Communications Associate, Criminal Justice Reform
FWD.us is a bipartisan political organization that believes America’s families, communities, and economy thrive when more individuals are able to achieve their full potential. For too long, our broken immigration and criminal justice systems have locked too many people out of the American dream. Founded by leaders in the technology and business communities, we seek to grow and galvanize political support to break through partisan gridlock and achieve meaningful reforms. Together, we can move America forward.
Our Washington, D.C. office is seeking a talented communicator with strong strategic communications and traditional media relations experience, excellent writing skills and a passion for reforming our criminal justice system to join our team as a Communications Associate for our criminal justice reform program. In this role, you will support the development of and implement strategic communications plans which include traditional media outreach tactics to support FWD.us’ criminal justice reform program and its various jurisdictional and other advocacy campaigns. This is an opportunity to strengthen valuable communications skills, and learn how a dynamic communications team operates in a fast-paced environment while supporting FWD.us’ larger strategic goals.
The ideal candidate would bring a solid foundation and understanding of traditional earned media outreach and engagement; is a strong writer, communicator, and strategic thinker who is self-motivated and creative. Applicants should have experience developing and implementing communications plans, and have a strong personal commitment to reforming our criminal justice system, and humanizing those most affected by it.
For consideration, please submit a resume, cover letter, contact information for three references, and three 300-500 word writing samples by 5:00 p.m. ET on Friday, May 7, 2021.
Specifically, you will:
- Contribute to the development of strategic communications plans in support of FWD.us’ national and state-based efforts.
- Write and edit communications products, including talking points, campaign plans, press releases, media advisories, blog posts and more.
- Curate pitch letters and/or email pitch memos to engage reporters and influence national and state-based dialogue on criminal justice reform.
- Research, develop, and maintain reporter contacts and relationships.
- Support the implementation and management of special projects that are a part of the organization’s criminal justice reform program.
- Manage outside consultants, as needed.
- Contribute to the project management and dissemination of communications products.
- At least four to six years of experience in social justice, political, and/or issue advocacy communications
- Proven media placements
- Dedication to the mission of FWD.us and sensitivity to issues of migration and criminalization of disenfranchised people.
- Must have a strong interest in political communications and/or news media.
- Proven writing ability and strong organizational skills, with the ability to adapt to new conditions, assignments, and deadlines.
- Ability to work effectively, both independently and as part of a collaborative team.
- Strong knowledge of media relations operations and basic knowledge of digital and social media communications. Understanding of the national media landscape.
- Excellent verbal and written communications skills.
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Job posted: 2021-04-23