Recidiviz is looking for a new member of its leadership team. The Director of Public Affairs will help craft the story around Recidiviz’s impact and mission, in ways that help us achieve both things faster. Recidiviz is a nonprofit tech company that works directly with state government partners to use data to improve criminal justice outcomes. We’re hiring for this role now because Recidiviz is at an inflection point—we’ve grown from 6 to 36 people in the last year and it’s time to treat telling our story as a top-level priority. It’s not always a simple story to tell: Recidiviz works at the intersection of government, technology, and criminal justice—all of which are complicated domains. We’re excited to bring on the right thought-partner who loves everything from wordsmithing blog posts to working with the other leads to figure out where, how, and to whom we need to be telling our story.
● Develop and implement a strategic communications plan to advance Recidiviz’s mission. Work with key stakeholders, including public officials at the local, state, and federal levels and other criminal justice reform organizations.
● Generate content, from fundraising newsletters, to blog posts about technology, to case studies about states’ successes. Decide who, where, and when to disseminate.
● Build targeted relationships between Recidiviz leadership and external stakeholders, including the media.
● Conduct internal media training sessions.
● Coordinate launch coverage and serve as a spokesperson with the media.
● Prioritize media opportunities, and prepare talking points, speeches, presentations, and other supporting materials.
● Proactively identify challenges and emerging issues faced by the organization. Work with the leadership team to recognize internal and external opportunities and drive solutions.
● Lead the organization’s crisis preparedness and response efforts, from a public affairs and communications standpoint.
● Maintain a calendar that maximizes the impact of key dates and milestones to raise the organization’s visibility.
● Hire, mentor, and manage a team member responsible for supporting the execution of the public affairs and communications plan (along with any freelancers, consultants, interns, and volunteers).
Recidiviz’s leadership team is small and high-energy. As a member of it, you’ll be responsible for everything from deciding which stories we’re telling as an organization to writing and editing them.
You’ll have support—we have a fabulous pro-bono strategic communications firm—but even so, the role is wide ranging. You might be crafting a TED talk one day and writing a press-release the next day. Previous experience in either government, public affairs, data and technology, and/or criminal justice is required. Previous experience in a startup environment or in a role that requires a lot of cross functional collaboration and communication (Chief of Staff, Campaign Manager, Product Manager) is a bonus.
Specific requirements include:
● Strong strategy chops and the ability to move between levels of abstraction—you might be crafting a 2022 strategy and finessing web-copy in the same day
● Strong track record of managing competing priorities and being able to see the signal in the noise, juggle shifting priorities, and keep the organization focused on what’s important and urgent.
● Excellent writing and editing skills.
● Excitement about building, finessing, and enforcing the tone of all of our external communications.
● Excellent verbal communication skills, with experience as a spokesperson.
● Relationship builder with the flexibility and finesse to “manage by influence”
● Ability to tailor a message to a wide variety of audiences—from government officials, to advocates, to funders, to our own team.
● Highly collaborative style; excitement about the small team, fast growth environment that is 2021 Recidiviz
For more information or to apply, please reach out to Kimberly Robinson at firstname.lastname@example.org