FWD.us is a bipartisan political organization that believes America’s families, communities, and economy thrive when everyone has the opportunity to achieve their full potential. For too long, our broken immigration and criminal justice systems have locked too many people out from the American dream. Founded by leaders in the technology and business communities, we seek to grow and galvanize political support to break through partisan gridlock and achieve meaningful reforms. Together, we can move America forward.
Our Washington, D.C. office is seeking a talented communicator with strong strategic communications and traditional media relations experience, excellent writing skills and a passion for reforming our criminal justice system to join our team as a Communications Associate for our criminal justice reform program. In this role, you will support the development of and implement strategic communications plans which include traditional media outreach tactics to support FWD.us’ criminal justice reform program and its various jurisdictional and other advocacy campaigns. This is an opportunity to strengthen valuable communications skills, and learn how a dynamic communications team operates in a fast-paced environment while supporting FWD.us’ larger strategic goals.
The Communications Associate will report to the Communications Manager, Criminal Justice Reform.
The ideal candidate would bring a solid foundation and understanding of traditional earned media outreach and engagement; is a strong writer, communicator, and strategic thinker who is self-motivated and creative. Applicants should have experience developing and implementing communications plans, and have a strong personal commitment to reforming our criminal justice system, and humanizing those most affected by it.
For consideration, please submit a resume, cover letter, contact information for three references, and three 300-500 word writing samples by 5:00 p.m. ET on Friday, April 22, 2022.
Specifically, you will:
- Contribute to the development of strategic communications plans in support of FWD.us’ national and state-based efforts.
- Write and edit communications products, including talking points, campaign plans, press releases, media advisories, blog posts and more.
- Curate pitch letters and/or email pitch memos to engage reporters and influence national and state-based dialogue on criminal justice reform.
- Research, develop, and maintain reporter contacts and relationships.
- Support the implementation and management of special projects that are a part of the organization’s criminal justice reform program.
- Manage outside consultants, as needed.
- Contribute to the project management and dissemination of communications products.
- One to four years of communications experience, preferably in social justice, political, and/or issue advocacy organizations
- Proven experience securing media placements
- Dedication to the mission of FWD.us and sensitivity to issues of migration and criminalization of disenfranchised people.
- Must have a strong interest in political communications and/or news media.
- Proven writing ability and strong organizational skills, with the ability to adapt to new conditions, assignments, and deadlines.
- Ability to work effectively, both independently and as part of a collaborative team.
- Strong knowledge of media relations operations and basic knowledge of digital and social media communications.
- Solid understanding of the national media landscape.
- Excellent verbal and written communications skills.
Equal Opportunity Employment/Diversity
We are an organization committed to making the world a better place for all people. Diversity is a source of our strength, and allows us to make better decisions, be more impactful, and be better at our jobs day to day. We see our internal commitment to diversity to be reflective of how we view the world and the changes we want to see become reality.
This organization is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against employees or applicants for employment on the basis of an individual’s race, color, religion, creed, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, veteran status or any other status protected by applicable law. This policy applies to all terms, conditions and privileges of employment, including recruitment, hiring, placement, compensation, promotion, discipline and termination.
The organization understands that too often what are viewed as the traditional credentials are subjective criteria that exclude historically marginalized communities and act as barriers to hiring and recruiting the best candidates.
As part of FWD’s best hiring practices, we do not have educational requirements for any of our jobs. Many of our jobs do require specific interpersonal, skill-based, technical, policy or other requirements and applicants for those jobs will be evaluated based on their level of expertise, to include lived experience and work experience - which could have taken place at an educational institution or elsewhere.
FWD.us believes in fair chances and employment opportunities that benefit everyone. Ensuring that people who have had contact with the criminal justice system--including incarceration for serious offenses and substantial periods of time--have the opportunities upon their release to fully succeed and contribute to this country is central to our work and is a value to which we are absolutely committed to uphold in how we operate and who we hire. We do not conduct criminal background checks on applicants, unless required by state or federal law for specific roles.