The Senior Communications & Marketing Manager will manage the College’s communications to Fellows and to the public through publications, newsletters, printed materials, promotional messages and online presence. The Senior Communications Manager will provide guidance to leadership and staff on targeted messaging, ensuring adherence to the College’s style guide and further developing the College’s public image.
Essential Functions and Areas of Responsibility
Serve as Managing Editor for the Journal, the College’s in-house, award-winning magazine published three times per year
Serving as Managing Editor for the eBulletin, the newsletter sent to Fellows six times per year.
Proofread other publications and printed materials prepared by staff and Fellows
Provide guidance to Executive Committee and other leadership on targeted messages and providing support and editing to various department messages, ensuring consistent branding
Manage general external messages
Manage and updating the College’s public website and member-only community site, working with vendors to address any issues
Monitor and updating social media accounts with appropriate posts
Troubleshoot questions from members regarding the public site and member-only site
Create organization press releases, acting as main point of contact for any media requests
Manage requests for use of ACTL logo
Develop and maintain an ongoing communications plan
Education and/or Experience Required
A Bachelor’s degree is required
Nonprofit or association experience preferred
A Law degree is a plus.
Demonstrated commitment to ongoing learning, such as participation in a communications-related professional organization.
Skills and Abilities
Exceptional writing, editing and oral communication skills.
Ability to be comfortable with communications via print, web, social media, etc.
Must have a keen eye for detail.
Ability to multitask and manage many projects at one time, keeping track of cyclical activities while taking on new or unanticipated work.
Must have strong leadership abilities
Must be able to effectively work with members and staff of varying communication styles
Must be familiar with standard concepts, practices, and procedures within communications industry
Must have demonstrated proficiency using Microsoft Office and Adobe, and be comfortable learning and working across various database, content management, email marketing, and learning management systems.
Must be able to balance respect for tradition with innovation and a sense of current issues affecting the practice of trial law, and will help guide the College into a new era of external communication.
Effective communication with our vendors in these areas will be essential
Must be able to maintain confidentiality, exercise good judgment, and maintain a positive, collaborative attitude.
The physical demands described here are representative of those the employee must meet to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; climb stairs; sit; use hands-to-finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stoop, kneel, or crouch. The employee will generally be required to travel for this position, but travel has been canceled until further notice due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
As part of a staff of seven full-time employees, this person will report to the Executive Director.
The College’s office is located in Newport Beach, California. Some staff members are currently working remotely due to the pandemic.
The College offers full medical/dental coverage and a generous retirement plan. Salary is commensurate with experience.
How to Apply
Please send a resume, cover letter detailing your interest and qualifications, and a writing sample or example of past work to Human Resources Department at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The American College of Trial Lawyers is an equal opportunity employer.
About American College of Trial Lawyers
The American College of Trial Lawyers is recognized as the preeminent organization of trial lawyers in North America, dedicated to maintaining and improving the standards of trial practice, professionalism, ethics and the administration of justice. The College maintains and seeks to improve the standards of trial practice, professionalism, ethics, and the administration of justice through education and public statements on important legal issues relating to its mission. The College strongly supports the independence of the judiciary, trial by jury, respect for the rule of law, access to justice, and fair and just representation of all parties to legal proceedings.
As an invitation-only organization, the College does not solicit new members. Our Fellows are diverse and hold a wide range of views across many issues, and our collegiality is a deeply respected value. We do not sell sponsorship or advertising opportunities.