- You think British criminal justice is broken
- You want to raise the profile of miscarriages of justice
- You love campaigning and persuasively changing minds
- You have a passion for using stories to engage decision-makers and influence better policy
- You understand the complex needs of people with involvement in the criminal justice system
Sound like you?
We’re looking for an exceptional and highly motivated communications and policy professional. If you want to have a direct impact on raising the profile of miscarriages of justice and fixing our broken criminal justice system, then we want to hear from you. In this role you’ll manage strategic communications projects, engaging key audiences and seeking platforms for our staff, our prisoner clients and their families.
We’re looking for someone who’s led impactful communications campaigns aimed at a broad range of audiences. You’ll have proven experience of delivering timely and effective communications and engagement strategies that have enabled organisations to achieve their aims. You’ll have a passion for storytelling and an ability to work alongside those with lived experience of the cirminal justice system. You’ll understand the complex needs of people with involvement in the justice system, and with experiences of trauma or poverty. You’ll have worked in a complex organisation and understand how to deliver excellent content against audience needs. You’ll also demonstrate exceptional judgement and excellent stakeholder management.
Who are we?
APPEAL is a law charity that fights miscarriages of justice and demands reform. Our small team of lawyers, advocates and investigators take on criminal appeals on behalf of prisoners who cannot afford legal representation.
- We investigate: battling for access to records and exhibits, arranging new forensic testing, conducting street-level investigation, and systematically analysing case documentation, digging deep to find the fresh evidence that proves a conviction is unsafe or a sentence is unfair.
- We litigate: bringing cases to the Criminal Cases Review Commission, the Administrative Court and the Court of Appeal.
- We advocate: working with former prisoners, campaigners, students, legal professionals, policy makers and other stakeholders to ensure our justice system learns from its mistakes.
We are committed to winning justice for individuals and their families, but also usingcases as impact litigation to push for systemic change to make our criminal justice system more accurate, fair and accountable. This involves not just legal work, but also implementation of a robust communications and policy strategy, as the reforms needed must come from parliamentary and policy interventions as well as from judicial precedent.
- You will lead APPEAL’s justice policy reform efforts and manage the day to day operation of our communications strategy.
- You will leverage APPEAL’s casework, research and campaigning around our Initiative to end the use of imprisonment for debt, that falls under the work of the Women’s Justice Initiative (WJI). The WJI primarily aims to use criminal appeals as impact litigation for imprisoned women who have experienced severe and multiple disadvantage.
- You will lead on policy reform efforts around APPEAL’s Open Justice goals, including advocating for better access to police and prosecution material, reform of the disclosure system, access to trial transcripts and improving the effectiveness of the Criminal Cases Review Commission.
- You will manage APPEAL’s external communications, including drafting press releases, liaising with journalists, managing the website and APPEAL’s social media accounts and writing our annual impact report.
- You will also support our Bound by Injustice group, working with the family members of our imprisoned clients and clients themselves to empower them as advocates for reform.
- The job may expand to include managing the day-to-day operation of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Miscarriages of Justice for which APPEAL is currently the secretariat.
LENGTH OF CONTRACT AND WORKING PATTERNS
Please note that we have 3 years of funding for this project but are only able to guarantee the post holder a 1-year full time role. We are seeking additional funding and, if secured, the contract length may be expanded.
We will also consider candidates who are interested in a part time role, though we require a minimum of 3 days a week commitment (if you prefer to be considered part time, please indicate this on your cover letter).
£32,000pa. Additionally, we are Living Wage employers with a very flat salary scheme where all team members are paid within 20% of each other and all salaries are reviewed annually.
Annual leave is 25 days pro rata per annum from 1st January to 31st December, plus public holidays and the days between Christmas and New year. Additionally, staff accrue one additional day of leave per year of service.
LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT
We have a small training budget and encourage staff to commit to their own personal development. We allow flexible working so if staff want to take on additional training or qualifications,they can discuss this with their manager.
EQUALITY AND DIVERSITY
APPEAL particularly encourages applications from people with a BAME background, with disabilities, who identify as LGBTQ+, or who were the first generation to attend university, who are currently underrepresented in leadership in the legal sector. We are an equal opportunities employer and are committed to promoting principles of inclusion and diversity in our work. We are open to considering flexible working arrangements, particularly to support parents with childcare or those with caring responsibilities. APPEAL's offices in The Green House are wheelchair accessible.