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Communications Coordinator

Full-Time Position in Oakland, CA or washington, D.C.

Who We Are

Impact Justice advances safety, justice, and opportunity through boundary-breaking work that honors and empowers people and is changing expectations about what we can accomplish together. We imagine, build, and scale innovations, leverage research and other knowledge to connect the desire for change with informed action, and work to shift the narrative so that decision-makers and the public understand what’s at stake and what’s possible. 

Specifically, we work to reduce the number of people caught up in harmful legal systems by creating alternatives that are responsive, restorative, fair, and effective; to improve living conditions and life outcomes and safeguard fundamental human rights for the millions of people still subject to mass incarceration; and to expand opportunities for formerly incarcerated and other system-involved people to heal, fully participate in community life, and reach their potential. We operate from the understanding that the struggle for justice takes place in a context of historic, systemic, and pervasive racism.

We are a diverse and allied staff of reformers, transformers, abolitionists, and dreamers who bring a wide range of knowledge, skill, and life experience to the challenging work we undertake together. We’re committed to living our values and to creating the kinds of equitable and inclusive team environments internally that we fight to help create in our broader communities. This includes providing opportunities to all job applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, national origin, age, criminal history, disability, or genetics. The organization strongly encourages people of color, individuals who identify as part of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or queer communities, and individuals impacted by the legal system to join the team. A majority of individuals on our current executive team identify as BIPOC and/or LGBTQ.

What You Will Do

The anticipated start date for this position is October 3, 2022. Your core responsibilities will be:

  • Communications Team Support
    • Create and maintain systems and processes to support the communications department and comms-related activities across the organization, including:
      • A system for creating, sharing, and maintaining files and folders for documents; photos, videos and other graphic assets; et al.
      • Tracking and reporting on the progress of comms-related tasks and initiatives
      • Scheduling, attending, and note taking during meetings of the communications department and other meetings with a communications focus
  • Website
    •  Make routine updates to the Impact Justice website using WordPress (i.e. posting content, photos, etc.), which may include drafting brief posts, proofreading posts drafted by others, and sourcing and editing photos
    • Create a schedule and process for regularly reviewing and updating project pages
    • Work with external programmers and graphic designers as needed to facilitate improvements to the structure, functioning, and look of the website 
  • Social Media 
    • Ensure that the person who handles IJ’s social media accounts has advance notice of information to be posted on the website, along with the links and graphic assets they need to issue corresponding posts on social media
    • Suggest social media posts and assist in drafting posts
  • Public Outreach
    • Maintain database of IJ contacts
    • Assist in the development, formatting, and issuing of emails to IJ’s contacts (targeted and general)
  • Press
    • Assist in the expansion of IJ’s media list 
    • Assist in tracking media coverage of IJ and maintaining a database of press coverage and pdf copies of the “clippings”
    • Assist with issuing press releases
    • May assist in routing and responding to press inquiries or pitching to media
  • Events 
    • Help support the planning and execution of special events
  • Outreach and Information Gathering Internally 
    • Liaise with projects/programs to stay abreast of development and help gather information to inform website and social media posts, mass emails, etc. 
    • Light graphic design for projects

Additional Duties and Opportunities: As a core member of a relatively small department, the coordinator will have a hand in the majority of communications-related activities, providing a varied and dynamic work environment as well as opportunities to learn and contribute substantively.

Desired Qualifications and Skills

  • 4 years of professional training/education &/or closely-related experience; and 
  • At least 2 years related work experience (not necessarily in communications) demonstrating communication, time management, and problem solving skills
  • Highly organized with an affinity for systems and procedures yet flexible to shifting needs and priorities
  • Ability to multitask and meet deadlines, follow direction, and take initiative when needed, all while working semi-independently
  • Ability to build relationships and work productively with colleagues in a creative, dynamic work environment
  • Clear communicator, both verbally and in writing
  • Experience with WordPress or other back-end web experience highly preferred
  • Email CRM experience (Salsa, MailChimp, etc) highly preferred
  • Graphic design experience (especially Adobe suite) or ability and willingness to learn preferred
  • Basic video editing experience a plus
  • Experience with Google Suite, a plus
  • Ability to proofread and handle light copy editing, and an interest in writing, is a plus. 

Applying

The position will be paid $55,000-$60,000. The benefits that come with working at Impact Justice include medical, dental, and FSA plans, significant vacation and wellness leave, and immediate vesting in our 401K with a generous match.  This is a full-time, salaried position.  We would prefer that the candidate be located in either our Washington DC or Oakland CA office. We are not considering remote staff for this position. 

If this all sounds like a good fit for you, please send your resume and a brief email or letter explaining why you are particularly interested in the role and why we should be particularly interested in you by the deadline of August 31, 2022. You can send this to commscoordinator@impactjustice.org. Please have the subject line of the email read “[Your Last Name], [Your First Name] Application for Communications Coordinator.  

Note that we are committed to workplace diversity and providing equal employment opportunities.  Please also note that we are going to be especially excited in candidates who understand the unique nature of a mission-driven organization, have direct experience with the criminal legal or juvenile justice legal systems, and have a good sense of humor about themselves and the complexities of collaborating with team members in remote locations.