About the Opportunity
The Civil Rights & Restorative Justice Project, housed at the
Northeastern University School of Law (CRRJ) is the pioneer
academic program in the country examining current racial inequities
through the lens of history and seeking creative reparative
justice. CRRJ investigates, publicizes, and remediates cases of
racial homicide. It has built the most comprehensive archive on
racial violence events between 1930 and 1955 in the country.
Founded in 2007, CRRJ's project is unique in its combination of
rigorous research and community engagement. CRRJ identifies the
underlying hidden narratives from the time period and brings
justice to families and communities. CRRJ's mission is to: (1)
publish and maintain an online archive on racial violence during
the segregation era (forthcoming in 2022); (2) train civil and
human rights lawyers through curricular offerings and advising; (3)
design national, state and local reparative projects; (4) serve as
a clearinghouse for policymakers in the field of historical
injustice; and (5) support innovative scholarship on historical
racial violence and reparative justice. The Civil Rights &
Restorative Justice Project is a program of the law school's Center
on Law, Equity and Race (CLEAR).
Working closely with the law school's directors of CLEAR and CRRJ,
the Communications Specialist will coordinate an engagement and
communications strategy for CRRJ aligned with its goals. We seek a
professional who is fluent in civil rights history, the historical
actors associated with it, and the pertinent legal milestones. The
successful candidate will have exceptional writing, research, oral,
and visual skills. Key responsibilities include:
- Research, write and design high-quality content, including
content for the website, articles, e-newsletters, email, and social
- Copy, edit, and curate content produced by CRRJ staff.
- Manage audience and public engagement with the CRRJ
Burnham-Nobles Digital Archive.
- Work with local, national, and international news media to
promote the goals and mission of CRRJ, writing press releases,
media advisories, and content packages.
- Handle all media, film, and TV contacts and inquiries.
- Coordinate the public appearances of CRRJ spokespersons and
represent CRRJ at events.
- Coordinate design, printing, and/or production and distribution
of promotional materials and videos.
- Monitor social media audience, website traffic, newsletter
subscribers, and analyze metrics.
- On communications matters, monitor budgets, provide guidance to
support staff and students, and oversee the work of vendors and
This is a full-time two-year appointment funded by an externally
funded research award. This hybrid position (on-ground and remote)
will be expected to attend meetings and events at Northeastern
University's Boston office.
Salary: $60-75,000 based on experience.
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- Create and curate content for all external publications,
including website, newsletter, conference material, year-end
reports, and social media. Develop a recognizable brand and style
for CRRJ. Handle communications for special projects and events,
such as seminars and conferences.
- Manage relations with external media producers, including
print, digital, film, and television. Facilitate public appearances
of CRRJ spokespersons. Create press releases, content packages, and
- Manage public engagement with CRRJ Archive; create content for
and publicize the archive
- Supervise students, staff, temporary employees, consultants and
other vendors on communication-related matters
- Bachelor's degree with not less than 4 years related work
experience in communications, journalism, multimedia prosecution,
copywriting, or editing.
- Excellent research, written, analytical, and verbal
- Ability to work with complex research.
- Demonstrated experience using social media applications and
knowledge of SEO and analytics.
- Excellent attention to detail.
- Excellent organizational and time management skills.
- Experience using WordPress, Photoshop, Adobe Suite, or other
web-based media creation platforms to create and format
- Basic understanding of HTML and CSS.
Documents to Submit:
- Creative, collaborative, strong work ethic, able to multitask,
and remain flexible in an evolving environment.
- Attention to detail.
- Photography/videography skills.
- Prior experience in virtual events coordination.
- Prior experience with the national civil rights story and legal
content; demonstrated interest in civil rights, criminal justice,
and American history.
- Job history in academic or social justice nonprofit
Please attach your resume, cover letter, a list of references, and
a writing sample in one PDF upon your submission.
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Northeastern University is an equal opportunity employer, seeking
to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and
staff. Northeastern values and celebrates diversity in all its
forms and strives to foster an inclusive culture built on respect
that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion.
All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive
consideration for employment without regard to race, religion,
color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability
status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable
To learn more about Northeastern University's commitment and
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