The Youth Justice Initiative's (YJI) portfolio within the Justice Lab at the Columbia School of Social Work is hiring a Senior Communications Associate. The YJI team partners with jurisdictions around the county to support strategic efforts to dramatically reduce or eliminate the use of the youth prison model and move sites toward a more community-centered delivery of justice, and convenes its Youth Correctional Leaders for Justice (YCLJ) group to bring the voices of current and former system administrators to the forefront of the issue.
The Senior Communications Associate will: collaborate with the YJI team, YCLJ, and other external partners to generate ideas and content for products and events; design and execute the creation of external-facing YJI materials and events that promote YJI's vision, and work with YJI Director and Lab-wide communications staff to disseminate content from YJI and its partners in various media outlets and on social media.
Characteristic Duties And Responsibilities
Convene meetings and discussions with YJI staff and other stakeholders (including YCLJ members, partner organizations, and others) to inform content development for public-facing products and events 25%
Conceptualize and produce external-facing materials to publicize YJI's vision and messages, including infographics, presentations, fact sheets, videos, and other publications. This work will include contracting with outside vendors and YCLJ members to execute deliverables as needed - 20%
In conjunction with the YJI Director and Lab-wide communications staff, execute communications and outreach plans to disseminate content to different target audiences. This may include: developing conference proposals to share products, drafting and editing opinion pieces, and other media or social media writing. 20%
Support the work of external partners with similar goals and objectives, including deploying YCLJ members to amplify key messages, coordinating releases of external products, and collaborating on different events - 15%
Supervise staff working on events, website upkeep, social media, and other external-facing projects for the Youth Justice Initiatives -15%
Related duties as assigned. - 5%
Minimum Educational/experience requirements:
Grade 12: 3-5 years of related experience; Bachelor's degree and/or equivalent related experience required
Position Specific Minimum Qualifications:
●Well-versed in the areas of youth justice and/or criminal justice reform, nonprofit and government policy fields, journalism, media, or external affairs.
●Very strong writing, editing, media or external affairs, project management, and organizational skills along with the ability to prioritize work in an environment with multiple and conflicting interests.
●The ability to work independently on a daily basis and handle complex and confidential information with a high level of discretion.
●Strong project management skills, comfortable working in a team and effectively communicating with a wide variety of external stakeholders.
●Competency using a variety of computer software programs including word processing, design and publishing software, spreadsheets, and/or database programs.
Candidates with prior experience working in criminal or juvenile justice related fields or lived experience relating to criminal justice are encouraged to apply.
The Justice Lab is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without unlawful discrimination based on race, color, creed, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military status, prior record of arrest or conviction, citizenship status, current employment status or caregiver status.
Internal Number: 507389
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