Communications and Press Coordinator
- Full Time
About The Bail Project:
There is no place in the criminal justice system where money more clearly buys justice than bail. People who can’t afford bail remain in jail before trial, while those with money buy their liberty. Tying freedom to financial ability upends the presumption of innocence, tears lives apart, and perpetuates racial and economic disparities. It is also a key driver of mass incarceration. Each year, an estimated 2.5 million people sit in jail cells across America because they cannot afford bail.
The Bail Project is a national nonprofit that provides free bail assistance and pretrial support to thousands of low-income people every year. We’re on a mission to combat mass incarceration and demonstrate that a more humane, equitable, and effective pretrial system is possible.
The Bail Project uses a national revolving bail fund to pay bail for individuals who are legally presumed innocent, and whom a judge has deemed eligible for release. We then provide court reminders and work with local partner organizations to connect our clients with voluntary social services and community-based programs. We call this model Community Release with Support, and it has proven highly effective in helping people make their court dates. As our clients’ cases close, bail comes back into the fund where it is recycled to help additional people. In addition to these direct services, The Bail Project gathers human stories and data from our sites to support grassroots advocacy and inform policy recommendations.
We’re a community of advocates committed to ending mass incarceration and advancing racial and economic justice. Our organization is comprised of a central support team and a growing network of client advocates or “Bail Disruptors” who work in their local communities to provide bail assistance and lead our advocacy efforts on the ground.
The Communications and Press Coordinator will play an integral role in The Bail Project’s Central Support Team, supporting our media strategy for multiple Bail Project sites, and working within the Communications Department to coordinate production of materials for digital, print, and internal communications.
- Develop talking points, backgrounders, and factsheets
- Plan, pitch, and place stories in local media
- Provide ongoing media training for Site Managers and Bail Disruptors
- Manage day-to-day press requests and coordinate interviews
- Monitor news coverage and maintain archive in Salesforce
- Coordinate production and distribution of internal and external newsletters
- Edit and proofread materials for digital and print, including website updates, reports, opinion pieces, and testimonies
- Provide additional project support as needed
- 3-5 years of media relations experience, either in a PR agency or nonprofit communications department, with a track record of media placements
- Excellent writing, editing, and proofreading skills. A proofreading test will be administered to all candidates interviewed
- Excellent project management skills
- A passion for the mission of The Bail Project
The right candidate will be highly organized and comfortable working with print, TV, and radio reporters. Willingness to adapt to the change inherent in a rapidly scaling startup is 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. 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.