Communications Officer voluntary service/United States/120664/Communications OfficerCommunications OfficerGovernment Accountability Project<p> <b>Background </b><br> The Government Accountability Project (GAP) was created in 1977 at the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) in response to several whistleblowers, such as Daniel Ellsberg, who came to IPS about White House, FBI and Pentagon scandals. Since that time, GAP has served as a lifeline to employees of conscience and has helped them release critical information that serves the public interest and the common good. GAP is the nation's leading whistleblower protection and advocacy organization. A non-partisan public-interest group, GAP litigates whistleblower cases, helps expose wrongdoing to the public, and actively promotes government and corporate accountability. Since its founding, GAP has helped thousands of whistleblowers who have raised a range of concerns about, amongst many other issues, food safety and animal welfare, environmental protection, corporate wrongdoing and breaches of civil liberties. As a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization, GAP defends whistleblowers in the court of law and the court of public opinion, while crafting and refining whistleblower protection laws through legislative channels at home and abroad. </p><p> GAP seeks a motivated and detail-oriented Communications Officer who will report to the Communications Director and will assist in supporting a variety of tasks with a focus on maintaining our internship program and further developing our student outreach/public education. Working in a flexible and creative environment, the Officer will have opportunities to sharpen his or her research, writing, and other media skills. </p><p> <b>Responsibilities will include:</b> <ul> <li>Maintaining and further developing GAP's internship and university outreach systems</li> <li>Discovering and creating content for social media</li> <li>Drafting content for the GAP blog and email alerts</li> <li>Monitoring media coverage of whistleblower issues</li> <li>Conducting research for communications projects </li> <li>Supplementing database of press contacts and online media influencers </li> </ul> </p><div class="ExternalClass4C79EB1EB93A46779A8B2B67437CA553"><p> <strong>Qualifications:</strong><br> <ul> <li>Strong attention to detail</li> <li>Organized, creative thinker and independent worker</li> <li>A passion for whistleblower and/or transparency issues</li> <li>Excellent written, oral, and interpersonal skills</li> <li>Eagerness to learn online communications systems and the development of press materials</li> <li>Proficiency in Office Suite (Excel, Powerpoint, etc) </li> <li>Graphic design experience or knowledge is a plus</li> </ul> </p><p> <b>Location</b><br> Our office is located in Washington DC, and the work will take place from our office. </p><p> <b>Additional Information</b><br> GAP would welcome the opportunity to have a Mennonite Volunteer work with us for a year. We have had successful placements in the past and look forward to working with the next generation. We take our commitment to integrate the individual who is placed with us into GAP's working life very seriously. GAP is also able to offer supplementary mentorship via Louis Clark, GAP's President and Director of Development. Louis is an ordained Methodist Minister and will be available as a mentor to supplement the overall supervision of the individual placed with us. </p></div>



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