Communications Associate

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The Bronx Defenders – an innovative, progressive, holistic indigent defense office in the South Bronx – seeks a passionate communication professional with a commitment to social justice to join BxD as Communications Associate. 


The Bronx Defenders is a public defender non-profit that is radically transforming how low-income people in the Bronx are represented in the legal 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 400 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, who collaborate to provide holistic advocacy to address the causes and consequences of legal system involvement. Through this integrated team-based structure, we have developed a groundbreaking, nationally-recognized model of representation called holistic defense that achieves better outcomes for our clients. 

Each year, we defend more than 20,000 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 levels. 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.

Strategic communications play a key role in realizing the mission and vision of The Bronx Defenders. The Strategic Communications Team works to transform mainstream narratives about the clients we represent and communities we work with, respond to media requests, and amplify the work of The Bronx Defenders through media advocacy.

Role & Responsibilities

The Communications Associate will be a critical part of The Bronx Defenders Strategic Communications Team. This person will be responsible for promoting the work of The Bronx Defenders and amplifying the voices of the communities we work with through media relations (including traditional and social), creative content, and database management. The Communications Associate reports to the Director of Communications and works closely with all practice areas, including Community Organizing and Policy Reform, to ensure cohesive branding, effective media advocacy strategies, and unified messaging. 

The Communications Associate’s responsibilities will include:

Public Relations

  • Manage the day-to-day operations of our social media accounts 
  • Serve as the initial point of contact for incoming press requests
  • Help write and edit articles, press releases, editorials, email blasts, and pitches to journalists, publications, and media outlets

Creative Content

  • Help identify opportunities for developing short-term campaigns, coalition campaigns, and creative content
  • Develop content including but not limited to graphics, short videos, and infographics for digital channels that will increase the visibility and impact of our work

Communications Management

  • Maintain press lists and clips
  • Manage editorial calendar and track communications activities
  • Monitor and evaluate the performance of social media posts, emails, and media placements 


  • Collaborate with lawyers, advocates, and the Managing Directors of each practice area to edit, develop, and promote their media advocacy
  • Work with staff members to draft and review promotional materials for events and announcements at The Bronx Defenders
  • Continuously work to raise one’s own political consciousness, and challenge oppressive patterns on a systemic and interpersonal level


Applicants must have:

  • Minimum of two years work experience in the communications field 

Applicants should demonstrate:

  • Commitment to challenging systemic injustice and carceral systems through media advocacy
  • Commitment to amplifying the voices of marginalized communities in a way that is culturally conscious, respects their autonomy, their consent, and captures their experiences authentically
  • Ability to effectively and respectfully communicate, collaborate, and connect with people with various backgrounds, identities, and experiences
  • Strong writing and editing skills
  • Meticulous attention to detail
  • Effective communication and active listening skills
  • Ability to multitask, maintain order and meet deadlines in a fast-paced, high-stakes environment 
  • Ability to work well independently as well as collaboratively with lawyers and non-lawyers
  • Ability to receive feedback constructively, reflect and shift behavior accordingly
  • Commitment to raising one’s cultural consciousness and challenging oppressive practices on an interpersonal and institutional level

The following is a plus but not required:

  • Experience with design and editing tools including Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and Premiere 
  • Experience with Sprout Social, Hootsuite, and other social media tools and platforms
  • Spanish language skills
  • Experience in a defense-oriented environment

Salary is commensurate with experience. For candidates with 2-5 years of directly relevant experience, the salary range for this position would be approximately $53,000 to $58,000. Full-time employees are also eligible for a comprehensive benefits package including but not limited to medical, dental and vision coverage; a 403(b) plan with employer contribution; a generous vacation, sick leave, and parental leave policy. More specific information about salary and benefits will be provided when and if an offer is extended.

The Bronx Defenders – an innovative, progressive, holistic indigent defense office in the South Bronx – seeks a passionate communication professional with a commitment to social justice to join BxD as Communications Associate. 


Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Application Deadline
    December 13, 2021
  • Professional Level
    Entry level
USD $53,000 - USD $58,000
/ year


Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near Bronx, NY
Associated Location
360 East 161st Street, Bronx, NY 10451, United States

How to Apply

To apply, please visit our Career Portal at the link provided, and upload your resume and a cover letter in one document when prompted. If writing a cover letter is not accessible to you, you may upload your resume as a document and separately upload a video or audio statement instead of a cover letter if that is more accessible to you. Your cover letter or video/audio statement should share why you want to do this work at our office, some key lived and/or professional experiences that have prepared you for this position, and any additional information you would like for us to consider. Your cover letter may be up to one page if written or up to 3 minutes if an audio/video statement. This information allows us to understand your distinct perspective, experience, and potential beyond the work history summarized on your resume. Please remember that you may submit a written cover letter or an audio/video, but not both, and applications without either will not be considered.

Applications will be accepted through December 13th, 2021. Please contact Emily Whitfield, Interim Director of Communications, via email at with any questions regarding the position.


The Bronx Defenders is an equal opportunity employer and is cultivating an anti-oppressive workplace that embraces staff with a diversity of backgrounds, identities, and experiences. We acknowledge the ways in which systemic oppression and injustice can undermine access to professional opportunities and are committed to conducting hiring and promotion processes that are equitable and accessible to those commonly excluded from the workforce. We do not discriminate against and in fact specifically encourage applicants from marginalized communities to apply, including those who identify as Black, Indigenous, people of color, queer, transgender, gender non-conforming, disabled, neurodivergent, and those directly impacted by criminal, civil, family and immigration legal systems. We value lived as well as professional experience and particularly welcome applications from the Bronx community that we are with.

To apply, please visit our Career Portal at the link provided, and upload your resume and a cover letter in one document when prompted. If writing a cover letter is not accessible to…

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