Full Time - Upper Management Level (Managing Editor, General Manager, Manager, Director)
We are seeking an experienced and entrepreneurial Director of Communications to market our work to a broad national audience, and ensure that it is placed where it can have impact. You will work closely with our President, Editor-in-Chief, Development Director, and newsroom leadership. You should be a seasoned communications expert with a deep Rolodex of contacts, able to juggle long-term strategic planning with the ability to react to breaking news events. Working in concert with our award-winning newsroom, you will take primary responsibility for promoting and deepening The Marshall Project as a brand. You will ensure that an effective communications and marketing strategy never forgets the millions of people who have been directly affected by criminal justice and have often been marginalized by many news organizations.
We are looking for a skilled writer and communicator who will thrive in a deadline-centered, entrepreneurial environment. The successful candidate will be someone with a proven track record in communications, who is also passionate about public interest journalism.
This position will report to the President of The Marshall Project and will supervise our Communications and Impact Manager.
The duties of the Director of Communications include but are not limited to:
Oversee all public affairs and editorial communications.
Work with the Communications and Impact Manager to develop and execute outreach and marketing plans for our journalism, which includes long-term investigative and explanatory projects, first-person narratives, and shorter stories related to breaking news events.
Create media and public speaking opportunities for our reporters, editors, president, and board chair and ensure that they are prepared for media appearances with talking points and succinct messaging. Organize professional media training sessions.
Work with the Communications and Impact Manager to create opportunities for impact for our accountability journalism, ensuring that it is read by lawmakers and people with the power to make change, without overstepping the boundary into advocacy.
Pitch trade press stories that highlight product launches or new media innovations undertaken by The Marshall Project.
Cultivate journalists, reporters, social media influencers, thought leaders and new media figures to raise awareness for The Marshall Project and our work.
Partner with our Audience Engagement Editor to ensure cohesive messaging and maximum exposure for our work.
Assist any local newsrooms affiliated with The Marshall Project with their own messaging and communications.
Help connect our work to justice-impacted audiences, as well as communities that have been historically overlooked or marginalized by the media.
Oversee the creation and distribution of media and impact reports that are circulated to our board, executives, funders, and key stakeholders.
Help to conceive and produce occasional live events that highlight our work and journalism.
Work with colleagues to help produce annual events for the board of trustees, key funders and staff.
Our headquarters is in New York City, but we will consider remote candidates who live in the United States.
COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS:
This job is full-time, with a competitive salary and benefits including employer-paid medical, vision, and dental insurance; 17 days of paid time off each year, plus a week off at the end of December; paid family leave and 401(k) matching.
8-10 years of work experience in communications, including experience in criminal justice or within a newsroom
2-3 years of direct supervisory experience of rising communications talent, and the ability to work with contractors
A deep bench of contacts and robust media relations
Strong written and verbal communication skills
Strong interpersonal skills and experience working in a growing organization with multiple stakeholders
Crisis communications experience
About The Marshall Project
The Marshall Project is a nonprofit news organization covering America’s criminal justice system. In 2016, The Marshall Project was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for explanatory journalism and was a Pulitzer finalist for investigative reporting. We are not advocates but we have a declared mission: to create and sustain a sense of urgency about the criminal justice system. Our newsroom produces stories that other news organizations miss, underestimate or misunderstand.