Communications Associate

Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth

Job title: Communications Associate
Location: Negotiable, but Washington, DC strongly preferred
Organization: Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth (CFSY)
Due: Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled

 

About the Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth:

The United States treats children who come into conflict with the law in intensely cruel and inhuman ways, disregarding their youth status and differences from adults. This is evidenced most starkly by the fact that the US is the only country that sentences children to die in prison by imposing life-without-parole sentences, which fly in the face of the emotional, behavioral, and developmental characteristics of youth respected wisely by other policies. Focusing on reforming this harsh practice in turn serves to catalyze other reforms to a system that is overly punitive across the board, especially when it comes to children.

The Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth (CFSY), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, leads the movement to end the most extreme sentences for children, advances alternative responses to harm children cause, and creates opportunities for formerly incarcerated youth to thrive as adults and lead in their communities. We seek to ban extreme sentences for children under 18 and ensure policies are implemented meaningfully and equitably; create opportunities for formerly incarcerated youth to thrive and for community restoration; and build a broad-based movement for reform led by directly impacted individuals.

Overview of the position: The CFSY is searching for a team member with demonstrated interest and experience in storytelling, and/or working on social justice issues via a variety of communications strategies. Ideally, this person will be as comfortable crafting stories in tweets as they are in longer form media (op-eds, video, podcasts, for example).

In this new role, the communications associate and storyteller will join the CFSY’s communications director in shaping a national narrative about youth sentencing that supports the work of our advocacy, legal, and outreach teams. Using various channels, including traditional and social media, original content creation, and several public education strategies, he/she/they will tell stories that shift perception about children who commit serious crimes, adults who were sentenced as children and are returning home after long prison terms, and the way in which racial injustice in America has led to mass incarceration and draconian youth sentencing practices. He/she/they will draft op-ed, press releases, and other public-facing communications, draft talking points and messaging documents, and conceive of and create original content. He/she/they will also develop and execute storytelling strategies focused on the CFSY’s Incarcerated Children’s Advocacy Network (ICAN), which is a national group of returning citizens who were incarcerated as children, but have been released and are doing important work in their communities.

In addition to the creative aspects of the role, the communications and storytelling associate will manage, create content for, and grow the CFSY’s social media channels (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram), and assist the communications director with pitching media; arranging editorial board meetings; creating and maintain relationships with journalists; fielding press requests. Finally, he/she/they will manage and update the CFSY’s newly redesigned website, ensuring that it is a current and accurate resource.

 

Responsibilities:

  • Create media, whether in writing, video, audio, or graphic form that advances the CFSY’s messaging priorities
  • Manage, create content for, and grow CFSY’s social media channels (Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram)
  • Help write and disseminate CFSY’s monthly highlights emails and other public-facing communications
  • Create and maintain up-to-date media lists
  • Assist with the drafting and editing of press materials, including press releases, op-eds, pitches, talking points, and messaging documents
  • Assist with arranging editorial board meetings and pitching journalists
  • Oversee the CFSY’s website, including minor edits / updates, new blog posts, and an expansion of the Incarcerated Children Advocacy Network (ICAN) page
  • Assist with press requests / arranging interviews with staff / prepping staff for media
  • Assist in the development and execution of a storytelling strategy that increases empathy for and visibility of children who commit violent crimes, returning citizens, and the role racism has played in the evolution of the criminal justice system
  • Other duties as assigned

 

Candidate qualifications:

  • A Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent professional experience in communications, public relations, journalism, or a related field) preferred
  • Exemplary writing skills with excellent grammar
  • Multi-media production skills (video and sound editing; graphic design) and knowledge of WordPress
  • Experience managing social media channels for a campaign, brand, or organization
  • Excellent verbal and interpersonal communication skills; attention to detail and ability to work under tight deadlines with a commitment to quality
  • Ability to manage a multitude of tasks in a fast-paced environment
  • Superb organizational skills, flexibility, and attention to detail
  • Knowledge of criminal justice system / reform movement is a plus, but not required
  • Commitment to social justice and to the goals of the CFSY

Compensation:

The CFSY offers a competitive salary for this position, as well as a generous benefits package, including vacation, sabbatical, employer-paid premiums for a platinum individual health insurance plan, including vision and dental, life and disability insurance, and a 403(b) retirement plan.

To apply:

Email in a single attachment: a letter of interest, resume, names of and contact information for at least three references, and a brief, original, unedited writing sample to commjobs@fairsentencingofyouth.org. PDF format preferred. Use “Communications Associate” as the subject of your email. Only complete applications will be reviewed. Applications will be received on a rolling basis, and the position will remain open until filled. No phone calls, please.

 

People of color, individuals with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ community, and those with personal experience in the juvenile or criminal justice systems are strongly encouraged to apply.

To apply for this job email your details to commjobs@fairsentencingofyouth.org