Communications Manager

23 Apr, 2022


Communications Manager

New Jersey Future
Trenton, NJ

New Jersey Future (NJF) seeks an experienced communications professional and strategic thinker with a commitment to racial and social justice to guide the organization’s communications strategy and oversee its expanding communications and marketing activities. The communications manager will coordinate a collaborative communications team and work closely with the organization’s directors and staff to increase public awareness and understanding of NJF’s work and to advance justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion.


Strategic Communications & Project Management

● Manage communications staff, consultants, and all communications work to ensure all materials have consistent messaging and branding.

● Work closely with development and marketing, including on communications strategy and messaging related to NJF events and fundraising.

● Work with program managers and staff to develop and implement strategic communications plans and compelling messaging.

● Facilitate monthly programmatic communications meetings to determine current and upcoming communications needs and priorities.

● Develop content to support digital marketing and outreach, including website development and updates, email marketing, internal communications, social media strategy, and outreach. Press/Media Relations

● Seek proactive opportunities to communicate about NJF work at the local, state, and national levels, including developing and managing media relations.

● Write and edit press releases and op-eds.

● Serve as the single point of contact for the media, manage relationships, and direct inquiries to appropriate staff.

● Meet with staff to prepare for interviews, statements, press conferences, and other relevant speaking engagements as needed.

● Work closely with government affairs staff or consultants, including generating communications pieces related to advocacy, media, press strategy, and releases.

Writing & Editing

● Write and edit newsletter messages, blog posts, articles, direct emails, social media, and other content as needed.

● Oversee all external communications deliverables—including newsletters, emails, and web content—and conduct quality control on all communications.

● Plan editorial calendar, strategizing and diversifying content based on key priorities, breaking developments, ongoing initiatives, and organizational goals.

● Assist with the writing and editing of grant proposals and reports.

● Provide writing and speaking guidance and training for staff as needed.


● Motivated by the organization’s issues and a strong mission-driven work ethic.

● Excellent verbal, written, and digital communication skills.

● The technological knowledge and ability to manage communications work on a variety of digital platforms.

● Demonstrated success in directing strategic communications plans.

● Experience managing individuals and teams.

● Media relations experience, including press release and op-ed writing.

● A working knowledge of systemic inequities, including an understanding of the historical context and root causes of these inequities.

● Demonstrated commitment to and experience with justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion policies and practices and employment of these values.

● Comfortable with self-reflection, willing to learn, and capable of honestly working through conflict.

● Ability to communicate complex issues in a compelling manner.

● Demonstrated track record of working well in a diverse team environment.

● Strong project management skills.

● Ability to learn quickly and work well in a fast-paced environment.

New Jersey Future employees are working on a hybrid work-from-home and in-office schedule.

How to Apply

Interested and qualified candidates should submit a cover letter and a resume to If selected to advance, one or more writing samples will be required.

Job posted: 2022-04-23