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Communications and Outreach Manager

Reports to: Director of Policy and Advancement

Disability Rights Ohio is an independent nonprofit with a dedicated team of attorneys, advocates, and leaders that work hard to advance the civil, human, and legal rights for people with disabilities. DRO seeks an experienced communications and outreach manager who thrives within a team environment, desires to think creatively, and will work to identify opportunities to grow and expand our communications activities in order to maximize DRO’s impact.

Job Summary:

The Communications and Outreach Manager will manage the development and coordination of digital and traditional communications functions as well as be responsible for the outreach activities of the agency. This person will assist executive management in developing and implementing communications strategies, create and present external and internal facing materials, and collaborate with other team members to fully engage staff in communications efforts. Management of the DRO’s website, daily communications, and media relations, are also essential functions of this position.

Job Requirements:
  • Write press releases and develop communications plans
  • Plan press conferences for major events and assist in planning with other organizational events, such as fundraisers and summits
  • Oversee DRO’s client contact email database, blog, email alerts, and social media opportunities
  • Manage and update DRO’s website, including the Board of Director’s portal
  • Create spreadsheets and track key communications data for grant reporting purposes
  • Manage the development, coordination, and execution of outreach activities of the organization
  • Write or assist with writing grant reports as needed
  • Supervise and train any communications specific interns
  • Provide communications support for DRO’s policy, project, and fundraising work including drafting and designing informational handouts and briefs
  • Build relationships and work directly with members of the media
  • Support and train staff to give media interviews
  • Work within a team on special communications and outreach projects
  • Other duties as assigned
Minimum Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s Degree with 3-5 years relevant work experience in communications/PR
  • Experience with crafting and implementing communications and messaging strategy
  • Understanding of and commitment to client directed advocacy and confidentiality
  • Strong proficiency with social media platforms
  • Experience working with the media
  • Excellent writing skills under pressure
  • Technical proficiency with Adobe Creative Suite, MS Office Suite, email database software
  • Highly collaborative style; ability to thrive on a multi-dimensional team
  • Ability to work with individuals from a variety of backgrounds
  • Some statewide travel required
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Knowledge of disability rights
  • Proficient with video editing software
  • Experience with Facebook Live presentations
  • Experience working in the legal field
To apply:

Please submit a cover letter and a resume to


The Attorney provides legal advice to Disability Rights Oho (DRO) clients, conducts legal research and prepares legal memoranda as needed, engages in individual representation and complex litigation, participates in community outreach and policy determination on disability issues.

Essential Job Duties:

  • Provides legal advice, consultation and research on general issues to DRO clients, receives and investigates complaints regarding civil and human rights of DRO clients and negotiates resolution, settlement and litigation of legal matters.Conducts legal research and prepares legal briefs, memoranda and pleadings on complex litigation on behalf of Disability Rights Ohio.
  • Prepares cases for trial and independently tries cases in state and federal courts, examines witnesses, presents legal arguments and evidence and handles appeals for DRO clients.
  • Reviews provider rules, programs and policies for client’s rights implications.
  • Works in cooperation with other program staff, answers inquiries and provides referrals and technical assistance concerning client’s rights to government officials and the general public.
  • Performs related legal and administrative work (e.g. serves subpoenas, prepares reports and maintain records, including time logs in cases where attorney fees are available).
  • Confers with team leaders, administrators and other attorneys concerning difficult legal problems.
  • Attends conferences and participates in continuing legal education.
  • Conducts intakes as assigned.
  • Writes publications and conducts public speaking to clients and related groups as assigned.
  • Performs other duties as required.

Graduate of law school and admission to Ohio Bar and admitted or eligible for admission to the Northern and Southern District Courts, and the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Please submit cover letter with resume.

Job Type: Full-time



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