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Senior Communications Strategist

The Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law is a nonpartisan law and policy institute that seeks to improve our systems of democracy and justice. The Brennan Center’s Justice Program seeks to improve our criminal justice system through bipartisan efforts to end mass incarceration while keeping the country safe.

Law Enforcement Leaders to Reduce Crime and Incarceration (“LEL”) is a project of the Brennan Center’s Justice Program. LEL is a bipartisan coalition of over 200 current and former police chiefs, sheriffs, federal and state prosecutors, and attorneys general from all 50 states to urge for a reduction in both crime and incarceration. LEL is led by two co-chairmen, former New Orleans Superintendent Ronal Serpas and former Dallas police chief David Brown, and a Steering Committee of leaders in police and prosecution. Activities of the group are supervised by a Counsel and Senior Manager. 

Position: Law Enforcement Leaders seeks a creative, dynamic Senior Communications Strategist to work as a consultant. The start date for this consultancy is approximately March 1st, or as soon as possible. This consultancy will be on a contractual basis involving approximately 20 hours of work per week, and can be conducted remotely or on site. 

The Senior Communications Strategist will lead and expand communications efforts for Law Enforcement Leaders, driving an ambitious strategy to shape public debate, achieve advocacy goals, expand our digital reach, and elevate the group’s profile and work. The Communications Strategist’s work will be overseen by the Center’s Vice President of Communications and Justice Program Director. The Strategist will work closely with LEL’s Counsel and Senior Manager. 

Effective communications is central to the Law Enforcement Leaders strategy. The Communications Strategist will work to develop a strategy to increase the prominence of Law Enforcement Leaders’ voice and message in mainstream media to let the public and lawmakers that know law enforcement favors ending over-incarceration and believes the country can do so while reducing crime. Our goals include: news organizations relying on our members’ expertise and first-hand experiences; news outlets routinely and prominently citing our group’s work on cable TV, radio and traditional media; the growth of our digital audience for our website, social media platforms, and e-newsletter subscriptions; and garnering national media attention for our annual events. 

Core responsibilities: 

  • Work with the Counsel and Senior Manager to expand and implement communication strategy for Law Enforcement Leaders to increase the group’s voice in the national media. 
  • Work closely with directors, staff, and law enforcement officials in a fast-paced and often unpredictable political environment. 
  • Build and maintain relationships with key media outlets, editors, producers, and journalists. Secure media opportunities for group leadership, members, and staff. 
  • Draft and distribute press releases and group statements, draft and pitch op-eds on behalf of members, cultivate spokespeople to represent the group, and design promotional material. 
  • Plan group’s annual event to garner national media attention. 
  • Expand the project’s digital presence, including managing social media content and expanding the electronic newsletter subscriber list. 

Qualifications: The ideal candidate should have: 

  • 4-10 years of experience in media relations. 
  • Acute understanding of how to shape stories and how communications can be used to elevate the work of a national organization and advance issues in the public debate. 
  • Ability to draft materials and messaging from the perspective of law enforcement. Experience working on criminal justice or law enforcement communications is a plus. 
  • Excellent writing and editing skill, political and strategic savvy, and enthusiasm for translating legal and policy work to a wider public. 
  • Record of developing relationships with top-tier journalists and achieving high level media placements. 
  • Experience integrating traditional and digital media strategies and expanding online audiences. 
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, shifting environment. Excellent interpersonal skills. 

Salary: Commensurate with experience.

Applications: The application deadline is February 15, 2018, but applicants will be interviewed on a rolling basis and decisions will be made as soon as appropriate candidates are identified. To apply, visit Please upload the following application materials: cover letter, resume, writing sample, and contact information for three references. If applicable, please include Internet hyperlinks to authored writing samples. If you have difficulty with the online system, you may send your application by e-mail to: with “Senior Communications Strategist” in the subject line, after registering in the online system.

The Brennan Center, an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, is strongly committed to diversity and welcomes applicants of all races, ethnicities, genders, and sexual orientations, gender identity and expression, and applicants who have been previously incarcerated. 

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