Position Summary The PCAR Communications and Policy Specialist assists the Communications Director in promoting the goals and objectives of PCAR through policy, advocacy, public relations, marketing, and the production of publications. The Communications and Policy Specialist helps to develop PCAR’s annual report, and contributes to its quarterly newsletter; follows relevant news stories, tracks legislations, prepares talking points, press releases, blogs, and other documents; reviews and edits publications; helps with Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) and other campaigns.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Policy •Disseminate timely policy updates and alerts to constituents through Blackbaud, Social Media, and other platforms. •Monitor the progress of sexual violence-related legislation. •Write, edit and/or publish accessible, web-based materials pertaining to PCAR’s legislative agenda and priority bills. •Write and/or edit talking points and speeches for rallies, press conferences, hearings, and other public policy events. •Write and/or edit op-eds and press releases to inform public policy agenda.
Publications & Media •Help proof read written materials including organizational and project newsletters, factsheets, talking points, brochures, curricula, technical assistance bulletins, web content and other products. Work closely with staff in Training/Technical Assistance Department, Development and Policy as well as other parts of the organization. •Produce content for the PCAR newsletter and annual report and assists with other PCAR publications. •Develop talking points, press releases, editorials and other resources in response to current events and issues.
Promotion •Serve as active member of social networking work group including posting relevant materials on Facebook and Twitter. •Assist with PCAR’s marketing materials and public awareness campaigns including for the annual Vision of Hope Gala and Sexual Assault Awareness Month campaign. General •Work closely with the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) Communications Department on joint projects, such as conferences and special events.
Bachelor’s degree (B. A.) in Communications, Journalism, English, Public Relations. Marketing or similar field from a four-year college or university or equivalent experience. This position requires research abilities, a sound understanding of statistics and social science methodology and excellent writing and editing skills. Knowledge of community education, prevention, and/or sexual violence issues helpful.
About Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape PCAR
The mission of the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape is to work to eliminate all forms of sexual violence and to advocate for the rights and needs of victims of sexual assault.
Founded in 1975, PCAR works to end sexual violence and advocates for the rights and needs of all sexual assault victims. PCAR partners with a network of rape crisis programs to bring help, hope, and healing around issues of sexual violence to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. PCAR:
Ensures that communities have access to quality victim services and prevention education by providing funding, training, materials and assistance to a network of rape crisis centers that serve all of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties.
Provides resources and training on sexual assault-related issues to professionals across the Commonwealth.
Promotes public policies that provide protections and services to victims of sexual violence, hold offenders accountable, and enhance community safety.
Launched the Sexual Violence Legal Assistance Project in 2018 to provide holistic legal services to survivors of sexual violence.
Works with media to increase public awareness, access to accurate information, and ethical ...reporting practices.
Operates the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC), which identifies, develops and disseminates resources regarding all aspects of sexual violence prevention and intervention. The NSVRC also is a partner in a collaborative effort with the National Alliance to End Sexual Violence (NAESV), and the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CALCASA)–PreventConnect to operate Raliance. Raliance was founded in 2015 through a multimillion dollar seed investment by the National Football League with a mission of ending sexual violence in one generation. Raliance promotes prevention by awarding grants, advancing research, policymaking, and more.
Operated AEquitas: The Prosecutor’s Resource on Violence Against Women from 2009 until the organization became an independent 501(c)(3) on October 1, 2015. PCAR founded AEquitas and was responsible for its financial management while AEquitas project staff implemented training, case consultation, technical assistance and the development of practical resources for prosecutors and justice professionals around the world. PCAR and AEquitas will continue to work closely together as collaborative partners to help identify emerging issues and strategies that could affect investigations and prosecutions of sexual violence and related cases.