Council of State Governments
  • 02-Jun-2022 to 02-Jul-2022 (EST)
  • Justice Center, Communications
  • New York, NY, USA
  • Full Time

Who we are:

The Council of State Governments Justice Center is a national nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that combines the power of a membership association, representing state officials in all three branches of government, with policy and research expertise to develop strategies that increase public safety and strengthen communities. We help achieve those results by

  • Bringing people together from both sides of the aisle to foster collaboration;
  • Driving the criminal justice field forward with original research;
  • Building momentum for policy change at the state and local levels; and
  • Providing expert assistance to translate the latest research into policy and practice.

The CSG Justice Center is one of the most robust criminal justice organizations in the country, composed of approximately 120 employees with decades of experience in law enforcement, community corrections, court administration, housing, mental health and addiction services, state prisons, local jails, juvenile justice, education, workforce development, and victim advocacy. Staff here have served governors, state legislators, and members of Congress on both sides of the political spectrum. What bonds us together is a shared commitment to our mission, to a common set of values, and to the national, bipartisan advisory board that guides our work. Learn more about careers at the CSG Justice Center.


What we're doing:

The communications division promotes the rigorous, trusted, and high-quality data and analysis of the CSG Justice Center to policymakers, funders, stakeholders, and advocates. Our goal is to bolster the brand and strategy of the organization while reinforcing its reputation as the national leader of research-driven strategies to develop safe and strong communities. We use a variety of print, digital, and interactive media to grow our brand.


How you'll fit in:

The deputy division director for communications and external affairs will support the CSG Justice Center's efforts to use content, media, and general branding to accomplish its goals. This position will play a key, strategic role within the division and organization. This position will develop and implement innovative solutions for division success in the areas of division workflow, project management, and operations. This position will help strengthen the CSG Justice Center's profile as a trusted source of information and influential leader in the criminal justice field.


What you'll do:

Specific responsibilities of the deputy division director include the following:

  • Help shape and articulate the division's long-range strategic direction and short-term priorities.
  • Identify strategies and best practices to accomplish the division's priorities.
  • Help develop and execute the organization's communications strategy.
  • Help ensure the division operates in an organized and efficient manner.
  • Help ensure that the messaging of the organization is national in scope, communicating across race, class, ethnic and geographic boundaries.
  • Support efforts to keep the CSG Justice Center's partners at CSG headquarters and in the CSG regions apprised of our activities and messaging strategies, ensuring maximum coordination and mutual leveraging of the CSG Justice Center and CSG's communications goals.
  • Coordinate across the organization with respect to our relationships with federal government partners, foundation funders, and partner organizations; maintain strong relationships, and cultivate new relationships, with these groups.
  • Oversee web-based and digital communications resources.
  • Guide project launches; manage project timelines and deliverables.
  • Motivate and maintain a high-performance team of communications professionals, recruiting new staff as appropriate.

What you'll bring:

  • Ability to interact effectively with diverse people in different contexts and foster equity and inclusion through self-awareness, cultural sensitivity, and valuing others
  • Dedication to public service with an unfailing commitment to act with civility, be nonpartisan in performing CSG duties, and be a responsible steward of member and donor funds
  • A bachelor's degree and at least 8 years of experience in a nonprofit or government setting, ideally working in communications, external affairs, logistics or executive roles
  • Strong leadership and people management skills, including the ability to motivate and inspire a team and attract and develop talent
  • Skilled computer system use and comfort with new technologies
  • Ability to maintain a high level of attention to detail and accuracy in preparing, entering, and coding information
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including maturity, an ability to work independently and in a team setting, and a sense of humor
  • Strong oral communication skills, including the ability to effectively present complex information in a concise way to audiences of diverse backgrounds, levels of prior knowledge about criminal justice and health issues, and political orientations
  • Ability to prioritize and coordinate work assignments to meet deadlines, exercising initiative and good judgment, following directions, and understanding and explaining complex procedures and instructions

How you apply:

If you're interested in helping us drive change across the country, you should upload the following elements with your application:

  1. Cover letter
  2. Resume
  3. Writing sample
  4. At least three professional references

We will consider all paid and unpaid experience relative to this position, including internships, fellowships, and volunteer activities.


CSG believes that pay equity and pay transparency advance workplace fairness. Compensation will be equitable and based on experience. The salary range for this position, based in New York, is $136,79 - $183,044. This salary range is subject to change based on work location and market conditions.

Learn more about careers at the CSG Justice Center.


We welcome and value diversity in our staff, including race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, educational attainment, disability, protected veteran status, and personal experience with the criminal justice system.


CSG is an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. CSG participates in E-Verify.

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