Associate Director, Advocacy and Strategic Communications
Location: New York, New York
Internal Number: 517777
Job Type: Officer of Administration
End Date if Temporary:
Hours Per Week: 35
Salary Range: Commensurate with experience
The Justice Lab in the Columbia School of Social work is hiring an Associate Director, Advocacy and Strategic Communication, to support our Youth Justice Initiatives, which seeks to create more community-centered youth justice systems that no longer rely on punishment and incarceration as a default. The Associate Director will lead the conceptualization, design, and development of various products to support place-based and advocacy work; conduct regular outreach to and support coalitions of advocates in states and localities across the country looking to make transformative change aimed at shifting away from youth prisons and making investments into communities; and work collaboratively with other YJI Communications staff to understand key issues, trends, and data that could be highlighted for media and social media to advance the youth justice system transformation mission.
The incumbent will be based in New York City, although remote work and flexible in-office time will be options. As the pandemic recedes, the incumbent may be traveling for engagements as needed and may have the ability to telework periodically, if performance and workload permit.
Lead and manage the conceptualization, development, and execution of various products to help 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.
Gather and synthesize information on new and timely policy, practice, and legislative/budget developments that could inform work of partners in different sites and nationally; create and maintain an online resource hub of materials related to YJI mission and vision.
Liaise with YJI???s place-based advising team to share resources and information that guides their work with partners on the ground; Field queries from advocates and others to think about what kinds of information and messaging might support goals that align with YJI???s work.
Work collaboratively with other YJI and Communications team members to identify key youth justice issues, trends, and data that could be highlighted for media and social media
Support YJI Co-Directors as needed with fundraising for specific projects.
BA/BS degree in any Social Science required; Master???s degree in Social Work, Public Administration or Policy, Criminal Justice, Sociology or other Social Science strongly preferred.
4-6 six years of related work experience required, 8 or more preferred, with a focus on positions related to action research, policy, and advocacy
Strong command of youth justice and related social policy areas; aware of historical and current trends in the field, including how jurisdictions have approached youth justice reform, and models of human justice and community investment frameworks a plus.
Strong track record of translating abstract requests or ideas into concrete, high-quality finished products; flexible and creative thinker who can distill complex information into key points and execute tasks with a sense of urgency.
Deeply committed to combating structural racism and advancing equity, including demonstrated skill, reputation, and confidence speaking about these topics.
Experience in public policy research and advocacy - including partnering with impacted communities and those with lived experience with systems we seek to reform - policy development, coalition building, and strategic communications.
Comfortable reaching out to various national, state, and local partners - from government actors and advocates to local media - to understand the current landscape and be proactive about maintaining and cultivating relationships.
Excellent oral and written communication skills (a writing sample will be needed) and can distill nuances of research in concise, accessible language.
Strong project management skills and ability to multi-task.
Able to work independently on a daily basis and guide and manage the work of staff. Experience supervising and coaching staff members to meet responsibilities.
Sound judgement, strong interpersonal skills, willingness to learn, and a sense of humor.
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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