Director of Communications
Civil Rights Corps (CRC) is an innovative non-profit civil rights organization based in Washington, D.C. Founded in 2016, CRC challenges wealth-based and race-based systems of oppression. CRC has won groundbreaking litigation challenging the rise of debtors’ prisons, abusive private probation schemes, and wealth-based pre-trial detention. CRC works closely with community partners and is committed to fundamentally transforming the criminal system. CRC’s staff is comprised of passionate and dedicated advocates with a profound commitment to social justice and fighting inequality in all its forms. Learn more about our work at civilrightscorps.org.
About the Role
Civil Rights Corps seeks an experienced and passionate Director of Communications to lead, develop, and implement our communications strategy. The Director of Communications reports to the CEO.
The Director will:
- Be responsible for managing CRC’s overall communications strategy.
- Guide CRC’s use of media and other communication tools to communicate compelling narratives and tell our clients’ stories, all to contribute to a broader movement around ending mass human caging.
- Have a solid grasp of the issues involved in our work to change the American criminal system and approach the task with compassion and vigor.
- Serve as chief content manager and final editor on CRC materials, newsletter, and website.
- Manage news media inquiries about our work and initiate outreach to news media.
- Bring existing relationships to CRC, and establish and cultivate strategic media and advocacy partnerships to advance the work.
- Oversee activities of outside media and communications consultants and vendors.
- Have exceptional people skills with the ability to work with talented colleagues up, down and across an organization. The successful candidate will be a supportive leader with the vision and demonstrated ability to direct and mentor, coordinate cross-department teams, and manage relationships with senior leadership.
- Coordinate with litigation partners, amici, and community groups that assist our efforts.
- Contribute to and lead production and distribution strategies for research reports, fact sheets, brochures, and public education materials.
- Collaborate with development manager to implement proactive strategies that lead to deeper donor engagement.
- Motivate and nurture a high-performing team, with attention to equity in all aspects of day-to-day work as well as in relationships with consultants, vendors, and partners.
The ideal applicant is passionate about justice, a team leader, proactive, thoughtful, able to juggle multiple tasks, and able to work well in a collaborative environment. Specific qualifications we are looking for include:
- Minimum 7-10 years of experience in public relations, journalism, or communication work within advocacy, racial justice, and/or community organizations.
- Experience managing and mentoring staff.
- Innovative thinking, an unwillingness to accept things as they are, and a smart work ethic are essential.
- Demonstrated commitment to the mission, purpose, and values of CRC.
- Experience creating and implementing new communications campaigns.
- Enthusiasm and expertise for political education and building collective community consciousness. The ideal candidate has prior experience in communications at non-profit or political organizations or experience in community organizing.
- Strong working knowledge of the American criminal legal system.
- Excellent communication, presentation, and public speaking skills.
- Excellent writing and editing skills.
- Experience working with and on behalf of low income and diverse communities.
- Proven ability to take initiative, establish priorities, work independently, self-motivate, and proceed with objectives with minimal supervision.
Civil Rights Corps is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. Civil Rights Corps is committed to promoting an environment free of barriers and discriminatory practices for its clients, partners and staff.
Salary, Benefits, and Logistics
Salary range is between $100,000-130,000, commensurate with prior experience. Civil Rights Corps offers an outstanding and generous benefits package, including employer-paid health, vision, and dental benefits; transit benefits; an annual wellness benefit; retirement matching; and paid sick, family, and vacation leave. This position is based in Washington, DC; remote working arrangements are available while CRC’s physical office is closed or partially closed because of COVID-19.
Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and list of four references to Civil Rights Corps on a rolling basis. Interviews will be conducted via a video teleconferencing platform, a writing exercise may be required, and a reference check will be completed before an offer is made.
Applications will be accepted until a candidate is identified. Materials should be addressed to email@example.com. Please include your name and “Director of Communications Application” in the subject line.
Job posted: 2020-09-03