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Senior Communications Manager

Full-Time Position in Washington, DC or Oakland, CA 

Who We Are

Impact Justice dares to dream of humane and restorative systems of justice in the United States. Through innovation, research, policy, and advocacy, we are forging new pathways to justice that are fair to all of us. Specifically, we work to reduce the number of people entangled in harmful legal systems, improve living conditions and life outcomes for people who are currently incarcerated, and create opportunities for formerly incarcerated people to fully rejoin communities and reach their potential. Established in 2015, IJ currently has a staff of 85 and an $18M budget. 

Impact Justice is an equal opportunity employer with recruitment practices that promote diversity, inclusion, and equity in the workplace. A majority of individuals on our executive team identify as BIPOC and/or LGBTQ. In particular, we seek to hire staff at all levels whose direct experience with criminal legal systems will inform and enrich our work.

Who You Are

You’re an experienced communications professional with a flair for clear, engaging, and persuasive writing – both your own and in editing writing by others. As a complement this core skill, you think creatively and strategically about how different forms and channels of communication, including social media, can be used to advance the work of a mission-driven organization. You can juggle multiple assignments, meet deadlines, and are effective working independently and with others. You’re also that rare person who’s confident and takes initiative but who can also follow direction and responds effectively to constructive feedback. You have a curious mind, are interested in learning, care about people, and have a passion for social change. You seek work and colleagues that enrich your life and appreciate a work-life balance. If you see yourself in this way, we want to meet you!hat said, we know there are great candidates who may not think they fit into what we’ve described above or who have important skills we haven’t thought of. If that is you, don’t hesitate to apply and tell us about yourself!  And if you’re a formerly incarcerated individual or someone who has a family member who is or has been incarcerated, we will be particularly excited to hear from you.

The Position

This is anchor position in an organization expanding its communications capacity and impact. The Senior Communications Manager will play a pivotal role in ensuring that all outward-facing communications across various platforms and formats are of a high quality and reflect the identity, mission, and values of Impact Justice. The person filling this role will work closely with staff across the organization, and at all levels, to advance communications-related tasks and initiatives. The Senior Communications Manager will also interface with specialized consultants and benefit from one support staff member. The Senior Communications Manager ultimately will report to a Vice President for Communications and Marketing (search is underway), and in the interim will be supervised by the Vice President, Operations and guided by an experienced communications consultant. 

Skills and Experience 

We encourage applications from candidates who have the following skills and experience:

  • At least 6 years of related professional experience.
  • A track record of excellent writing and editing, demonstrating the ability to translate and present specialized knowledge, including data and other research, in ways that engage and inform diverse audiences. 
  • Savvy user of social media and other digital platforms who thinks creatively and strategically about the use of these communications channels and tools.
  • Experience and comfort working with journalists in a shifting media landscape.
  • Able to take initiative, manage tasks independently and meet deadlines, and also to follow direction and respond to constructive feedback.
  • Comfort and ability advising, supporting, and collaborating with colleagues at all levels of the organization. Prior experience directly supervising staff is a plus.
  • A curious mind, entrepreneurial spirit, and passion for social change.
  • Desire to be part of an organization committed to diversity, inclusion, and equity in all aspects of its work and work culture. 


The position will be paid $95,000 – $105,000. 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 located in either our Washington, DC or Oakland, CA office. This is a hybrid work arrangement requiring at least two full days each week in the office. We are not considering remote staff for this position. 

If this all sounds like a good fit for you, please send your resume, a cover letter explaining why you are particularly interested in the role and why we should be particularly interested in you, and two writing samples. You can send this to Please have the subject line of the email read “[Your Last Name], [Your First Name] Application for Senior Communications Manager.  

We will be reaching out to those candidates we are prepared to interview within the month following the application deadline of June 10, 2022.  

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.