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Voice of Witness (VOW) is an award-winning nonprofit that advances human rights by amplifying the voices of people impacted by—and fighting against—injustice. VOW’s work is driven by the transformative power of the story, and by a strong belief that an understanding of systemic injustice is incomplete without deep listening and learning from people with firsthand experience. Through two key programs—our oral history book series and education program—we amplify these voices, teach ethics-driven storytelling, and partner with advocates to:

  • support and build agency within marginalized communities;
  • raise awareness and foster thoughtful, empathy-based critical inquiry and understanding of injustices; and
  • inform long-term efforts to protect and advance human rights.

The VOW Book Series depicts human rights issues through the edited oral histories of people—VOW narrators—who are most deeply impacted and at the heart of solutions to address injustice. The series explores issues of race-, gender-, and class-based inequity through the lenses of the criminal justice system, migration, and displacement. The VOW Education Program connects over 20,000 educators, students, and advocates each year with these stories and issues through oral history-based curricula, trainings, and holistic educational support.

Now in our 11th year as a nonprofit, we are meeting this present moment with more commitment than ever to our mission and responsiveness to narrator communities’ evolving priorities. We are currently embarking on year 5 of a 5-year strategic vision plan that honors our achievements while placing deeper emphasis on partnerships, advocacy, and education-based collaboration with narrator communities.

Our Commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion:
With a staff and board that is committed to human rights storytelling and advocacy rooted in equity and empathy, a diversity of perspectives and backgrounds is crucial to our ability to pursue our mission. Voice of Witness is committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. Candidates who identify as being from underrepresented groups or identities and/or have nontraditional career paths, work skills, and community-based work experience are strongly encouraged to apply. We enthusiastically welcome all applicants, no matter your race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, or abilities.

AVAILABLE OPPORTUNITIES:

Responsibilities:

Content Creation & Marketing:

  • Support the sourcing, drafting, and scheduling of content that engages audiences across channels, including blog posts, email newsletters, graphics and visual materials, etc.
  • Conduct social media content development, management, and strategy

Website Management:

  • Support updates to VOW’s WordPress website: posting new content, redesigning pages, fixing issues, optimizing SEO strategies, and more
  • Support Communications and Outreach Manager on the upcoming website redesign planning process

Communications Analytics & Tracking:

  • Monitor communications and media analytics (across website, newsletter, social media, media mentions) and formulate recommendations for increased engagement

PR & Virtual Events:

  • Support publicity efforts, journalist research, and media outreach
  • Support virtual event planning and promotion

Qualifications and Experience:

Required Qualifications:

  • Some relevant work experience and/or education (in communications, website management, social media management, oral history, journalism, or human rights/social justice nonprofits)
  • Excellent writing, editing, and proofreading skills 
  • Excellent attention to detail 
  • Proactive, able to handle multiple tasks and prioritize well, with strong self-motivation
  • Hard worker and quick learner 
  • Empathetic and committed to social justice

Desired Qualifications and Experience:

  • Website management (WordPress or other CMS platform)
  • Digital engagement strategy and/or implementation (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, social media management tools, etc.)
  • Communications analytics (Google Analytics, email marketing, social media, and media/press analytics) 
  • Mailchimp or another email marketing platform
  • Graphic design
  • SEO strategy
  • Photo or film editing

Term & Details:

This is a part-time, paid internship position with a required one-year long commitment. The desired term is January – December 2022, but the actual start and end dates are flexible. 

The ideal candidate would be able to work between 8 and 16 hours a week. The exact number of hours and days are flexible, to be determined jointly based on the candidate’s schedule and availability. Compensation is $16.32/hour and the position is remote.

How To Apply:

Candidates may apply by emailing a cover letter, resume, and 1-2 writing samples. Writing samples should be materials either from a prior work experience (e.g. a blog post, newsletter, or social media content) or from an academic class.

Please send application materials to Communications and Outreach Manager Annaick Miller (annaick@voiceofwitness.org) by December 15th, 2021. Please write “Communications Intern – [Your Name]” in the subject line. Candidates will be contacted and interviewed on a rolling basis.

Download a PDF of the job description here

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