COMMUNICATIONS ASSOCIATE

The Native American Disability Law Center (the Law Center) is a federally funded, private non-profit organization that is the designated protection and advocacy system for Native Americans with disabilities. Protection and advocacy (P&A) systems are mandated under federal law to protect people with disabilities from abuse and neglect and to advocate for the human and legal rights of people with disabilities. The Law Center employs a broad range of advocacy strategies from supporting self-advocacy to legal advocacy to fulfill this mandate.

Position Purpose

The Communications Associate will be responsible for planning, coordinating and implementing the traditional or digital communications needed to educate communities, elected officials, educational institutions, donors and other partners on all aspects of the Law Center’s mission and core values affecting our community. This candidate will bring a voice to and highlight the positive images of Native Americans with disabilities utilizing appropriate terminology. This will require that the candidate gains familiarity with issues affecting the rights of people with disabilities and the Law Center’s advocacy objectives. This position is part of the Intake/Outreach Team and interacts with the Law Center’s management staff on communications and resource development. This position is a temporary, full-time, 18-month, grant-funded assignment with a possibility of continuation given available resources.

The Law Center would consider filling this assignment with a contract professional. Preference will be given to Native American applicants and those with disabilities.

Responsibilities include:

• Manages the Law Center’s digital communications platforms, including the Law Center’s website and social media.
• Plans, develops, and implements communications projects and programs for the Law Center to ensure message consistency in support of goals and objectives.
• Assists in the development of strategic communications to increase the Law Center’s visibility; collaborates with staff to develop and implement media strategies that raise public awareness of disability rights issues and the Law Center’s work, fostering positive images of Native Americans with disabilities.
• Produces and publishes the Law Center’s communications and outreach materials including press releases, newsletters, brochures and manuals, in close collaboration with the Law Center’s staff.
• Help to plan and promote the Law Center’s work by creating promotional social media and email marketing campaigns; advising staff and other decision-makers on effective marketing communications.
• Process website content requests and helps oversee content for the website; ensures timeliness of all information, and coordinates content updates with the Intake/Outreach Team.
• Research and maintains a solid understanding of industry best practices and trends, focusing primarily on digital communications like social media and email marketing.
• Works with the Development Director for donor outreach and engagement; and in analyzing pertinent data used to advise the Executive Director and other staff on how to maintain current supporters
and re-engage past supporters.
• Provides support for fundraising activities, including but not limited to production and mailing/emailing of appeals, materials for annual fundraising events such as press releases and sponsorship packets, and ensure accurate processing of appropriate gift acknowledgements.
• Develop communication campaigns that raise awareness and promote our organization’s services to target specific communities.
• Maintains database on media contacts and appearances.
• Be actively engaged in nonprofit community of development and communications professionals in New Mexico and Arizona.
• Share published editorial and marketing materials strategically on social media and marketing email channels and plans and executes digital advertising as needed.
• Interface with and conducts regular interviews with the Intake/Outreach Team, key stakeholders and project leads/managers to develop materials and content.
• Organize and maintains a digital file archive system to ease access and use.
• Requires periodic travel and attendance at evening and weekend events.
• Other tasks as assigned by the Executive Director Minimum Qualifications Bachelor's degree in Public Relations, Marketing, Journalism, Communications
or closely related field and one year of related experience; OR, Any equivalent combination of experience and/or education from which comparable knowledge,
skills and abilities have been achieved.

Desired Qualifications

• Marketing and/or communications experience.
• Experience using email management software to build email marketing campaigns.
• Experience with reporting, editing and writing for the web.
• Strong skills in content development, excellent writing skills with an ability to identify story ideas and translate complex legal information into versatile text or visual narrative for multiple audiences.
• Effective planning, scheduling, researching, and interviewing skills.
• Ability to edit, revise and give/receive feedback on writing.
•  Ability to adapt writing style as necessary to communicate through varied communications to varied audiences.
• Self-starter who is able to work independently and has the ability to multitask while maintaining attention to detail.
• Strong computer skills, software knowledge and experience with Microsoft Office, social media platforms,
  e-mail marketing systems and Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign)
• Ability to efficiently manage multiple tasks under tight deadlines; anticipate quickly changing needs and be flexible, and communicate timely and effectively.
• Ability to demonstrate sound independent judgment, and maintain confidentiality in a law firm environment.

Working Environment
• The Law Center provides the option of working from the Farmington, New Mexico or the Flagstaff, Arizona office.
• Activities are performed in an environmentally controlled office setting subject to extended periods of sitting, keyboarding, and manipulating a computer mouse.
• Required to walk or travel moderate distances to perform work.
• Frequent bending, reaching, lifting, pushing and pulling up to 25 pounds.
• Regular activities require ability to quickly change priorities which may include and/or are subject to resolution of conflicts.
• Communicate to perform essential functions.
• Regular use of standard office equipment including, but not limited to: computer workstation/laptop (keyboard, monitor, mouse), printer, fax, calculator, copier, telephone and associated computer/technology peripherals
• Receives regular review of completed tasks for achievement of established objectives.

Compensation and Benefits:
The Law Center offers a competitive salary, based on experience (Position Range: $32,000-$50,000). For a salaried full-time employee, benefits include Medical, Dental and Vision plan;403(b) retirement plan; paid vacation/sick leave; and paid holidays/birthday.

How To Apply

For an application , please call (505) 566-5880 Monday - Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. or send email to 

To apply, submit cover letter and resume to:

Therese E. Yanan
Executive Director
Native American Disability Law Center, Inc.
905 W. Apache Street Farmington, New Mexico 87401