Carolyn Chen


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  • Communication Specialist ($30/hr; remote) - Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council

    The Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council (Council) is a statewide public policy organization that advocates for the inclusion of individuals with developmental disabilities in all facets of community life. A five-person staff works with a 30-member council and other partners to advance the Council’s mission by improving policies, programs and practices that impact the lives of Marylanders with developmental disabilities across the lifespan. The Council works to eliminate barriers, create opportunities, empower people and promote innovation. See for more information. The Council seeks a part-time, contractual Communications Specialist to support this work. The successful candidate will be an experienced, creative communications professional and must be committed to the Council’s mission. Duties and Responsibilities  Develop and implement communication strategies that provide information and resources to targeted audiences; raise awareness of Council priorities and initiatives; and impact and influence issues of importance to the Council;  Write informative, concise and interesting Constant Contact announcements using information provided by Council staff; manage Constant Contact mailing lists;  Produce an annual Legislative Overview in mid- April with information provided by Council staff. At a minimum use basic software/template;  Produce the Council’s public annual report, Highlight, using information in the Council’s federal performance report; write content and work with graphic artist as needed;  Produce policy briefs and fact sheets; write content using information provided by staff;  Maintain social media presence (FB, Twitter): search for and generate content; receive additional links from Council staff and write copy for posts; monitor and respond to inquiries;  Manage, update and edit the Council’s website; highly technical problems referred to IT. The website is simple to manage and changes are not frequent;  Attend Developmental Disabilities Day at the Legislature in February, where over 500 advocates gather in Annapolis, to manage photographer, post on social media, and gather quotes;  Limited media outreach;  Attend staff meetings periodically to identify communication opportunities;  Track and report on Council communications to the Executive Director. Note: the most recent versions of the publications noted above are on the Council’s website. Skills and experience:  Demonstrated ability to conceive and effectively implement varied communication strategies  Excellent writer and editor; ability to distill information and make understandable for varied audiences  Experience with multiple communication modalities, including Facebook and Twitter  Ability to generate social media content that is aligned with the Council’s mission, goals and messages  Experience with WordPress or ability to learn (current website is simple to manage)  Ability to work effectively with Council staff and grantees  Flexibility in schedule  Ability to work from home and without close direction  Knowledge of disabilities preferred but not required Qualified individuals with disabilities and family members of individuals with developmental disabilities are encouraged to apply. EOE Location The Communications Specialist will work remotely and will periodically attend monthly one-our staff meetings in-person or by phone. Working in conjunction with the Director of Grants and Information Management, the Communications Specialist will occasionally (not frequently) attend Council sponsored events and projects to obtain stories, quotes and photos to enhance communications. Hours We estimate an average 15-20 hours per week but this will vary widely. As a result of a recent staff restructuring, communications work is being contracted. Since this is a new approach to communications for the Council, we will work with the selected contractor to determine the best flow of work and the amount of time needed. Different times of the year require more hours, such as when the Council’s annual report, Highlights, is produced. For this reason, the position requires flexibility on behalf of the contractor and the Council. There will not be a guaranteed number of hours per week. The Communications Specialist can choose when during a given day or week to perform the work as long as deadlines are met, except when attendance at staff meetings or events is needed. Rate $30/hour. No benefits provided. The 6-month contract will not exceed $15,000 unless mutually agreed upon. The contract may be renewed based on performance and the Council’s ongoing needs. Submit: 1. Resume; 2. Cover letter summarizing experience related to the listed responsibilities; and 3. Five examples of various work performed, including an explanation of your responsibilities in completing it. Email by NOVEMBER 29, 2018 to: [email protected] An email confirmation of receipt will be sent. If you do not receive a confirmation within 2 working days of your submission, contact Faye Bell-Boulware at 410-767-6249.

  • donated 2017-11-16 16:34:57 -0500

    Alumni Annual Membership +1

    Any graduate of UC Berkeley in the greater Washington, DC area who would like to bring another person (spouse, partner or friend) to an event under the same conditions as a member.

    Please enter your personal information. After payment, you'll have an opportunity to submit your additional member's information.

    To pay by check*, please make out your check to "DC Cal Alumni Club" and mail it to 

    Cal Alumni Club of Washington, DC
    c/o Thuy Loi, Club Treasurer
    PO Box 7509
    Arlington, VA 22207


    *Please include your membership category with your check.  When joining by mailing your check, you do not have to do anything on the website membership page.   

    Please direct any questions to our membership director Saira Rahman at [email protected]