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Now Hiring: Communications Director to spread the word about courageous student activists


Everyday, brave students willing to be open as atheists, agnostics, and humanists stand up for their rights, normalize not believing in any gods, and spread secular values. We want you to ensure that they get the media coverage they deserve as the leader of Secular Student Alliance's Communications Team.

We have up just updated our organizational mission, vision, core values, and created a five-year strategic plan.  Our plan outlines a significant new focus for us on engaging secular students who haven’t always felt welcome by the secular movement (e.g. women, racial minorities).  These documents also have a major focus on encouraging secular students to collaborate with those in intersecting social justice movements (e.g. LGBT, reproductive justice, sex education, science education).  We want to help the world understand that the Secular Student Alliance is a movement made up of secular students who value diversity and making the world a better place for everyone.

For examples of what our student activists do, please check out our Case Statement.  You can also check @secularstudents on Twitter and facebook.com/secularstudents.

The Communications Director works directly with our Executive Director, Director of Campus Organizing, Development Director, the Communications Associate (who will report to you), other staff, and Board members. Your work is to tell the story of the Secular Student Alliance and the student activists we serve. Students are the future (and the present!), and the Secular Student Alliance is at the center of shaping the secular movement.

Our high-performing team is based out of Columbus, Ohio—home to one of the largest research universities in the world, and numerous Fortune 500 companies. This position is based out of our home office, however we may consider a remote working arrangement for an extremely exceptional candidate.

 Primary Duties:

  • Supervise and manage the Communications Department

  • Garner major media coverage in traditional media (newspapers, magazines, television, radio)

  • Strengthen our social media presence

  • Manage the email program. Being the primary email writer, and copy editing emails written by other staffers

  • Develop and lead coordinated communications campaign in support of organizational priorities.

  • Understanding, segmenting, prioritizing, and engaging multiple audiences

  • Act as a spokesperson for the Secular Student Alliance

  • Leverage secular student activism to normalize secular identities and spread secular values with multiple audiences

  • Set strategic direction for the organization as a key staff leader

  • Execute the Strategic Communications Plan and update the plan as needed.

  • Provide visionary leadership to shape the Secular Student Alliance brand

  • Manage and empower communications staff and interns

  • Provide primary oversight of www.secularstudents.org

  • Offer support and guidance for the communications work of the Campus Organizing and Development departments


  • Four-year degree (or equivalent experience)

  • Experience leading a team responsible for engaging and cultivating multiple audiences

  • Experience working with social media

  • Experience executing a strategic communications plan

  • Experience developing and promoting a brand (ideally in a social change context)

  • Knowledge of the secular movement

  • Management experience

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • Fantastic proofreading skills

  • Willing to travel to multi-day conferences up to once a month (all costs covered)

  • Investment in using research to make decisions and improve practices


  • Nonprofit leadership experience

  • Development or sales experience

  • Video production experience

  • Graphic design experience

  • Experience working with the secular movement

Reports To: Executive Director

Salary: Salary commensurate with experience. Employer-paid health, dental, short-term disability, and long-term disability insurance included. Professional development support available.

About Us:

The Secular Student Alliance is a 501(c)(3) educational nonprofit. The Secular Student Alliance empowers secular students to proudly express their identity, build welcoming communities, promote secular values, and set a course for lifelong activism. We envision a future in which secular students lead meaningful and fulfilling lives, thrive as valued members of society, and provide visionary leadership committed to humanistic ideals and critical inquiry. We accomplish these goals by organizing secular student groups on high school and college campuses, as well as empowering individual student activists in the areas of community, advocacy, service, and education.

A Core Value of the Secular Student Alliance is Inclusion. As part of that Core Value, we are committed to providing equal opportunity to all applicants, regardless of race, skin color, national origin, religion, worldview, sex, gender identity or gender expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, pregnancy or related condition, genetic information, veteran or military status, or any other characteristic protected by state or federal law. The Secular Student Alliance recognizes the value of diverse life experience and perspective, and expressly encourages candidates with backgrounds such as these to apply.

How to Apply:

Send your cover letter, resume, and a writing sample (ideally a press release) to careers-cd@secularstudents.org.  We will consider applications on a rolling basis.  


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