Communications Manager, Engagement and Special Projects

JOB SUMMARY:
The Innocence Project is a not-for-profit organization that works to exonerate innocent prisoners through post-conviction DNA testing and develop and implement policy changes to prevent wrongful convictions and otherwise reform the criminal justice system.

The Communications Manager, Engagement and Special Projects, works closely with the Communications Director to develop and implement the organization’s outreach events and engagement strategies with artists, exonerees, and external partners in order to increase public awareness about issues that the wrongly convicted face in the criminal justice system and build public support for the Innocence Project. This position will report to the Communications Director, work closely with the other members of the communications team and development staff.

The duties of this position require approximately 40 hours of work per week to be performed in-office.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
MANAGE SPECIAL COMMUNICATIONS PROJECTS
• Work closely with the Communications Director to develop and manage stand alone communications initiatives that advance the organization’s communications goals. Initiatives will range from producing reports and briefing materials to developing online features.

MANAGE PUBLIC EDUCATION EVENTS AND SUPPORT FUNDRAISING EVENTS
• Work with the Communications team to develop and manage a few public education events annually that advance the organization’s goals and build public support for reforming the system.
• Provide communications support to our annual fundraising events including helping to prep speakers, drafting remarks and arranging celebrity participation.

BUILD CELEBRITY SUPPORT
• Expand the reach of the existing Artists Committee for Innocence (comprised primarily of actors, directors and musicians) by developing and strengthening those relationships, strategically engaging committee members to become more active in promoting the work of the organization, and by continually soliciting new members for the committee.

MANAGE EXONEREE SPEAKERS BUREAU
• Develop marketing strategies to promote the Exoneree Speakers Bureau to external partners in the public and private sectors, and facilitate speaking training for exonerees interested in sharing their stories.
• Work with partner organization to secure opportunities for exonerees to speak about the broader problems facing the criminal justice system.
• Work with the department assistant to fulfill exoneree and staff speaking engagement requests.

QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE:
• Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Journalism, or related field.
• At least 5 years of communications experience.
• Experience conceiving and managing public education campaigns.
• Some combination of experience in the following areas — working with celebrities to bring
attention to a cause or organization, managing a speakers bureau or managing events.
• Knowledge of MS Office Suite and internet research; comfortable working with computers with minimal IT support.

KEY COMPETENCIES:
• Strong interpersonal, diplomacy, and communication (verbal & written) skills: the ability to interact effectively and sensitively with a wide variety people of diverse professional and cultural backgrounds.
• Strong skills in organization, planning and attention to details, with strong follow-through.
• Flexible and collaborative work style, resistance to stress, and ability to function effectively in a demanding environment and to juggle multiple tasks under pressure and deadlines.
• Ability to grasp legal and criminal justice issues and translate those issues into persuasive and easy-to-understand language.
• Ability to demonstrate initiative and reliability.
• A familiarity and passion for the organization’s work.

COMPENSATION:
The salary for this position is competitive and the Innocence Project offers an excellent benefits package, including health, dental and vision insurance, Flexible Spending Account, 401k plan with company-match, and paid Transitcheks.

WORKFORCE DIVERSITY AND EQUAL OPPORTUNITY:
The Innocence Project considers the diversity of its workforce to be vital to our organization’s success in meeting its mission. We strongly encourage applicants from all cultures, races, educational backgrounds, life experiences, socio-economic classes, sexual orientations, age, gender, and physical abilities to apply.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, it is our policy not to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, familial status, marital status, predisposing genetic characteristics, actual or perceived domestic violence victim status, unemployment status, caregiver status, or any other category protected by law.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS:
Please email a brief cover letter and resume as one attachment to:[email protected], with “Communications Manager” in the subject line. All .zip file attachments will be deleted without being read. No phone calls, please. Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.