- Full Time
The Communications Coordinator works with the Director of Communications to develop and implement media strategies in national and local markets with the goal of raising awareness about the injustice of cash bail and motivating adoption of our model of community release with support. As a member of the central support team, the Communications Coordinator is responsible for managing press, media training spokespeople, working with Bail Disruptors and the Digital Media Editor to identify clients stories, and supporting the dissemination of data and story-driven narratives in the press through proactive media outreach.
Primary responsibilities include:
- Develop and strengthen relationships with key journalists in local markets.
- Work with the Director of Communications to pitch stories based on themes about the human cost of cash bail, The Bail Project’s impact, and our policy advocacy priorities.
- Work with Bail Disruptors to coordinate press strategy with partner organizations around local campaigns for pretrial reform and jail closure.
- Conduct media trainings for Bail Disruptors.
- Respond to media inquiries and coordinate stories and interviews.
- Write, edit and proofread materials for web and print, including media kits, press releases, statements, and client stories.
- Edit and place opinion pieces.
- Help prepare factsheets, message decks, and background materials for national and local teams.
- Stay up to date with news and policy developments regarding criminal justice reform efforts and bail in particular.
- Monitor news coverage of The Bail Project and maintain archive in Salesforce.
- Provide additional project support as assigned by the Director of Communications.
- Minimum 5-years of experience in communications or journalism, with an emphasis on criminal justice preferred
- Strong writing, editing, and proofreading skills
- Track record of pitching and placing news stories
- Excellent project management and organizational skills
- Ability to meet deadlines and work under pressure
- A passion for the mission of The Bail Project
The right candidate will be highly organized and comfortable working independently as well as in collaborative teams. Willingness to adapt to the change inherent in a rapidly scaling startup are essential. We especially welcome applications from individuals who have been impacted by the criminal legal system.
How to Apply:
This is an LA-based position. Interested applicants should submit a cover letter with resume and two writing samples in a single PDF. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. No faxes or phone calls please. Applicants will be notified regarding whether or not they have been selected for an interview. No faxes or phone calls please. Applications without cover letters will not be processed.
The Bail Project is proud to be an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and actively seeks the candidacy of people of color, women, LGBTQ people, and formerly incarcerated individuals. We are committed to inclusive hiring and dedicated to diversity in our work and staff.