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Position Description:

The communications department is responsible for messages going to and from MEQ to a variety of audiences, both internal and external. Areas of focus for the communications department include, but are not limited to, marketing, public relations, media relations, member relations, social media, cyber relations, and internal communications. The communciations intern will play a vital role in helping MassEquality fulfill its mission. This will be a fun, informative, and engaging opportunity for an up-and-coming communications professional to learn the fundamentals of building and maintaining a strong communications program. 

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assist with MEQ advocacy and public education efforts related, but not limited to: bullying, aging and elder care, homeless youth, public accommodations, domestic violence, etc. 
  • Track media coverage by using electronic alert systems and Internet searches
  • Develop and maintain the MEQ Clip Book
  • Assist with MEQ social media campaigns on Facebook and Twitter
  • Assist with communications and marketing aspects of special events
  • Assist with cultivating beneficial communications relationships, including research and outreach
  • Assist with the development and delivery of digital communications such as emails, newsletters and website updates
  • Attend team meetings as appropriate
  • Assist with updating and maintaining our NGP database
  • Write Letters to the Editor (LTEs), Op-eds, blog entries and other media pieces for public consumption
  • Regularly read about MEQ’s key issues and stay up to date on related current events
  • Perform administrative tasks as assigned

Qualifications:

  • Interest in, or willingness to learn about, LGBTQ issues, advocacy, politics and the legislative process
  • Comfort with social media tools (Facebook and Twitter at a minimum)
  • Experience with composing compelling written pieces
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Good sense of humor, creativity, and a willingness to show initiative
  • Knowledge of HTML, Drupal, or basic graphic design skills is helpful, but not required

Applications and Time Commitment

Applications for the Summer 2014 internship are due by Monday, May 16. Applications for the Fall 2014 internship are due by Friday, August 15. Applications for year-long interns are accepted on a rolling basis. Internships are available on a full-time or part-time basis, with a minimum commitment of 15 hours per week. Send your resume, cover letter, and two writing samples to mike@massequality.org. All internships are unpaid.

 

MassEquality is an equal opportunity employer. All people who meet the minimum qualifications listed above are encouraged to apply regardless of race, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, age and/or religion.

Electoral Organizing Internships:

Electoral organizing interns work to assemble the community to elect and protect pro-equality elected officials. An internship at MassEquality allows individuals to gain experience with the inner workings of a successful political non-profit while making a difference in the LGBTQ community.  

Internship Description:

The MassEquality Electoral Interns will work to engage MassEquality members in meaning volunteer work relevant to supporting pro-equality candidates in the electoral process. The Electoral Interns will also help analyze and implement winning strategies and tactics for various electoral campaigns. This is a great opportunity to experience the inner workings of a major social justice organization and to make a difference for LGBTQ community through your day-to-day work.

 

Interns will learn skills that will enable them to:

●              Recruit, train, and coach a team of capable volunteers to participate in phone banks, canvasses, and other volunteer actions

●              Research opposition and apply electoral strategy and tactics in an effective manner

●              Develop and analyze electoral programming for an advocacy organization

●              Employ the most effective canvassing, electoral management, volunteer coordination, get-out-the vote and messaging tactics

Requirements:

Qualified applicants should be passionate about social justice, hardworking, and have excellent time management and communication skills. Prior campaign experience or volunteer coordination is not necessary. However, experience working with issues of social justice and change in any capacity is a plus. A strong desire and openness to learning new skills is a must.

Applications and Time Commitment:

We are currently accepting applications for Spring 2014 internships on a rolling basis. Timelines for yearlong internships are discussed on an individual basis. Time commitments range from 10-30 hours per week. Please inform us of your availability in your cover letter.

Please email a resume and cover letter to Andi Wheeler at andi@massequality.org.  

 

MassEquality is an equal opportunity employer. People of color, women, and transgender people are encouraged to apply.

Background:

Founded in 2001 to promote and protect marriage equality in Massachusetts, MassEquality now works to ensure that every lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) person is protected from cradle to grave – with equal opportunities in schools, in marriage and family life, at work and in retirement.

Position Summary:

MassEquality seeks a short-term, full-time Electoral Consultant to help elect and re-elect LGBTQ champions in Massachusetts in the 2014 election cycle. Candidates should have at least two years of campaign or political experience. The Electoral Consultant will report to the Public Education and Organizing Program Manager. The consultant contract will expire on November 7th, 2014. 

Scope of Services:

·       Recruit and train interns and volunteers to engage in MassEquality campaigns

·       Assist local activists and leaders to build electoral organizations

·       Establish and develop relationships with candidates and their campaigns to ensure that                             MassEquality can have the maximum impact in races to elect and reelect pro-equality candidates;

·       Maintain tracking and documentation of all campaign activities

·       Coordinate MassEquality resources to elect and protect pro-equality state lawmakers

Minimum Qualifications:

All candidates must have a “can do” attitude, enjoy a fast-paced team environment, be highly organized without losing sight of larger objectives, and be committed to justice and equality for all LGBTQ people across issues, identities, and communities. Some state-wide travel is required and access to a car is required. Night and weekend campaign work is required.

·       Ability to think “big picture” as well as to translate ideas into realistic, actionable plans;

·       Commitment and desire to work in a multi-cultural environment where diversity based on race,                   ethnic origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, physical ability, family           status and other characteristics is an important and practiced value;

·       Able to handle and appropriately prioritize multiple tasks in a timely and efficiently manner;

·       Willingness to travel and work evenings and weekends is required;

·       Experience with voter files and design and implementation of political canvasses is desired;

·       Able to solve problems creatively with limited resources and competing stakeholders;

·       Keen analytical skills, attention to detail, and ability to take initiative;

·       Excellent writing, verbal and interpersonal communication skills;

·       Demonstrated experience with LGBTQ issues is strongly preferred;

·       Experience working or volunteering during one election cycle  is required, more than one cycle is               preferable;

·       Driver’s license and access to a car is required.

·       Knowledge of Massachusetts political and electoral communities and laws is desirable but not                 required.


Contract:

This is a contract position of $700 a week through November 7th, 2014.

To Apply:

Please forward via email a letter of interest and resume by April 25, 2014 to Andi Wheeler at Andi@MassEquality.org. Please include Electoral Consultant in the subject line.

MassEquality.org is an equal opportunity employer. People of color, women, and transgender people are encouraged to apply.