Design & Publications Coordinator

About the Position

The Design & Publications Coordinator is responsible for assisting TJC’s projects with design needs, with a focus on developing external resources and brand identity across the organization and providing graphic design support to The Appeal. This position reports to the director of the communications support team and is supervised by editors at The Appeal on assignments for that project. The position includes the following responsibilities:

  • Manage the day-to-day execution of TJC design and publication assignments;
  • Provide graphic design support for The Appeal articles and projects;
  • Strengthen the TJC brand and engage our community by producing creative and compelling design projects supporting our work across print and digital environments;
  • Support TJC projects by providing template materials that include proper brand image;
  • Work with TJC’s various teams to plan and implement design strategies for campaigns, events, and other work;
  • Work with TJC’s digital media coordinator to update and maintain The Justice Collaborative website.

Desired Qualifications

  • A proven track record in design strategy and management, including experience planning, managing, and executing successful design projects — both online and in print;
  • 3+ years of relevant experience in communications, marketing, journalism, or advocacy fields;
  • A strong understanding of the criminal justice system and the people and processes that drive incarceration and a voracious appetite for criminal justice news and events;
  • A deep passion for criminal justice reform;
  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills;
  • Attention to detail and emphasis on accuracy;
  • Experience with desktop publishing and graphic design tools, including web design;
  • Requires some travel and willingness to work nights and weekends when necessary;
  • Ours is a virtual workspace and requires comfort working in that environment;
  • Applicants may live anywhere in the United States;
  • Spanish language fluency highly desirable.


Design & Publications Coordinator: $50,000 to $75,000 salary, depending on experience level, with comprehensive benefits package.

About The Justice Collaborative

The Justice Collaborative (TJC) is a team of legal experts, researchers, journalists, and media strategists working across a collection of aligned projects that share the common goal of bringing human dignity and restraint to our deeply flawed criminal justice system. Among the projects at TJC is The Appeal, an editorially independent news publication covering criminal justice issues.

Criminal justice policy is built upon a maze of local, state, and federal laws and procedures. We supply deep legal, policy, and communications expertise to cut through the complexity and confusion. Our work empowers, educates, and supports a community of leaders, problem-solvers, and allies, both outside the system advocating for change and inside reform-minded offices determining the fate of individual people thousands of times every day. 

We are fighting for a criminal justice system that monitors and incarcerates as few people as necessary for as little time as necessary to keep our communities safe. We want a system that is tightly coupled to physical safety, recognizes that every person has inherent worth and potential for change, treats each person with dignity and respect, and does not squander limited resources that should be used for other services and programs better suited for creating healthier and safer communities.

The Justice Collaborative is a fiscally sponsored project of Tides, a non-profit 501(c)(3), and Tides Advocacy, a non-profit 501(c)(4).

Equal Employment Opportunity

The Justice Collaborative and Tides Advocacy are an equal opportunity employer. We strongly encourage and seek applications from women, people of color, and bilingual and bicultural individuals, as well as members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities. Applicants shall not be discriminated against because of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, color, marital status, or medical condition including acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) and AIDS-related conditions.

Applicants with Disabilities

Reasonable accommodation will be made so that qualified disabled applicants may participate in the application process. Please advise in writing of special needs at the time of application.

Application Process

Please send a cover letter, resume, design samples, and contact information for three professional references to, with “Design & Publications Coordinator” in the subject line. We will begin reviewing applications immediately.