Communications Assistant

Washington Office on Latin America
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career
  • Posted
    Feb 19

Position description

The Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) seeks a detail-oriented Communications Assistant (CA) to provide administrative support for the Communications team within a fast-paced, human rights organization working in Washington DC and Latin America. The CA will have a passion for innovation and keeping up with today’s rapidly changing world of communications, including social media and digital technologies. In addition, the CA will have initiative, excellent problem-solving skills, and the ability to communicate effectively in both English and Spanish.            

The position brings a committed individual into contact with human rights organizations, policy experts, journalists, professional graphic designers, technologists, and videographers in Washington and Latin America. WOLA is an organization where everyone is self-motivated, goal-oriented, and passionate about our work. We are committed to what we do. Our leadership works hard to support us with a culture of innovation, collaboration, and excellence. WOLA was twice recognized by Washingtonian Magazine as one of DC’s “Best Places to Work” and by The Washington Post as one of DC’s best-managed nonprofits.

WOLA’s office has a full-time staff of approximately 25, plus seven interns and six fellows. 

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

1.   Work closely with the Vice President for Communications to support powerful communications campaigns.

2.   Produce small design jobs (such as posters, ads, or infographics).

3.   Draft regular metric reports analyzing WOLA’s press outreach and digital advocacy and marketing campaigns.

4.   Liaise with outside graphic designers, web developers, and other communication vendors.

5.   Manage media interview requests and keep track of all WOLA press mentions.

6. Help copy-edit press releases, media advisories, opinion pieces, and pitches to the media.

7. Assist in producing social media content and digital marketing campaigns.

8.   Update and manage WOLA’s Mailchimp mailing list and contact database and Cision media contact database.

9.   Maintain and WOLA’s various external blogs; develop new website functionality and designs in coordination with external vendors.

10. Train staff on communications equipment, technologies, and processes.

11. Assist with event setup, video shooting, live-streaming, and the production of videos and photos.

12. Manage an intern in coordination with the Intern Coordinator.

13. Other duties will be assigned depending on the Vice President’s needs and Assistant’s abilities.


1.   Bachelor’s degree, preferably in Communications, Journalism, or International Relations.

2.   A demonstrated commitment to human rights and social justice in Latin America.

3. Extreme attention to detail and the ability to stay focused on the big picture while functioning in the details.

4. Full professional proficiency in English and Spanish. Strong written and oral communication skills, as well as copy-editing, required in both languages. 

5. Advanced knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite, including InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop and/or other design software. Video editing software experience (Premiere Pro or Final Cut) is highly desired. 

6. Strong capability to work well under pressure and in a very fast-paced environment.

7. Ability to work with a variety of different people, work styles, and content.

8.   Problem-solving skills, critical thinking, good intuition, and troubleshooting abilities are essential.

9.   Experience with desktop publishing, mailing list management (preferably Mailchimp), and website maintenance (Wordpress).

10. Strong working knowledge of HTML and CSS. Website server management and javascript experience.

11. Experience with social media and digital marketing tools like Google Ads a major plus.

12. Photography and video experience are a plus.

13. Additional job requirements: overseas travel required; full-time position; some long hours and weekend work required.

-No phone calls please-

WOLA values a diverse workplace and encourages minority candidates to apply. WOLA is an equal opportunity employer, and does not discriminate based upon race, color, creed, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, family responsibilities, or any other status protected by applicable law. Due to the Assistant level of this position, we regret that it is not eligible for a work visa; we can only hire candidates currently authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis.

Application instructions

Please submit the following in a single PDF document putting Communications Assistant in the subject line:

1.           Cover Letter

2.           Resume

3.           Two-page English writing sample

4.           A list of two references with email addresses and daytime telephone numbers

5.           A link to your online portfolio, or one or more example(s) of your design projects, such as an infographic, poster, or data visualization. Please send us a link in the body of your application email, along with a description of the project.

-No phone calls please-

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