Right on Crime is the conservative thought leader on issues related to criminal justice. ROC is a nationwide project of the Texas Public Policy Foundation, with a full-time presence in Arizona, Texas, Oklahoma, Kentucky, Tennessee, Louisiana, Florida, and we are looking to expand into other states in the near future.
The Communications Director is responsible for assisting the Executive Director and state directors in developing communications strategies, amplifying messaging around ROC engagement, and generally elevating the work and brand of ROC. This position will also require the ability to develop immediate, real-time response strategies to relevant issues that arise.
Responsibilities and Duties include:
- Be the primary point of contact for all media relative to Right on Crime.
- Develop immediate response to media attention and inquiries surrounding Right on Crime’s priority issues, or emerging current events.
- Build relationships and proactively seek media opportunities in line with Right on Crime’s priority issues and pitch relevant news media.
- Draft, or assist in the drafting of, op eds and strategic press announcements.
- Promote the research efforts of the policy staff into the print and broadcast media.
- Work directly with the Executive Director, state directors, and policy staff to liaise, advise, and develop their communications agenda.
- Manage supporting communications or coalitions consultant contracts, if any.
- Edit weekly commentary submissions from policy analyst and see each article through the approval process.
- Prepare and distribute press releases, statements, and commentaries.
- Develop and implement media plans for major research releases and events, such as press conferences.
- Organize press conferences to promote Right on Crime’s research.
- Manage Right on Crime signatory engagement and ensure media placement, including social media.
- Five to seven years’ experience in media relations, journalism, public relations, or related field.
- Must have a strong network of national media contacts.
- Proven capability in traditional and social media.
- Must be self-directed and goal oriented.
- Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills.
- Demonstrated support of free market principles.
- Intermediate to expert knowledge of Microsoft Office Package, including but not limited to Outlook, Word, Power Point, and Excel programs.
The position’s salary will be commensurate with the experience, expertise, and skills of the person who takes the position. Please send cover letter, resume, salary requirement, and references to:
Jennifer Carter, Director of Talent and Culture
The Texas Public Policy Foundation is a non-profit, non-partisan research institute offering competitive salaries and benefits to qualified candidates.
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