The Bronx Defenders – an innovative, progressive, holistic indigent defense office in the South Bronx – seeks a creative, strategic, and thoughtful Director of Communications who will be responsible for developing and advancing communications strategies that 1) advocate on behalf of clients 2) advocate for and with the community we serve 3) amplify the voice of the organization 4) ensure alignment with our brand and values.
BxD is a public defender non-profit that is radically transforming how low-income people in the Bronx are represented in the justice system, and, in doing so, is transforming the system itself. BxD seeks thoughtful, creative, energetic individuals with a strong commitment to social justice to join our dynamic and diverse staff. Our staff of over 300 includes interdisciplinary teams made up of criminal, civil, immigration, and family defense attorneys, as well as social workers, benefits specialists, legal advocates, parent advocates, investigators, and team administrators, all of whom collaborate to provide holistic legal and social service advocacy. Through this integrated team-based structure, we have pioneered a groundbreaking, nationally-recognized model of representation called holistic defense that achieves better outcomes for our clients.
Each year, we defend 27,000 low-income Bronx residents in criminal, civil, child welfare, and immigration cases, and reach thousands more through our community intake, youth mentoring, and outreach programs. Through impact litigation, policy advocacy, and community organizing, we push for systemic reform at the local, state, and national level. We take what we learn from the clients and communities that we serve, and launch innovative initiatives designed to bring about real and lasting change.
Role and Responsibilities
Communications plays a key role in realizing the mission and vision of The Bronx Defenders. The success of this position will include positive outcomes for our clients, improved policies and practices for our communities, support for our work and innovation, and the engagement of key stakeholders. This person will thrive in a complex and fast-moving environment that requires deep collaboration, the centering of clients, impeccable judgment, and the ability to problem solve under pressure.
The Director of Communications will:
Applicants must have:
To apply, please click APPLY FOR THIS JOB ONLINE and upload both a cover letter and resume as a single document when prompted. Applications missing any components or not submitted in the requested manner will not be considered.
The application deadline is Wednesday, January 30th, 2019.Candidates are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible as applicants will be interviewed on a rolling basis until the appropriate candidate is identified.
Please contact Justine Olderman, Executive Director, via email at email@example.com 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.