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Job Opportunities

Graphic Design Associate

The American Humanist Association, a national non-profit organization of people working for the advancement of humanism, seeks an enthusiastic individual to design and lay out publications and promotional materials. This person will have the opportunity to be a part of the visual image for the oldest and largest humanist organization in the United States.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. In charge for the layout, from production to press, for the Humanist bimonthly magazine
  2. Creatively design Humanist magazine and Humanist Press book covers
  3. Efficiently layout the text for our quarterly newsletter Free Mind and occasional books
  4. Design and layout promotional materials including brochures, annual reports, ads and position papers as well as direct mail fundraising pieces and changes in stationery  
  5. Communicate with printers and mail houses to be sure all materials are produced efficiently and with high quality
  6. Design graphics for website and social media and for annual conference and other events

Requirements:

  1. Demonstrably strong layout skills stressing speed and meticulous attention to detail
  2. Solid Mac proficiency with InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator
  3. Capability to design professional looking materials
  4. Experience handling multiple projects concurrently
  5. Significant experience with print production including necessary print specifications

Pluses:

  1. College degree in fine arts or graphic design related field
  2. Knowledge of rules for photo copyrights
  3. Web design knowledge and experience with Muse
  4. Understanding and familiarity with humanism and the AHA

Starting salary will be in the 40-45K dependent on experience and demonstrated ability.  The AHA offers full benefits, including health insurance, and a 403(b) retirement savings plan. The American Humanist Association is an equal opportunity employer.

To apply: send resume AND cover letter to: jobs@americanhumanist.org

We urge you to visit our website, http://www.americanhumanist.org/ for more information about our work. Humanism is a progressive lifestance that, without theism or other supernatural beliefs, affirms our ability and responsibility to lead meaningful, ethical lives capable of adding to the greater good of humanity.

 


Web Development Project: The Humanist Society

The American Humanist Association is seeking a web developer or team of developers to redesign the website for The Humanist Society, an adjunct organization of the AHA.

The Humanist Society applies humanism to daily life through a unique celebrant program. The Society prepares our 250 Humanist Celebrants to lead ceremonial observances across the nation and worldwide, providing a meaningful alternative to traditional religious weddings, memorial services, and other life cycle events. The Society also recently begun endorsing individuals to give secular invocations at ceremonial events such as legislative sessions and municipal council meetings, as well as endorsing Humanist Chaplains for university, hospital, and military settings.

The Humanist Society’s website is now four years old and in need of a face-lift & functionality overhaul. Click here to learn more about what we're looking for in a redesign and how to submit proposals (PDF).


Litigation Support for Humanist Legal Center

The Appignani Humanist Legal Center (AHLC) of the American Humanist Association litigates constitutional cases and defends the rights of atheists, humanists and nonreligious Americans all over the country. The AHLC is seeking applicants for a Staff Attorney position to work with our legal staff and outside counsel to assist in the handling of litigation and other legal work.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Assist in preparing discovery requests and responses, motions and pleadings.
  2. Assist in organizing litigation files and maintaining litigation calendar.
  3. Track potential lawsuits and amicus brief opportunities and assist in coordinating discussions among those on the legal team to prioritize actions
  4. Assist in all aspects of organizing and filing briefs for trial and appellate courts.
  5. Assist staff, including interns, with legal research and investigations
  6. Maintain communications with pro bono attorneys around the country and work to expand and deepen that resource.
  7. Research, draft, and copyedit public materials for the Center

Requirements:

  1. Member of District of Columbia bar (current DC bar applicants will be considered)
  2. Strong organizational skills and ability to multi-task
  3. Knowledge of working of federal courts, including electronic filing
  4. Strong communication skills and developed copyediting abilities
  5. Initiative to discover and take on new projects
  6. Commitment to the organization’s goals

The Staff Attorney position will start work on May 18, 2015. Starting pay is $40-50,000 per year. The American Humanist Association is an equal opportunity employer.

To apply: send resume and cover letter to: jobs@americanhumanist.org


Executive Director, Secular Coalition for America

Established in 2002, the Secular Coalition for America has worked to increase the visibility of and respect for nontheistic viewpoints in the United States, and to protect and strengthen the secular character of our government as the best guarantee of freedom for all. Located in Washington, D.C., the organization lobbies the U.S. Congress on issues of special concern to its constituency. Its 17 member organizations are established 501(c)(3) nonprofits who serve atheists, agnostics, humanists, freethinkers and other nontheistic Americans

The Executive Director serves as the Chief Executive Officer for the Secular Coalition for America, a 501(c) (4) organization, and its sister organization, the Secular Coalition for America Education Fund, a 501(c) (3) organization. The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors and is a non-voting member of the Board. The Executive Director is responsible for the organization’s achievement of its mission and financial objectives. The Executive Director oversees the lobbying and public education efforts for the Coalition and its member organizations and serves as the chief spokesperson.

Complete details about the job and the SCA can be found here.


Internship Opportunities

The American Humanist Association has internships available year-round for students, recent grads, and volunteers in Washington, DC. Interns will develop a more comprehensive understanding of how a progressive, national nonprofit organization works, while gaining valuable skills for the future.

An internship at the AHA will provide an opportunity to support the organization's current work: advancing humanist values and progressive issue advocacy, focusing on church-state separation, civil liberties, reproductive freedom, human rights, and equality.

Internships are currently available in following areas:


Communications and Advocacy: The intern will track key issues and specific legislative developments, attend coalition meetings and briefings, draft action alerts, fact sheets, and articles for our membership newsletter, Free Mind, and assist in implementing our organization's media strategy. Specific duties include drafting press releases, letters to the editor, and opinion pieces, along with maintaining a media contact list and communicating AHA's message to the press.   


Editorial: The intern will assist the editorial staff of our national award-winning magazine, the Humanist. Tasks include reviewing submissions, fact-checking manuscripts and magazine articles, proofreading, assisting in managing the online magazine, and potentially writing editorials, book reviews, or articles.


Field: The intern will assist in providing support for the AHA's 120 chapters and affiliates across the U.S., as well as providing support for the Humanist Celebrant program. Specific duties include contacting chapter leaders for updates, preparing mailings and providing other services for chapters, draft articles for Grass Roots News, the local group's newsletter, assisting with content for and mailing of Action Packets and assisting with other tasks as needed for the field.


Legal: The AHA's legal center, the Appignani Humanist Legal Center, is looking to hire legal interns (and externs) for the Summer 2015 and for the Fall 2015 semester. The legal center has offices in Washington, D.C. and in Fitchburg, Massachusetts. Our non-profit firm handles constitutional litigation and separation of church and state cases specifically. Our clients range from parents and students to federal inmates. All of our cases are pro bono.

The legal intern is primarily responsible for researching and writing legal memoranda and assisting in litigation under the supervision of the legal center’s attorneys. The intern may also be assigned the task of investigating new complaints, maintaining case files and submitting public records requests. Preference is given to 2nd and 3rd year law students who have completed course work in legal research and writing.

In addition to a resume and cover letter, please send a list of at least two professional references, a writing sample and a transcript (official or unofficial). Also, please specify whether you are interested in a fall or spring internship or both. We are also accepting applications for the Summer 2015. 

Please submit your application materials to mmiller@americanhumanist.org.


Qualifications

Applicants should have a background or strong interest in one or more of the four areas. They should be enthusiastic, organized, self-motivated, and reliable, and have an interest in humanism and progressive issues. Interns' work schedules can range from part-time to full-time. Internships are unpaid.

To Apply

We are currently accepting applications. Please submit a current resume and cover letter, including your area(s) of interest and availability, to intern@americanhumanist.org or fax to 202-238-9003, Attn: Intern Program. (Please see the Legal Intern description above for application information)

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