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Communications Manager

American Civil Liberties Union of Hawaii (ACLU-HI)

Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
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The local ACLU, located in Honolulu is a state affiliate of the national American Civil Liberties Union, the country’s largest civil liberties and civil rights organization. The ACLU is a private, non-profit non-partisan organization that works to promote and defend civil rights and civil liberties through legal, legislative, and public education initiatives.

As the ACLU of Hawai‘i has grown, there is a current need for a Communications Manager position. 


The position requires willingness to work and travel outside the 9 to 5 hours of the normal workday, including evening and weekend meetings and/or events. The position is an exempt position. Currently, the Communications Manager position is a full-time position.


The Communications Manager shall work under the direction and supervision of the Deputy Director and has these core areas of responsibility:


Content creation: Full charge graphic designer (Adobe Creative Suite based) and writer to strategize, plan and deliver online, print and other assets that enhance and advance affiliate mission and goals; creatively coordinate public education work across several interlocking areas: including legal, legislative, and development activities;


Digital marketing: Manage, grow and expand ACLU of Hawaii’s online presence through our website(s). Includes Twitter, Facebook, and other strategically relevant online properties;


Media relations: Assist with managing incoming media inquiries and building relationships with journalists; create, execute, and measure media campaigns;


Marketing strategy and campaigns: Create, manage and execute strategic campaigns for public facing communications;


Analytics: Use online measurement tools to report campaign results; continuously improve on those metrics;


Development and executive support: As needed, projects to support fundraising initiatives, special presentations and other work as assigned;


Events and event planning: Help plan and execute events for the ACLU of Hawai‘i;


Integrate communications channels: Campaign planning for integrated and supportive work in social media, print, radio, video;


Public engagement: Recruit, train and supervise volunteers and interns to implement special events and affiliate priorities (currently includes Davis Levin First Amendment Conference, Youth Affairs, student internships, speakers bureau).



  • BA in communications, graphic design, public relations or related field.
  • 2 years (minimum) professionally using Adobe Creative Suite. Portfolio of relevant work. Experience in the “ground-up” production of radio ads, TV or video work, infographics or webinars a plus. Professional prepress, printing/publishing skills essential.
  • Confident communicator and presenter, ability to present concepts verbally, accept and adapt to critique.
  • Strong writing, editing, proofreading, layout and design. Able to express complex concepts cleanly and visually.
  • Must possess excellent organizational and planning skills.
  • Superior project and time management skills.
  • Creative and flexible.
  • Strong knowledge and understanding of current trends in digital media/social media, online culture.
  • Self motivated with a positive and professional approach.
  • Able to manage and work effectively with other staff and to motivate and interact with diverse volunteers, donors and members, community groups;
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral, as a public spokesperson and advocate; a “quick study” on an array of issues, including the ability to understand and articulate legal concepts and other complex issues and communicate them to a variety of audiences;
  • A demonstrated commitment to the cause of civil liberties and civil rights and the mission of the ACLU;
  • Personal enthusiasm and optimism, along with a sense of humor.


The ACLU is an equal opportunity employer.  We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture.  The ACLU encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, and veteran status.


The ACLU undertakes affirmative action strategies in its recruitment and employment efforts to assure that persons with disabilities have full opportunities for employment in all positions.


For full position description and requirements, go to the ACLU of Hawai`i website at



All applications are held in strict confidence.

Applicants are asked to send a cover letter, resume, and references to:

Communications Manager Position

or ACLU of Hawai`i, P.O. Box 3410, Hon. HI 96801



Salary based on experience. Excellent benefits include paid vacation, medical and dental insurance, 401(k) plan, life and long-term disability insurance, sabbatical and generous paid holidays.


Electronic submission of applications and correspondence is strongly preferred in PDF format.

Review of nominations and applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Please indicate in your cover letter where you found this job listing.

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