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Communications Specialist

Posted Aug 2018

The Corrections Accountability Project is seeking a full-time Communications Specialist to design and execute a comprehensive communications strategy that includes both traditional and digital media, manage public and media relations, and support the Director in donor relations. They must be able to work both independently and as part of a collaborative team and thrive under pressure. This position is based in New York City (flexible) and will report to the Director.

Responsibilities & Duties

  • Develop and execute an organizational communications strategy as well as specific campaign communications strategies that include traditional and digital media
  • Draft, review, edit, publish, and distribute op-eds, letters to the editor, press releases, media advisories, presentations, e-mailers, talking points, and other supporting material, as needed
  • Manage all social media accounts (e.g. Instagram, Twitter, Facebook), including content creation and regular responsive engagement
  • Collect data and develop evaluation reports to measure social media growth, performance, and effectiveness
  • Manage media inquiries and monitor media coverage of the organization and its staff
  • Continue to develop and cultivate effective working relationships with media entities

Required Qualifications & Skills

  • Familiarity with and interest in criminal justice, including a serious commitment to ending mass incarceration and working with directly-impacted communities
  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field, or similar work experience
  • Three or more years of related professional experience, part-time and full-time considered
  • Excellent writing and editing skills, including the ability to distill complex ideas into simple, approachable language for a variety of audiences and channels
    • Experience creating digital content, managing social media, and tracking performance data
    • Experience working in social platform tools (e.g. Tweetdeck, Facebook Business Manager, etc.)
    • Experience with data collection and analysis (i.e. social native platform analysis)
  • Some proficiency in Photoshop/Adobe Creative Suite
  • Ability to manage time and prioritize tasks effectively, adjust to changing circumstances, and work independently within a team structure
  • Superior organizational skills and high detail orientation

Preferred Qualifications & Skills

  • Established relationships with external media entities
  • Familiarity with corporate finance
  • Competency in graphic design
  • Proficiency in Spanish


The salary for this position is commensurate with experience and competitive in the criminal justice advocacy field. CAP also offers an excellent benefits package, including generous vacation, personal, and sick time, along with strong medical and dental coverage.

To apply, please send your resume, cover letter detailing your interest in the Corrections Accountability Project and the role of Communications Specialist, and the names and contact information of three references to In the email subject line, please write “Application: Communications Specialist.” Applications will be considered on a rolling basis and, due to capacity, only applicants selected for interviews will be contacted.

Summer Analysts & Associates

Summer 2019

Working closely with the Director, summer program analysts and associates will have the exciting opportunity to support the seed stage of the Corrections Accountability Project. Summer program analysts and associates will conduct research related to the commercial interests embedded in our criminal legal system, engaging with criminal justice stakeholders from corrections administrators to incarcerated people. Interested summer program analysts and associates will also have an opportunity to draft legal writing samples, conduct financial analyses, author blog posts and op-eds, and/or assist with advocacy campaigns.


  • Familiarity with and interest in criminal justice, including a serious commitment to ending mass incarceration and working with directly-impacted communities
  • Strong analytical, research, and writing skills.
  • Education
    • Summer program analysts must be current undergraduate students
    • Summer program associates must be current graduate students

Dedicated to developing innovative approaches to dissolving the prison industrial complex, we invite candidates with a wide array of skill sets, including those that may be unique in the legal environment, to apply. Most importantly, candidates must be deeply committed to effecting radical change in the criminal justice arena and energized by a startup atmosphere.

Candidates must be eligible for degree credits, pro bono hours, external funding, or be otherwise supported as this is an unpaid position. Candidates splitting their summer are welcome to apply.  

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to

The Corrections Accountability Project is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without discrimination based on race, color, creed, national origin, sex, gender, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military status, prior record of arrest or conviction, citizenship status, or current employment status.