Critical Resistance (CR), a national grassroots organization working to end the prison industrial complex (PIC), seeks a National Communications Director to increase CR’s national impact and profile by working with CR members and allies to develop and implement communications plans and projects designed to end the PIC both within our organization and to promote the idea of PIC abolition nationally.   This position will be based in our National Office in Oakland, CA, although regular travel will be required.

Position Description:

The Communications Director will work with Critical Resistance members, staffers, and allies, to develop, plan and implement communications and media activities to gain national and local coverage for Critical Resistance and its activities.  The Communications Director will also facilitate communication among CR members organization-wide and within CR’s coalitions.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Support and coordinate generation of press releases, statements, fact sheets, PSAs, and other press materials

  • Support CR members to develop and implement media strategies

  • Call reporters to pitch stories and field calls from the media. Serve as point-of-contact for media inquiries and forward reporters’ questions to pertinent people

  • Visit chapters regularly to assist with internal communication as well as networking and media resources in their area.

  • Develop and maintain a national media contacts database

  • Conduct research to develop fact sheets, talking points, media relations, and programmatic materials as needed

  • Support CR members to coordinate, implement, and publicize press events and other chapter activities

  • Represent and promote CR at meetings, conferences, and other public settings

  • Participate in organizational programming as needed such as: fundraising, attending rallies or protests; participating in planning for CR conferences; working with CR chapters on local organizing

  • Participate in national and local working groups and decision-making

  • Organizational administrative support

  • Additional duties, as needed

Applicants must be able to demonstrate experience in:

  • Developing and coordinating successful media campaigns and communications strategies

  • Understanding of and commitment to prison industrial complex abolition

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

  • Training and group facilitation

  • Ability to balance multiple responsibilities well, to set priorities, and follow work plans

  • Willingness and ability to seek out relevant work and allies for building partnerships and coalitions

  • Being accountable to multiple organizers in a non-hierarchical organization

  • Supporting interns and volunteers

  • Working with computers including updating websites, email groups and listservs, word processing, and database management (some financial software a plus)

  • Willingness to travel

  • Public Speaking

  • Ability to speak and write in Spanish a plus

Salary is $43,000 per year, plus good benefits and vacation. Former prisoners are especially encouraged to apply.

Applications will not be considered without a resume, cover letter and a short writing sample highlighting your communications experience.


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