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Creating Opportunity & Independence Apprenticeship for People with Spinal Cord Injuries

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Communications Assistant

RespectAbility is seeking a communications assistant to support our media and press outreach, including writing and editing, fact checking, pitching stories, uploading content on our website and administrative support.

POSITION SUMMARY

RespectAbility’s Communications Assistant will support the Vice President of Communications and Communications Associate, as well as other staff and board, in our work to effectively communicate with all stakeholders. The ideal candidate has a keen eye for detail, a mastery of grammar and mechanics and enthusiasm for RespectAbility’s mission. The communications assistant will assist with a range of content, from breaking news stories to toolkits and fundraising collaterals.

Salary, healthcare, vacation and other benefits provided. Position will work remotely at least for the duration of the pandemic. We prefer people located near our offices in Rockville, Maryland, or Los Angeles, California but will consider people in other locations.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

Media and Press Support (70%)

  • Maintain and update curated press lists.
  • Monitor reporters online and on social media for press opportunities. Assistance in pitching story ideas to relevant journalists.
  • Collect alumni stories and quotes.
  • Assist with transcriptions of videos.
  • Support Communications team in writing talking points, op-eds, media advisories and press statements as needed.
  • In coordination with the VP of Communications, help develop internal style guide and train other team members in use of appropriate styles.
  • Edit and proofread blog posts, news stories, toolkits, press releases, fundraising collaterals and website/email copy for grammar, spelling, syntax, punctuation and formatting while preserving style and voice.
  • Fact check numbers, links, proper nouns and other public information and double check information collected from sources.
  • Ensure toolkits and other specified documents are fully accessible and 508 compliant. If applicant does not know how to do this, willingness and desire to learn is necessary.
  • Support Communications team with graphic design and infographic creations for use on social media and in printed materials.
  • Effectively use a disability justice frame of reference in writing and editing.
  • Post material to our website and various social media channels as needed and assist in training Fellows to do the same.

Administrative Support (30%)

  • Develop and maintain the editorial calendar, coordinating with various campaign teams to schedule interviews, events and initiatives.
  • Maintain easy-to-use materials databases of talking points, priority campaigns list, press releases, campaign 1 pagers, media clips, and other relevant communications materials.
  • Coordinate the VP of Communication’s schedule, with a strong understanding of priorities.
  • Ensure that meetings, proposals, deadlines, presentations, and other duties of the Communications team are carried out seamlessly.
  • Post pandemic, occasionally make travel arrangements, coordinating flights, accommodations, and other itinerary specifics.
  • Ensure that receipts and reimbursements are filed in a timely fashion.
  • Assist in the preparation of documents and presentations for both internal and external meetings. Create and/or revise PowerPoint presentation decks and Excel spreadsheets.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Strong commitment to the mission and vision of the organization, including diversity, equity and opportunity for people of all backgrounds and abilities.
  • At least one year of applicable experience, can include internship, volunteer and/or academic experience.
  • Working knowledge of AP style.
  • Working knowledge of how to avoid ableism and to use appropriate disability-inclusive language, as outlined in our toolkits and the NCDJ style guide.
  • Ability to have a nonpartisan perspective and approach.
  • Excellent communications and organizational skills. Has a proven track record of working as a member of a team and individually to meet goals.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite required. Proficiency with the accessible design of office documents preferred. This proficiency can be gained with free trainings available on the RespectAbility website.
  • Ability to learn and master new issues quickly.
  • Ability to respond to shifting priorities and demands based on the organization’s needs, as well as organize time efficiently and remain attentive to details.

To find out more about RespectAbility, visit: www.respectability.org/about-us.

To apply, please send your resume, cover letter and salary requirements to Tonya Koslo: TonyaK@RespectAbility.org. The salary range for this position is $35,000-$45,000.

People with disabilities, BIPOC individuals, and members of other marginalized communities are strongly encouraged to apply. If you require any accommodations in order to most effectively participate in the application process, please contact Tonya Koslo at TonyaK@RespectAbility.org or 202-517-6272, and let us know what we can do.

RespectAbility provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, veteran status or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, RespectAbility complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

Social Media Management Fellow

RespectAbility is seeking a Social Media Management Fellow to help ensure that RespectAbility’s work and mission comes to life creatively and effectively to advance awareness, inclusion and advancement of the disability community through social and digital tactics. This role will take ownership of all social platforms and have the opportunity to participate in all aspects of social media, including content creation, strategy, community management, and analytics. Our social media accounts highlight the benefits of inclusive employment, disability in entertainment, and relevant policies to people with disabilities. This Fellow will be able to learn about the influence of social media on authentic representation and sharing news. The Fellow also will have an opportunity to learn website management and write blog posts on authentic representations of disability in media.

Qualifications

Prospective Fellows should be proficient or have the desire to increase their skills in one or more of these areas:

  • Knowledge of Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn for a business, including an understanding of copywriting and native analytics capabilities for each platform.
  • Managing a social media account for a brand, business, nonprofit, or influencer, and experience in growing the account’s followers and engagement.
  • Social media content creation of graphics and video through the Adobe Creative Suite or Canva.
  • Day-to-day community management: engaging with followers and sharing news relevant to the disability community.
  • Influencer outreach and coordination of brand partnerships and takeovers.
  • Identifying relevant news/articles to share, social media trends and creative content ideas.
  • Website and content management (ideally in WordPress).
  • Nice to haves:
    • Knowledge of Google Analytics and SEO
    • Campaign management for virtual events
    • Creative, strategic and willingness to contribute ideas
    • Competitive Landscape Analyses
      • Writing and creating trends or analytics recap reports
    • Content calendar creation

To find out more about RespectAbility, visit: www.respectability.org/about-us.

To apply, please send your resume, and cover letter to Tonya Koslo: TonyaK@RespectAbility.org. The salary for this position is $15 / hour and expected to be 20 hours a week for a six-month Fellowship. While this position will be remote, there may be an opportunity post-pandemic to work with colleagues in Los Angeles, California or Rockville, Maryland outside of Washington, D.C.

People with disabilities, BIPOC individuals, and members of other marginalized communities are strongly encouraged to apply. If you require any accommodations in order to most effectively participate in the application process, please contact Tonya Koslo at TonyaK@RespectAbility.org or 202-517-6272, and let us know what we can do.

RespectAbility provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, veteran status or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, RespectAbility complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

Creating Opportunity & Independence Apprenticeship for People with Spinal Cord Injuries

Roque Renteria with his dog on his lap. Roque is a wheelchair user.Even before the pandemic, only 27 percent of people with spinal cord injuries (SCI) were employed 10 years after injury. With more than 358,000 people living with SCI in the United States, RespectAbility is working to create opportunities so these individuals can succeed in their chosen career.

Funding from the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation will support an apprenticeship program that will provide four exceptionally talented adults with SCI with intensive training, mentoring and opportunities for networking. Through an advanced training program, the apprentices will gain the skills necessary for careers advancing diversity, equity and inclusion. The apprentices also will be involved in several projects in the entertainment industry with the aim of reducing the stigmas that prevent people with SCI and other disabilities from obtaining employment in the film and television industry.

The application process for RespectAbility’s apprenticeship program for people with SCI opens on October 12, 2020. The deadline for applications is October 28, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. PT. The program will run from November 2020 through Spring 2021. A minimum commitment of 15 hours per week is required.

This program enables talented people with spinal cord injuries to gain critical skills, contacts and experiences necessary to be accepted into graduate school or help create pathways that lead to careers in public policy, the entertainment and news media, diversity, equity and inclusion or advocacy.

Applicants can choose one of four specific tracks. Learn about each of them at the links below:

This program is fully accessible for people with disabilities and offers full-time in-house job coaching, skills development, networking opportunities, assistive technology and personal care support. Fellows in our National Apprenticeship Program for People with Spinal Cord Injury will receive $15 an hour.

IMPORTANT DETAILS FOR APPLICANTS

  • Excellent communication and organizational skills are required. Participants should exhibit leadership skills and the ability to complete their own projects.
  • A bachelor’s degree is not required as long as applicants have acquired the skills needed for their chosen career path.
  • Participants will be required to commit at least 15 hours/week for up to six months. Specific hours to be determined in conversation with your supervisor.
  • In addition to weekly trainings for all Fellows, bi-monthly training sessions will be held specifically for this cohort.

EXPECTATIONS

  • A minimum commitment of 15 hours per week.
  • Participation in team meetings on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
  • Attendance in weekly speaker series.
  • Work with the National Leadership Program Director on advancing your career goals. This will include strengthening your resume, cover letter and building your professional network.

HOW TO APPLY

  • Complete the form below and send your resume and cover letter to Ben Spangenberg at BenS@RespectAbility.org.
  • The cover letter should explain why this Apprenticeship is of interest to you, as well as how your skills, focus and independent drive have the potential to impact the SCI community.


    RespectAbility provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, veteran status or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, RespectAbility complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

    The National Leadership Program

    Four young professionals - a white woman, a Black man, a Black woman and a white man - dressed professionally in suits standing in front of the fence in front of the White House

    National Leadership Program participants standing in front of the White House

    The National Leadership Program trains leaders who are committed to disability issues and plan to go into careers in public policy, advocacy, communications, diversity, equity and inclusion, fundraising, nonprofit management or faith-based inclusion. The program enables participants to gain skills and contacts while making a positive difference for people with disabilities.

    We are seeking creative, results-driven individuals who want to achieve breakthrough results while receiving practical experience. The Fellowship is for seniors in college and graduate students, as well as graduates and those in the early stages of their careers. It also is for people with disabilities who have lost their jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic and currently are seeking new opportunities.

    The National Leadership Program includes three cohorts of Fellows – fall, spring and summer. We now are accepting rolling applications for the Fall 2020 and Winter 2021 cohorts. The program is entirely virtual and can be done from anywhere in the United States.

    Our National Leadership Program enables talented people with disabilities and allies to gain critical skills, contacts and experiences necessary to be accepted into graduate school or help create pathways that lead to careers in public policy, the entertainment and news media, diversity, equity and inclusion or advocacy. This program is fully accessible for people with disabilities and offers full-time in-house job coaching, skills development, networking opportunities, assistive technology and personal care support. People with and without disabilities are encouraged to apply, but applicants must have a strong commitment to fighting stigmas and advancing opportunities for people with disabilities. Fellows receive a $300/month honorarium plus training, mentoring and support in their job search. A limited number of paid Fellows will receive $15/hr.

    RespectAbility is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Affirmative Action employer. People with disabilities, BIPOC individuals, and members of other marginalized communities are strongly encouraged to apply. If you require any accommodations in order to most effectively participate in the application process, please contact Tonya Koslo at TonyaK@RespectAbility.org or 202-517-6272, and let us know what we can do.

    FELLOWSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

    IMPORTANT DETAILS FOR APPLICANTS

    • Excellent communication and organizational skills are strongly preferred, and Fellows should exhibit leadership skills to complete their own projects.
    • Strong preference for college seniors and above.
    • Commitment for a minimum of nine weeks.
    • Hours are 9-5. Virtual Fellows are required to work a minimum of 15 hours per week though more is appreciated and more hours per week is preferred.
    • There is no tuition cost to do the Fellowship, and stipend Fellows will be awarded $300 a month. A limited number of paid Fellows will receive $15/hr.
    • Your cover letter must explain why this Fellowship in particular is of interest to you and why you believe you have the skills, focus and independent drive to make a positive difference in your time with us at RespectAbility.

    EXPECTATIONS

    • A minimum commitment of 15 hours per week.
    • Participation in staff meetings three days per week.
    • Attendance in weekly speaker series.
    • Work with the National Leadership Program Director on advancing your career goals. This will include strengthening your resume, cover letter and building your professional network.

    HOW TO APPLY

    Fill out the form below and send your resume and cover letter to Ben Spangenberg at BenS@RespectAbility.org to apply for any of our National Leadership Program opportunities!



      RespectAbility staff, fellows and board member smiling in a posed photograph. Three men and four women standing behind three men in wheelchairs. All are dressed formally in suits.

      RespectAbility Staff and Fellows with Board Member Jonathan Murray, creator and executive producer of Born This Way

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