About the Communications Fellow
The time for education justice has arrived. After generations of racial inequity in schools, we have reached a moment where increased political will, community demand, and resources can lead to the reimagination of education - but it can only happen if we elevate the voices and changemaking ability of students of color. At Our Turn, we have a responsibility to stand at the vanguard of the fight, and to walk the talk in how we carry out the work. To that end, the Communications Fellow will play a pivotal role in helping to strengthen storytelling and communications activities that advance Our Turn’s mission. You will engage in strategic conversations and tactical executions that will impact the future of Our Turn (and beyond), ensuring an active voice for young people at all tables. This role is an opportunity to gain professional development and insight into the digital movement building activity of a national organization, while owning critical projects that tangibly affect the education justice movement.
Why Work For Our Turn?
We approach our work with the audacity of believing that students have the power to rewrite the rules of education in our country and the humility to know that thousands have come before us in this fight. We know that young people, especially young people of color, have been shut out by decision makers who shape their educational experience and respond by providing transformational leadership development and grassroots organizing experience that flip the traditional power dynamic on its head. Our team is highly collaborative and works with urgency, passion, and — most importantly — a lot of joy. We create intentional spaces to build relationships and set aside time to celebrate milestones, problem-solve together, or just share our latest Our Turn swag! We are looking for purposeful, entrepreneurial social justice activists to join us and continue the fight for educational equity.
Storytelling and Culture
- Build social justice coalition partnerships to assure OT contributes toward collective action opportunities involving youth-led movements
- Advance storytelling efforts by providing editorial, newsletter, and blog management support, including student outreach and voice amplification during rapid response moments
- Deliver quarterly communications to supporter list amplifying core and signature city work
- Messaging and communications training support; lead best practices involving brand and messaging across local and national platforms
- Support owned and earned media planning
- Support speakers bureau development and outreach
- Provide support with the design and management of strategic partnership programming involving diverse community engagement
- Monitor and manage media coverage
- Provide spokesperson/on-record support for media outreach and engagement
- Must be an existing college student, or recent college graduate, based in the U.S.
- Influential leadership while engaging youth, staying centered in Gen Z culture
- Demonstrable leadership experience in social justice and/or political causes
- Strong ability to drive communications plans forward to influence social actions
- Highly organized, with a track record of effective project management in school and/or work
- Creative capability to leverage entertaining and innovative solutions to reach new audiences
- Propensity to organize thought leadership and build online community
- Interest in diversity, equity and inclusion social justice communications
- Experience working in communities of color highly preferred
- Bring joy, passion, and good of sense of humor into the work
Compensation for this role is hourly ($15 per hour) and hours may vary from week to week.
COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY
Our Turn encourages individuals of all identities and backgrounds to apply for this position and is committed to recruiting a team that reflects the diversity of our student movement (BIPOC, members of the LGBTQIA community, first generation college students). Our Turn does not discriminate against any applicant for employment because of race, color, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, nation of origin, disability, age, marital status, military status, or parenthood.
HOW TO APPLY
Fill out an application and upload your resume. Applications will be accepted until the position has been filled and reviewed on a rolling basis. Please email [email protected] with any questions or requests for accommodations. We’re happy to help! Please visit Our Turn’s website (www.itsourturn.org) for more information.