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Thanks for your interest in a position with Critical Exposure.  We are currently hiring a Communications Coordinator (see below), and later in Summer 2018 we'll be hiring two Program Coordinators, so please check back!


Critical Exposure is looking for a full-time Communications Coordinator to join our all-star team in Washington, D.C. We’re seeking a candidate who is passionate about our mission to develop the leadership capacities of youth of color in D.C., so they can work collectively to effect change around issues of injustice directly impacting their lives. 


Critical Exposure (CE) is a local D.C. organization that supports youth of color ages 14-21 to organize campaigns to effect change around issues of educational injustice. Youth use visual storytelling, particularly photography, as a tool to document the issues directly impacting their lives and to strengthen their campaigns. Through our programs and partnerships, CE is developing a new generation of civic leaders who possess the following:

  • The tools to express themselves;
  • The creativity to imagine new solutions to old problems;
  • The belief that youth have the right and ability to fight for those solutions; and
  • The skills to hold communities and public officials accountable.


This position reports to the Development and Communications Director and is responsible for supporting the execution of CE’s annual communications and development plans. The Communications Coordinator will also work in partnership with youth and program staff to collect and share young people’s images and stories, which serve as the basis for CE communications.

CE is looking for someone with a combination of 2-3 years of experience in communications, outreach/marketing, and project coordination. The prospective hire enjoys wrangling chaos, skillfully juggles multiple priorities, insists on the need for systems, and keeps calm while making it happen.


  • Passion for developing the power and agency of D.C. youth of color to effect social change
  • Commitment to undoing internalized, interpersonal, and institutionalized oppression as well as an intersectional approach to justice-seeking (racial, economic, and gender justice)
  • Belief in the power of photography and the arts to serve as effective organizing tools
  • Love for infusing laughter, creativity, and play into social justice work and life
  • Ability to prioritize and meet multiple deadlines efficiently and excellently
  • Ability to be self-directed and thrive in a highly collaborative team environment
  • Possesses a team-orientation and readiness to lend a helping hand no matter the task


Outreach & Marketing (20%)

  • Strengthen and maintain CE story bank for communications and marketing content
  • Manage compelling content and messaging for social media, website, and e-newsletter
  • Develop and maintain relationships with printers and other partner vendors  
  • Engage local businesses in promoting CE via traveling exhibits or marketing opportunities
  • Manage online photo and video archives via SmugMug and Vimeo, respectively
  • Manage media outreach, especially for events, and track all media coverage

Exhibits & Events (30%)

  • Manage all logistics and communication for two signature events (Spring Exhibit and Fall Fundraiser) and 6-8 traveling and permanent exhibits annually, to include: creating a planning and communication calendar for each event/exhibit, curation, printing and framing, event layout/flow, communication with vendors, invitations, follow-up, and image archives.

Development Communications (30%)

  • Assist with fundraising communications and stewardship, including year-end appeal, giving days, managing ticket sales and online giving pages, thank-you notes, etc.
  • Manage gift processing using donor database for gift entry and donor acknowledgement letters
  • Use donor database to enter and track relevant information, build contact lists, and produce reports for internal strategy and external communications

Program Communications (10%)

  • Engage youth in organizational communications and strategy
  • Support youth campaign working group(s) with communications, skills, and strategy techniques
  • Coordinate external opportunities and requests for youth to speak at conferences, apply to competitions, photograph events, etc.

Staff Development (10%)

  • Participate in 1:1 meetings with supervisor, staff meetings, and staff outings


  • Comfortable and effective engaging a diverse population of stakeholders including youth, partner organizations, funders, vendors, and the D.C. community
  • Experience and/or basic training in photography and videography
  • Professional experience with social media, web design (specifically WordPress), and email communication tools
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including editing experience and ability to authentically convey youth/CE voice.
  • Experience with CRM systems and data management
  • Physical ability to transport and set up exhibits (some lifting required)
  • Ability to capitalize on CE’s tremendous raw materials: photos and writing from youth
  • Ability to enhance storytelling with visual images, data, and direct quotes
  • Availability to work some evenings and weekends in support of CE programs and events.


  • Graphic design skills and experience creating physical and digital collateral 
  • Experience in social media analytics to determine best messaging, timing, outlets, etc.
  • Awareness of new technologies as they relate to digital communication
  • Possess valid Driver’s License


Candidates should send (1) resume, (2) cover letter with salary range expectations and available start date, and (3) writing sample to with “Communications Coordinator application” in the subject line. People of color and D.C. natives are strongly encouraged to apply.



We are not currently hiring any Interns at this time.