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Secular Student Alliance seeks Writing and Design Interns!

Secular Coalition for America seeks Communications Associate

Freedom From Religion Foundation seeks Undergraduate Interns

Foundation Beyond Belief seeks Executive Director

National Center for Science Education seeks Summer Interns

Interfaith Youth Corps seeks Curriculum Development Director

Recovering From Religion seeks Project Hotline Volunteers

Secular Coalition for America seeks Executive Director

Secular Coalition for America seeks 2015 Summer Interns

Hindu American Foundation seeks Director of Development

Center For Inquiry seeks Web Developer

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Secular Student Alliance seeks Writing and Design Interns
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Summary

These internships are paid positions, each ten weeks long, based in our office in Columbus, OH. Internship dates are flexible between mid-May and early September. The only required working weekend is July 10-12. The internships are 40 hrs./week at $10.10/hr. and will take place during normal business hours except where otherwise noted. Interns are responsible for arranging their own housing while completing the internship.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

  • A complete revision of our Group Running Guide
  • Gather information on the best design for the Guide
  • Collect and synthesize information from a wide variety of sources
  • Produce a finished electronic and print version of the Guide for future distribution
  • Writing Intern will be primarily responsible for drafting the content for the Guide
  • Design intern will develop a style for the Guide that is consistent with the SSA branding scheme, and is easy to navigate and use from a consumer perspective
  • Be involved in the execution of our annual conference, July 10-12, 2015. 
  • Participation in other projects as needed at the discretion of the Affiliate Program Manager, Director of Campus Organizing, and/or Executive Director.

Writing Intern Requirements

  • Training and experience in writing, preferably technical writing
  • Demonstrated track record of producing high-quality material on a deadline
  • Related majors may include (but are not limited to) English, writing/creative writing, journalism, or communications

Design Intern Requirements

  • Experience with Adobe InDesign and Photoshop
  • Related majors may include (but are not limited to) art, graphic design, marketing or communications

To apply: Resume and writing sample, two references (one work or activist reference, and one academic reference). and 3 suggested one hour-long blocks for an interview
Applications are due no later than April 12, 2015
Click here to apply

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Secular Coalition for America seeks Communications Associate
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Summary

The Communications Associate is responsible for coordinating regular communications with the SCA community, including newsletters, SCA social media accounts and the SCA website. The Communications Associate is also responsible for strategizing and implementing outreach to both traditional media sources and new media. The Communications Associate is the primary staff member responsible for producing content for public dissemination, including press releases, news updates, and multi-media content.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develop a communications, marketing and branding strategy which incorporates research-driven messages and produces impactful materials to drive out SCA's message through a combination of earned and owned media, as well as grassroots engagement tools.
  • Analyze metrics to evaluate effectiveness of communications over time, and modify the communications, marketing, and branding plan as necessary.
  • Update and maintain SCA website and social media, ensuring that it is engaging, accurate, consistent, current, and optimized for search engine success. Manage contractors to upgrade the infrastructure of the SCA website.
  • Identify opportunities for consumers of SCA content to engage further, such as advocacy or fundraising.
  • Work with program staff to coordinate campaigns: legislative, grassroots, and fundraising.
  • Monitor news and trends; represent the SCA in discussion of topics relevant to secular issues.
  • Coordinate outreach activities for the SCA: identifying events, organizations, and audiences that would be sympathetic to the message of the Secular Coalition; creating speaking and panel proposals; drafting speeches and talking points, and arranging events.
  • Develop engaging educational and promotional materials, both print and online, including infographics, brochures, memes, etc.
  • Research, draft, and copy edit traditional media outreach: letters to the editor, op-eds, and press releases. Manage media contact files and relationships.
  • Work with advertisers for timely and useable ad submissions.
  • Serve as a blogger, and edit work of other bloggers on SCA website.
  • Receive, respond, and manage incoming communications requests and inquiries.

Requirements

  • Bachelor's Degree or equivalent experience
  • Ability to think strategically about messaging and marketing.
  • Ability to manage and prioritize multiple projects, with high attention to detail.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Proficiency with a variety of social media platforms and overall ability to integrate Web 2.0 applications to engage with SCA's community
  • Meticulous attention to detail and follow-up.
  • Ability to travel as needed.

Experience

  • Experience using analytics programs, such as Google Analytics.
  • Experience developing mediate materials, such as press releases.
  • Experience conducting media interviews and speaking on behalf of an organization to the press.
  • Solid general computer skills, including word processing.
  • Intermediate experience with Adobe Creative Suite, Drupal, Hootsuite, video editing software, or equivalents and potential to enhance those skills with additional training.
  • Basic design/layout experience and HTML.
  • Experience marketing for a cause or organization through social media and websites.

To apply: Please submit your resume and cover. Additional supporting materials such as marketing datasheets, flyers, or websites you've created; and/or press releases, blog posts, or articles you've written may also be included.
careers AT secular DOT org

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Freedom From Religion Foundation seeks Undergraduate Interns
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Summary

The FFRF is looking for summer interns to assist their legal staff by helping with writing and research. Undergraduate interns assist FFRF Staff Attorneys throughout the year with a First Amendment caseload. Internships with FFRF are writing and research intensive. FFRF's small staff allows interns to take on significant responsibility and receive frequent and immediate feedback from supervisors.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

  • Reviewing and investigating complaints received on alleged First Amendment violations
  • Drafting letters of complaint to state agencies and officials regarding First Amendment concerns
  • Assisting in research
  • Administrative duties
  • Working closely with a group of dedicated attorneys in a fun, collegial work environment

Requirements

  • Summer: full or part time (20 hrs/week) for 10 weeks

To apply: send a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to Rebecca Markert
rmarkert AT ffrf DOT org

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Foundation Beyond Belief seeks Executive Director
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Summary

Under the direction of the Board of Directors, the executive director is responsible for overall management and operation of Foundation Beyond Belief (FBB) and protection of the organization’s financial assets while ensuring compliance with board directives and applicable grantor, federal, and state requirements. 

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

  • Oversees all accounting functions, including those necessary for auditing, budgeting, financial analysis, capital asset and property management, and payroll in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles and all other applicable rules and guidelines.
  • Handles all aspects of human resource management, including but not limited to hiring and termination, developing position descriptions, setting compensation, and applying board-approved employee policies and benefits in accordance with federal and state requirements.
  • Interacts with other personnel and organizations in regard to matters affecting FBB.
  • Is responsible for grants and contracts management; coordinates with legal advisors to finalize agreement terms; monitors progress of agreements and maintains agreement documentation to ensure fulfillment of agreement terms, including receipt and expenditure of funds.
  • Assists in the development of current and long-term organizational goals and objectives as well as policies and procedures for FBB operations. Establishes plans to achieve goals set by the Board of Directors and implements policies, subject to approval by the Board of Directors.
  • Works closely with investigators and their staff members to ensure they are provided with appropriate support systems and responsive, quality service in the areas of grant preparation, project accounting, human resources, purchasing, and related administrative functions.
  • Ensures the maintenance of an equitable and humane organizational culture.

Requirements

  • Maintains effective systems of internal controls to account for all receipts and expenditures of funds.
  • Understands the technical aspects of managing a nonprofit organization; provides advice to its investigators and staff directly and/or solicits guidance from experts. Understands the duties and responsibilities of the position and keeps job knowledge up to date.  Clearly understands the educational and charitable mission of the organization and continuously works to promote FBB and achieve its goals.
  • The executive director recognizes and brings to the attention of the president of the board issues that affect the organization, and implements plans to reach organizational goals as determined by the board of directors.  Displays initiative in developing action plans and resolving problems as they occur, in consultation with the president and other members of the board.
  • Communicates effectively with multiple audiences using a variety of formats.  Examples include:  written communications that clearly outline the situation and action items; verbal presentations and briefings to the board of directors and other parties; presenting at meetings and to outside groups regarding a variety of issues affecting FBB.
  • Seeks increased responsibility while remaining conscientious, thorough, accurate, and reliable with respect to achieving the organization’s goals.  This includes being available and responsive to issues and concerns as they arise.
  • The executive director must be able to travel to attend conferences, training, and other events as required to acquire and maintain proficiency in fulfilling the responsibilities of the position.

Experience

  • No specific education required.  
  • Must possess above skills, knowledge, and qualities which may result from formal education or at least three years' experience in business, nonprofit operational and financial management, educational institutions, or related areas.  
  • Extensive experience in, knowledge of, and positive name recognition in the organized humanist/freethought community a plus.

To apply: send your cover letter and resume to the board email.
Applications must be received by April 15, 2015.
board AT foundationbeyondbelief DOT org

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National Center for Science Education seeks Summer Interns
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Summary

The National Center for Science and Education are looking for one full-time (40 hrs/w) and one part-time (16 hrs/w) intern for June-August 2015 to help with NCSE’s launch of a new teacher engagement campaign to support and defend educators as they teach these topics, with a particular focus on climate change education. This is a unique opportunity for someone with a science background to learn about science advocacy to support one of the most important groups: science teachers. These are paid internships.

Opportunities

  • Training in climate change science and education
  • Dispel common denial arguments and tactics
  • Writing for a public and educational audience
  • Learn skills developing a large scale, national campaign to engage educators
  • How to use social media and web technologies to connect with educators
  • Helping to defend and support science educators who teach these topics

Requirements

  • Must have a basic understanding of and interest in science, science education, and science advocacy.
  • Good writing and computing skills are required.
  • Timeliness and follow-through are a must.
  • Preference for background or degree in Biology, Earth Science, or Environmental Sciences.
  • This is an ideal position for a recent graduate, but we will review all applicants equally.

To apply: Please specify if you are applying for the full- or part-time position. Include a cover letter, three references, and a résumé. E-mail all three to Minda Berbeco PhD, Programs and Policy Director
Applications must be received by April 1, 2015.
berbeco AT ncse DOT com

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Interfaith Youth Corps seeks Curriculum Development Director
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Summary

This position’s primary responsibility is project managing a multiyear initiative that IFYC has undertaken in partnership with Dominican University to develop and launch an online course on interfaith leadership. The purpose of this project is to develop a series of innovative and tested online educational tools and videos that could both function as multimedia “texts” in courses engaging issues of pluralism, diversity, and interreligious interaction (“blended-learning”), as well as a more typical “massive open online course” (MOOC) that students anywhere could enroll in of their own volition. Secondary responsibilities include consulting with faculty on developing programs of study in interfaith studies, and presenting and writing on IFYC’s academic work. Depending on the experience of the successful candidate, this position may also involve management duties.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

  • Manage development and implementation of online course on interfaith leadership with faculty nationwide
  • Serve as the relationship manager for a portfolio of campuses working to establish course sequences in interfaith studies
  • Serve as a representative of IFYC with individual faculty members and external higher education academic networks
  • Support the Director of Academic and Curricular Initiatives in managing the faculty initiatives team and processes

Requirements

  • Expect regular travel, can work occasional evenings and weekends, and should anticipate a dynamic job description with an evolving campus and organization-wide strategy.
  • Strategic thinking skills; ability to identify opportunities and challenges, and move a system toward positive change
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; ability to project peer quality to senior campus leaders, including faculty and administrators; ability to work with people of diverse backgrounds
  • Excellent writing, communication, and presentation skills
  • Ability to operate with purpose, urgency, and accuracy in a deadline-driven environment, balancing various short-term and ongoing projects
  • Competence in Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel); willing to learn and use organization wide constituent relationship management platform
  • Passionate commitment to IFYC’s mission of partnering with higher education to elevate the civic priority of interfaith cooperation
  • High level of religious literacy and fluency in academic discourses on religion, diversity, and pluralism
  • Enthusiasm for cultivating strong relationships with the purpose of advancing strategic goals
  • Collaborative nature; flexibility and agility in problem-solving
  • Strong sense of personal and professional integrity

Experience

  • Graduate degree or other advanced degree (preferred) in a related field such as religious studies, theology, education, or sociology
  • Five years or more years professional experience in a related field, such as higher education, interfaith work, or teaching (preferred)
  • Supervision experience (preferred)
  • Experience in training/facilitation, higher education pedagogy, project management, consulting, education, and/or related skill sets
  • Demonstrated effectiveness interfacing with multiple constituencies, including campus administrators, faculty, staff, students, and professional partners

To apply: Submit a cover letter and resume to the ADP form
Applications due April 1, 2015.
Click here to apply

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Recovering From Religion seeks Project Hotline Volunteers
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Summary

Recovering from Religion receives countless emails and phone calls from people seeking help on their journey away from faith, at all hours of the day and night, and wants to help everyone who contacts them. Through Hotline Project, they will offer 24/7 national, regional, and local resources – a secular support network people can utilize in their most urgent time of need. Free training classes are going on now and they’re already taking live calls, but need your help to staff to capacity.

  • Principal Duties and Responsibilities
  • Managing a phone/computer for struggling people to call
  • Answering the call and helping the caller through their struggles
  • Hotline Agents may train other hotline staff

Requirements

  • A computer
  • Commited availability for the times you sign up for
  • Must be 21 years of age or older

Experience

  • Non-english language skills a plus

To apply: fill out the volunteer form with all required fields, including a reference
Click here to apply

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Secular Coalition for America seeks Executive Director
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Summary

The Executive Director serves as the Chief Executive Officer for the Secular Coalition for America, a 501(c)(4) organization, and its sister organization, the Secular Coalition for America Education Fund, a 501(c)(3) organization. The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors and is a non-voting member of the Board. The Executive Director is responsible for the organization’s achievement of its mission and financial objectives. The Executive Director oversees the lobbying and public education efforts for the Coalition and its member organizations and serves as the chief spokesperson. The Executive Director supervises all staff.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

  • Public Policy Development and Advocacy
  • Financial Planning, Management and Oversight
  • Fundraising and Development
  • Program Development and Administration
  • Communications
  • Staff Recruitment, Training and Supervision

Requirements

  • Demonstrated management experience
  • Demonstrated capacity to communicate with legislators, federal agencies, the media and other stakeholders and opinion leaders
  • Graduate level education in the law, public policy (or related fields) or comparable experience
  • A vision of how SCA can grow its influence in Washington to be commensurate with representing its fast-growing constituency of secular American citizens
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills and public speaking ability
  • Critical thinking, relation management, negotiation and diplomacy skills needed to resolve conflicts and foster cooperation
  • Highest of ethical standards and a strong work ethic

Experience

  • Capitol Hill experience and/or supervisory experience with an advocacy organization at the federal level
  • Record of effective advocacy and public policy campaign leadership skills
  • Familiar with secular legal, legislative and public policy matters and be able to work with and represent the interest of a diverse coalition of atheists and humanists

To apply: email cover letter and resume to Joe McCormack and Michelle Kriste
Applications will be accepted and processed on a rolling basis. All inquiries or referrals will be held in strict confidence.
search AT wbbmccormack DOT com

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Secular Coalition for America seeks 2015 Summer Interns

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Summary

The internship is flexible, but generally will run from Monday, June 1, 2015 through Friday, August 28, 2015. Interns must be available a minimum of 24 hours per week between 10 am and 6 pm, although full-time availability of 40 hours per week is preferred. Occasional weekend and evening hours may be expected.

Communications Intern

Excellent written and oral communication skills are required. Familiarity with Wordpress, the Adobe Suite or video editing are strongly preferred. Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Writing press releases and blog posts
  • Posting the SCA Morning Read to social media platforms
  • Updating the SCA website
  • Researching and updating media contact lists
  • Developing SCA’s social media presence by promoting SCA content, expanding the SCA base of followers and managing interaction with current followers  

State Chapter Intern

  • Periodically checking and posting state and local news, primarily relevant legislation and court cases
  • Updating state chapter websites
  • Producing and monitoring content on state chapter social media platforms

Legislative Intern (Current Law Students Only)

This internship is ideal for first or second year current law students seeking substantive, hands-on experience in the field of public policy. Applicants for this position must submit a writing sample. Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Drafting memoranda
  • Analyzing statutes  
  • Writing policy papers 
  • Attending Hill meetings
  • Researching case law and precedent

Operations and Development Intern

This internship is ideal for students interested in learning about the day-to-day inner workings of a non-profit organization and students of business and accounting seeking hands-on experience. Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Working with Quickbooks
  • Drafting year-end tax letters for donors
  • Receive training to assist the Director of Operations in accounting for both (c)3 and (c)4 operations.
  • Receive training to assist Director of Operations in database management, specifically CiviCRM
  • Maintaining relationships with small and mid-level donor base
  • Tracking progress of fundraising campaigns

Outreach Intern

  • Researching local and national secular community events
  • Updating the SCA calendar
  • Taking regular inventory of outreach materials
  • Assisting in event planning for outreach events 

To apply: submit a resume and cover letter. Students applying for the Legislative Internship must also submit a writing sample.
Applications will continue to be accepted until Friday, May 1, 2015 but positions may be filled and accepted candidates notified prior to that date.
Transportation costs to and from Washington, D.C. will not be provided.
Dan AT secular DOT org

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Hindu American Foundation seeks Director of Development

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Summary

The Hindu American Foundation (HAF) is seeking a qualified and highly motivated individual for its full-time position of Director of Development.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develop and lead a comprehensive annual work plan that focuses on major gifts and includes specific fundraising goals and targets
  • Develop strategies for expanding membership and giving from members
  • Develop comprehensive planned giving programs, research potential planned giving donors, and develop materials and market planned giving opportunities
  • Develop grant applications in partnership with other staff, conduct prospect research, develop tracking and reporting systems and proposal submissions, and cultivate relationships with foundations
  • Develop programs to acknowledge donors and nurture continued giving. Maintain an accurate and up-to-date donor database, including individual giving histories, profiles, interactions, etc
  • Oversee production of reports for accounting, analysis of gifts, trends, and projections
  • Oversee the development of messaging and materials that advance development initiatives
  • Strategically plan details of fundraising/speaking engagements for select Board and staff members, and others with the goal of attracting significant donors to scheduled events nationwide
  • Be versatile and flexible in their role in this rapidly growing not-for-profit organization

Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree required, Master's degree a plus
  • Demonstrated excellence in organizational, managerial, and communication skills
  • Familiarity with Hinduism and Hindu diaspora
  • Must be willing and able to travel monthly and/or on weekends
  • Relocation to DC is not mandatory as long as the applicant lives within the vicinity of a major airport

Experience

  • 5-plus years experience in development

To apply: send cover letter and resume with two references
Applications will be accepted and processed on a rolling basis
jobs AT hafsite DOT org

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Center For Inquiry seeks Web Developer
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Summary

The web developer maintains CFI's current suite of websites and web applications and also develops additional web-based solutions to address various needs. The web developer will work closely with the web designer to:

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develop ExpressionEngine-based dynamic websites
  • Develop dynamic, database-driven Ruby-on-Rails applications for solutions that fall outside the bounds of standard content-management systems
  • Plan strategies to ensure that all of CFI’s web assets are effectively designed, developed, and maintained
  • Create documentation for all of CFI’s current websites and web applications

Requirements

  • Demonstrable experience with the Ruby language and the Ruby-on-Rails web framework
  • Experience administering and configuring Linux/Apache servers
  • Strong knowledge of HTML and CSS standards and compliance
  • Ability to discern the macroscopic goals of Center for Inquiry and its affiliate organizations in order to create web solutions that provide the best compromise between the needs of the organizations, the capabilities of a small web department, and the potential solutions provided by dynamic web applications
  • Relocation to Amherst, NY

To apply: email a cover letter and curriculum vitae
Position will remain open until filled
info AT centerforinquiry DOT net

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