Digital Marketing & Communications Specialist

Washington, DC
Full Time, Exempt

The Digital Marketing & Communications Specialist (“Digital Specialist”) is responsible for leading and managing NIAC’s digital communications and marketing presence, including its website, social media, videos, graphics, and other online and printed materials. The Digital Specialist ensures that all digital content is created and executed in line with the organizations’ brand and that it is then evaluated for effectiveness. S/he works with the Communications Director and senior leadership to devise and implement NIAC’s overarching communications, marketing, and brand strategy. The Digital Specialist reports to the Communications Director. Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

Visibility and Brand

  1. Work with the Communications Director to strengthen NIAC’s brand, boost visibility, advance its mission, and build its digital base.
  2. Manage NIAC’s web and social media presence, including the website, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and Medium accounts, with the aim of boosting engagement.
  3. Design NIAC’s updated visual brand and ensure it is implemented across all marketing collateral (e.g. event flyers, email design, event invitations).
  4. Ensure that all digital materials adhere to NIAC’s brand and image and fits into the organization’s overarching communications and brand strategy.

Digital Content

  1. Design, create, and send out NIAC’s weekly newsletter and Iran Unfiltered digest.
  2. Design NIAC’s digital and printed marketing content, including graphics, videos, layouts for marketing materials, standalone landing pages, and more.
  3. Design and coordinate emails in consultation with appropriate department using EveryAction.
  4. Publish and disseminate NIAC’s content on the website and social media accounts, utilizing best practices to maximize distribution, reach, and engagement.
  5. Manage, or assist the Communications Director in managing, all major communications projects, such as landing pages and videos.

Digital Marketing

  1. Work with outside consultants to create and manage NIAC’s Google Adwords, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube digital advertising campaigns, including by drafting ad copy and graphics and targeting appropriate audience segments.
  2. Track, analyze, and report on the effectiveness of NIAC’s online engagement campaigns, with the aim of boosting engagement and conversions, assisting in digital fundraising campaigns, and optimizing lead generation.
  3. Devise and execute digital and social media strategies for campaigns and organizational events, including fundraisers, advocacy efforts, social events, and conferences.
  4. Support Communications Director in monitoring communications challenges and opportunities, taking the initiative and working with the relevant departments to address these as needed.

General Support

  1. Oversee communications interns.
  2. Provide media relations assistance to the Communications Director as needed, including by assisting in routing reporters and press inquiries.

Desired Experience:

  • Four plus years of digital communications and marketing experience.
  • Undergraduate degree. Marketing, communications, English, journalism, political science, international relations, or a related field preferred.
  • Experience with HTML, Google Analytics, Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite, WordPress, and Mailchimp
  • Familiarity with CRM platforms like EveryAction preferred.
  • Familiarity with Digital Advertising platforms, such as Google AdWords and Facebook
  • Experience with graphic design and multimedia production, including video, strongly preferred.
  • Experience with digital advocacy campaigns preferred
  • Familiarity with NIAC’s mission, the political landscape, and the Iranian-American community preferred
  • Persian language knowledge a plus

Qualities that will thrive in this position:

  • Strong self-starter, entrepreneurial, creative; eager to present new, bold ideas and solutions
  • Willing to do what it takes to get a high quality, polished project done; low ego, high focus on quality, open to honest feedback and collaboration
  • Hard worker, can do flexible hours and manage his/her time independently; understands that changing the nature of U.S-Iran relations and strengthening Iranian Americans’ voice doesn’t always happen between 9 and 5
  • Strong attention to detail, while being able to think strategically and understand the larger vision
  • Works effectively independently and in a team environment
  • Self-motivated, enthusiastic, and creative
  • Ability to manage multiple daily deadlines and multiple assignments
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills
  • Ability to lead, influence, and work across departments

To Apply: Interested candidates should send a cover letter with salary requirements and resume to Nicole Ataei at nataei@niacouncil.org with the subject line “Digital Marketing & Communications Specialist.”

Salary & Benefits
Salary is commensurate with experience. Fortune 100-style benefits include:

  • Generous health, dental, vision, long-term disability, and life insurance plans
  • 15 days of annual paid leave and 12 paid holidays
  • 401k with 2% company match
  • Additional benefits through TotalSource benefits partner include: training opportunities, corporate discounts, and Employee Assistance Program

About NIAC
The National Iranian American Council (NIAC) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening the voice of Iranian Americans and promoting greater understanding between the American and Iranian people. We accomplish our mission through expert research and analysis, civic and policy education, and community building.

We are the 501(c)3 sister organization of NIAC Action, the grassroots, civic action organization committed to building political power for the Iranian-American community to advance peace and diplomacy with Iran, secure equitable immigration policies, and protect the civil rights of all Americans.

Hiring: Office Administrator

NIAC’s Office Manager provides overall administrative and financial support to the organization and its staff to help advance our mission of strengthening the voice of Iranian Americans and promoting greater understanding between the American and Iranian people. S/he reports to the Director of Finance & Administration.

Hours & Rate:

We require the Office Manager to be present, in-person at our headquarters, Monday-Friday, from 8:30am-1:30pm. The hourly range for this position is $22-$25/hour. The rate offered will be commensurate with the applicants experience. Please note that this is a part-time position.

Responsibilities:

  1. Financial & Accounting: Coding and entering expenses/revenues in QuickBooks Online. Process invoices and reimbursements for payment. Prepare checks for signature to pay bills/invoices as needed. Maintain an organized filing system for financial records. Reconciling all accounts on a monthly basis. Other duties as assigned by the Director of Finance & Administration.
  2. Handle Phone and Email Inquiries: Working in tandem with the Advancement Associate to route or respond to incoming calls and email inquiries as appropriate.
  3. Recruit, Manage and Onboard Interns: Place ads as needed to recruit for internships; maintain correspondence with applicants; interview and screen intern applicants. Onboarding of all interns, once hired.
  4. Office: Maintain inventory of supplies and order office supplies and equipment as needed. Maintain office space appearance and maintenance. Making our daily pot of coffee.
  5. Travel Logistics: Book airfare and lodging accommodations for traveling staff, while ensuring best practices and pricing for NIAC
  6. IT Support: Assisting staff with basic IT needs (phone setup, computer setup, digital setup for meetings, etc…)
  7. Event Support: May provide occasional assistance with NIAC events if additional staff support is required
  8. Staff Support: Provides support to all NIAC staff with additional administrative duties as required and assigned by the Director of Finance & Administration

 

To be considered for this position, please send a copy of your resume, cover letter and references to nataei@niacouncil.org. No phone calls or drop-ins, please.

2019 NIAC Congressional Fellowship

NIAC is pleased to announce that it is revitalizing its Congressional Fellowship in honor of the late Ali Youssefi. Youssefi served as NIAC’s board chair in 2016-17 and was an outstanding philanthropist, brilliant developer, and an ardent supporter of the Iranian-American community who understood the value of public service and giving back. We hope that this new initiative will inspire the next generation of Iranian-American leaders to pursue a career in public service.

NIAC’s Congressional fellowship is designed to provide young Iranian Americans the opportunity to learn the legislative process and start a career in public service by working on Capitol Hill.

NIAC will award two Iranian Americans a fellowship to work in a Congressional office in Summer or Fall. Fellows will be awarded a stipend of $2,500 and receive support from NIAC staff to be placed in a Congressional office, and will be asked to write about their experience for publication on our website.

Rising college sophomores, juniors, seniors, recent graduates, and graduate students who are U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents of Iranian descent are eligible to apply. Responsibilities of the fellow will be determined by the Congressional office with which they are placed, though NIAC will arrange additional educational briefings and meetings for the fellow outside of their official duties.

The selection process is expected to be highly competitive; applicants are judged on the basis of their academic credentials, demonstrated interest and involvement in public service and the Iranian-American community and the ability to fulfill the needs and expectations of the Congressional office. A background in public policy, political science, economics, international affairs, or journalism is preferred.

Please note: the Summer application consists of two separate parts with different deadlines.

Part I: Due by May 22, 2019 11:59 pm EST [DEADLINE EXTENDED].

  • A completed application form (Form can be found here)
  • Two letters of recommendation, one academic, one from an employment supervisor
  • Resume
  • Cover letter
  • Current college transcript
  • 500-word essay addressing the following question: What are the two most important issues facing the Iranian-American community and how can public service contribute to a solution?

Part II (only to be completed by Fellows)

  • NIAC will help place fellows with selected Congressional offices. Fellowship finalists considered for placement will be expected to interview with Congressional offices to ensure a good match.
  • Fellowship start dates are ultimately determined by the matching Congressional office but it is presumed that students on the semester system will work from June 3 – August 1, 2019 and those on the quarter system will work from June 17 – August 16, 2019. Note that students on the quarter system are expected to remain on the Hill for the same length of time.

If you have questions on the application process, please contact us at fellowship@niacouncil.org.

NIAC Hiring Government Affairs Associate

The National Iranian American Council (NIAC) is seeking a Government Affairs Associate to expand NIAC’s relationships with policymakers and advance NIAC’s policy goals. The ideal candidates would have an intimate understanding of Capitol Hill and the U.S. government and experience working on U.S. foreign policy, sanctions, immigration, and/or civil rights issues. This position will report to NIAC’s Policy Director.

About NIAC: The National Iranian American Council is the largest grassroots organization representing Americans of Iranian descent. Join our team and help to advance peace and diplomacy with Iran, secure equitable immigration policies, and protect the civil rights of all Americans.


Responsibilities:

  • Develop or expand a network of contacts on Capitol Hill on issues of interest to the Iranian-American community.
  • Conduct meetings with Congressional staff, lawmakers, and Administration officials to advance NIAC’s advocacy agenda.
  • Coordinate efforts with Capitol Hill contacts to lead sign-on letters, joint/coordinated statements and lobby on key foreign policy, immigration and civil rights issues.
  • Conduct meetings with Administration and agencies, including State Department and Treasury Department.
  • Assist with the researching and preparation of policy one-pagers, briefing memos, and questions for Congressional hearings.
  • Support the Policy Director in the writing and building of coalition support for joint organizational letters to Congress and Administration.
  • Support the Policy Director in organizing coalition advocacy meetings.
  • Oversee execution of Congressional briefings.
  • Write and edit opinion pieces, blogs, press releases, and news stories.
  • Assist the preparation of grassroots action alerts and messages, campaign update emails and join grassroots calls to update supporters on advocacy campaigns.

Salary and Benefits:

Salary is $47,000 – $55,000, depending on experience and qualifications. NIAC’s benefits include:

  • Generous, company-subsidized health, dental, vision, long-term disability, and life insurance plans
  • 17+ days of annual paid leave and 12 paid holidays
  • Paid family leave policy
  • 401k retirement plan with 2% company match

Required Skills or Related Knowledge:

  • Minimum of 2+ years of experience in Congress, government, or advocacy required
  • Bachelor’s degree or greater in Political Science, International Relations, or other relevant subject; or equivalent education and experience
  • Must be committed to advancing NIAC’s goals and mission
  • Experience with foreign policy and/or immigration issues required
  • Excellent interpersonal and writing skills required
  • Must be highly motivated and take initiative with strong time-management skills
  • Persian language and/or familiarity with Iranian-American community a plus

To Apply:

To apply, send resume and cover letter to Ryan Costello at rcostello@niacouncil.org, with “Government Affairs Associate” in the subject line. NIAC is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

NIAC Hiring Advancement Officer

POSITION SUMMARY:

The National Iranian American Council seeks an energetic and aggressive advancement professional. The Advancement Officer will support the Director of Advancement by developing, strategizing, implementing and coordinating fundraising and donor relations & engagement programs designed to increase financial resources and enhance NIAC’s reputation. The position will work closely with event committees, leadership councils and at times with board members directly. This position has primary oversight of NIAC’s donor giving programs including the President’s Leadership Circle and The President’s Club. The ideal candidate must have excellent relationship management and organizational skills, be entrepreneurial and self-motivating, be a self-starter, have good communication and presentation skills, a good problem solver, be innovative, creative and adaptable and be comfortable working with donors, volunteers, staff and Board of Directors. Must be passionate about NIAC’s mission and be able to promote the work and events of the organization. Position reports and provides significant administrative support to the Director of Advancement.

ABOUT NIAC:

The National Iranian American Council is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening the voice of Iranian Americans and promoting greater understanding between the American and Iranian people. We accomplish our mission through expert research and analysis, civic and policy education, and community building.  

ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT:

The mission of the Advancement Department is to elevate NIAC’s reputation, help build and strengthen its financial resources, and to expand its network and influence through strategic communications and internal and external stakeholder engagement.

The Advancement Department promotes the vision, mission and strategic goals of the NIAC by enhancing awareness, engagement and financial support among constituents vital to the organization’s success. The common goal is to connect NIAC’s various stakeholders and constituencies and allies through strategies and programs designed to build long-term relationships and support for the organization.

The Advancement Department is comprised of three primary units with the following responsibilities: Development, Community Relations, and Special Events & Donor Programs

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Responsible to support the creation of cultivation and solicitation events that identify new potential major prospects and strengthen the relationships with existing donors.
  • Ability to articulate our complex work and inspire new donors to connect with our mission.
  • Implement and execute donor programs including the President’s Circle and the President’s Club.
  • Help develop and track event goals, timelines, and budgets.
  • Partner with marketing & communications team to create engaging and impactful donor communications.
  • Coordinate all aspects of donor solicitation including sponsor letters, invitations, evites, and post-event thank you letters.
  • Help track income and expenses for all events.
  • Coordinate sponsorships and major gifts for annual events and respond to donor and public inquiries about events.
  • Process and record gifts and maintain donor records in EveryAction database.
  • Mail thank you letters and other correspondence as appropriate to donors and supporters in coordination with Advancement Director.
  • Support Director of Advancement in creating and cultivating relationships with donors and volunteers.
  • Support and develop corporate donor relationships.
  • Develop and manage donor stewardship and engagement programs.
  • Support the Director of Advancement with meeting and travel logistics.
  • Support the Director of Advancement with grant submission and reporting projects.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Experience in nonprofit or higher education preferred
  • Demonstrated ability to plan and manage multiple tasks and meet deadlines
  • High energy approach and dedication to success
  • Capacity for strategic leadership and judgment
  • Complex project management experience
  • Sales or fundraising experience
  • Demonstrated ability to be entrepreneurial and self-motivating
  • Strong computer skills
  • Experience with EveryAction or other CRM databases preferred.
  • College graduate or equivalent professional experience.
  • Experience in policy regarding peace & diplomacy, immigration, and civil and human rights and/or interest in the Iranian-American or immigrant communities preferred
  • Ability to speak Persian (Farsi) a major plus

NIAC believes that all persons are entitled to equal employment opportunities and does not discriminate against its employees or applicants because of race, color, religion, sex, gender, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, or marital status.

The above statements are of a general nature and are intended to describe the level of work being performed. It is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties of the position.

This position can be based out of DC (preferred), NYC (remote) or San Francisco (remote). For more information about the NIAC please visit niacouncil.org.

Salary & Benefits:

Salary Range: $45,000 – $52,000, depending on experience. Fortune 100-style benefits include:

  • Generous health, dental, vision, long-term disability, and life insurance plans
  • 15+ days of annual paid leave and 12 paid holidays
  • 401k with 2% company match
  • Paid family leave

TO APPLY:

Submit a resume, along with a cover letter to: Hamid Jahangard, director of advancement at hjahangard@niacouncil.org. E-mail submissions only/no phone inquiries.

Qualified candidates will be invited to complete an online questionnaire. Responses will be sent only to individuals meeting the outlined qualifications of the position.

Foreign Policy Intern

Now accepting Spring & Summer applicants

The National Iranian American Council (NIAC) is accepting internship applications to work with the foreign policy team at our Washington, D.C. office. Standard internships are full-time positions for a duration of one academic semester (spring, summer or fall) with exceptions possible for applicants who plan to be enrolled in classes during the internship. NIAC will assist in helping students receive credit for their internship. This is an unpaid internship.

About NIAC

NIAC is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the interests of the Iranian-American community for peace, democracy, and universal rights. We accomplish our mission by supplying the resources, knowledge and tools to enable greater civic participation by Iranian Americans and informed decision-making by lawmakers.

Responsibilities

Interns work with NIAC staff on advocacy and community outreach activities. Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Monitor and research Congressional activities
  • Attend and summarize Congressional hearings and policy briefings around Washington, DC
  • Draft analyses and action alerts on issues related to foreign policy, immigration and civil rights
  • Write articles for NIAC’s website, op-eds for NIAC’s blog, NIAC inSight
  • Assist with program implementation, database management, community outreach, event planning, logistical support for staff activities, and other administrative duties
  • Applicants with strong creative skills may assist with graphic design, upkeep and enhancements to NIAC’s website, and/or producing short videos which educate the community and/or highlight NIAC activities
  • Applicants who are fluent in Persian may assist with translating news from Iran for NIAC’s blog, translating NIAC materials to Persian, and maintaining NIAC’s Persian language website

Qualifications

NIAC seeks individuals with a wide range of skills who are highly motivated to support NIAC’s work.
Basic Qualifications:

  • Current Undergraduate/Graduate student or recent graduate
  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Experience or demonstrated interest in international relations, political science, public policy, law, public relations, social media strategies, marketing, journalism, and/or graphic design
  • Self-motivating and highly versatile

Additional Qualifications:

  • Experience with Congress advocacy campaigns and/or grassroots organizations
  • Proficiency in Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, WordPress, and/or other multimedia production tools
  • Experience or interest in fundraising, donor sponsorships and development
  • Fluency in Persian (Farsi)

How to Apply

Please email your resume, cover letter, and a short writing sample to SJ Jackson at sjackson@niacouncil.org 

In your cover letter please specify how many hours you are able to work and what your desired start and end dates are. The duration of the internship will be as follows:

Spring session: April 15th-June 14th
Summer session: June 14th- Aug 23rd
Dates may vary depending on availability.

Write the following in the subject of your email: FP Internship [insert your name]

In the event you are not shortlisted for the Foreign Policy Internship, please indicate whether you’d like to be considered for the Organizing Internship and/or the Graphics & Communications Internship.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. NIAC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Washington D.C. Organizing Intern

Now accepting Spring & Summer applicants

The National Iranian American Council (NIAC) is accepting internship applications on a rolling basis to work in Washington, D.C. Standard internships are full-time positions for a duration of one academic semester (spring, summer or fall) with exceptions possible for applicants who plan to be enrolled in classes during the internship. NIAC will assist in helping students receive credit for their internship. This is an unpaid internship.

About NIAC

NIAC is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the interests of the Iranian-American community for peace, democracy, and universal rights. We accomplish our mission by supplying the resources, knowledge and tools to enable greater civic participation by Iranian Americans and informed decision-making by lawmakers.

Responsibilities

Interns work with NIAC staff on grassroots organizing activities. Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Monitor and research Congressional activity
  • Draft action alerts on issues related to foreign policy, immigration and civil rights
  • Assist in planning events that will engage both the Iranian-American community and the general public
  • Assist in planning and participate in grassroots actions, such as phonebanks, petition tables, town hall meetings, etc.
  • Assist with program implementation, database management, community outreach, volunteer recruitment, logistical support for staff activities, and other administrative duties
  • Applicants with strong creative skills may assist with graphic design and/or producing short videos which educate the community and/or highlight NIAC activities
  • Applicants who are fluent in Persian may assist with translating translating NIAC materials to Persian.

Qualifications

NIAC seeks individuals with a wide range of skills who are highly motivated to support NIAC’s work.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Current Undergraduate/Graduate student or recent graduate
  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Experience or demonstrated interest in international relations, political science, grassroots organizing, public policy, law, public relations, social media strategies, marketing, journalism, and/or graphic design
  • Self-motivating and highly versatile

Additional Qualifications:

  • Experience with advocacy campaigns and/or grassroots organizations
  • Proficiency in Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, WordPress, and/or other multimedia production tools
  • Experience or interest in developing volunteer leaders
  • Fluency in Persian (Farsi)

How to Apply

Please email your resumecover letter, and a short writing sample to Donna Farvard at dfarvard@niacouncil.org

In your cover letter please specify how many hours you are able to work and what your desired start and end dates are. The duration of this internship will be as follows:

Spring session: April 15th-June 14th
Summer session: June 14th- Aug 23rd
Dates may vary depending on availability.

Write the following in the subject of your email: DCO Internship [insert your name]

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. NIAC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Graphics & Communications Intern

Now accepting Spring & Summer applicants

The National Iranian American Council (NIAC) is accepting internship applications for individuals interested in working with our policy and outreach teams on graphics, social media and communications at our Washington, D.C. office. NIAC will assist in helping students receive credit for their internship. This is an unpaid internship.

About NIAC

NIAC is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the interests of the Iranian-American community for peace, democracy, and universal rights. We accomplish our mission by supplying the resources, knowledge and tools to enable greater civic participation by Iranian Americans and informed decision-making by lawmakers.

Responsibilities

The Graphics and Communications Intern will perform the following tasks in coordination with relevant staff. Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Draft marketing messages for NIAC events (fundraisers, conferences, members-only events, etc)
  • Create and spread visually appealing, rapid and catchy visuals, videos and memes that teach members critical points in NIAC policies and relevant current events
  • Strengthen NIAC’s overall brand
  • Inject NIAC’s voice into the broader public debate
  • Analyze the effectiveness of NIAC’s online efforts and communicate the results to relevant staff members; working with staff to make adjustments as necessary for optimal effectiveness
  • Assist in managing NIAC’s visual branding for all events, logos, flyers, website design, email design, etc.
  • Assist in monitoring risks and opportunities in U.S-Iran related news and NIAC’s policy / field efforts, and come up with ideas for cutting edge campaigns that complement and strengthen existing NIAC efforts
  • Manage NIAC and NIAC Action websites and social media platforms: Facebook, YouTube and Twitter; and post pre-approved content
  • Guide fellow interns as they support graphic/video design and marketing initiatives

Qualifications

NIAC seeks individuals with these specific skills who are highly motivated to support NIAC’s work. 

  • Exceptional communication skills; can visualize as well as convey a message into relevant, accessible, and interesting content
  • Strong attention to detail, both in copy editing and visual imagery
  • Knowledge in HTML preferred
  • Experience with WordPress preferred
  • Experience with Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop strongly preferred (but not required)
  • Experience with video editing a plus
  • Has recently obtained or is pursuing a degree, ideally in Marketing, Communications, and/or Design
  • PR/Marketing experience preferred
  • Social Media Marketing experience on all major social media platforms – Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube strongly preferred
  • Written and spoken fluency in Persian a plus

How to Apply

Please email your resume, cover letter, and an original graphic design sample to Sahar Roodehchi at sroodehchi@niacouncil.org.

In your cover letter please specify how many hours you are able to work and what your desired start and end dates are. The duration of this internship will be as follows:

Spring session: April 15th-June 14th
Summer session: June 14th- Aug 23rd
Dates may vary depending on availability.

Write the following in the subject of your email: Graphics & Communications Internship [insert your name]

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. NIAC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.