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Director of Communications and Marketing

RespectAbility, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to fight stigmas and advance opportunities so people with disabilities can fully participate in all aspects of community, is seeking a proven communications and marketing professional with a deep commitment to equity and inclusion. This professional also will mentor young leaders with disabilities and allies who want to go into careers in communications, journalism, public relations, or marketing.

RespectAbility is a diverse, disability-led nonprofit that works to create systemic change in how society views and values people with disabilities, and that advances policies and practices that empower people with disabilities to have a better future. The following are RespectAbility’s core programmatic areas, which we will deepen and expand over the life of our new strategic plan:

  • Entertainment and News Media – Increase diverse and authentic representation of disabled people in media so people with disabilities are seen for what they can do, instead of what they cannot.
  • Leadership – Enable diverse people with disabilities to participate fully in decision-making.
  • Policy – Promote best practices in education, employment, entrepreneurship, civic engagement, and access.
  • Faith Inclusion – Ensure the inclusion of people with disabilities in faith-based communities.

Depending on the level of experience, RespectAbility’s Director of Communications and Marketing (DCM) will report to either:

  1. The CEO and be a part of the organization’s senior management team
  2. The VP of Communications and Entertainment & News Media

We encourage talented communications professionals to apply, even if you do not yet have management experience.

The DCM will manage a growing team of professionals committed to using their communications skills to advance opportunities for people with disabilities. The DCM also will train and mentor emerging leaders, in an “earn while you learn” Fellowship, who are seeking to develop these mission-critical skills. While the majority of our staff live in either Los Angeles or the Washington, D.C., area, ta successful applicant can work remotely from anywhere within the United States, provided that they maintain a work schedule compatible with East and West Coast time zones. When it is safe to do so, the successful applicant must also be available to travel to team retreats and/or conferences as needed.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES – COMMUNICATIONS OPERATIONS AND STRATEGY

  • Determine strategic communications multi-media efforts, outreach and campaigns that will help further organizational goals and create a consistent message to focus our audience on valuing diverse people with disabilities authentically for what they CAN do.
  • Develop and implement an integrated strategic communications plan, including a broad range of public relations activities, to advance RespectAbility’s brand identity while embracing the organization’s commitment to equity. This includes:
    • Ensuring branding is consistent throughout all departments.
    • Broadening awareness of RespectAbility’s programs and priorities.
    • Increasing the visibility of RespectAbility’s programs to key stakeholder audiences, including government leaders, workforce development boards and agencies, faith-based organizations, the entertainment industry, employers, the media and others.
    • Promote our staff, board and partners as leading voices to the previously mentioned stakeholder audiences on issues related to people with disabilities.
  • Work to increase diverse, authentic and accurate representation of disabled people, as well as issues that impact people with disabilities, in news and social media. Framing of work will lead to systematic change in how society views and values people with disabilities.
  • Engage journalism schools to ensure they have both a program in place to support students with disabilities, as well as ensure students without disabilities learn how to ensure full inclusion of disabled people. The focus here will be to support existing programs on campuses, not create a separate program.
  • Develop and implement communications and marketing materials, campaigns and strategies and monitor their success. This could include but is not limited to:
    • Print communications such as marketing collateral materials.
    • Electronic communications including social and new media,
    • Multiple weekly newsletters on public policy, civic engagement, entertainment and news media, faith inclusion and donor updates. While much of the content for these is created by program staff, this position would be responsible for oversight and editing.
    • Maintaining content for main website as well as any additional internal sites. This includes, but is not limited to, The RespectAbility Report (our political news and civic engagement website).
    • Ensuring accessibility of all materials, both physical and online.
    • Defining key performance indicators for each communications channel, which will indicate a campaign’s level of success.
    • Managing relationships with associated vendors.
  • Develop and manage media pitches on issues that will help us achieve the goals of our strategic plan.
    • Prepare talking points, speeches, presentations, and other supporting materials as needed.
    • Actively engage, cultivate, and manage press relationships to ensure coverage surrounding RespectAbility programs, special events, public announcements and other projects.
    • Reach out to influencers, media and beyond in order to arrange story placement in national, specialized and other media.
  • Identify challenges and emerging issues faced by the organization including internal and external communications opportunities and solutions, and define and execute appropriate strategies to support them, in coordination with senior management team.
  • In conjunction with the National Leadership Program Director, supervise and guide our Communications Fellows. These are participants in our National Leadership Program who want to go into careers in communications and/or media. This includes upskilling and managing diverse young leaders with disabilities and allies who want to advance communications efforts and their own careers in ways that will enable people with disabilities to have voice and seats at decision-making tables.
  • Oversee the work of all team members engaged in social media development, which can include but is not limited to:
    • The management of and growth of all social media accounts; and
    • Working with all RespectAbility team members with their own social media management as it pertains to RespectAbility’s work.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES – MANAGEMENT

  • Mentor and develop staff.
    • Recruit and manage a communications team including Fellows to support the development and execution of the communications strategy.
    • Create communications protocols and initiatives that will celebrate employee and volunteer success.
  • Promote a culture that values commitment to quality and learning by, among other things, ensuring opportunities for professional development.
  • Establish and monitor staff performance and development goals, set objectives, establish priorities, and create ongoing accountability measures in addition to conducting annual performance appraisals, and administer salary adjustments.
  • Administrative Operations:
    • Budgeting
    • Financial and Time Management.
  • Work collaboratively with other senior managers and entire team.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Strong commitment to the mission and vision of the organization, including diversity, equity, and opportunity for people of all backgrounds and abilities.
  • Strong commitment to disability issues and access as well as a strong interest in issues of intersectionality and other marginalized communities.
  • 4+ years prior experience working in communications, media or marketing role. For the more senior role, should have 7+ years of experience including at least two that included strategic and tactical responsibility, as well as staff and department management.
  • Proven success designing and executing communications, PR and marketing strategies and campaigns.
  • Proven skills that will enable you to lead a rapidly growing team in an extremely fast-paced and growing organization.
  • Up to date knowledge of industry trends and an ability to stay ahead of the curve.
  • Excellent organizational and project management skills and ability to meet deadlines.
  • Expert analytic and strategic thinking.
  • Capable of working well as part of a team as well as independently.
  • Commitment to, and sufficient knowledge to, ensure that all materials will be fully accessible to people with disabilities (i.e., captions, screen reader accessibility).
  • Capability to simultaneously manage multiple projects with different deadlines, i.e., multitasking.
  • Proven capacity to manage and mentor staff and volunteers that will both achieve high results while building skills, celebrating successes, learning from mistakes and being flexible to a variety of diverse people and work styles.
  • Talented, detail oriented, highly motivated, and honest professional with proven success.
  • Excellent writing and communications skills including grammar and spelling.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Excellent internet research skills—not just Google!
  • Team player who is upbeat and excited to work in a young, growing and mission-driven organization.
  • Bilingual (Spanish proficiency) a positive.

Salary 70-90K depending on experience plus employer-paid health insurance, optional dental insurance, paid time off and holiday time, retirement matching and other benefits.

To apply please send your resume, cover letter and salary requirements to: TonyaK@RespectAbility.org.

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.

Entertainment Media Program Coordinator

RespectAbility, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to fight stigmas and advance opportunities so people with disabilities can fully participate in all aspects of community, is seeking an extremely organized individual with previous experience in the entertainment industry to join our Entertainment and News Media team, working with our Entertainment and News Media staff and board members.

POSITION SUMMARY

RespectAbility’s Entertainment Media Program Coordinator will administratively and logistically support the Entertainment Media team in our work to promote accurate, intersectional and inclusive media portrayals of people with disabilities on screen and better hiring practices behind the camera.

This position is full time. Salary, healthcare, vacation and other benefits provided. Position will work remotely at least for the duration of the pandemic. We prefer applicants to be located in Los Angeles, California but will consider people in other locations. 

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

Administrative: (50%)

  • Update and maintain all department dashboard trackers and databases, including consultation requests, key contacts and events calendar.
  • Assist with transcriptions of videos.
  • Schedule and coordinate team meetings with partners.
  • Manage calendar for VP of Entertainment & News Media. Post pandemic, will include arranging travel and expense reports.
  • Other various administrative duties as needed.

Consulting Management: (35%)

  • Support Entertainment Outreach Program Manager in management of consultation requests, including logistics for disability trainings, partner communications, meeting scheduling, and document creation and preparation.
  • Oversee requests related to authentic casting, including intake, outreach, and social media graphic creation.
  • As a staff member of RespectAbility’s consulting team, may assist with requests from studios, production companies and independent filmmakers for expertise on accessibility issues, authentic representation, script sensitivity reads and story ideas.

Events: (15%)

  • Provide logistical support and planning for entertainment industry events, serving as an associate producer to Entertainment and News Media Associate. Events are currently virtual, but post pandemic, this can include, but not limited to, venue selection, AV tech setup, transporting materials, event management and on-site setup. Occasionally support other departments within RespectAbility with event support.

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 two years (could include internships) of applicable experience in the entertainment industry at a studio, production company, network, agency or nonprofit. Previous experience in an administrative role a huge plus.
  • Knowledge of the entertainment industry, including key organizations, players and companies, as well as DEI (diversity, equity, and inclusion) trends and efforts.
  • Excellent communications, organizational, and time management skills. Must be extremely detail oriented, with previous experience with maintaining databases and dashboards a huge plus, especially on Airtable.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, including Outlook for calendar management.
  • Lived disability and/or other underrepresented community experience a strong plus.

Salary 40-50K depending on experience plus employer-paid health insurance, optional dental insurance, paid time off and holiday time, retirement matching and other benefits.

To apply please send your resume, cover letter and salary requirements to: TonyaK@RespectAbility.org.

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.

Individual Giving Manager

RespectAbility’s mission is to fight stigmas and advance opportunities so people with disabilities can fully participate in all aspects of community. RespectAbility is a diverse, disability-led nonprofit that works to create systemic change in how society views and values people with disabilities, and that advances policies and practices that empower people with disabilities to have a better future.

RespectAbility knows that most people with disabilities can and want to fully participate in – and contribute to – all aspects of society. RespectAbility shifts narratives and creates progress by centering people with lived disability experience in leadership roles, ensuring authentic representation in entertainment and news media, advancing successful public policy, and pushing for faith-based and other inclusion. The following are RespectAbility’s core programmatic areas, which we will deepen and expand over the life of our new strategic plan:

  • Entertainment and News Media– Increase diverse and authentic representation of disabled people in media so people with disabilities are seen for what they can do, instead of what they cannot.
  • Leadership– Enable diverse people with disabilities to participate fully in decision-making.
  • Policy– Promote best practices in education, employment, entrepreneurship, civic engagement, and access.
  • Faith Inclusion – Ensure the inclusion of people with disabilities in faith-based communities.

RespectAbility’s Individual Giving Manager will work with the organization’s CEO, Director of Inclusive Philanthropy, staff and board to generate contributions from individuals, develop and implement a planned giving program, develop communications materials for donors, manage events and one-on-one meetings with donor prospects, as well as maintaining and expanding relationships with current funders.

Founded in 2013, RespectAbility is a small but growing organization with a goal of substantially expanding our budget so we can have the impact needed on behalf of people with disabilities.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Support existing staff in development operations, including preparing for staff and board’s annual fund solicitations, major gift solicitations, database management, lead generation and relationship management with existing funders and prospective donors.
  • This is not a position where you will ask for money directly – you will help prepare materials and other staff and board members to do solicitations.
  • Support the Director of Inclusive Philanthropy and Development in prospect research and establishing contact with prospective funders.
  • Produce donor engagement materials, including special letters, gift acknowledgments and other communications with donors, in collaboration with the Communications Department.
  • Work with the Director of Finance and Administration and other staff to process gifts and pledges, handle data entry and donor record maintenance.
  • Work with team to create, cultivate, empower and support our Board of Directors in development activities. This includes helping to recruit and cultivate new board members with high integrity, commitment and fundraising/gift capacity.
  • Maintain a development and outreach and reporting program infrastructure that includes a donor and contact tracking database, donor communications calendar and evaluation and reporting systems.
  • Manage National Leadership Program Fellows who are working with this department.
  • Plan and oversee organization of fundraising events including luncheon presentations and parlor meetings.
  • Work closely with grant writing advisors and consultants.
  • Other tasks as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Minimum of two years of full-time experience in fundraising and major gifts development outreach required.
  • Strong commitment to the mission and vision of the organization, including diversity, equity and opportunity for people of all backgrounds and abilities.
  • Commitment to disability issues as well as a strong interest in issues of intersectionality and other marginalized communities.
  • Exceptional “people-skills” and interpersonal communication abilities that can be used in meetings with current and prospective funders.
  • Ability to work with CEO, board and staff to identify, research and connect with potential funding sources – especially high net worth philanthropists and major foundations.
  • Talented, detail oriented, highly motivated, and honest professional with proven fundraising success.
  • Experience with data entry and database management required.
  • Excellent writing and communications skills including grammar and spelling.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Excellent internet research skills—not just Google!
  • Ability and willingness to work flexibly in a fast-paced, fast-growing, dynamic nonprofit environment.
  • Team player who is upbeat and excited to work in a new, growing and mission-driven organization.
  • Bilingual (Spanish proficiency) a positive.
  • Experience with eTapestry or other Blackbaud databases a big plus.

Salary 50-70K plus health insurance, vacation, and other benefits.

To apply please send your resume, cover letter and salary requirements to: TonyaK@RespectAbility.org.

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.

Media Business Development Associate

RespectAbility’s mission is to fight stigmas and advance opportunities so people with disabilities can fully participate in all aspects of community. RespectAbility is a diverse, disability-led nonprofit that works to create systemic change in how society views and values people with disabilities, and that advances policies and practices that empower people with disabilities to have a better future.

RespectAbility knows that most people with disabilities can and want to fully participate in – and contribute to – all aspects of society. RespectAbility shifts narratives and creates progress by centering people with lived disability experience in leadership roles, ensuring authentic representation in entertainment and news media, advancing successful public policy, and pushing for faith-based and other inclusion. The following are RespectAbility’s core programmatic areas, which we will deepen and expand over the life of our new strategic plan:

  • Entertainment and News Media– Increase diverse and authentic representation of disabled people in media so people with disabilities are seen for what they can do, instead of what they cannot.
  • Leadership– Enable diverse people with disabilities to participate fully in decision-making.
  • Policy– Promote best practices in education, employment, entrepreneurship, civic engagement, and access.
  • Faith Inclusion – Ensure the inclusion of people with disabilities in faith-based communities.

RespectAbility’s Media Business Development Associate will work with the organization’s Director of Inclusive Philanthropy and Development, VP of Entertainment and News Media, Entertainment Media staff and board to secure funding for Entertainment and News Media initiatives, which include fee-for-service disability inclusion and accessibility consultations and pipeline initiatives such as the award-winning Lab for Entertainment Professionals, as well as grant funding and donations. This role will help establish new Entertainment Media partnerships with studios, networks, and production companies as well as generate contributions from foundations and individuals. This role will dually report to the Director of Inclusive Philanthropy and Vice President of Entertainment and News Media.

Founded in 2013, RespectAbility is a small but growing organization with a goal of substantially expanding our budget so we can have the impact needed on behalf of people with disabilities.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Support Entertainment and News Media staff in business development operations, including grant applications and reports, sponsorship pitches, database management, lead generation and relationship management with existing funders and prospective donors.
  • Support the Director of Inclusive Philanthropy and Development and Entertainment and News Media team to identify potential partners and establish contact with prospective sponsors or other funders.
  • Produce business development materials such as department one-sheet and sponsorship deck, in collaboration with the Communications Department.
  • Work with the Director of Finance and Administration, General Counsel, and Entertainment Media team to process, facilitate and manage contracts.
  • Maintain a development and outreach and reporting program infrastructure that includes a contact tracking database, and evaluation and reporting systems.
  • Manage National Leadership Program Fellows who are working with this department.
  • Plan and oversee organization of fundraising events including industry receptions.
  • Work closely with grant writing advisors and consultants.
  • Other tasks as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Strong commitment to the mission and vision of the organization, including diversity, equity and opportunity for people of all backgrounds and abilities.
  • Commitment to disability issues as well as a strong interest in issues of intersectionality and other marginalized communities.
  • Ability to work with a variety of stakeholders to identify, research and connect with potential sponsors.
  • Talented, detail oriented, highly motivated, and honest professional with proven fundraising or business development success.
  • Experience with data entry and database management required.
  • Excellent writing and communications skills including grammar and spelling.
  • Minimum of two years of fundraising or business development experience required.
  • Experience and/or knowledge of the entertainment industry, studio system and key players required.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite. Knowledge of PowerPoint and basic graphic design skills a huge plus.
  • Excellent internet research skills—not just Google!
  • Ability and willingness to work flexibly in a fast-paced, fast-growing, dynamic nonprofit environment.
  • Team player who is upbeat and excited to work in a new, growing and mission-driven organization.
  • Experience with eTapestry, Airtable or other Blackbaud databases a big plus.

Salary 45-55K plus health insurance, vacation, and other benefits.

To apply please send your resume, cover letter and salary requirements to: TonyaK@RespectAbility.org.

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.

Development Associate

RespectAbility’s mission is to fight stigmas and advance opportunities so people with disabilities can fully participate in all aspects of community. RespectAbility is a diverse, disability-led nonprofit that works to create systemic change in how society views and values people with disabilities, and that advances policies and practices that empower people with disabilities to have a better future.

RespectAbility knows that most people with disabilities can and want to fully participate in – and contribute to – all aspects of society. RespectAbility shifts narratives and creates progress by centering people with lived disability experience in leadership roles, ensuring authentic representation in entertainment and news media, advancing successful public policy, and pushing for faith-based and other inclusion. The following are RespectAbility’s core programmatic areas, which we will deepen and expand over the life of our new strategic plan:

  • Entertainment and News Media– Increase diverse and authentic representation of disabled people in media so people with disabilities are seen for what they can do, instead of what they cannot.
  • Leadership– Enable diverse people with disabilities to participate fully in decision-making.
  • Policy– Promote best practices in education, employment, entrepreneurship, civic engagement, and access.
  • Faith Inclusion – Ensure the inclusion of people with disabilities in faith-based communities.

RespectAbility’s Development Associate will work with the organization’s CEO, Director of Inclusive Philanthropy, staff and board to generate contributions from foundations, individuals, corporations and governmental agencies, as well as maintaining relationships with current funders.

Founded in 2013, RespectAbility is a small but growing organization with a goal of substantially expanding our budget so we can have the impact needed on behalf of people with disabilities.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Support existing staff in development operations, including grant applications and reports, annual fund solicitations, major gift solicitations, database management, lead generation and relationship management with existing funders and prospective donors.
  • Support the Director of Inclusive Philanthropy and Development in prospect research and establishing contact with prospective funders.
  • Produce donor engagement materials, including special letters, gift acknowledgments and other communications with donors, in collaboration with the Communications Department.
  • Work with the Director of Finance and Administration and other staff to process gifts and pledges, handle data entry and donor record maintenance.
  • Work with team to create, cultivate, empower and support our Board of Directors in development activities. This includes helping to recruit and cultivate new board members with high integrity, commitment and fundraising/gift capacity.
  • Maintain a development and outreach and reporting program infrastructure that includes a donor and contact tracking database, donor communications calendar and evaluation and reporting systems.
  • Manage National Leadership Program Fellows who are working with this department.
  • Plan and oversee organization of fundraising events including luncheon presentations and parlor meetings.
  • Work closely with grant writing advisors and consultants.
  • Other tasks as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Strong commitment to the mission and vision of the organization, including diversity, equity and opportunity for people of all backgrounds and abilities.
  • Commitment to disability issues as well as a strong interest in issues of intersectionality and other marginalized communities.
  • Ability to work with CEO, board and staff to identify, research and connect with potential funding sources – especially high net worth philanthropists and major foundations.
  • Talented, detail oriented, highly motivated, and honest professional with proven fundraising success.
  • Experience with data entry and database management required.
  • Excellent writing and communications skills including grammar and spelling.
  • Minimum of two years of development/administration/grant writing and major gifts outreach experience required.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Excellent internet research skills—not just Google!
  • Ability and willingness to work flexibly in a fast-paced, fast-growing, dynamic nonprofit environment.
  • Team player who is upbeat and excited to work in a new, growing and mission-driven organization.
  • Bilingual (Spanish proficiency) a positive.
  • Experience with eTapestry or other Blackbaud databases a big plus.

Salary 45-55K plus health insurance, vacation, and other benefits.

To apply please send your resume, cover letter and salary requirements to: TonyaK@RespectAbility.org.

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.

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