SEEKING: Operations and Outreach Associate

Posted: January 1, 2019

About the Student Press Law Center:

The Student Press Law Center (“SPLC”) is an independent, nonpartisan 501c(3) based in Washington, D.C. which works at the intersection of law, journalism and education to promote, support and defend the First Amendment rights of student journalists at the high school and college level.

Founded in 1974, the Student Press Law Center has a legal hotline which serves thousands of student journalists and advisers across the United States. Thanks to a solid endowment, growing foundation support and generous individual donors, we also engage in training, advocacy and outreach to empower student journalists, promote the value of journalism education and spotlight the need to ensure legal protections for student press freedom through the New Voices movement.

Job Responsibilities:

We’re looking for an organized, energetic and flexible Operations and Outreach Associate to help protect, support and defend the First Amendment rights of student journalists. Is that you?

As the Operations and Outreach Associate (OOA) you will be a key staff person in our small but scrappy operation! You will deal with all aspects of office administration, including processing mail, ordering supplies, processing reimbursements and ensuring that the office is running smoothly at all times.

You will be our Chief Wrangler, providing administrative, logistical and scheduling support for Board committees as well as organizational working groups, the Student Advisory Board and core projects of the organization. This includes but is not limited to, the New Voices Organizing Project local grants program, the Incubator Impact project and ongoing organizational fundraising and development efforts.

You will handle logistics for staff travel for conventions and trainings and will help ensure that everyone has what they need as they travel the country to protect student press freedom. We are growing and hope you will help us to put new systems in place – we also hope you will grow with the organization. If you are super-organized, committed to student press freedom, and like working with a wide range of people, this is the job for you!

Essential Job Functions:

  • Office administration, including processing mail, expense reimbursements, reconciling credit cards, monitoring and ordering supplies and budget tracking.
  • Committee wrangling/scheduling (Board committees, working groups, Student Advisory Board, New Voices groups, etc.)
  • Travel and logistics support for staff, board and training participants.
  • Administrative support for the New Voices Organizing Project, including the New Voices local grants program.
  • Support for development and fundraising efforts including data entry into Donor Perfect and report development.
  • Other duties as assigned.


We are looking for great candidates who will grow with the position and who demonstrate a strong combination of the specific qualifications and skills described below.

  • At least two years of experience in an administrative or operational role within a fast-paced, high demand environment.
  • Non-profit experience helpful. Proficient in MS Office, including Excel, Word and PowerPoint; proficiency in Donor Perfect helpful.
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills as well as attention to detail.
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks of differing type and function often simultaneously and to ensure that critical issues receive proper attention.
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written skills.
  • A good team player, able to work effectively with many different constituencies.
  • Flexible and able to adjust to changing priorities and anticipate future needs.
  • Demonstrated professionalism, diplomacy, tact, discretion and good judgment.
  • A positive attitude, humility and tenacity with a passion for the First Amendment.


The position is full-time and includes generous health, vision and dental benefits. Compensation will be commensurate with experience but within a range of $40,000 – $45,000/year.

To Apply:

Please send cover letter and resume explaining why you are uniquely qualified for this position to Diana Mitsu Klos, SPLC director of engagement at Please put “OOA Application” in the subject line. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Please be aware that SPLC will be conducting a routine criminal background check as part of the screening process.  

The Student Press Law Center strives to achieve excellence through a diverse and inclusive workplace that honors the unique talents and lived experiences of each person. The SPLC actively seeks people who bring diverse backgrounds and perspectives to join us in our work. As an EOE/AA employer, the Student Press Law Center will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin or ancestry, age, sexual orientation, gender identification, genetic information, veteran or disability status or any other factor prohibited by law.