About the Program
Reporting to the Director of Communications, the Communications Project Manager will help the Center
improve the effectiveness of its public outreach by coordinating numerous products—including reports,
podcasts, videos, and information graphics— around key themes and messages. The project manager will
create and plan the release of new policy papers, videos, etc., by thinking through the ideal presentation
on the Center’s website, on social media, and through targeting key audiences by email or other means.
The project manager also will conceive and plan events—such as panel discussions, workshops and
webinars—to promote the Center’s work and educate the public on the urgent need for justice reform.
As part of these activities, the project manager will have an opportunity to collaborate with various
departments, including Development, Policy and Research, and many in-the-field operating programs.
The project manager will also have a chance to assume a leadership role over a broad array of projects
based on his or her areas of interest, such as: researching and writing reports about pressing topics related
to justice reform (e.g. improving access to justice, reducing the reliance on fines and fees, efforts to
reform or eliminate bail); producing information graphics about the findings of the Research Department;
writing articles and op-eds; grant-writing; video editing; and engaging with our social media platforms.
Over the course of the fellowship, the project manager also will have the opportunity to gain knowledge
in a number of areas, including digital media; nonprofit messaging, operations, and fundraising;
government policy and operations; project planning and implementation; and key trends in justice reform.
The Center ultimately seeks a colleague who can help us advance our mission of reducing crime and
violence, strengthening neighborhoods, and promoting effective solutions to community problems.
About the Position
• Help the Center coordinate messaging and public education around key themes and topics, such
as those highlighted in our Areas of Focus.
• Conduct qualitative research on justice reform and related issues, such as human trafficking,
gender-based violence and racial disparities in the justice sector;
• Translate the Center’s research into public-facing user-friendly products, including reports, fact
sheets, infographics, social media posts, op-eds, etc.;
• In collaboration with various departments, plan and launch the online presentation of policy
papers, videos, and other materials;
• Create social media and email campaigns that advance justice reform;
• Conduct pre- and post-production research for our award-winning podcast series, New Thinking;
• Assist and advise our individual programs to help them enhance their community-based
• Conceive and coordinate panel discussions, workshops, and webinars aimed at promoting justice
reform and educating the public on the Center’s work.
• PhD in the humanities or humanistic social sciences;
• Excellent communication skills, particularly the ability to research and write about complicated
policy issues in a way that is both engaging and accessible to a nonprofessional reader;
• Ability to be flexible, hard-working, and reliable, and to generally work well with a small team;
• Ability to communicate and collaborate across various disciplines and departments;
• Experience editing and proofreading various modes of written material;
• Strong familiarity with social media (such as Twitter and Facebook);
• Organization, focus, and ability to think and triage assignments quickly; and
• An understanding of criminal justice reform, or an eagerness to learn more about the subject.
How to Apply
Information on the Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows Program:
All applications must be submitted through the ACLS online application system (ofa.acls.org)
Application deadline: March 13, 2019, 9 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time
If you are unable to access email, you may submit materials by mail or fax to:
All applications must be submitted through the ACLS online application system.
Note: The Fund for the City of New York/Center for Court Innovation is an equal opportunity employer. The Center does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, national origin, age, military service eligibility, veteran status, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, or any other category protected by law. We strongly encourage and seek applications from women, people of color, members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities as well as individuals with prior contact with the criminal justice system.
In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete an employment eligibility verification document form upon hire. Only applicants under consideration will be contacted. No phone calls please.
Learn more about us at www.courtinnovation.org.
The Fund for the City of New York/Center for Court Innovation is an equal opportunity employer.