The Center for Economic and Policy Research is currently looking for a full-time Domestic Program Communications Associate, based in its Washington, DC office.

Job Description: CEPR has an opening for a Domestic Policy Communications Associate starting in September 2017. The Associate will coordinate communications strategy with the domestic-side Co-Director and the Director of Domestic Policy to ensure that CEPR’s domestic policy work is covered in major national, state, and local media outlets. This job involves regular communication with national media, including writing press releases, and correspondence with journalists and editors. It also involves regular contact with radio and TV producers in order to promote the inclusion of ideas developed by CEPR staff. The position will also help sustain and grow CEPR’s presence on a variety of social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter and post some content to CEPR’s website. This full-time position reports to CEPR’s domestic-side Co-Director. 

Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree or above in a relevant field and/or one to two years of relevant experience.

The Domestic Policy Communications Associate will need to be able to work in a fast-paced environment with tight deadlines. Excellent writing and communications skills are also essential. It is absolutely necessary that the candidate has the ability to understand arguments and discussions based on quantitative information.

While experience with media work and/or social media is highly recommended, it is not strictly necessary for otherwise exceptional candidates who can demonstrate competency in these areas. Applicants should have a general understanding of, or interest in, economics and domestic policy, and a commitment to economic justice. Familiarity with policy debates regarding economic stimulus, health care, Social Security, federal budget, wages, work/life balance, trade policy, and other domestic topics is a plus. Applicants affected by the issues that CEPR works on are especially encouraged to apply.

Salary & Benefits: CEPR offers a competitive salary and an excellent benefits package. This position will be represented by the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers, Local #70, AFL-CIO.

Closing Date of Position: Monday, September 4, 2017 (at 11:59 PM, Eastern time) 

In rare, extenuating circumstances, the application period may be extended or curtailed. In the event that the application period is curtailed, CEPR will update this posting to notify candidates that they have seven days to apply.

To Apply: Send the following, in a single PDF file, to apply[at]cepr.net with the subject line “Domestic Policy Communications Associate”:

  • a cover letter;

  • a résumé, and;

  • a writing sample that includes:

    • A one-page press release on a CEPR report dealing with domestic issues; and

    • A one-page outline detailing an outreach strategy for that same report. Main questions to think about could be: What type of reporters/media outlets should have this information and why? Who else should receive this report besides the media and why? What do you think would be the best way to reach these different audiences? What role would social media play in this?

Please do not submit additional information apart from the items listed above. You may address your cover letter to the Domestic Policy Communications Associate Search Committee, if you wish.

If you have any questions, please email cepr[at]cepr.net, the contact for the Domestic Policy Communications Associate Search Committee. Absolutely no calls or faxes, please.

Organization Description: The Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) was established in 1999 to promote democratic debate on the most important economic and social issues that affect people's lives. It is an independent nonpartisan think tank based in Washington, DC. CEPR is committed to presenting issues in an accurate and understandable manner, so that the public is better prepared to choose among the various policy options.

CEPR is an ideal place to learn about current economic and global justice issues in a friendly, relaxed and fun environment. Work schedules are flexible.

CEPR is an equal opportunity employer that considers applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, or any legally protected status.