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Staff Writer

Employer
Rural Community Assistance Corporation (RCAC)
Location
West Sacramento, California
Closing date
Oct 4, 2021
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Organization

Founded in 1978, RCAC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that provides training, technical and financial resources and advocacy so low-income rural communities can achieve their goals. For more than 40 years, our dedicated staff and active board, coupled with our key values: leadership, collaboration, commitment, quality and integrity, have helped effect positive change in rural communities across the West.

Communications Development and Events (CDE)

The CDE department is responsible for raising funds, managing all communications and coordinating events for the organization. Each year, the Development team raises more than $25 million to support RCAC’s work; the Events unit coordinates more than 600 trainings, workshops, conferences and other events, both internal and external; and the communications team manages all marketing, publications and creates advocacy and social media materials.

Definition:

The staff writer provides daily content that RCAC uses to communicate its mission and vision to various audiences including funders, legislators, clients and rural communities. Major responsibilities include but are not limited to research, interview, write and edit for RCAC periodicals, publications, marketing materials, manuals, case studies and annual reports. The staff writer collaborates with the Communications team and program staff to develop and implement social media campaigns; assists with marketing; and helps develop communications trainings (internal and external).

Specific job goals, objectives and tasks are established for each employee as part of the annual evaluation and work plan process. Examples of responsibilities and duties include but are not limited to the following: 

  • Research; conduct interviews with staff, partners and community members; write and/or solicit articles and case studies for RCAC’s regular publications, legislative visits and state or program specific publications; items range from 300 to 2,000 words, and deadlines range from daily to monthly.
  • Draft copy for brochures, reports and training materials
  • Write press releases
  • Create content for annual reports
  • Develop content daily to maintain RCAC’s presence across all social media channels
  • Collaborate with Communications team to implement new trends in social media and digital communications
  • Develop target media lists and implement media outreach strategies
  • Collaborate on messaging strategies

Skills and Qualifications

  • Ability to understand and communicate RCAC’s vision and mission
  • Use a personal computer at high-level proficiency using Microsoft office 365 products
  • Knowledge of social media platforms, including but not limited to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn  
  • Knowledge of English language, grammar, spelling and punctuation
  • Ability to work with multiple editors and turn materials around timely
  • Demonstrate a high level of customer service skills and relate well with the public
  • Work with minimum supervision and handle multiple priorities simultaneously
  • Work independently and contribute to a collaborative team environment
  • Organize and prioritize work to meet deadlines
  • Effectively listen and communicate verbally
  • Understanding of marketing and public relations
  • Ability to use a digital camera and/or video equipment
  • Determine a story’s audience, emphasis, length, and format, and organize material accordingly
  • Review and evaluate notes and reports to fact check and isolate pertinent facts and details
  • Research and analyze background information to ensure accuracy

Preferred Education and Experience:

A combination of experience and education is necessary to qualify for the position. A typical qualifying combination may be:

Experience:

Four years of applicable experience in writing, journalism, communications or other closely related field.

Preferred Education:

Bachelor's degree in journalism, English or communications (additional qualifying experience may be substituted for education)

Physical Job Requirements

The physical demands described here are representative of those that an employee must meet to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Work performed in an office requires ability to operate computers and various pieces of office equipment, including telephone. Use may be moderate (average two hours per day) to heavy (four or more hours per day).

While performing the duties of this position, the employee is frequently required to stand and/or sit for prolonged periods of time; walk; talk; hear; use hand to manipulate; handle; feel or operate objects, tools or controls; and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl.

The employee may occasionally lift and or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.

This position also may require light to moderate (up to 2 - 4 days per month) automobile and airline travel, including overnight travel.

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