporting to the Communications Director, the Communications Manager will support NELP’s programs and communications initiatives by being a strategic thinker with writing and editing as your superpowers. This is an extraordinary opportunity to leverage your talent and join a team that ensures progressive and impactful worker-driven policies are at the forefront of current and future worker rights in the U.S. labor market.

Who We Are

Founded in 1969, the nonprofit National Employment Law Project (NELP) is a leading advocacy organization with the mission to build a just and inclusive economy where all workers have expansive rights and thrive in good jobs. Together with local, state, and national partners, NELP advances its mission through transformative legal and policy solutions, research, capacity building, and communications. Our victories over the last decade have impacted the lives of an estimated 100 million workers and their families. We lead and collaborate in fights for higher pay and just benefits, secure and safe jobs, and support at each stage in a worker’s life. We build worker power and we challenge rules that allow corporate harm and undue power. We are transforming precarious work by raising the floor so that every job is a good job and everyone who wants a job can have one. Together over the next decade, we will build Black, immigrant worker power and advance transformative solutions to achieve racial and economic justice. For more information, read our annual reports and explore our website:

NELP has a team of 45 staff people based across offices in New York City, Washington D.C., and Berkeley, CA, with a 12-person Board of Directors, an annual budget of $14M, and hundreds of partners in the field with whom we work to further our mission.

What You Will Do

You will be a critical member of our 6-person communications team. You will be responsible for staying on top of the latest developments associated with NELP’s core program areas and drafting or editing press releases, blog posts, e-newsletters, social media posts, and other written materials, both proactively and often in response to breaking news. The Communications Manager will also provide ongoing support to our program teams and the communications team.

You will specifically be responsible for the following:

  • Working closely with communications team members and program teams to develop and implement strategies and tactics guided by workplans and editorial calendar.
  • Drafting, editing, and formatting content for NELP press releases, op-eds, publications, newsletters, social media, and other communications materials for inclusion in NELP publications or websites.
  • Monitoring and editing NELP content to ensure adherence to NELP style; consistency of messaging and alignment with NELP’s source narratives; and use of intentional, inclusive language (aligned with best practices across racial and social justice movements in order to ensure NELP products treat people with dignity and move away from harmful narratives and ideas). Work with other communications team members to continue improving on NELP’s style guide and other educational internal communications materials.
  • Developing and posting new web content. Ensuring upkeep of NELP websites and working with other members of the communications team to enhance website appearance and user experience.
  • Strategizing on content and messaging and leading and executing NELP’s overall social media strategy on a daily and weekly basis by helping to maintain NELP’s websites and social media channels
  • Supporting efforts to debrief, analyze, report on and adjust strategies and tactics across traditional, digital and social media.

Who You Are

  • You are an outstanding communicator and experienced writer. You have at least five years of working in a communications function, with experience working on issue-based advocacy campaigns and initiatives, ideally, in the areas of workers’ rights, economic, gender, or racial justice.
  • You may have studied journalism or worked for a publication or communications operation where you had to develop well researched, well written content under short deadlines.
  • You execute on strategic communications as well as narrative and storytelling – and understand how these are connected.
  • You have a demonstrated ability to create compelling and digestible work products such as reports, op-eds, issue briefs, and copy for creative and digital content.
  • You have strong racial equity competencies and center your role in an analysis and understanding of how race and power shape systems in our society and culture and you are continuously learning, reflecting, and growing; you foster trust and transparency across lines of difference by listening deeply, and offer direct, honest feedback with compassion and clarity of purpose.
  • You are self-aware, curious, and respectful with strong interpersonal skills fostering a sense of purpose and community and have high standards for holding yourself and others accountable.
  • You operate with a commitment to excellence, integrity, diplomacy, and camaraderie.
  • You demonstrate exceptional attention to detail and strong organizational skills. You have experience managing multiple deadlines.
  • You are tech savvy. Ideally, you have hands-on experience working with a project management tool, social media platforms, CRM platform like Salesforce and a grassroots advocacy platform like The Action Network.

Start Date, Location, Compensation and Benefits:  In response to the pandemic, all staff are currently working remotely and are not traveling. When conditions are amenable, the position will require some travel. Candidates must be able to work from either our New York City, or Washington D.C. office at the point that we return to working in the office. The remote start date will be as soon as possible. This position is in NELP’s bargaining unit, represented by National Organization of Legal Service Workers, UAW Local 2320. Classification and compensation for NELP bargaining unit positions is commensurate with relevant experience and education and based on NELP’s collectively bargained scales. Based on our union scale, the salary range for a communications manager with seven years’ experience depending upon education attainment is $75,800-82,800. Compensation also includes an excellent comprehensive benefits package, including full coverage of family health insurance, a medical reimbursement plan, generous vacation and sick leave, contribution from employer to a retirement plan, and student loan repayment assistance for qualifying participants.

To apply: Through our online database, submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample and three references to, choosing the “Communications Manager” option under position. If you have questions regarding this announcement, please forward those to, noting “Communications Manager” in the subject line. No phone calls or other email inquiries please. We will consider applications on a rolling basis. Applications due by October 29, 2021.

NELP is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and an equal opportunity, fair chance, affirmative action employer, committed to building a diverse and inclusive workforce.  All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, creed, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military status, prior record of arrest or conviction, citizenship status, current employment status, or caregiver status.   

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