Strategic Communications Manager

The Strategic Communications Manager is an experienced digital communications generalist reporting to the Director of Communications. The ideal candidate will maximize our ability to build a digital base, think critically and creatively about digital media strategies and campaigns, promote innovative thinking in the victim services field, and create opportunities for productive communication between advocates, activists, healers, and survivors.

Common Justice seeks an experienced Communications professional with a passion for social justice who is eager to strengthen the digital profile of Common Justice, which develops and advances solutions to violence that transform the lives of those harmed and foster racial equity without relying on incarceration.  Locally, we operate the first alternative to incarceration and victim service program in the United States to focus on violent felonies in the adult courts.  Nationally, we leverage the lessons from our direct service to transform the justice system through partnerships, advocacy, and elevating the experience and power of those most impacted.  A key focus of this position will be HealingWorks, the first national learning collaborative for individuals and organizations working with young men of color who have been harmed by violence and trauma. This project address the compelling needs of young survivors of color by delivering tools, information, and support to the people and organizations that serve them.

The ideal candidate is self-motivated, collaborative, confident and capable of thriving in a fast-paced environment. With our bold, ambitious goal and unique theory of change, this is an exciting opportunity for the right candidate to have a significant impact on how this country responds to violence and engages healing.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develop and deploy content aimed at near-term and long-term strategies to shift the narrative on violence and incarceration in America.
  • Develop cross-channel digital communications programs/ content that seeks to grow, motivate, and mobilize communities and constituents to take action.  
  • Develop creative concepts and translate them into succinct and effective copy for email, web and more.
  • Contribute to the production and delivery of social media content, paid media content and web pages on a more limited basis, specifically the Common Justice and HealingWorks websites.
  • Update and maintain both Common Justice and HealingWorks website in order to increase site visibility and traffic.
  • Raise social media awareness, increase followers, and build movement that’s focused on alternatives to incarceration and new methods of addressing violence.
  • Substantially build the membership and reach of Common Justice’s HealingWorks project to advance healing equity.
  • Work closely with the Director of Communications, designers, analysts and paid media planners to build, test and optimize campaigns.
  • Stay up to date on the latest digital trends and develop a POV on how/whether we can utilize them to shift the national narrative around responses to violence and incarceration. 

Qualifications:

Common Justice seeks a candidate with the following qualities, skills and experience:

  • A passion for, and working knowledge of, social justice issues;
  • BA/BS degree Communications, Digital Media, Public Relations or equivalent field (candidates without formal education will be considered based on experience and portfolio);
  • Experience in creative writing and design (website development preferred)
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and design social media campaigns with measurable results; demonstrated ability to set and execute strategy;
  • Strong knowledge and understanding of current trends in digital media/social media;
  • Working knowledge of industry leading software (Adobe Creative Suite or equivalent), technologies, and platforms, including a generalized web facility (defined here as the ability to navigate, use and troubleshoot online tools and platforms such as social media, Squarespace, Sprout/Hootsuite, and MailChimp);
  • Ability to present new design and campaign concepts verbally and visually to leadership and stakeholders;

Salary

Commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits.

How to Apply

  • application
  • resume
  • salary requirement
  • writing sample
  • cover letter

Please submit a resume, dates of availability and cover letter to: jobs@commonjustice.org.  

Common Justice is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without unlawful discrimination based on race, color, creed, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military status, prior record of arrest or conviction, citizenship status, or current employment status. Common Justice values diverse experiences, including regarding educational background and justice system involvement. We depend on a diverse staff to carry out our mission.