The Bronx Defenders

Director of Communications

3 weeks ago
Job ID
Community Outreach


The Bronx Defenders – an innovative, progressive, holistic indigent defense office in the South Bronx – seeks a creative communications expert with a demonstrated commitment to social and racial justice to join our team as Director of Communications.


The Director of Communications is responsible for developing and implementing media strategies that amplify the voices of our client community and advance the mission and policy-reform priorities of The Bronx Defenders. This role will work with other practices to integrate media advocacy into overall strategy.



The Director of Communications will:

  • Guide the organization’s messaging across a wide range of issues and policy positions
  • Identify areas that would benefit from strategic communications work and present recommendations
  • Work closely with other practices to design and implement communications components of issue-specific advocacy, impact litigation, campaigns, lobbying, and development
  • Manage crisis communications around high-profile cases
  • Supervise and mentor a communications associate
  • Prepare spokespeople for media interviews
  • Oversee website, social media production, publications, and organizational branding



Applicants must have:

  • A belief in the mission of The Bronx Defenders and a demonstrated commitment to social justice and criminal justice reform
  • Minimum of 5+ years communications experience and a demonstrated track record of story placements with local and national media
  • Knowledge and understanding of how media can be a tool for change  
  • Strong messaging, writing, and editing skills
  • Experience developing and maintaining an organization’s voice and tone
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work in a complex organization and problem-solve under pressure
  • Integrity and discretion in handling confidential information

To apply, please click APPLY FOR THIS JOB ONLINE and upload a cover letter and resume in one document when prompted. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered.  


The application deadline is Monday, October 30th, but applications will be considered on a rolling basis and decisions will be made as soon as appropriate candidates are identified.


Please contact Justine Olderman, Managing Director, via email at with any questions regarding the position.



The Bronx Defenders is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, committed to inclusive hiring, and dedicated to diversity in our work and staff.  We strongly encourage candidates of all identities, orientations, experiences and communities to apply.



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