Communication Coordinator

Posted On: May 30, 2013

Media-Related Job

Media Organization: Brennan Center for Justice

Company Description

The Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law is one of the country’s leading policy, advocacy and legal groups committed to democracy and justice. Recent successful studies include our definitive report on voting law changes in 2012, an empirical look at the lack of lawyers for families facing foreclosures, and our examination of how individuals become terrorists. We wrote the proposal to modernize the country’s voter registration system, which would expand the rolls by 65 million. A singular institution, the Brennan Center combines communications with scholarship, legislative and legal advocacy to win meaningful, measurable change in the public sector.

The Center is led by Michael Waldman, former chief speechwriter to President Bill Clinton and a nationally recognized author and thought leader on democracy and government reform. The Center’s experts produce research that influences policy and fuels advocacy in Washington and state capitols across the country. The Center’s work is constantly cited in major news sources across all media, including The New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, NBC, NPR, PBS, CNN, The Associated Press, Reuters, and Bloomberg News.

Job Description

We seek a Communications Coordinator to help with the organization’s media work, events, publications, website, and public advocacy.

The Communications Coordinator works with the Director and the Deputy Director of Communications and Brennan Center staff to maintain an energetic communications department that can speak strategically, as well as quickly and effectively, to mass audiences and members of the press.

Core responsibilities include:

-Proactive Media Relations: Cultivating press contacts, drafting and distributing/placing public communications such as press releases, op-eds, letters, short statements, and remarks
-Reactive Media Relations: Fielding and managing incoming media requests for the Center’s leaders and experts, responding to requests for information and arranging interviews and other media opportunities for Brennan Center experts
-Producing and Promoting Publications: End-to-end project management and promotion of Brennan Center reports and other work products, including development of release strategies, copy editing, and coordinating with graphic designers, printers, and other contractors as necessary
-Helping craft - and execute - communications strategies
-Events: Assisting with all aspects of event planning
-Web: Assist with online content generation and maintenance, including both drafting and editing web site content and assisting with management of the Brennan Center’s social media properties
-Assisting with administrative activities, including press list maintenance and organization and planning of public advocacy events, among other things

The ideal candidate will have:

-A bachelors or advanced degree
-Substantial work experience in communications and media relations work;
-Strong writing skills and media savvy;
-Enthusiasm about democracy reform and social justice;
-Excellent inter-personal skills and tested ability to negotiate between people with different training and different approaches to problems and communication; and
-An openness to evolving responsibilities.

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, including people who have been previously incarcerated.

To Apply

Visit -; Please compile a cover letter, resume, and writing sample into one document and upload where it says 'attach resume'. If you have difficulty uploading these items as one document, e-mail them to, with “Communications Coordinator” in the subject line, after registering in the online system. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, and decisions will be made as soon as an appropriate candidate is identified. No calls, please.