DJDS | Communications Coordinator
page-template,page-template-full_width,page-template-full_width-php,page,page-id-4830,give-recurring,ajax_fade,page_not_loaded,,qode-title-hidden,qode_grid_1300,footer_responsive_adv,qode-theme-ver-10.1.1,wpb-js-composer js-comp-ver-5.0.1,vc_responsive

Communications Coordinator




DJDS is a non profit architecture and real estate development firm that innovates in and around the built environment to address the root causes of mass incarceration with a focus on restorative justice and restorative economics. To achieve this mission the team is comprised of architects, designers, real estate developers, operations/events production  and community organizers within which the production designs and administrative lead is an integrated part of a multidisciplinary team.  The unique position supports the internal and external communication tone of the organization.


RESPONSIBILITIES (Coordinator Level, 2-5 years experience)


  • Represent the organization in voice, tone, content and public dialogue and discourse.
  • Collaborate with Director of Advocacy and Development Director to create and implement an annual communications plan 
  • Collaborate with leadership to develop a voice, tone and outward energy for the organization. 
  • Collaborate with leadership to develop a writing style guide. 
  • Conduct an audit of all the current communications platforms and their uses at DJDS and draft a proposal for communication platforms and their respective functions moving forward.
  • Collaborate with Directors and Project Managers in developing consistent external communications regarding DJDS projects, and overall development updates.
  • In partnership with the Director of Advocacy, craft and maintain public announcements and long form posts and articles and manage responses.
  • Collaborate with DJDS Public Relations contractor for marketing campaign timelines and initiatives.
  • Maintain an information gathering, drafting, editing a publishing calendar for the organization.
  • Use unique skillset, background, and talents to optimize solutions for assigned projects.
  • Manage all organizational social media presence.
  • Manage organizational email marketing. 
  • Manage any other communications platforms we choose to use and maintain.
  • Become familiar with local government officials, policies, laws, and local drivers for assigned projects, where necessary.
  • Stay up to date on latest publications and news regarding relevant subject matter such as restorative justice, and community development research and initiatives.
  • Articulate goals, uncertainties, and opportunities to internal and external stakeholders in easily understood formats.
  • Support on special content projects as they arise. 



(Expected duties of a Coordinator level position)

  • Work in a support role to the Directors as it pertains to the positions area of responsibility outlined above.
  • Communicate necessary deadlines to stakeholders including outlines of solutions for delayed or missed deadlines.
  • Take notes at project meetings and discussions as requested.
  • Collaborate with relevant Directors to manage external consultants when necessary.
  • Initiate, build and manage relationships with project partners and community stakeholders. 
  • Report regular updates to DJDS Leadership team.
  • Seek opportunities to elevate knowledge and skills for yourself and teammates
  • Apply expertise and passion to assigned duties.
  • Process expenses for travel and other special projects as assigned.




  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and a high level of discretion.
  • Exceptional skills in cross-disciplinary collaborative team work
  • Facilitation skills and conflict management
  • Commitment to DJDS’ mission and goals
  • Attend and participate in thought leadership of DJDS’s organizational model and financial opportunities to include attending and speaking at relevant conferences and convenings
  • Cultural competency for a diverse range of cultures, communities, and lived experiences
  • High level of emotional intelligence and ability to apply it
  • Commitment to learning and understanding robust community-led processes and practices
  • Adaptability to emergent project processes and problem-solving
  • Acute understanding of systemic racism and social inequities and its impacts on a range of individuals from systems impacted individuals and their communities of care to elected officials.
  • Thoughtful, empathetic negotiation skills 
  • The ability to balance the mindset to abundance with the realities of a business needs and flows. 
  • Appreciation for aesthetic design




  • Healthcare benefits with options for medical insurance under the company group plan. Employer contributes 100% of employee healthcare offered under the group healthcare offerings.
  • Compensation for this role will not exceed $70,000




Please send a resume and cover letter using the instructions listed below.



Subject Line: Communications Coordinator

Attachment: One multipage PDF not to exceed 3MB


The PDF should include:


  • Cover letter (in your cover letter please include (please limit to 500 words max):
    • Your definition of Restorative Justice 
    • Your definition of Trauma-Informed Practice
    • An example where you have observed Non Violent Communication
    • Your understanding of Emotional Intelligence and its relation to personal accountability
  • Resume


Please, no phone calls or recruiters. All applicants must be eligible to work in the U.S.