Students Active for Ending Rape (SAFER) is devoted to empowering college students to change how their schools prevent and respond to sexual violence by providing them with resources to help build successful grassroots sexual assault policy reform campaigns. SAFER trains students in effective organizing tactics and encourage them to examine the overlapping links between sexual assault and all forms of individual and institutional violence. Our goal is to ensure that every college puts in place prevention programs, crisis services, disciplinary procedures, and community outreach programs that challenge the oppressions that ultimately cause sexual violence.
SAFER is operated and governed by a diverse Board of Directors. The Board of Directors works as a volunteer collective, determining the policies and overall strategy of this nationally recognized nonprofit, largely operating by consensus. This intimate connection to the work and the field provides each member of the Board with an opportunity to actively create social change while gaining professional nonprofit management experience in a non-hierarchical setting. Our approach to running the organization provides a platform to strengthen one’s personal and professional skills while connecting to a greater network of like-minded advocates and activists.
Our volunteer board members work hard to contribute to the organization’s mission, but we also understand that as volunteers, our board members have other commitments in their lives. Ideally, we hope that the Communications Coordinator will contribute in many of the following areas:
- Manage the development, distribution, and maintenance of print and electronic collateral including, but not limited to, SAFER’s website, newsletters, blog, Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, and promotional materials.
- Write and distribute press releases as needed. Assist with writing and editing of documents and materials as needed.
- Manage and respond to media requests; assist or serve as a spokesperson and point person on media interactions that help promote and/or impact the organization.
- Actively engage, cultivate, and manage media relationships to ensure coverage surrounding SAFER’s programs, special events, announcements, and other projects.
- Add, update and maintain SAFER contact list, including, but not limited to, media contacts, student groups and journalists, and women’s centers.
- Submit a project report and any proposed agenda items to the Chair a week prior to the monthly Board meeting.
Meetings & Commitment
Minimum of one year, with an average commitment of three to five hours per week. Board members must reside in the New York Metro Area and are responsible for a $500 Give/Get contribution. SAFER holds monthly board meetings, which are currently scheduled for the second Tuesday of the month, 7:00p.m – 9:00p.m at SAFER’s downtown Manhattan office. (Dates are subject to change)
Board members are active participants in the organization’s overall planning and fundraising efforts and communicate frequently via email.
Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and writing sample (no more than two pages, public relations or blog-style writing preferred) to firstname.lastname@example.org by August 31, 2012. SAFER is committed to maintaining a diverse organization and we will actively recruit people of color, people with disabilities, and people with diverse gender and sexual identities.