Communications Strategist

Easthampton, Massachusetts, United States Full-time

Do you know how to use traditional and new media to amplify a message? Are you passionate about justice reform? Can you teach savvy criminal justice communicators to be even more effective?

The Prison Policy Initiative is a leading organization in the fight against mass incarceration. The organization uses data to explain the need for criminal justice reform, and does it in a way that is designed to both bring in new allies and re-energize existing supporters.

The Prison Policy Initiative is uniquely successful in its work because communications is never an afterthought. It is always an essential part of each project’s design. In the past, we’ve hired interdisciplinary researchers/organizers/communicators, but with this new position we want to emphasize formal communications experience. We are looking for an experienced Communications Strategist who can immediately take over our existing systems for working with the media and the public, can teach us something new, and who will take our work for justice to the next level.

Duties include:

  • Nurture and expand relationships with traditional and new media. 
  • Serve as our resident expert and mentor on the communications potential and challenges of our work.
  • Manage the editorial process for our periodic updates to the public (newsletters, scheduled donor updates, our annual report, etc.)
  • Manage our social media strategy and execution.
  • Be the first point of contact for all incoming communications.
  • Take ownership of the management and growth of our mail and online individual donor strategy (20% of position). 

Required skills/experience/attitudes:

  • Paid or volunteer experience working on social justice or criminal justice issues.
  • Strong writing skills. 
  • Experience pitching stories and responding to press inquiries.
  • Familiarity with social media organizing techniques.
  • Able to work in our Easthampton, Mass. office or a potential second office in Hartford, Conn. (We will not consider applicants who wish to work remotely.)

Helpful skills/experience/attitudes:

  • You are semi-fluent in HTML or you have the desire to learn. 
  • You have some familiarity with individual donor fundraising.
  • You have experience editing images, video and/or audio.
  • You are from a community that is overrepresented in the criminal justice system, or you have direct experience with the criminal justice system.

Salary & Benefits

The expected salary for this position is $50,000-$65,000 depending on the depth and relevance of your experience described above. Benefits include health/dental insurance, paid sick time, two weeks paid vacation, all Massachusetts holidays, an IRA match, and a paid cellphone. 

To apply
We ask applicants to submit (preferably in PDF format):

Applicants interested in a highly skimmable summary of our work, our history, and our budget, may enjoy our annual reports

Hiring process
We will be reviewing applications and scheduling interviews on a weekly basis. We anticipate doing a phone screen, a round of Skype interviews with another staff member, and then a final round of in-person (paid) working interviews.

Please allow us to keep our daily focus on improving the criminal justice system by refraining from writing or calling the office to check on the status of your application. We'll keep the job page at up to date with the status of our candidate search.

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