Lansing-based non-profit association seeks a writer with minimum two years professional experience in journalism or communications for legislative and municipal writing geared both toward association members and the public. Position will also oversee association’s legislative social media efforts and host a biweekly podcast. Position requires strong writing skills, considerable experience in social media applications and utilization for public policy advocacy, interpersonal communication skills necessary to work effectively in a professional manner, research and interviewing capabilities for in-depth articles, and organizational skills necessary to meet multiple deadlines. Some travel required. Starting salary is $58K plus benefits.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities
Writes articles (various lengths) on association’s legislative activities for weekly and monthly publications and/or website. Articles will identify issues being addressed by the state legislature, courts and executive branch impacting association members, identifying implications to members and to advance the association’s legislative goals relative to current issues. Such articles will explain legislation in-depth, exploring the background and impact of bills and the direction for members on advocacy engagement.
Writes in-depth monthly magazine cover stories on emerging social, economic, environmental, political and legislative issues and trends impacting association and its members.
Authors articles profiling legislators, features highlighting member accomplishments, human interest pieces, and other assignments, as directed.
Hosts biweekly podcast, including brainstorming and scheduling topics, research preparation, and interviewing appropriate experts.
Composes press releases, media statements and op-ed pieces for submittal to appropriate media outlets.
Posts legislative advocacy and other information on association website.
Edits and proofreads materials that will be disseminated to the membership, the public or other significant audiences, as assigned.
Attends legislative committee meetings for research and social media purposes.
Posts relevant advocacy and association information to social media platforms, including live-tweeting committee meetings and other events.
Assists in editing, repairing and producing the monthly magazine and other communications, including electronic newsletters.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Preferably a bachelors or master's degree in journalism, or in communications or public relations, with a focus on written communications.
Minimum of two years professional experience preferably in journalism, or in communications. Documented ability to produce high-quality content rapidly.
Demonstration of strong writing skills, particularly the ability to present complex information in a style and vocabulary suitable for general audiences; strong grammar and spelling abilities essential.
Considerable experience in social media applications and utilization for public policy advocacy.
Excellent interpersonal communication skills necessary to work effectively with other staff members in a professional, collaborative manner.
Ability to conduct training courses in areas related to social media and communications.
Organizational skills and discipline necessary to consistently meet numerous deadlines and the ability to successfully carry out multiple responsibilities.
Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, three relevant writing samples, and three professional references by Friday, March 20, 2020.
Additional Salary Information: Starting salary is $58,000.
A comprehensive benefit plan, paid vacation and a 401(k) savings plan.
The position is Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) exempt.
About Michigan Townships Association
The Michigan Townships Association is a voluntary membership association for Michigan’s 1,240 townships. We provide our member township officials with information and guidance on statutory requirements and provide solutions to issues they face; offer a wide variety of education programs to build knowledge and skills related to the core competencies required of a township official; and speak on behalf of townships to state and federal lawmakers and regulators.
MTA Mission Statement: The Michigan Townships Association advances local democracy by fostering township leadership and public policy essential for a strong and vibrant Michigan.