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Communications and Development Coordinator

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Prisoners' Legal Services of Massachusetts (PLS)
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
16 days ago


Prisoners’ Legal Services of Massachusetts (PLS) is pleased to announce a Communications
and Development Coordinator position with our organization.

Prisoners’ Legal Services (PLS) is a nonprofit legal services organization founded in 1972
whose mission is to challenge the carceral system through litigation, advocacy, client
counseling, partnership with impacted individuals and communities, and outreach to policy
makers and the public. The office prioritizes work involving medical and mental health care,
assaults by staff, extreme conditions of confinement (including COVID, overcrowding, exorbitant
prison phone rates), misuse of solitary confinement and isolation, and race equity through our
recently launched Race Equity in Corrections Initiative (REICI).

At PLS we seek for our team to reflect our organizational values of justice, race equity, and
community. This includes hiring staff with connection to the communities we serve, where
feasible, and a commitment to strive for justice and equity in our hiring practices and in our staff
culture. More detailed information is available at 


In partnership with Executive Director and other staff as appropriate:
● Design and execute communications campaigns in support of litigation, program, and
legislative goals
● Draft press releases, statements, and advisories for timely dissemination
● Liaise with media contacts as needed
● Assist with messaging and outreach to media for legislative briefings and press
● Write and edit compelling and informative content for a variety of platforms
● Track and archive PLS media content
● Engage stakeholder groups through e-newsletters, monthly blog posts and other
communications efforts

Grants Management and Development
In partnership with Executive Director and Development Director,
● Maintain an annual calendar of grants and reports, as well as prospective grant
funding opportunities
● Analyze and extract data from intake database as needed for grant applications,
reports and other organizational needs
● Responsible for coordinating with relevant staffers to produce grant reports
● Actively identify and pursue new grant opportunities
● Write informative and well-crafted grant applications
● Establish relationships with and cultivate prospective funders, including individual
● Assist with fundraising efforts and event planning as needed


● Demonstrated commitment to the rights of incarcerated individuals, including personal
experience with incarceration or an incarcerated loved one
● Demonstrated understanding and commitment to race equity in the workplace and with
the provision of services to the client community
● 1-3 years of experience working in communications and development
● Strong written and verbal communication skills
● Attention to detail
● The ability to work well with a team and to connect with people from diverse
backgrounds and perspectives
● Familiarity with Mailchimp, fundraising databases, and web design preferred. 

● This is a full-time position; currently full-time remote but the team anticipates part- or
full-time return to the office in Boston at some point in the future.
● Compensation is competitive and commensurate with experience. Compensation for
employees includes comprehensive benefits (health, dental and vision insurance,
401k, vacation and sick time, etc.)
● Bi-cultural, bilingual, LGBTQIA, people of color, and formerly incarcerated are strongly
encouraged to apply. PLS is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
● The position reports directly to the Executive Director. 

When you join our team
You can expect to work with a team of amazing people who are committed to getting the work
done. Why? Because our work is urgent, impactful, and more important than ever. You can
count on doing solutions-oriented and policy-driven work. We ask difficult questions and
entertain unconventional answers so we can reckon with the uncomfortable truths of our work.
You will have excellent benefits you can’t turn down and a great work-life balance. Driving
meaningful change is hard work. We value the importance of self-care and also know that you
have a life, places to go, and people to see.

How to Apply
Interested applicants should send a resume, cover letter, short writing sample and three
references attached to a single email with the subject line “Communications and Development
Coordinator” to No phone calls or mail inquiries please.

Job Information

  • Job ID: 58662876
  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts, United States
  • Position Title: Communications and Development Coordinator
  • Company Name: Prisoners' Legal Services of Massachusetts (PLS)
  • Industry: Legal Service
  • Discipline: Business Development
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Job Duration: Indefinite
  • Min Education: None
  • Min Experience: 1-2 Years
  • Required Travel: 0-10%
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