The CJA is recruiting!

Communications and Engagement Officer

This exciting new post will harness and amplify the expertise of our 150 member organisations, helping us to achieve our vision of a fairer and more effective criminal justice system. This role forms a crucial part of our new strategy – ‘Connecting for Change’ – by assisting with the development of the CJA’s new communications strategy and leading on its implementation to reach a variety of audiences including policy makers, the public, CJA members and the wider sector. Having a wide membership from across the CJS means there will be great variety to your work which will cover a range of crucial issues from policing to prison reform, race disparity to restorative justice.

You will have the opportunity to develop new, creative approaches to communicating our messages, lead on social media, support the re-design of the website and liaise with the media. You will travel to visit members across the country to understand and promote their work and help them share their expertise and network through arranging engaging and effective member meetings, round-tables, policy forums, expert groups and our annual CJA Awards and Media Awards.

You will develop methods to capture member feedback and maintain up to date and accurate systems to track engagement and areas of member expertise. We are a small team, so you will work closely on a day to day basis with the Director and Policy Officer to influence change and work together with our members and Board to achieve a criminal justice system that is safe, smart, person-centred, restorative and trusted.

You will have at least two year’s (paid or unpaid) relevant work experience in a communications and/or engagement related post, strong IT and social media skills and excellent organisational skills, including some experience of event management. You will need excellent verbal and written skills to communicate with impact  and the ability to build positive relationships with a range of stakeholders and work flexibly as part of a small team. Crucially, you will have a commitment to the vision, mission and strategic objectives of the CJA.

We value having a diverse range of perspectives, expertise and insights on our team.  We are particularly keen to receive applications from black, Asian and minority ethic people and people with lived experience of the criminal justice system.

The deadline for applications is midnight on 17 November 2019.

If you’d like to have an informal conversation about the role, please email to arrange a time.

We look forward very much to receiving your application.