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Arnold Ventures, a key player in national efforts to reimagine criminal justice, is looking for a media-savvy strategist to support the philanthropy's growing criminal justice portfolio while advancing the communications team’s multimedia story-telling efforts. The communications manager will work collaboratively with in-house experts, communications team colleagues and consultants to increase visibility of the foundation’s work to address multiple facets of the criminal justice system, from pretrial to community supervision.

The Position:

Reporting to the Vice President of Communications, the manager will build out both short- and long-term communications strategies responsive to the criminal justice team’s goals and in alignment with the organization’s big-picture media strategy. The ideal candidate will have a passion for criminal justice advocacy matched only by a desire and proven ability to tell compelling stories in multimedia-rich formats.

Essential Skills, Experience, & Qualities:

  • Experience developing and executing communications plans
  • Extensive writing and editing experience
  • Ability to evaluate complex information, to see all sides of an issue and provide communications recommendations
  • Ability to multitask and to simultaneously handle a variety of projects
  • Keen attention to detail

Core Responsibilities:

  • Manage relationships with criminal justice team, developing communications strategies, including earned, owned, and paid media, in support of short- and long-term goals
  • Develop integrated internal and external communications plans and create necessary content, including executive communiques, web features, informational graphics, annual reports, fact sheets, and op-ed submissions
  • Advise programmatic teams on message framing, media positioning, and utilization of communications consultants
  • Develop and maintain strong working relationships with local, state, and national media
  • Develop and manage grantee communications strategies, protocols, and materials
  • Review and guide issue briefs, solution papers, written public testimony, and requests for proposals
  • In coordination with media relations manager, recommend and develop press releases and media advisories, strategic media pitches, and opportunities for internal experts to weigh in on an issue
  • Coordinate digital media strategies with communications team members, ensuring alignment with both programmatic and broader foundation goals
  • Develop and lead comprehensive strategies for public launches and announcements, following communications and event-planning best practices

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Minimum of 10 years of experience as a professional writer, journalist, or in a related communications role
  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism, English, communications, political science, public policy, or a related field

To Apply:

If you are interested in this position, please send a resume, cover letter, and contact information for three references to Please indicate in the subject line of the email that the application is for the position of Communications Manager – Criminal Justice. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.