Communications Manager

29 Sep, 2021


Communications Manager

Roderick and Solange MacArthur Justice Center (MJC)
Chicago, IL

The Roderick and Solange MacArthur Justice Center (MJC) is seeking a Communications Manager as an exciting opportunity to join a growing communications operation.

MJC is a non-profit legal organization that litigates high-impact civil rights and systemic reform cases at the trial, appellate, and Supreme Court levels. The Communications team oversees the public affairs and media relations efforts across all offices, working with attorneys and staff to shape strategies that support litigation, share clients’ stories, educate on key issues and engage with communities.

The criminal legal system disproportionately harms people of color, people from low-income communities, people who were formerly incarcerated, people with disabilities, and LGBTQ+ individuals. We strongly encourage people who identify within these and other communities underrepresented in the legal profession to apply. All applicants must have and be committed to the cultural competence required to work with clients and co-workers who come from different backgrounds and experiences.

Job Summary

The Communications Manager position will be charged with a range of responsibilities to contribute to the planning and goal-setting and assist with the day-to-day implementation of communications strategies and tactics that help advocate for MJC’s clients and cases.

This is a full-time position reporting to the Director of Communications. A successful candidate must be available to work full-time (40 hours per week), and should have the flexibility to work outside of normal business hours on occasion. Ideal candidate will be able to work in person at one of MJC’s offices: Chicago, Illinois, Oxford, Mississippi, New Orleans, Louisiana, St. Louis, Missouri or Washington D.C. Remote placement may be considered.


The Communications Manager will be charged with a wide range of ​​responsibilities, including:

●      Drafting press releases, media advisories, newsletters, digital content, and other external communications as assigned

●      Helping pitch, maintain and monitor earned media coverage

●      Establishing and maintaining relationships with local, regional, and national media

●      Collaborating with the Director of Communications, as well as MJC staff, on a comprehensive editorial calendar

●      Assisting with the creation of accurate and effective digital content, including coordinating with staff, consultants and external partners

●      Monitoring social media channels engagement

●      Assisting in management of growing communications internship program; including oversight and delegation of intern assignments and projects as well as providing training and guidance as needed

Qualifications & Experience

●      Bachelor’s degree in communications, criminal justice, public policy or related field preferred.

●      Minimum three years of experience in communications field

●      Experience or familiarity in non-profits, law and/or the criminal legal system is preferred

●      Strong written and oral communications skills

●      Ability to work independently, multi-task and meet project deadlines.

How to Apply

TO APPLY: Please submit a cover letter addressing your experience relevant to the considerations above. Candidates are encouraged to discuss any personal experience motivating their interest in criminal legal system reform and civil rights litigation. Please also send a resume, writing sample, and two references. All application materials should be emailed to with the subject line “Communications Manager”.

The MacArthur Justice Center is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of gender, disability, age, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, race or ethnicity.

Job posted: 2021-09-29