Job Openings

Job Opening: Communications Director

Position Summary
Nebraska Appleseed is seeking a highly skilled, motivated, and collaborative person to lead the organization’s communications work. The Communications Director is responsible for developing, coordinating, and implementing strategic communications for all projects and the organization as a whole. This position will report to the Executive Director but will work in a collaborative team environment with the Director of Information Technology and development staff to ensure integration of communications and branding across all technology platforms and development strategies.

Organization Profile
Nebraska Appleseed is a nonprofit organization that fights for justice and opportunity for all Nebraskans. Appleseed takes a systemic approach to complex issues – such as children’s welfare, immigration policy, affordable health care, and poverty – by advocating in the courthouse, at the Capitol, and with the community.

Nebraska Appleseed is committed to diversity, inclusion, and equity among our board, staff, interns, clerks, and volunteers. These foundational values are central to our mission. For more information visit neappleseed.org.

Nebraska Appleseed is an equal opportunity employer; people of color, members of the LGBTQ community, individuals with disabilities, and those from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. Nebraska Appleseed does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnic background, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, or disability.

Responsibilities

  • Develop an annual strategic communications plan for the organization.
  • Work with staff across the organization to develop and implement strategic communications plans for short and long term projects.
  • Work in conjunction with program staff to develop messaging for projects.
  • Draft press releases, blog posts, action alerts, social media posts and other written material for specific projects and events.
  • Engineer rapid response communications for specific projects when needed.
  • Monitor news coverage and carrying out strategies to shape the public dialogue on the issues central to Nebraska Appleseed’s mission.
  • Build and maintain relationships with reporters and digital media outlets to ensure placement and adequate coverage of key issues and Nebraska Appleseed’s work.

Requirements

  • Excellent writing skills–writing both for the media and for the community members. Writing should be clear, concise, accessible, engaging, and memorable.
  • Strong interpersonal skills. Ability to work with a range of personalities and skill levels to produce high-quality results.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and deadlines at one time.
  • Excellent technology skills–proficient with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, SnapChat, and other social media platforms.
  • Good marketing skills. The ability to develop messages, slogans, and tactics that draw attention to issues and policies in ways that build common ground.
  • Excellent strategic judgment. The ability to see how to move issues forward in both the short and long term in Nebraska.
  • Ability to work some evenings and weekends.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Can speak and write fluently in Spanish.
  • A self-starter who can generate solutions and next steps within a framework of clear expectations.
  • Calm in a crisis, with great instincts. The skills to respond to unexpected developments in ways that seize opportunities and minimize negative outcomes.
  • Experience with Google Apps, Macs, InDesign, and contact databases.
  • Experience with planning, capturing, and editing video content.
  • Experience with policy advocacy and/or community organizing.
  • 3-5 years experience in a communications position.

Salary and Benefits
Competitive nonprofit salary based on experience and benefits including health, vision, dental, 401(k), and vacation.

To Apply
Application deadline is Friday, February 22, 2019 and the target start date is April 1, 2019. Please send a cover letter, resume, a brief 1-2 page writing sample (press release, press statement, blog post, brochure, etc…), and a list of three references via email to Nicholette Seigfreid at careers@neappleseed.org or via mail to Nebraska Appleseed, Attn: Nicholette Seigfreid,  941 O Street, Suite 920, Lincoln, NE 68508. If you have any questions, please contact Nicholette at 402-438-8853 x122.

Job Opening: Development Associate

Position Summary
Nebraska Appleseed is seeking a highly-motivated, detail-oriented individual to coordinate fundraising from individuals and events. The position is responsible for daily recording of contributions and updating contributors’ records in the supporter database, producing timely communications such as thank you letters and receipts, and writing appeals for support. The individual will prioritize understanding supporters’ motivations to give and participate in Appleseed’s efforts. The individual will also plan and coordinate events including house party fundraisers, supporter briefings and appreciation gatherings, and the annual Good Apple Awards. The Development Associate will report to the Director of Development & Engagement.

Organization Profile
Nebraska Appleseed is a nonprofit organization that fights for justice and opportunity for all Nebraskans. Appleseed takes a systemic approach to complex issues – such as children’s welfare, immigration policy, affordable health care, and poverty – by advocating in the courthouse, at the Capitol, and with the community.

Nebraska Appleseed is committed to diversity, inclusion, and equity among our board, staff, interns, clerks, and volunteers. These foundational values are central to our mission. For more information visit neappleseed.org.

Nebraska Appleseed is an equal opportunity employer; people of color, members of the LGBTQ community, individuals with disabilities, and those from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. Nebraska Appleseed does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnic background, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, or disability.

Responsibilities

  • Daily entry of supporters’ contributions, and maintaining accurate information in Appleseed’s supporter database (CiviCRM) for individuals, organizations, and event contributors including donation history, contact information, acknowledgements, and communication preferences.
  • Write and send timely, accurate thank you letters and receipts to contributors within two days of receiving the contribution.
  • Write and create fundraising materials, including online and letter appeals, project proposals and brochures, and other materials as needed.
  • Plan and coordinate supporter events such as house parties, receptions, and advocacy gatherings, including managing logistics, RSVP lists, vendors, assisting in securing sponsorships, and other event duties.
  • Plan and manage all logistics and solicitations for Appleseed’s annual fundraising event, the Good Apple Awards (300+ attendees).
  • Build and strengthen relationships with Appleseed supporters, implement programs to retain annual contributors and understand their motivations for giving, and connect supporters with ways to take action on Appleseed campaigns.

Requirements

  • High attention to detail and accuracy is required.
  • Excellent writing and editing skills are required.
  • Meticulous organizational skills with an ability to manage, prioritize, and complete multiple projects and tasks efficiently while adhering to competing deadlines.
  • Enjoys working with databases, and identifying trends in contact records, activities, and networks of individuals.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Strong interpersonal skills and an ability to work with a range of personalities and skill levels to produce high quality results.
  • Background or prior experience in fundraising and working with nonprofit advocacy organizations is a plus, but is not a requirement.
  • Strong computer skills, including use of Google Docs, email, and calendar, Microsoft Word, and Excel. Familiarity with fundraising software is a plus.
  • Supportive of Appleseed’s mission.
  • Fluency in Spanish a plus.

Salary and Benefits
Competitive nonprofit salary based on experience and benefits including health, vision, dental, 401(k), and vacation.

To Apply
Application deadline is Friday, February 22, 2019 and the target start date is March 25, 2019. Please send a cover letter and resume, a writing sample (eg, a fundraising letter, or a no more than one or two page document that showcases your writing) and a list of three references via email to Nicholette Seigfreid at careers@neappleseed.org or via mail to Nebraska Appleseed, Attn: Nicholette Seigfreid, 941 O Street, Suite 920, Lincoln, NE 68508. If you have any questions, please contact Nicholette at 402-438-8853 x122.


Get Involved With Nebraska Appleseed

There are many ways to get involved with Appleseed, and we welcome all passionate individuals who are interested in learning more about and becoming engaged in our work.

Fill out our volunteer form below or apply for an internship or clerkship and a staff member will be in touch with you about next steps towards joining us in the fight for justice and opportunity for all Nebraskans.

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Internships & Clerkships

Nebraska Appleseed routinely has positions for interns and law clerks to help support our work. If you are interested in being a law clerk or intern please complete our electronic application form and attach a cover letter and resume. Apply below for Law Clerk and Intern positions.

Internships

The Nebraska Appleseed Internship Program is a hands on way to learn about nonprofit and advocacy work in Nebraska.

Our internships are part time, unpaid positions (8-12 hours per week). Interns work within our programs to conduct research projects, assist with advocacy and public policy work, help with community outreach and education, and provide general office support.

Interns work directly under the supervision of a Nebraska Appleseed staff member in one of our four program areas (Immigrants and Communities, Economic Justice, Health Care Access, and Child Welfare).

We are currently accepting applications for the spring of 2019.

If you have any questions, you can email our Organizing Director, Selina, at smartinez@neappleseed.org

Internship Application 

Law Clerks

Nebraska Appleseed clerkships are full or part time positions open to current law students that provide opportunities to experience a wide variety of public interest law. Law clerks will do research, legal writing, litigation support, assist with administrative appeals and advocacy and conduct public policy research and analysis. Law clerks work directly under the supervision of Nebraska Appleseed Staff Attorneys allowing them to get one on one attention and direction.

Available Positions

Clerkship Application