Our Teaching Tolerance project combats prejudice among our nation’s youth while promoting equality, inclusiveness and equitable learning environments in the classroom. We produce an array of anti-bias resources that we distribute, free of charge, to educators across the country – award-winning classroom documentaries, lesson plans and curricula, Teaching Tolerance magazine, and more.
The Southern Poverty Law Center is looking for a staff writer to join the organization’s Teaching Tolerance department. The writer will compose engaging copy for the department’s audience that supports its programmatic goals. The writer will work in a collaborative environment to produce: blogs, reports, web and email copy, feature stories and curriculum materials, both print and electronic. S/he must ensure accuracy, clarity, consistency and overall quality of content while meeting deadlines and balancing daily and longer-term assignments.
Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:
• Writing original online and print content, including but not limited to: blogs, feature stories, newsletters, emails and reports;
• Writing timely news-related stories to help educators both learn about topical social justice issues and introduce them into the classroom;
• Providing editorial support to other members of the department as needed;
• Staying abreast of TT and SPLC’s programmatic work and contributing editorial ideas to promote it;
• Conducting research and fact-checking as needed;
• Working across the department to bring clear messaging and institutional voice to all written communications;
• Copyediting and proofreading for a variety of publications.
• Bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications or English preferred;
• At least three years of professional writing experience, preferably within a news organization and/or nonprofit environment;
• Strong communication skills; ability to write quickly, clearly, accurately and persuasively;
• Proven ability to work independently, meet multiple deadlines and function under pressure;
• Familiarity with and commitment to social justice issues and the Teaching Tolerance mission;
• Team player with entrepreneurial spirit and ability to collaborate effectively with staff members at all levels in fast-paced environment;
• Preference given to writer with background in educational publishing.
Other Special Considerations:
This job is performed under general office conditions, and is not subject to any strenuous physical demands or dangerous conditions.
The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the employee in this position. These statements are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of a person in this position.
An Equal-Opportunity Employer with a Commitment to Diversity
Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, and as an organization committed to diversity and the perspective of all voices, we consider applicants equally of race, gender, gender identity, color, sexual orientation, religion, marital status, disability, political affiliation, national origin, or prior record of arrest or conviction.