Media Strategist

About the Position

The Media Strategist is responsible for helping to plan and implement TJC’s strategic communications, media relations, social media, and messaging for assigned projects within the campaigns, network, and/or policy teams. The position will work closely with the campaigns team and includes the following responsibilities:

  • Thoroughly and relentlessly maintain and build relationships with, educate, and provide resources for media across the country relating to criminal justice issues;
  • Work with TJC campaigns teams to develop the communications and media strategy to amplify messages and help teams succeed in reaching their projects’ goals;
  • Pitch stories to print, radio, and television reporters, and work with advocacy, policy and/or media & culture teams to help build their experience and skills pitching media;
  • Advise teams on all media-related aspects of their issue advocacy campaigns; and
  • Draft talking points, media releases, fact sheets, media backgrounders, pitch memos, op-eds, LTEs, backgrounders, and other written work product for reporters, elected officials, and advocacy partners on a wide variety of issues.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Connections to reporters and editors throughout the criminal justice media landscape, with a demonstrated understanding of the importance of narrative and storytelling to achieving policy success.
  • 5+ years of criminal justice work experience in law, journalism, communications, advocacy, policy, organizing, politics or a mixture thereof;
  • A strong understanding of the criminal justice system and the people and processes that drive incarceration; 
  • A sophisticated understanding of the media landscape, a working and ongoing understanding of criminal justice news and events, 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;
  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically and creatively, problem solve, and manage multiple tasks concurrently;
  • Demonstrated maturity and judgment to handle high-stakes and sensitive communications with public officials, organizers, advocates, and media;
  • 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.


Media Strategist: $65,000 to $85,000 salary, depending on experience level, with comprehensive benefits package.

About The Justice Collaborative

The Justice Collaborative is a team of legal experts, researchers, journalists, and media strategists supplying deep legal, policy, and communications expertise to people and organizations working to advance a common goal of ending the dehumanization that has criminalized extreme vulnerability and created an incarceration crisis, and building in its place an America with dignity and freedom for all of us, starting with those who are the most vulnerable.

The policies driving this crisis are built upon a maze of local, state, and federal laws and procedures. We work to cut through the complexity and confusion, working to shrink the criminal legal system and create a more free, more stable, more safe America. Our work empowers, educates, and supports a community of leaders, problem-solvers, and allies at all levels, both outside the system advocating for change and inside those centers of power that determine the fate of both individuals and large swaths of people daily.

We are working to transform how our nation supports the basic stability of its people and responds to crime and violence. We are safer when we use imprisonment not as the default, but as a last resort. We are stronger when we emphasize prevention and treatment over incarceration or monitoring. We affirm our common dignity when we do not permanently define people by their worst acts, but rather give everyone an opportunity to grow and change. And we advance all of those goals — and provide an antidote to the broader politics of dehumanization that has plagued us for too long — by working to guarantee that all of us have the basic resources we need to live a stable life.

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, a writing sample, and contact information for three professional references to, with “Media Strategist” in the subject line. We will begin reviewing applications immediately.