Date Posted: 7/14/2022
Location: Albany, NY
Job Title: Communications Specialist


Job Description:

The New York Association on Independent Living (NYAIL) is seeking a Communications Specialist to assist the organization in developing and implementing a communication strategy to increase the visibility and presence of the Association and its member Independent Living Centers.

NYAIL is a state-wide, non-profit organization, working with Independent Living Centers across the State to eliminate physical, communications, attitudinal, and other barriers for people with disabilities. NYAIL members are Independent Living Centers (ILCs), consumer controlled, cross-disability providers of advocacy, services and supports to people with disabilities.


Duties and Responsibilities:

The Communications Specialist will help to develop and guide the strategy for communications and manage communications activities with the goal of building external relationships with the organization's constituencies, including key stakeholders, public officials, media, board, and staff. This role will work closely with the Executive Director and the Director of Advocacy on issues that impact people with disabilities in the areas of health, election reform, employment, housing, inclusive education, and transportation. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

• Draft electronic communications, including newsletters, action alerts, website updates, social media posts, and other electronic communications.
• In collaboration with NYAIL staff and board, create informational brochures and fliers on NYAIL programs, the work of ILCs, the status of people with  disabilities in NY, priority issues, etc.
• Work with the Director of Advocacy to develop a comprehensive communications strategy on advocacy campaigns geared toward a variety of stakeholders.
• Plan and implement virtual events.
• Refine and maintain an up-to-date website that will serve as critical public interface, ensuring a dynamic online presence
• Curate content and increase audience engagement on social media channels.
• Develop a policy and plans for media relations, plan press conferences, and prepare press releases, talking points, presentations, and other supporting materials as needed.
• Edit written materials as needed.
• Assist in the planning and execution of NYAIL’s biennial statewide conference, with prime responsibility for sponsor outreach to increase event revenue.

Qualifications:

• Bachelor’s degree, preferably in communications, public relations or related field.
• Previous experience developing and managing organizational communications, preferred.
• Experience with the concepts of Independent Living, consumer control, and a strong commitment to promote and advocate for the full integration of individuals with disabilities.
• Experience managing and executing across several communications media and strong social media skills.
• Strong writing and copywriting skills, required.
• Excellent organizational and oral communication skills.
• Ability to work independently and to adapt to shifting priorities when necessary.
• Comfortable with public speaking.
• Ability to work collaboratively with a wide variety of stakeholders.
• Experience with Microsoft Office Suite, required.
• Experience with Adobe Creative Suite, preferred.
• Experience with Joomla CMS and/or HTML, preferred.
• Experience with Constant Contact or similar email communications software, preferred.
• Experience with Zoom or similar virtual meeting platforms, preferred.
• Personal experience with disability strongly preferred.

Salary and Benefits:

NYAIL offers a competitive salary and generous benefits package.

This is an Albany-based position with the ability to work remotely part time. Some statewide travel may be required.


How to Apply:

Please send resume and cover letter to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Include “Communications Specialist” and your last name in subject line. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

It is the policy of the New York Association on Independent Living to afford Equal Employment Opportunity (“EEO”) to all employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, national origin, disability, marital status, domestic violence victim status, sexual orientation, genetic predisposition or carrier status, veteran status or any other protected characteristic as established by federal and state law. NYAIL promotes a drug-free work environment and does not tolerate unlawful discrimination, harassment, or retaliation.