The Justice Lab in the Columbia School of Social Work is hiring a Manager, Advocacy and Strategic Communications in support of our Youth Justice Initiatives team, which seeks to end the punitive youth prison model, shift resources into the communities most impacted by incarceration, and center those who are most impacted in defining and designing what true safety looks like.
The Manager will support YJI???s federal campaign to accelerate youth prison closures and move resources into communities most impacted by incarceration; develop and implement communications strategies to advance YJI???s federal campaign and our work in various state and local jurisdictions; provide support in creating and overseeing the development of messaging and products for YJI???s place-based and advocacy work, which aims to inform what the future of youth justice should look like.
Manage and provide day-to-day support to YJI???s federal campaign to accelerate youth prison closures and move both financial and other resources, as well as transferring power and access, into communities most impacted by incarceration, including coordinating closely with different national partners; facilitating and attending various meetings related to campaign goals; liaising with other members of YJI team, including student employees, to identify appropriate resources that could support work.
Develop and implement communications strategies to advance YJI???s federal campaign and our work in various state and local jurisdictions, including op-eds, fact sheets, briefs, Congressional briefings, and events; stay abreast of other advocacy efforts aligned with YJI???s core goals; formulate/implement social media strategies to advance Lab???s presence on YJI issues.
Provide support in creating and overseeing the development of messaging/products for YJI???s place-based and advocacy work to drive what the future of youth justice should look like, including reports, videos, white papers, tool kits, and webinars; present work at conferences, trainings, and other professional gatherings.
BA/BS degree in Sociology, Criminal Justice, Public Policy, Government and Politics, Psychology or any Social Science required; Master???s degree in related fields, including Social Work, Public Administration or Policy, Criminal Justice, Sociology or other Social Science preferred; 2-4 years of related work experience preferred, with a focus on positions related to youth justice, policy, and advocacy.
Well-versed in youth justice and related social policy issue areas; awareness of how jurisdictions have approached youth justice reform, and models of human justice and community investment frameworks are a plus.
Experience in public policy research and advocacy, policy development, coalition building, and strategic communications, including partnering with impacted communities and those with lived experience with systems we seek to reform.
Deeply committed to combating structural racism and advancing equity, including demonstrated skill, reputation, and confidence in speaking about these topics.
Flexible and creative thinker who can produce high-quality materials and execute tasks with a sense of urgency; understands how to translate abstract requests into concrete products.
Excellent oral, written, and digital communication skills (a writing sample will be required) and understand the importance of making information accessible in a wide variety of formats and for different audiences.
Comfortable reaching out to various national, state, and local partners - from government actors and advocates to local media - to understand the current landscape.
Interested in and comfortable with supervising and mentoring student employees.
Strong ability to multitask and time manage.
Able to work independently on a daily basis and guide student employees.
Sound judgment, strong interpersonal skills, and a willingness to learn.
Candidates with prior experience working in criminal or juvenile justice-related fields or lived experience relating to criminal justice are strongly 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.
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