Director of Policy and Communications – New Jersey Coalition for Battered Women – Trenton, NJ

Small, non-profit statewide advocacy organization seeks a Director of Policy and Communications. This position reports directly to the Executive Director. Relying on years of experience in public policy work, the Director of Policy and Communications assumes the primary responsibility for developing and implementing statewide domestic violence policy and advocacy initiatives. Additionally, this position oversees the NJCBW Legal Services Project and all aspects of NJCBW external communications.

Within this context, major responsibilities include:

Monitor and seek to improve state level court and law enforcement implementation practices with respect to State and Federal domestic violence laws and serve as NJCBW liaison to agencies responsible for implementing these laws;

Serve as NJCBW liaison to Federal and State legislators, the Governor’s Office, the Attorney General’s Office, the Judiciary and others involved with public policy issues;

Analyze proposed domestic violence legislation and other public policy impacting victims of domestic violence, and develop positions on same;

Act as chief public policy spokesperson for NJCBW; Educate policy-makers on domestic violence issues;

Develop state and local alliances to further the policy and advocacy goals of NJCBW;

Provide technical assistance to domestic violence programs and others on policy and systems advocacy issues;

Participate on domestic violence public policy related committees and Task Forces as assigned;

Oversee NJCBW Legal Services Project including the provision of legal assistance to victims and technical assistance and training to Legal Advocates;

Oversee all NJCBW external communications work including NJCBW print resources, social media, public awareness initiatives, press and mass communications.

Responsible for supervision of:

Staff Attorney

Communications Specialist

Other duties as assigned


JD or Master’s degree in related field and a minimum of four years experience in domestic violence public policy work (or Bachelor’s degree and additional relevant experience);

Minimum of seven years experience in the field of violence against women, and two year supervisory experience; Understanding of the impact of public policies on domestic violence victims and programs; Commitment to anti-oppression work and its importance in fashioning public policy; Excellent written and verbal communication skills; Demonstrated knowledge of NJ or other state legislative process; Strong leadership skills with the ability to network and collaborate with internal and external groups; Ability to travel statewide and out of State

How to apply

Please submit resume with cover letter to