Employment

Thank you for your interest in working with Alabama Arise. We work every day to build a better Alabama for all through research, organizing and advocacy. We believe in a state that offers justice, mercy and opportunity for everyone, and we believe better public policy is essential to make that vision a reality.

Current positions available

We are hiring both a communications associate and a story collection coordinator. Scroll down or click below for more details on the positions and information on how to apply.

Communications associate
Story collection coordinator

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Communications associate

Alabama Arise is a statewide nonprofit, nonpartisan coalition of congregations, organizations and individuals united in our belief that people in poverty are suffering because of state policy decisions. We also recognize the decisive role that racism plays in creating barriers to political participation and economic equality. Through Arise, groups and individuals join together to promote state policies to improve the lives of people living in poverty. Using policy analysis, advocacy and organizing, Arise provides a structure in which Alabamians can engage in public debates to promote the common good.

Position

Alabama Arise seeks a Communications Associate to strengthen and expand communications efforts related to policy advocacy, development and membership growth. The associate will develop action alerts, fundraising appeals and other communications and marketing materials and will distribute them via email, social media and other digital tools. The associate also will work with the communications, campaign, development, organizing and policy teams to develop metrics and processes to assess these efforts and explore new digital and multimedia possibilities to promote Arise’s work and increase membership and engagement.

The ideal candidate is passionate about building a better Alabama for all and values dignity, justice, opportunity and racial equity. This is an exciting opportunity for someone with strong writing and persuasion skills; experience with email databases, social media and other digital tools; and a demonstrated interest in public policy at the local, state and/or federal level.

Major functions and tasks
  • Produce, edit, coordinate and/or distribute action alerts, fundraising appeals and other communications materials via email, social media and other digital tools.
  • Identify and implement new digital tools and best practices for attracting new members and for engaging and mobilizing more supporters on Arise’s policy priorities.
  • Work with the Development Director and organizing team to develop and execute communications strategies and tactics to increase Arise’s membership growth and retention and boost overall fundraising.
  • Work with the Campaign Director, policy team and Arise’s partners on joint digital, email and social media campaigns as directed by the Communications Director.
  • Develop useful metrics and processes to assess all of these efforts and regularly analyze, review and report on their effectiveness.
  • Perform other communications-related duties as required.
Qualifications
  • Strong commitment to the mission and values of Alabama Arise.
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in a related field, and/or experience commensurate with the required knowledge and skills.
  • Experience with policy advocacy and/or fundraising via email databases, social media (including but not limited to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) and other digital tools.
  • Strong writing and editing skills and demonstrated ability to meet deadlines, solve problems, work collaboratively and juggle multiple tasks.
  • Knowledge of federal and state policy issues and structural barriers to opportunity and justice for people with low incomes.
  • Experience with graphic design, photography and videography is preferred.
Additional information

The Communications Associate is a full-time position that reports to the Communications Director. The salary range is $45,000 to $50,000 annually, in addition to a full benefits package including health and dental coverage, retirement contribution, paid vacation and sick leave, and generous professional development opportunities.

The position will be based in Arise’s Montgomery office. However, alternative work location arrangements may be made if the best qualified candidate is located elsewhere. At present, all Arise staff members are working remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic.

How to apply

Email a resume, cover letter, two professional writing samples and contact information for three references to info@alarise.org by Friday, July 31, 2020, at 5 p.m. CDT. Use the subject line “Communications Associate.” Examples of relevant writing samples include but are not limited to magazine or newspaper articles, advocacy alerts, blog posts and fundraising appeals.

The position will be open until filled. Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. No calls, please.

Story collection coordinator

Alabama Arise is a statewide nonprofit, nonpartisan coalition of congregations, organizations and individuals united in our belief that people in poverty are suffering because of state policy decisions. We also recognize the decisive role that racism plays in creating barriers to political participation and economic equality. Through Arise, groups and individuals join together to promote state policies to improve the lives of people living in poverty. Using policy analysis, advocacy and organizing, Arise provides a structure in which Alabamians can engage in public debates to promote the common good.

Position

Alabama Arise seeks a Story Collection Coordinator to identify, collect, develop and share the personal stories of Alabamians affected by health care policy, with a special focus on people impacted by the state’s failure to expand Medicaid. The coordinator also will work to equip and empower Alabamians to become advocates and share their own stories with media, policymakers and community members.

The ideal candidate is passionate about building a better Alabama for all and values dignity, justice, opportunity and racial equity. This is an exciting opportunity for someone with strong interpersonal and organizing skills; strong reporting and writing skills; and a demonstrated interest in health care policy at the local, state and/or federal level.

Major functions and tasks
  • Collect, develop and deploy at least 40 consumer stories per year, including written summaries and high-quality photos and/or video, in a story sharing campaign focused on Medicaid.
  • Work with Arise’s organizing and policy teams, as well as Arise member groups and other organizations, to build relationships with individuals and to equip them for participation in the campaign’s story collection efforts and advocacy for Medicaid defense and expansion.
  • Maintain a story bank and a database of the consumers and advocates contacted and engaged.
  • Work with the communications team to prepare and share Medicaid stories with media members and to connect journalists in a timely fashion with people willing to share their stories.
  • Work with the Communications Director, Legislative Director and policy team to share Medicaid stories with federal and state policymakers.
  • Prepare Medicaid stories for distribution through blog posts, emails, graphics, audio/video and social media as part of a coordinated digital campaign.
  • Work with the organizing team to incorporate consumers into existing advocacy events such as community meetings, meetings with policymakers and health care rallies.
Qualifications
  • Strong commitment to the mission and values of Alabama Arise.
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in a related field, and/or experience commensurate with the required knowledge and skills.
  • Willingness and ability to travel throughout Alabama.
  • Knowledge of federal and state policy issues related to health care access and affordability, as well as other structural barriers facing people with low incomes.
  • Ability to meet deadlines, solve problems, work collaboratively and juggle multiple tasks.
  • Experience in community organizing, reporting and/or other relevant community outreach.
  • Experience with photography, videography and social media is preferred.
Additional information

The Story Collection Coordinator is a full-time position that reports to the Campaign Director. The salary range is $45,000 to $50,000 annually, in addition to a full benefits package including health and dental coverage, retirement contribution, paid vacation and sick leave, and generous professional development opportunities.

The position may be based remotely. Candidates should live in or be willing to relocate to Alabama and be available to travel frequently. At present, all Arise staff members are working remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic.

How to apply

Email a resume, cover letter, two professional writing samples and contact information for three references to info@alarise.org by Friday, July 31, 2020, at 5 p.m. CDT. Use the subject line “Story Collection Coordinator.” Examples of relevant writing samples include but are not limited to magazine or newspaper articles, broadcast news scripts and blog posts.

The position will be open until filled. Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. No calls, please.