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Vice President, Marketing and Communications

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

Who We Are

Impact Justice believes that sometimes you have to reinvent the wheel. America spends billions of dollars annually on systems of law enforcement and punishment that fail to provide the safety and justice everyone deserves—systems that perpetuate cycles of harm and dehumanize and divide rather than unite us. It’s time to get creative, change the script and rules of engagement, believe in one another, and expand what’s possible.

Impact Justice’s mission is to advance safety, justice, and opportunity in America through boundary-breaking work that honors and empowers people and is changing expectations about what we can accomplish together.

To build safe, healthy, thriving communities and a more just society, Impact Justice prioritizes projects that:

  1. Reduce the number of people caught up in harmful legal systems by creating alternatives that are responsive, restorative, fair, and effective.
  2. Improve living conditions and life outcomes and safeguard fundamental human rights for the millions of Americans still subject to mass incarceration.
  3. Expand opportunities for formerly incarcerated and other system-involved people to heal, fully participate in community life, and reach their potential.

The organization’s growing portfolio of innovative projects includes an adaptation of the sharing economy to truly welcome people home from prison, a first-ever AmeriCorps program specifically to leverage the life experience and leadership potential of formerly incarcerated people, a groundbreaking study of men and trauma, a national effort to expand the use of restorative justice as an alternative to the legal system, establishing a corps of certified auditors to end sexual abuse in confinement, and a soon-to-be launched project that taps the potential of vertical farming to improve the quality of food in prison and provide a pathway after release to skilled jobs in a high growth industry.   

Impact Justice works closely with individuals and communities directly impacted by legal systems and operates mindful of the fact that biases and structural inequalities have a profound effect on whether or not people are safe from harm and receive justice. In an effort to be an even better partner and more effective overall, the organization actively recruits people with  relevant lived experience. A majority of individuals on the current executive team identify as BIPOC and/or LGBTQ, and the organization has a track record of hiring formerly incarcerated people and those with family members who have been incarcerated. Impact Justice is committed to living their values and to creating the kinds of equitable and inclusive team environments internally that they aim to build in the broader community.

Who You Are

Impact Justice seeks to hire a seasoned marketing and communications professional ready to lead the organization’s efforts to establish Impact Justice as a distinctive, innovative, and trustworthy organization pushing the boundaries of justice reform. This individual will play a key role in efforts to shift public narratives about justice reform—emphasizing as-yet untapped opportunities—and to attract new partners, allies, and supporters. Impact Justice is an organization that invests in out-of-the box ideas and is seeking a Vice President for Communications and Marketing that brings a similar creative and entrepreneurial approach to the work. It is an exciting time to be joining the organization as they define their strategic plans and build the infrastructure needed to support their work moving forward. 

The ideal candidate is a modern marketing leader who is an expert storyteller and communicator. They are someone who can pull together disparate pieces into a cohesive brand and message. They have a track record of increasing the visibility and reach of an organization and communicating out key messages to maximize impact. This person has designed and implemented strategic marketing and communications plans, managed external relationships, and is a seasoned manager of people as well as projects, ready to lead and expand a strong internal team. They have excellent written and oral communication skills, experience with both earned and paid media, and are savvy about social media, film, and other digital formats and platforms. The successful candidate is also passionate about social justice and attracted to IJ’s mission in particular, eager to learn, and holds the values of diversity, equity and inclusion central to their work. 

This person will thrive in a fast-paced, dynamic, and creative environment. They will demonstrate from the outset the ability to helicopter in and be strategic or hands-on depending on the needs of the organization in the moment and to drive results in the course of managing multiple projects/initiatives and working closely with key stakeholders internally and externally. The successful candidate also will lead with empathy and create a culture of openness, inclusive of the perspectives of employees at all levels of the organization.

Impact Justice is committed to providing opportunities to all 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.

What You Will Do

  • Continue to build out a Marketing and Communications department that is ready to support Impact Justice’s growth. 
  • Define a cutting-edge marketing strategy including budget and messaging infrastructure.  
  • Create and execute on a media strategy (both earned and paid) in order to raise the profile of Impact Justice and its innovation programs with key audiences. 
  • Provide coaching and support to key members of the Leadership team. 
  • Partner closely with The President and the Development Team to continue to attract and retain committed, generous donors. 
  • Serve as strategic advisor to the VP of Operations on internal communication strategy 
  • Serve as a member of the Executive Team, setting strategy and building the culture of the organization. 

Preferred Qualifications

  • At least 10 years of experience in a senior marketing and/or communications leadership role
  • An experienced and innovative leader who thrives in a dynamic, fast-paced national environment, with solid experience in a broad range of marketing and communications areas such as brand building, growth marketing, internal and external communications.  
  • Experience supporting and scaling a founder-led organization
  • Demonstrated ability to be deadline-driven, organized, and able to multitask
  • Comfort with ambiguity and proven ability to create clarity
  • Acted as a true, collaborative partner and worked with functional leaders to drive marketing and communication strategies across an organization

Applying

This is a full-time hybrid role that can be held from one of Impact Justice’s offices. Headquartered in Oakland, California, Impact Justice has additional offices in Los Angeles and Washington, DC.  The VP of Marketing & Communications will be expected to be in an Impact Justice office two days a week as health and safety conditions allow, in addition to limited travel for press events and occasionally on-site meetings with staff.

This search is being led by Rich Talent Group. To apply, please contact Ricardo Aceves at ricardo@richtalentgroup.com.