We’re Hiring a Communications Director!

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Help us achieve our abolitionist messaging and communications goals! Bring your creative, experienced, energetic self to our dynamic and growing organization as our next Communications Director.

Communications Director (Philadelphia, posted 10.30.22)


The Abolitionist Law Center (ALC) seeks an experienced, effective, and creative Communications Director with 8-10 years of communications experience in the progressive political field and 2-4 years of supervisory experience. 


Philadelphia, PA, with occasional travel to Harrisburg & Pittsburgh, PA.

About ALC: 

The Abolitionist Law Center (ALC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit public interest law firm and community organizing project to end mass incarceration and protect the rights and wellbeing of people who encounter the racist, classist criminal punishment system in all its forms including policing, courts, jails, and prisons. Straight Ahead is ALC’s 501(c)(4) lobbying, legislative, and electoral arm. ALC uses litigation and community organizing to target the many harms caused by the criminal punishment system in Pennsylvania and Straight Ahead builds grassroots power, injects abolitionist candidates and agendas into the electoral and legislative systems, and holds elected officials and other leaders accountable. We have a commitment to abolitionist politics that seeks to replace punitive justice with healing justice, promotes decarceration and the elimination of the use of jails and prisons to deal with social problems, and centers the political agency and organizing activity of those individuals and communities most impacted by the criminal legal system. 

About the position: 

We are seeking a Communications Director who will help the Abolitionist Law Center and Straight Ahead achieve our messaging and communications goals. This position will be vital in managing communications to support and amplify ALC and Straight Ahead’s strategic goals and programmatic work, as well as the larger abolition and decarceral movement and messaging,  and will do so in collaboration with the Executive Director and designated staff. As an organization heavily focused on litigation and court cases, this position will bridge the gap between legalese language used by the lawyers at ALC and the audiences of ALC’s public communications. The Communications Director will report to the Executive Director, will be part of the senior leadership team of the organization, and will manage staff. 

Job responsibilities: 

The Communications Director will: 

  • Identify emerging issues, strategies, and narratives related to ALC and Straight Ahead’s work and seize communications opportunities associated with them; 
  • Ensure that all communications use an intersectional lens and employ principles of ethical storytelling by prioritizing agency and practicing informed consent for those whose stories are being told, and respectfully centering historically marginalized communities most impacted by the criminal punishment system;
  • Develop and manage a strategic communications plan to meet integrated organizational goals for ALC and Straight Ahead; 
  • Develop an organizational identity and style kit and guidelines for consistent tone, language, visuals, and messaging across all communications, including working with the Development Director to ensure fundraising materials are consistent with other materials; 
  • Translate complex legal and political material and concepts into easy to understand content for social and traditional media for journalists, policymakers, and the general public; 
  • Build relationships with and develop targeted communications for people directly impacted by the criminal punishment system including currently and formerly incarcerated people and their support networks, activists, movement colleagues, journalists, scholars, and policy and thought leaders;
  • Generate and manage local, regional, and national media coverage, including writing media advisories and press releases and pitching stories and op-eds to reporters and editors; 
  • Develop talking points and prepare staff and community members for public events and media interviews; 
  • Manage departmental budget; 
  • Establish goals for earned media coverage and website, Google Ads, email list development and bulk email program, and social media metrics, and track and analyze those metrics to achieve those goals; 
  • Manage one or more staff members and outside contractors and relevant vendors.


  • 8-10 years of communications experience in the progressive political field, at least 4 of which involved work with a base-building organization;
  • 2-4 years of supervisory experience; 
  • Ability to think strategically and participate effectively as part of a campaign team;
  • Excellent writing, proofreading, desktop publishing, verbal, visual/graphic, and communications skills;
  • Experience managing various social media platforms including Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter (Youtube and TikTok preferred but not required);
  • Experience pitching and placing stories and op-eds with news outlets;
  • Ability to work on multiple projects, coordinating work with others to produce projects on time;
  • Ability to work within timelines under pressure and minimal supervision;
  • A commitment to racial and disability justice and an understanding of and commitment to abolitionism;
  • Working knowledge of website content management;
  • An understanding of and relationships with journalists in the Pennsylvania media market preferred but not required;
  • Experience working in the abolition and decarceration movement (paid or unpaid) preferred but not required;
  • Experience with communications for 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(4) organizations, or both, preferred but not required.

Salary and benefits: 

Salary: $90,000/year 

Benefits: ALC offers a competitive benefits package covering 100% of health, dental, and vision insurance premiums for staff and their covered dependents, 280 hours of paid time off per year, parental leave, and FSA and 401k accounts. 

To apply: See the full job description here. To apply, submit a resume to  jobs@newworkingmajority.com with the subject line: ALC
Communications Director

Abolitionist Law Center is an equal opportunity employer. People of color, women, LGBTQI-GNC people, and formerly incarcerated people and individuals who have other lived experience with the criminal punishment system are strongly encouraged to apply.

We’re hiring a Full-Time Pittsburgh-Based Administrative Manager!

This listing is also posted in our ‘Employment with ALC’ page.

Administrative Manager

Posted: 09/16/21

Priority Application Consideration: 10/01/21

Position Overview

The Abolitionist Law Center (ALC) is a nonprofit law firm fighting to defend prisoners and abolitionists, and a community organizing project aiming to build a world without police and prisons. Our work is currently based in Pennsylvania, where we have sued the Department of Corrections, local jails, and the Commonwealth to defend prisoners from abuse and to win release for as many people as possible. Our organizing work is statewide and focused on abolishing the use of solitary confinement and ending life without parole sentences (aka death by incarceration), among other things.

We’re now hiring an Administrative Manager for our Pittsburgh office. The Administrative Manager position will be responsible for bookkeeping, vendor management, basic HR management, payment processing, etc. to keep the organization running smoothly so staff members can concentrate on building the movement to abolish police and prisons.


This position is based in Pittsburgh and will require working on site at our office, though remote work is possible when the nature of the tasks allow for it.   


  • Bookkeeping
  • Managing employee benefits
  • Payment processing
  • Payroll
  • Records management
  • Office management
  • Supporting the Director of Operations in the overall management of the organization


  • You must be proficient in the above tasks with a demonstrated history of having done similar work. For example:
    • You must be familiar with Quickbooks and understand how bookkeeping for a nonprofit organization is done.
    • You must have experience collecting and organizing records. Experience developing or improving systems for organizing records would be highly valued.
    • You must have experience processing payments, reviewing and organizing related records, ensuring that vendors/contractors are paid and staff members are reimbursed.
    • You must know how to use Microsoft Office software, especially Excel. Proficiency with GSuites and EveryAction (or other CRM) would be very welcome.
    • Experience advocating for justice and human rights would weigh in your favor, though it is not strictly required for this position.

Salary and Benefits

The Administrative Manager is a full-time, salaried position. This position has a six-month introductory period. The salary for this position starts at $50,000 annually, and is negotiable depending on experience. The position comes with a health insurance benefit of up to $400/month and 35 days (280hrs) of paid time off annually.

Reports to: Director of Operations

Application Process

Please email your resume, two professional references, and a cover letter explaining your interest in the position to info@alcenter.org. Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis, but candidates are encouraged to apply by October 1, 2021 to receive priority consideration. This position is open until filled.

Abolitionist Law Center is an equal opportunity employer. People of color, women, indigenous people, LGBTQI-GNC people, and formerly incarcerated people are encouraged to apply.

To learn more about our staff and board members, click here.

Abolitionist Law Center – Now Hiring for Attorney Position

UPDATE: The position has been filled.

The Abolitionist Law Center (www.abolitionistlawcenter.org), a non-profit organization dedicated to the abolition of mass incarceration, prisons, and the system that creates them, is hiring a full-time attorney to work on our Solitary Confinement Docket.

ALC has successfully litigated the release of Russell Maroon Shoatz and Arthur Cetewayo Johnson from 22 and 36 years of solitary confinement. We have another case challenging the solitary confinement of Brandon Palakovic that led to his suicide, in front of the Third Circuit right now. We are actively preparing additional cases and will be expanding our efforts to restrict and ultimately abolish this form of state torture.

Read about our Solitary Confinement Docket here.

Applicants should be ready to aggressively challenge this system, vigorously defend the rights and lives of the children, women, and men subjected to the worst violence of the prison system, and provide the highest quality of legal representation and passionate advocacy. We want fighters who are not afraid of the government and are prepared to rumble all day everyday.

The job is located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Abolitionist Law Center is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants with prior criminal convictions are encouraged to apply.

Deadline: We will accept applications on a rolling basis, until the position has been filled.

Required Qualifications:

– Licensed attorney

– Commitment to the mission and principles of the Abolitionist Law Center

– Willingness to live in Pittsburgh

– Strong recommendations

Desired Qualifications:

– Experience in litigating jail or prison conditions cases

– 2 years or more of litigation experience

– Activist or organizing experience

– Familiarity with the concept of movement lawyering and how attorneys can serve and further the interests of peoples’ movements for liberation

Applicants should submit:

• Resume

• Cover letter explaining why you want to work with the Abolitionist Law Center and why you are qualified (no more than two (2) pages)

• 3 professional references

Send application materials to: info@abolitionistlawcenter.org