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Senior Communications Associate

Status: Full-Time

Location: Brooklyn, NY (Hybrid)/Remote

Reports to: Executive Director


The National Black Women’s Justice Institute (NBWJI) aims to eliminate racial and gender disparities in the U.S. criminal-legal system that are responsible for its disproportionate impact on Black women, girls, and gender-expansive people. We engage in rigorous research and capacity building in order to transform the current system and promote policy change that centers and uplifts the voices and experiences of system-impacted Black women and girls. Through our work, we seek to dismantle the punitive paradigm driving the U.S. criminal-legal system and build in its place pathways to healing and opportunity. At NBWJI, we envision a society where healing—not punishment—is upheld as justice.

What you’ll do

NBWJI is seeking an experienced Senior Communications Associate who will work closely with our entire team, especially the Executive Director and the Director of Research and Advocacy. The Senior Communications Associate will be responsible for developing and overseeing the implementation of NBWJI’s external communication strategies. This includes identifying and managing the eCRM, managing NBWJI’s website, blog content, newsletters, social media channels, email campaigns, and coordinating editing and design of reports, factsheets, and other written communications.

The ideal candidate is creative, thoughtful, attentive to detail, and brings a strong racial and gender equity lens to their work. Strong candidates will also have experience using digital tools to advance social justice messaging to educate and mobilize people to take action. Additionally, they will be adept at communicating policy and research findings to public audiences in compelling and persuasive ways, including written communication, infographics, and data visualizations. This is an excellent opportunity for an entrepreneurial person to play a formative role in developing the voice and increasing the visibility of a small-but-growing organization.


  • Oversee the development and execution of external communications, including but not limited to website content, blog posts, newsletters, press releases, Op-Eds, reports, and other written materials.

  • Develop and manage NBWJI’s content calendar and coordinate with relevant staff

  • Monitor local, state, and national news and social conversation on issues related to NBWJI’s work

  • Serve as in-house writer and editor as needed.

  • Develop and maintain NBWJI style guidelines.

  • Build media relations and serve as a primary point of contact.

  • Assist with virtual event logistics.

  • Prepare internal reports tracking relevant metrics, including but not limited to website traffic, social media (e.g., impressions, engagement rate), and report downloads.

  • Assist with the development, implementation, and coordination of public education, digital advocacy and fundraising campaigns.

  • Manage and build NBWJI’s social media presence, including creating relevant content and promoting new resources, campaigns, and events

  • Other job-related tasks as needed


  • 5+ years of experience in communications, marketing, or relevant field

  • Self-motivated, proactive, and forward-thinking

  • Great project management skills, including time management, goal-setting, multitasking, and prioritization

  • Ability to work independently and with teams

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work with people at all levels

  • Detail-oriented and highly organized

  • Strong writing and editing skills, experience writing short and punchy direct-response advocacy emails, a demonstrated ability to produce clear, compelling, and motivating copy

  • Understand the concept of intersectionality

  • Knowledge of issues affecting criminalized Black women, girls, and gender nonconforming people is a plus

  • Experience managing and updating website content

  • Experience working with the following is a plus, but not required:

  • eCRMs (ActionKit, Springboard, EveryAction, Luminate Online, Salesforce, etc.)

  • Social media management tools (e.g., Sprout Social)

  • Email campaign management tools (e.g., MailChimp)

  • Project management tools (e.g., Asana)

  • Design tools (e.g., Canva, Adobe Creative Suite tools)

  • Website management tools (e.g., Wix, Wordpress)

Salary and benefits: The position offers a salary in the range of $70,000 to $80,000, commensurate with experience. Employees also receive a benefits package including health coverage, short and long-term disability, and paid time off. This position is full-time (FSLA: Exempt).

Equal Opportunity Employment: The National Black Women’s Justice Institute provides equal employment opportunities to all applicants without regard to race/ethnicity, color, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, national origin, age, criminal history, or disability. NBWJI encourages people who have been directly impacted by the criminal legal system to apply.

To Apply: Submit a statement of interest, your resumé, and a relevant work sample you are proud of to this link.

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