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Job Listing: Communications Associate, Justice Policy Institute, Washington, DC

Submitted by dguard on (Issue #467)
Drug War Issues
Politics & Advocacy

The Justice Policy Institute is one of the nation’s leading nonprofit research and public policy organizations dedicated to ending society’s reliance on incarceration and promoting effective and just solutions to social problems. JPI is located in Washington, DC and works with advocacy organizations, citizens and policymakers across the country to promote progressive criminal and juvenile justice reforms.

The communications associate will assist the communications director in the development and implementation of all media and communications activities. Responsibilities will include developing and maintaining communication lists; writing and editing media materials including press releases and advisories, op-eds, letters to the editor, articles, brochures and promotional materials; pitching stories to media on behalf of JPI, allied organizations and projects; assisting in development of communications strategies for JPI and allied organizations; maintaining website and electronic newsletters; orchestrating media and publicity events; monitoring news on adult and juvenile justice issues; tracking and cataloging media hits; managing electronic newsletter; public speaking and presentations; other communications-related administrative tasks as assigned.

Qualifications: including a demonstrated understanding of and commitment to JPI’s mission, issues and projects; a minimum of two years of experience in a related field, such as strategic or campaign communications, public relations, or other relevant non-profit or public sector experience; excellent written and oral communications skills; excellent interpersonal skills with diverse groups including advocates, media, nonprofit professionals, criminal justice systems players, and grassroots organizations; computer proficiency; web site design or maintenance skills. Experience as a trainer a plus; ability to travel and flexibility a must.

Benefits provided. Competitive salary is commensurate with experience. Electronic submissions are encouraged. Applicants should send a letter of interest, resume, and writing sample (preferably a press release or article) to: [email protected] or Laura Jones, Communications Associate Search, Justice Policy Institute, 1003 K Street, NW, Suite 500, Washington, DC 20001. Please review JPI's work at before applying. No phone calls accepted.

People of color and individuals with direct experience of the criminal justice system strongly encouraged to apply. The Justice Policy Institute is an equal opportunity employer.

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