The Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law is a nonpartisan law and policy institute that seeks to improve systems of democracy and justice in the United States. We work to hold our political institutions and laws accountable to the twin American ideals of democracy and equal justice for all. Brennan Center’s work ranges from voting rights to campaign finance reform, from ending mass incarceration to preserving Constitutional protection in the fight against terrorism. Part think tank, part advocacy group, part cutting edge communications hub, we start with rigorous research. We craft innovative policies. And we fight for them – in Congress and the states, the courts, and in the court of public opinion.
The Brennan Center seeks a dynamic communications strategist to work with our Media & Strategic Engagement team at the organization’s New York headquarters, a section of the Communications & Strategy department.
One of the Brennan Center’s primary goals is driving the national conversation around issues of democracy and justice. The strategist will partner with attorneys, researchers, advocates, and campaigners to design and implement comprehensive communications plans around the Center’s marquee reports and litigation. The role requires a keen sense of the news cycle, powerful writing skills, and experience working with high-impact journalists at the country’s most important publications.
As part of a growing media relations team, the strategist will work with program staff at the earliest stages of project conception and planning. Reporting to the national media director, s/he will craft and carry out robust media relations plans targeting national and regional audiences, all with the goal of helping shape public opinion and build momentum behind our work. Specific duties will include:
- Mapping out communications and media relations strategies for a broad range of projects, reports, advocacy campaigns, and litigation efforts.
- Cultivating relationships with reporters, editors, columnists, op-ed page editors, and editorial writers.
- Drafting press releases, advisories, and alerts.
- Building and strengthening the Brennan Center’s database of reporters and editors.
- Helping shape, guide, and edit publications that may have news value.
- Writing, editing, and pitching op-eds.
- Responding quickly and accurately when news breaks (and occasionally putting in night and weekend hours).
- A minimum of 6-8 years of experience in media relations, nonprofit or government communications, journalism, or a combination of those fields
- Strong writing and editing skills (don’t hesitate to send links to provocative or insightful op-eds that you’ve drafted)
- Strong news judgment and a demonstrated ability to read a news cycle and respond quickly.
- A deep network of journalist contacts (print, digital, and broadcast)
- Ability to work constructively and professionally across multiple issue areas
- Experience working with journalists both on background and on the record
- An understanding of how media relations intersects with social media and digital marketing.
Applications: Applications will be considered on a rolling basis and decisions will be made as soon as exemplary candidates are identified. Please upload the following application materials: cover letter (copy and paste where indicated), resume, and contact information for three references. In addition, please provide URLs to a total of three op-eds or news stories that you placed or reported, with a brief explanation of your role in its placement or production. No phone calls or faxes. Please reference where you saw this posting.
If you have difficulty with the online system, you may send your application by e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org with “Media Strategist” in the subject line, after registering in the online system. Applying through our website, however, is strongly preferred.
The Brennan Center for Justice is committed to a workplace based on equal opportunity and a strong belief in the increased effectiveness that comes from a diverse workforce. To this end, Brennan Center:
- Hires staff that reflects this country's full range of racial, ethnic, cultural, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic identity;
- Considers and hires applicants who have been previously incarcerated;
- Creates a workplace where true diversity is fostered and different perspectives are valued and freely exchanged;
- Ensures that all members of the Brennan Center community feel welcome and respected, and have equal opportunities to thrive and advance within the institution; and
- Is committed to supporting low-income communities and communities of color particularly affected by social inequities.