The Policing Project at New York University School of Law is seeking an experienced professional to run all external-facing communication functions as Communications Director. An ideal candidate will have experience building effective and nimble communications processes, establishing strategic relationships with reporters, writing communication materials for funder, policymaker and advocacy audiences, refining nonprofits’ brand identity, and running digital communications alongside traditional communication tactics to maximize impact.
We have grown rapidly since our founding six years ago, and now require additional support and leadership of many of our organization’s core functions. We’re looking for a communications director to join our team and use communications to help us advance our mission.
You can learn more about our work—past and present—at www.PolicingProject.org.
Job Description & Responsibilities:
This position will report to the Policing Project’s Executive Director and will be responsible for:
- Managing day-to-day and long term communication strategy: Helping devise and implement our organization’s editorial calendar and strategies to effectively reach the
Policing Project’s key audiences and advance organizational priorities, including advisory board and development communications;
- Managing communications staff and contractors;
- Media strategy: Leading all organizational media relations, including building and implementing earned media strategies to secure media coverage, identifying proactive opportunities, pitching reporters, managing responses to incoming press requests, coaching and supporting staff for interviews, and evaluating results to ensure they effectively advance organizational priorities;
- Developing a stable of spokespeople: Helping ensure the organization has a deep bench of spokespeople who can talk about the organization and its priority issues to a variety of audiences;
- Publication and programmatic rollouts: Lead in the development and execution of rollout plans to help ensure our publications and projects get to key audiences and advance larger organizational strategies;
- Stakeholder communication: Keeping key stakeholders (i.e., donors, advisory board members, communities, policing leaders, advocates, elected officials, peers and funders) updated about the Policing Project’s work;
- Brand awareness and alignment: Positioning and advancing the Policing Project as a leader in the space, and maintaining the organizational brand and ensuring alignment in overall design, language and aesthetic in public-facing materials; and
- Other relevant duties as assigned.
To apply please email a cover letter and resume as one PDF to firstname.lastname@example.org. Indicate “Communications Director” in the subject line. Cover letters should include your salary requirements. Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis, and you will be contacted if selected for an interview.
Qualifications & Requirements Desired Experience, Skills and Qualifications:
- At least 5 years of relevant professional experience in advocacy or public interest communications, preferably with a non-profit or academic institution;
- Dynamic and exceptional communication skills, including the ability to reflect nuanced issues in a meaningful way for a wide range of formats and audiences;
- Experience using a variety of communication channels including digital channels (must have social media and email newsletter experience; website experience a plus);
- Either existing relationships with reporters who cover policing and criminal legal reform, or the ability to quickly assess the landscape, identify strategic reporters and build those relationships to secure strategic media placements;
- Understanding of the issues relevant to the Policing Project including policing, the legal system and the matrix of federal, state and municipal decision making that undergirds policing in the U.S.;
- Basic ability to use design programs such as Canva and Adobe Suite to create professional-looking collateral;
- Strong ability to triage competing deadlines and complete tasks on time;
- Ability to work independently and on teams, and respond well to guidance and direction; and
- Strong problem-solving and critical thinking skills.
This position can be based out of the Policing Project’s New York City offices or can be full-time remote, with occasional travel to New York.
The Policing Project heartily encourages applicants from diverse backgrounds and is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of age, citizenship status, color, disability, marital or parental status, national origin, race, religion, sex, or sexual orientation.
To apply please email a cover letter and resume as one PDF to email@example.com. Indicate “Communications Director” in the subject line. Cover letters should include your salary requirements. Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis, and you will be contacted if selected for an interview..
NYU is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to a policy of equal treatment and opportunity in every aspect of its recruitment and hiring process without regard to age, alienage, caregiver status, childbirth, citizenship status, color, creed, disability, domestic violence victim status, ethnicity, familial status, gender and/or gender identity or expression, marital status, military status, national origin, parental status, partnership status, predisposing genetic characteristics, pregnancy, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, unemployment status, veteran status, or any other legally protected basis. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of minority sexual orientation or gender identity, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply for vacant positions at all levels.
The Policing Project partners with communities and police to promote public safety through transparency, equity, and democratic engagement. We work across a broad range of issues—from use of force and racial profiling, to facial recognition and predictive policing. We do so in close collaboration with groups from across the ideological spectrum and with stakeholders that typically find themselves at odds, including policing agencies, community organizations, governments, and other non-profits. Our work takes us all over the country and is moving the needle in tangible ways.
We bring a new approach to this fraught area, one grounded in democratic values. In particular, our work focuses on ensuring accountability and democratic participation on the front end. Front-end accountability involves promoting public voice in setting transparent, ethical, and effective policing policies and practices before the police act. The goal is achieving public safety in a manner that is equitable, non-discriminatory, and respectful of public values.
We also are deeply involved in efforts to reimagine what public safety should look like. Too often government has turned to the police to address social problems, when armed officers are not the answer, but other social services—governmental and community-based—are. We have a national research and redesign effort underway, including deep engagement with impacted communities, to transform substantially what public safety means and how it is achieved.