Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center provides arts, health, youth, and pride programs to strengthen and support the LGBT community in the Lehigh Valley region in Eastern Pennsylvania. Founded in 2014 and opened in 2016, Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center has become a regional and statewide leader in LGBT health, has been recognized for its life-enriching LGBT arts and culture programs, and has developed a leading-edge after school program for LGBT youth. In addition, The Center provides supportive services to address unique needs that exist for LGBT people, Produces the annual Lehigh Valley Pride celebration, provides training on LGBT issues to dozens of organizations each year.
Position Summary: The Communications Manager is responsible for implementing The Center’s vision of broad community awareness of center programs, services, advocacy, development needs, and overall impact. This position works collaboratively as part of a team. Based on a thorough understanding of non-profit communications strategies, the Communications Manager works with the Executive Director, Director of Programs, and Development Manager to manage the center’s social media platforms, draft and schedule email blasts, coordinate press releases and maintain media contacts, and pitch stories that highlight center initiatives. This position also assists with advocacy writing and interview preparation. This position reports to the Executive Director.
- Develop and manage integrated media strategy inclusive of television, print, radio, podcasts, and online-only media to broaden the reach of center programs
- Manage and continuously update organization’s press list
- Develop and maintain relationships with journalists and freelance writers
- Prepare and send press releases
- Pitch media stories
- Prepare talking points for the Executive Director or other staff in advance of interviews
- Collect and share press clips
- Assist with placement and drafting of Op/Eds and LTEs for Executive Director or other staff
Social Media Management
- Ensure that center branding and voice is consistent throughout all social media platforms
- Manage organizational Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, MeetUp, and YouTube accounts and continuously work to grow followers and reach throughout all platforms
- Post center events to facebook and to community calendars
- Schedule consistent posts throughout social media platforms, manage comments and direct messages, and include image descriptions on all photographs
- Draft and send weekly community emails, as-needed volunteer emails, and development emails
- Maintain and grow email list
- Create and send monthly internal newsletter in coordination with the Executive Director
- Ensure that website is continuously up to date
- Thorough understanding of organizational vision, history and programs
- Attend staff meetings as scheduled
- Additional duties as assigned
Qualifications and Characteristics
- Energy, enthusiasm and motivation to enhance LGBT programs, services, and advocacy through new communications strategies
- Passionate learner who is motivated to take on new challenges
- Interest in working in an LGBT community-based non-profit organization
- Comfort, knowledge and expertise utilizing Google applications, social media platforms (especially facebook, instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube, and Meet-Up) and other new media platforms
- Comfort and proven track record with cold-calling media to pitch stories
- Strong writing skills and prior experience with advocacy writing (Op/Eds and LTEs)
- Ability to prepare others prior to interviews
- Strong analytical skills
- Excellent research skills
- Ability to use technology to achieve results
- Ability to work well independently and as a member of a team in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment, and be able to prioritize and manage multiple tasks effectively and efficiently
- Prior experience in working with historically underrepresented and marginalized communities
- Demonstrated track record of setting and achieving goals
- Bachelor’s degree or commensurate experience required. Relevant work experience in lieu of a degree is acceptable
- Previous experience working in communications in a community-based non-profit (the ideal candidate will have prior full-time experience involving media relations and social media management for a non-profit organization)
- Understanding of the programmatic and development needs for an LGBT community-based organization
- Cultural competency around LGBT communities
- Passion for LGBT health equity and LGBT legal rights
- Child Abuse, State Police, and FBI background checks are required for this position
- Spanish-language spoken and written proficiency is preferred but not required
This is a full-time position with a salary range of $35,000-$38,000 annually. Salary will be offered for this position based upon the successful candidate’s prior experience. Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center offers health, dental, vision, life, short-term and long-term disability insurance and offers an SEP/IRA retirement plan, credit union access, and vacation time. Excellent working environment in downtown Allentown, PA within walking distance of numerous restaurants and cafes, arts and culture organizations, and more.
Our goal is to be a workplace that is representative of the community we serve. Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center has a non-discrimination policy and we welcome applications from lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people, Black, indigenous, and other people of color, people living with HIV, people with disabilities, and women. Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center is a ban-the-box organization. If you are a member of an under-represented community, you are encouraged to self-identify in your cover letter. The candidate who best meets the job qualifications and needs of the organization will be selected for the position.
The position is open immediately and applications will be considered on a rolling basis.
To apply for this position, please email your résumé, a responsive cover letter, a writing sample and list of three references as ONE document in PDF format to: Sharon Brotzman, Administrative Manager, Sharon@bradburysullivancenter.org.
Internship opportunities provide undergraduate and graduate students with high-quality experiential learning opportunities at an LGBT non-profit organization. Internships are open only to students enrolled or completing educational programs at accredited higher educational institutions. In order to provide a high-quality learning experience for our interns, our internship program requires that students intern for a minimum of 8 hours per week during the spring or fall semesters (12 week minimum) and 16 hours per week during the summer semester (9 weeks minimum). Interns at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center conclude their internships after learning transferable skills that are relevant for employment in many non-profit organizations.
We are currently accepting internship applications for Spring 2021 internships
Internship are accepted on a rolling basis
AT THIS TIME IT IS UNCLEAR IF SPRING 2021 INTERNSHIPS WILL BE VIRTUAL / WORK FROM HOME OR IN PERSON. PLEASE MAKE CLEAR ON YOUR COVER LETTER IF YOU ARE ONLY AVAILABLE TO WORK VIRTUALLY, ONLY AVAILABLE FOR IN-PERSON, OR IF EITHER CAN WORK FOR YOU.
Academic internship for a graduate or undergraduate student in any field of study. Development interns work directly with the Development Manager to research and draft grant proposals, draft individual donor communication, participate in a grassroots fundraising campaign, and assist with fundraising events. This is a research and writing-intensive internship. Interns learn transferable skills in development for non-profit organizations.
Pride Programs Internship
Academic internship for a graduate or undergraduate student in any field of study. Pride Programs interns work directly with the Pride Programs Manager to plan and execute the annual pride festival and other pride programs. Interns learn transferable skills in event logistics for non-profit organizations.
Data and Evaluation Internship
Academic internship for a graduate or undergraduate student in any field of study. Data and Evaluation interns work directly with the Data and Evaluation Manager on projects related to the utility and visualization of data from the Pennsylvania LGBT Health Needs Assessment and related surveys, such as the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System and Youth Risk Behavior Survey. The intern also reviews internal program data and works with our team on preparing evaluative reports. This is a research-heavy internship, an undergraduate research methods course is recommended as a prerequisite.
Health Programs Internship
Academic internship for a graduate or undergraduate student in any field of study, but optimal for students in social work, public health, nursing, psychology, gender studies or related fields. Health Programs interns work directly with the Health Programs and Supportive Services Manager to conduct health promotion outreach for tobacco, cancer, diabetes, and HIV prevention, help to research health disparities, and assist with organizing health related events. Interns learn the process involved in outreach, health disparity research, and event organizing.
Graphic Design Internship
Academic internship for undergraduate or graduate students in graphic design, fine arts, digital media, or media and communications, or related fields of study. Graphic Design interns work directly with the Center’s Graphic Designer to support program and development staff with social media graphics, data visualization, and organizational branding. Pre-requisite knowledge of, and access to, design programs (e.g. Adobe Creative Suite – Photoshop and Illustrator) are necessary. Digital illustration and photo editing knowledge are a plus. Interns will learn the process of organizational design and will have specific opportunities to develop skills related to data visualization.
Please send a resume, responsive cover letter, writing sample and an academic reference as one PDF document to Sharon@bradburysullivancenter.org
Applicants are accepted on a rolling basis. Only complete applications will be reviewed.