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Communications Assistant

Communications Assistant
Job Description: 

RespectAbility is seeking a communications assistant to support our media and press outreach, including writing and editing, fact checking, pitching stories, uploading content on our website and administrative support.



RespectAbility’s Communications Assistant will support the Vice President of Communications and Communications Associate, as well as other staff and board, in our work to effectively communicate with all stakeholders. The ideal candidate has a keen eye for detail, a mastery of grammar and mechanics and enthusiasm for RespectAbility’s mission. The communications assistant will assist with a range of content, from breaking news stories to toolkits and fundraising collaterals.

Salary, healthcare, vacation and other benefits provided. Position will work remotely at least for the duration of the pandemic. We prefer people located near our offices in Rockville, Maryland, or Los Angeles, California but will consider people in other locations. This position will not be filled until funding is secured to ensure the long-term viability of this position.



Media and Press Support (70%)

  • Maintain and update curated press lists.
  • Monitor reporters online and on social media for press opportunities. Assistance in pitching story ideas to relevant journalists.
  • Collect alumni stories and quotes.
  • Assist with transcriptions of videos.
  • Support Communications team in writing talking points, op-eds, media advisories and press statements as needed.
  • In coordination with the VP of Communications, help develop internal style guide and train other team members in use of appropriate styles.
  • Edit and proofread blog posts, news stories, toolkits, press releases, fundraising collaterals and website/email copy for grammar, spelling, syntax, punctuation and formatting while preserving style and voice.
  • Fact check numbers, links, proper nouns and other public information and double check information collected from sources.
  • Ensure toolkits and other specified documents are fully accessible and 508 compliant. If applicant does not know how to do this, willingness and desire to learn is necessary.
  • Support Communications team with graphic design and infographic creations for use on social media and in printed materials.
  • Effectively use a disability justice frame of reference in writing and editing.
  • Post material to our website and various social media channels as needed and assist in training Fellows to do the same.

Administrative Support (30%)

  • Develop and maintain the editorial calendar, coordinating with various campaign teams to schedule interviews, events and initiatives.
  • Maintain easy-to-use materials databases of talking points, priority campaigns list, press releases, campaign 1 pagers, media clips, and other relevant communications materials.
  • Coordinate the VP of Communication’s schedule, with a strong understanding of priorities.
  • Ensure that meetings, proposals, deadlines, presentations, and other duties of the Communications team are carried out seamlessly.
  • Post pandemic, occasionally make travel arrangements, coordinating flights, accommodations, and other itinerary specifics.
  • Ensure that receipts and reimbursements are filed in a timely fashion.
  • Assist in the preparation of documents and presentations for both internal and external meetings. Create and/or revise PowerPoint presentation decks and Excel spreadsheets.



  • Strong commitment to the mission and vision of the organization, including diversity, equity and opportunity for people of all backgrounds and abilities.
  • At least one year of applicable experience, can include internship, volunteer and/or academic experience.
  • Working knowledge of AP style.
  • Working knowledge of how to avoid ableism and to use appropriate disability-inclusive language, as outlined in our toolkits and the NCDJ style guide.
  • Ability to have a nonpartisan perspective and approach.
  • Excellent communications and organizational skills. Has a proven track record of working as a member of a team and individually to meet goals.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite required. Proficiency with the accessible design of office documents preferred. This proficiency can be gained with free trainings available on the RespectAbility website.
  • Ability to learn and master new issues quickly.
  • Ability to respond to shifting priorities and demands based on the organization’s needs, as well as organize time efficiently and remain attentive to details.


To find out more about RespectAbility, visit:

To apply, please send your resume, cover letter and salary requirements to Tonya Koslo: [email protected]. The salary range for this position is $35,000-$45,000.

People with disabilities, BIPOC individuals, and members of other marginalized communities are strongly encouraged to apply. If you require any accommodations in order to most effectively participate in the application process, please contact Tonya Koslo at [email protected] or 202-517-6272, and let us know what we can do.

RespectAbility provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, veteran status or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, RespectAbility complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

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