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Learn how you can join the team at AFSP by reviewing positions currently available.

Communications Writer

Position Summary

The Communications Writer is responsible for day-to-day writing, editing assignments and managing the flow of new and existing AFSP content for use in our marketing, website, national blog, social media and more. The role involves working with staff, volunteers and other external audiences as part of our storytelling and awareness efforts; managing and editing a regular schedule of blog content from both clinical experts and general submissions; supporting content for inclusion in a monthly newsletter; and collaborating with the rest of the Communications teams on national campaigns that help create a culture that’s smart about mental health. The position will work closely with our Senior Manager of Writing and Entertainment Outreach to draft and finalize copy, create program and event descriptions and educational content, and support more long-term writing projects such as the organization’s annual report.

This position requires scheduling skills with multiple stakeholders (i.e. staff, volunteers, external partners) and managing multiple content/copy projects at one time with ease, as well as the ability to work with internal content experts to communicate clinical or difficult concepts in a way that a general, lay audience can easily understand. The ideal candidate will be creative, driven, good-humored, and passionate about suicide prevention and mental health, and feel comfortable engaging with this topic on an ongoing basis.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Communications, English, Creative Writing, Journalism, Advertising, or another area of study involving writing
  • Minimum of 2-3 years’ experience working in writing, editing, or copywriting field
  • Highly motivated individual with ability to work in fast, dynamic work environment
  • Ability to maintain and juggle multiple or competing priorities at one time
  • Strong interpersonal skills including an ability to listen to and interpret requests and needs
  • Strong knowledge of fundamental writing, editing, and copyediting principles
  • Ability to work in a team dynamic – and a sense of humor – is a plus
  • Working knowledge of a content management system such as Wordpress is a plus

Salary and Benefits

  • 22 PTO (vacation, sick, wellness and personal days) your first year of employment (5 additional days 2nd year)
  • 10% employer retirement contribution after 2 years of employment
  • Flexible Summer Fridays
  • Low to Mid 50s depending on experience

How to Apply

Please submit resume, cover letter and two (2) writing samples to hresources@afsp.org. Write “CommsWriter” in the subject line.

Walks Administrative Assistant

Position Summary

The Administrative Assistant will work closely with the Walks Manager to support the work of the Out of the Darkness Walks team in all day-to-day operations including providing Walk-related support to Field Staff across the country. The successful candidate will be one who can assume a leadership role in all facets of their duties and will be encouraged to add their own voice and talents. This position is based in New York City.

Responsibilities

  • Manage and maintain updates to Walk Websites
  • Provide customer service to walk coordinators and participants including website and registration support, responding to general inquiries, and providing information about AFSPs fundraising and programmatic activities
  • Process sponsorship and logo requests
  • Generate and distribute event reports
  • Assist with email marketing and social media updates
  • Additional tasks as assigned by supervisor

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred
  • Experience working in a national nonprofit organization
  • Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Comfortable working both independently and collaboratively
  • Strong problem-solving skills
  • Ability to prioritize tasks in a fast-paced environment with strong attention to detail
  • Excellent customer service orientation and comfort interacting with a variety of audiences including staff, donors, board members, volunteers and the public via phone and email.
  • Computer skills required: Internet Research, Microsoft Office programs. Previous CRM experience is helpful, but not required.
  • Fundraising experience a plus

Salary and Benefits

  • 22 PTO (vacation, sick, wellness and personal days) your first year of employment (5 additional days 2nd year)
  • 10% employer retirement contribution after 2 years of employment
  • Flexible Summer Fridays
  • Mid 30s depending on experience

How to Apply

Please submit resume with cover letter to hrdevelopment@afsp.org. Write “WalksAdmin” in the subject line.

Public Policy Internships

Position Summary

Public Policy Associates will assist the AFSP Public Policy Office in carrying out the organization's public policy priorities and legislative agenda, and in maintaining and enhancing AFSP’s advocacy presence in Washington, D.C. and at the state and local levels of government. Associates must be available to work 32 hours per week. This position is located in Washington, D.C. Click here for bios of previous Associates.

Position Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assist in research, tracking, analysis, evaluation, and communication of relevant federal and state policy issues, legislation and regulations
  • Track Congressional hearing activity for assigned Committees, attend relevant hearings, and prepare summary reports for sharing with AFSP’s grassroots and grasstops advocacy networks
  • Assist with the development and execution of public policy events, including the annual Advocacy Forum (summer semester), State Capitol Days (spring semester), and Congressional briefings
  • Support AFSP staff in regard to federal, state, and local policy development, communications, and administrative duties as assigned
  • Additional responsibilities as assigned by Public Policy Office staff

Qualifications

  • Excellent organizational, verbal, written, public speaking and interpersonal skills
  • Knowledge in computer programs, including excel
  • Ability to work under pressure and think quickly on your feet
  • Ability to work independently, as well as part of a team
  • Experience/interest in engaging and motivating a large group of volunteers a plus
  • Familiarity with and interest in healthcare issues a plus

How to Apply

Please submit a cover letter, resume, college or university transcript, 1-2 letters of recommendation, and a writing sample between 500 – 1,000 words to advocacy@afsp.org. The deadline for Fall 2021 applications is Friday, July 23.

Spring 2022 Marketing Management Intern

Position Summary

Our internship program will provide an enriching and rewarding experience for students who are interested in gaining real-world experience in marketing project coordination within the not-for-profit sector.

Assignments may vary, but generally include:

  • Project Coordination, including planning kick-off meetings, recording meeting notes, establishing timelines, proof-reading, facilitating feedback 
  • Asset Management, including final asset publishing to content management platform and file organization
  • Creative Concepting, including ideating social media content, promotional tools and campaigns
  • Beginner Design, including updating and altering established templates for promotional tools, ads and billboards

Students will also attend weekly team meetings and brainstorms and have the opportunity to learn about the communications field, build networking skills and discuss career planning. 

The program offers an internship with monthly stipend to students and runs from January to May with the option to extend into additional semesters if desired. The internship must be tied to a college-level internship program.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Part-time or full-time college student (undergraduate or graduate student)
  • Available to work a 20- to 30-hour work week (Monday – Friday, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm)

Qualifications

  • Experience working with Adobe Creative Suite products (InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop) – proficiency a plus but not required
  • Excellent writing, communications and interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated leadership and an interest in communications and marketing via coursework or extracurricular activity
  • Interest or passion for working in the non-profit field

How to Apply

Please send a cover letter and resume to hmartin@afsp.org with Marketing Management Intern in the subject line.

Spring 2022 Communications Social Media Intern

Position Summary

Our social media internship program will provide an enriching and rewarding experience for students who are interested in social media and communications. The program is designed to expose students to the not-for-profit sector and to provide them with a rich learning and development experience.

We are looking for someone with strong interest in social media, community engagement, and a passion to make a difference. Assignments may vary, but generally include assisting with social media, public relations, and our blog. Students will also attend weekly team meetings and brainstorms and have the opportunity to learn about the communications field, build networking skills and discuss career planning.

The program offers an internship with monthly stipend to students, which runs from January to May, and must be tied to a college-level internship program. This position is located in New York City.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Part-time or full-time college student (undergraduate or graduate student)
  • Residents of the New York Tri-State area (New York, New Jersey or Connecticut)
  • Available to work a 15- to 20-hour work week (Monday – Friday, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm)

Qualifications

  • Excellent writing, communications and interpersonal skills
  • Knowledge in social media channels such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Linkedin, Twitch etc.
  • Excellent computer skills and demonstrated proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office and Google Drive
  • Demonstrated leadership and an interest in communications and marketing via coursework or extracurricular activity
  • Interest or passion for working in the non-profit field

How To Apply

Please send a cover letter and resume to vlukacs@afsp.org with Social Media Intern in the subject line. Applications without a personalized cover letter will not be considered.

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