SWP Director of Communications


SWP Director of Communications

Job Short Description:

This position will be responsible for managing SWP’s many communication initiatives and channels, and will report directly to the Managing Director of SWP.

Job Qualifications:

  • Proven ability to develop and deliver strategic communications plans and demonstrate successful outcomes from communications activities
  • Strong familiarity with human rights, anti-oppression, and harm reduction frameworks, as well as relevant social justice issues across a range of movements
  • Strong media relations skills, social media savvy, writing and editing skills
  • Exceptional self-starter who knows how to operate effectively and calmly within complicated, nuanced and/or controversial issues
  • A person who thrives working remotely and independently, while simultaneously being a key member of a dynamic interdisciplinary team
  • An energetic, empowered, progressive but open-minded, positive individual with deep and strong self-care mechanisms who is not easily swayed or consumed by drama, gossip, rumor, hyperbole, gatekeeping, toxicity, trauma replication, rescue/missionary complexes, or victim mentalities within our communities, organizations and/or movements.
  • English language proficiency, along with proficient professional language skills in one or more: Spanish, Mandarin, Korean, Portuguese, First Nations/indigenous language(s), indigenous African language(s) and/or French.
  • Previous experience working in any sector of the sex trades, and comfort with speaking about direct lived experiences in the sex trades, strongly preferred


  • Develop and execute creative and strategic communications plans/strategies to increase public education and awareness around the sex trades, the human rights of sex workers, the conflation between sex work and human trafficking, and the decriminalization and destigmatization of sex work and sex workers in the United States.
  • Manage day-to-day media relations (proactive pitching, reactive handling) and identify and develop new reporter relationships, while maintaining existing ones, both in “mainstream” media outlets as well as feminist, philanthropic, LGBT, Black, Asian, Latinx, First Nations, labor and other issue, community, and/or identity based media outlets
  • Conduct interviews, in addition to, and in coordination with, SWP Managing Director
  • Regular updating of SWP website content including media, events and other information
  • Daily updating and monitoring of SWP Facebook, Instagram and twitter accounts
  • Create or update SWP outreach and educational materials, materials for clients and community as needed, in conjunction with SWP Managing Director, SWP legal team, and/or Director of Research, Organizing and Advocacy
  • Track all media for organizational history, assessment, and grant deliverables
  • Attend SWP team meetings, staff meetings, management meetings, and Advisory Board meetings regularly, as available, needed and/or assigned by Managing Director
  • Recruit and supervise Communications interns, consultants, or temporary staff as needed and relevant, in consultation with Managing Director and other staff as relevant
  • Other duties as necessary in consultation with SWP Managing Director


$95,000 annual gross salary plus very generous UJC benefits including 401(k), exceptional medical and dental insurance, pet insurance, 20 paid vacation days, 5 paid personal days, 12 paid sick days, 11 paid holidays, and additional paid week off between Christmas and New Year’s Day.

How to Apply:

Please send a resume or CV, cover letter, and an example of your past work (e.g. an op-ed, press release, TV or radio interview) to RJ Thompson (he/him/his), SWP Managing Director at rthompson@urbanjustice.org.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Due to the high volume of anticipated applications, we cannot respond to any unless selected for further consideration.

The Urban Justice Center is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will be afforded equal employment opportunities without discrimination because of race, religion/creed, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, military status, predisposing genetic characteristics, victim of domestic violence status, or marital status. People of color, LGBTIQ individuals, people with disabilities or chronic illnesses, migrants, and individuals who have personal experiences with poverty are encouraged to apply. People with experiences working in the sex trades, African/Black people, and/or transgender people are strongly encouraged to apply

Project Description:

Created in December 2001, the Sex Workers Project is the first program in New York City and in the country to focus on the provision of legal services, legal training, documentation, and policy advocacy for sex workers.


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Main Office

40 Rector Street, 9th Floor
New York, NY 10006

Telephone: 646-602-5617

Email: swp@urbanjustice.org

Visit our website at: https://sexworkersproject.org


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