Make A Difference: NCAC Seeks Program Associate For Youth Free Expression Work!

April 2, 2014
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ncac logoThe Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is a sponsoring partner in the Kids’ Right to Read Project, an effort founded and supervised by the National Coalition Against Censorship as part of its Youth Free Expression Project. NCAC is currently seeking a new Program Associate to coordinate that project. The full job description and details are below. This job is a great opportunity to make a meaningful difference in protecting the freedom to read! Please spread the word!

National Coalition Against Censorship
Program Associate

The National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC), a coalition of more than fifty national organizations, is dedicated to educating the public and shaping policy about freedom of speech in the United States. NCAC directly assists writers, artists, students, teachers, librarians, and others involved in censorship disputes, and provides information and resources on censorship issues to policy makers, scholars and the media.

NCAC is seeking an associate for its Youth Free Expression Project (YFEP). The Program Associate will be responsible for: coordinating activities of the Kids’ Right to Read Project (KRRP), which opposes efforts to ban books in public schools and libraries; responding to censorship directed at minors involving art, theater, social media, and entertainment; managing the annual Youth Film Contest; and developing materials and activities to defend and advance the free expression rights of minors.

The position is ideal for the candidate with an interest in civil liberties, public policy and cultural trends as they affect young people, education, literature, the arts, and publishing.

Responsibilities include:

  • Identifying and responding to censorship incidents: research and advocacy; media outreach; community engagement
  • Coordinating and collaborating with partner organizations to share information and maximize the impact of YFEP activities.
  • Developing creative approaches — including, but not limited to, social media — about a range of censorship-related issues, especially as they relate to minors.
  • Developing research, analysis, and arguments to support minors’ rights to free expression and access to information. Maintaining resources on censorship.
  • Organizing educational events and participating in conferences and meetings about censorship and its effects on young people.
  • Coordinating NCAC’s annual youth free expression film contest.
  • Occasional support for NCAC’s other programmatic activities.

Qualifications

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong research and analytical skills
  • Highly organized and able to set priorities and meet deadlines
  • Self-motivated and able to work independently and collaboratively in a fast-paced office environment with a small staff
  • Flexibility and willingness to take on new tasks and able to manage multiple responsibilities
  • Understanding of and experience with social media and advocacy
  • Superior computer fluency, including Microsoft Office, Adobe and Google apps; familiarity with Adobe Creative Suite, especially InDesign and Photoshop; comfortable with website upkeep and content management; willingness to learn new platforms

This position requires occasional travel and some evening and weekend commitments. Salary commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits. The National Coalition Against Censorship is an equal opportunity employers.

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, references, and two writing samples to jobsearch@ncac.org.

No phone inquiries please.

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