Communications Associate
The Sentencing Project

Organizational Overview

The Sentencing Project, established in 1986, works for a fair and effective criminal justice system by promoting reforms in sentencing policy, addressing unjust racial disparities, and advocating for alternatives to incarceration.  The Sentencing Project engages in research on sentencing and related issues, advocates for criminal justice policy and practice reform, and conducts broad-scale public education through media, online and other communications.  Information about The Sentencing Project is available at

Job Description and Responsibilities

The Sentencing Project is seeking an entrepreneurial Communications Associate who will assume primary responsibility for the organization’s social media presence by posting daily content, both original and repurposed, with prioritization for presentations that are innovative and visual. The associate will also facilitate the launch of a new social media effort corresponding with the organization’s upcoming campaign to end sentences of life imprisonment. The associate position is responsible for drafting content for newsletters, the website and other communications outlets, under the supervision of the Communications Manager.

Other responsibilities may include supporting research and advocacy projects, such as assisting on research, publication production, or advocacy events and outreach.


Desirable skills and experience include the following:

• Bachelor degree    • Two years relevant public interest experience  • Strong research and writing skills  • Strong technical skills, including website communication, newsletter and publication layout, social media, data visualization  • Commitment to criminal justice reform and racial justice • Experience with Adobe Illustrator and InDesign preferred • Experience with graphic design, video production and photography desirable


Commensurate with experience and duties.  Current benefits package includes three weeks paid vacation; health, dental, life and disability insurance; contribution to 403(b) retirement plan and Metro transportation subsidy.

Application Procedure

Candidates who are qualified by experience, skill, and personal motivation are invited to apply. The Sentencing Project is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer committed to cultural diversity and recruits without regard to gender, race, ethnicity, color, age, religion, sexual orientation, disabilities, or prior convictions.


Submit cover letter, resume, and a writing sample to:

Hiring Manager

Open until filled.

August 2018

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